Friday, March 28, 2008

Cleveland National Forest Fees for Camping May Rise

Campers can go back into tens of thousands of acres of the Cleveland National Forest starting today, but the cost of pitching a tent at many spots in the forest is likely to increase by 20 percent or more in coming months.

In separate actions yesterday, the U.S. Forest Service lifted most of the access restrictions in place since the October wildfires and officials said campground fees were not covering the cost of maintaining the facilities.

“Opening up the forest again is a great thing, especially since there has been some rainfall so it should be beginning to restore itself,” said Richard Miller, chairman of the San Diego chapter of the Sierra Club.

Forest officials recommended raising the fees at several campgrounds across the 438,000-acre forest by $2 to $20 a night, depending on the capacity and location of the sites.
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