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State Parks to Raise Fees Next Week

— It’s going to cost more to visit most California State Parks. Starting Monday, fees will increase for day use permits by $2 to $5.

Camping fees will go up an additional $10 to $21.

The move comes after Governor Schwarzenegger and lawmakers cut park funding by more than $14million to cope with the huge budget deficit.

State Parks spokesman Roy Stearns says the higher fees will bring in more than $200,000 over the next year.

Stearns: “It helps working toward the future, helping to keep more parks open but just this $200,000 is a start but it won’t help but keep one or two parks open.”

Stearns says about 100 state parks are still scheduled to close after Labor Day because of the budget cuts.

He says private groups are raising money to try to keep some of the parks open.

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