Some state parks, forests switch to per person fee


January 24, 1993|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

Starting in April, facility-use fees for more than two dozen of Maryland's state parks and forests will be charged per person rather than by carload.

The $2 fee for individuals will be in effect through October. No fees will be charged for day use during the rest of the year.

Dr. Torrey C. Brown, secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, said the expansion of the per person fee program will more equitably spread the cost of recreational and educational programs in state parks and forests.

Some parks charged per person fees last year.

Parks and forests that will not charge the fee this year are:

Cedarville, Choptank River fishing piers, Dan's Mountain, Fairhill Natural Resources Management Area, Fort Frederick, Gambrills, Gathland, South Mountain, Green Ridge, Janes Island, Martinak, Patuxent, Pocomoke (state park and state forest), Garrett, Potomac, Savage, Susquehanna, Tuckahoe, Washington Monument, Wye Island and the Merkle wildlife area.

Helene Tenner of the Forest and Parks division, said the fees will be collected in areas that have high-use rates, such as Sandy Point, Deep Creek, Rocky Gap, Greebrier and Assateague state parks.

Among other areas where the new fee program will be in place are:

HTC Herrington Manor, Swallow Falls, New Germany, Cunningham Falls, Seneca Creek, Patapsco Valley, Rocks, Smallwood, St. Mary's River, Point Lookout, Calvert Cliffs, Gunpowder Falls and Elk Neck.

Names and places

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has tentatively approved a research project crucial to its experimental pheasant restoration program. The project would stock six sites totaling 334,000 acres with 1,800 Sichuan or ringneck pheasants. The project, which will start later this year, will determine whether the Asian Sichuan pheasant or better habitat holds the key to establishing a viable population. . . .

Mid-Atlantic Bass Guides Inc., operated by Bobby Phillips, has gone out of business. . . . The North American Bass Anglers Mid-Atlantic Region, a regional fishing tournament trail and a subsidiary of Mid-Atlantic Bass Guides, has suspended operations. . . . Proposed dates for Pennsylvania hunting seasons in 1993 and '94 are: Deer, bow, Oct. 2-Nov. 13; early small game, Oct. 16-Nov. 27; general small game, Oct. 30-Nov. 27; fall wild turkey, Oct. 30, with variable closing dates; spring turkey, April 30-May 28; bear, Nov. 22-24; antlered deer, Nov. 29-Dec. 11; antlerless deer, Dec. 13-15; late archery and black powder, Dec. 27-Jan. 8.

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