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Updated Jun 28, 2013 - 9:49 am

Forest Service to drop most fees in Catalinas

TUCSON, Ariz. — Most fees at the Catalina Mountains will be gone beginning
July 4.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the U.S. Forest
Service announced this week that most of the original fee area will no longer be
subject to recreation fees. The move comes after a federal court settlement in
January between the Forest Service and Tucson residents, who filed suit against
the agency over collection of fees.

The original fee system in the Catalinas, in effect since 1996, allowed the
Forest Service to charge fees to people who parked and hiked on trails or used
recreation-site facilities.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Heidi Schewel says fees — $5 daily or $20 for
an annual pass — will be charged for only 11 of 28 developed recreation sites
previously subject to fees.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star,


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