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The heavy April snows slowed the opening of campgrounds in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest but as of Thursday, expected recreational opportunities will be open for the summer. Fees are also being increased for the first time in more than a decade.
The Forest's Acting Lands, Recreation and Wilderness Program Manager, Tim Vetter, says Thursday's the day...
"....so all of our campground and day use areas are set to open this Thursday, May 24. A few of them have already opened, but a few of them were delayed from the late snow in April. It set our crews back a few weeks. Work that traditionally was done in April was done in late April and early May..."
Users will also see increased fees....
"...we've been unable to raise our fees for the last 12 years. The cost of our operation and maintenance has gone up. This modest increase will help us to get back up on top our annual maintance needs to keep these sites open and available and also provide us an opportunity to make some improvements at some of those sites as well...."
Staff conducted public outreach last summer, receiving comments on the fee proposal which were taken into consideration when preparing the final fee change proposal. The fee changes are being implemented under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act where 80-95 percent of the fees generated are returned to the Forest.