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New fees for hunting, fishing, parks use

• The basic minimum camping fee at provincial parks will increase from $8 to $9, and the maximum fee from $18.50 to $22. These are the first camping fee increases in four years.

• A new parking fee of $3 or $5 will be collected in 28 of the most visited parks in the Lower Mainland and on southern Vancouver Island. Park visitors who do not arrive by vehicle will not be required to pay. A parking fee will be charged at the following parks:

Lower Mainland: Alice Lake, Brandywine Falls, Coquihalla Canyon, Cultus Lake, Cypress, Garibaldi trailhead, Golden Ears, Mount Seymour, Murrin, Porpoise Bay, Porteau Cove, Rolley Lake, Sasquatch, Shannon Falls.

Vancouver Island: Bamberton, Englishman River, French Beach, Goldstream, Gordon Bay, Juan de Fuca, Little Qualicum Falls, MacMillan, Miracle Beach, Montague Harbour, Rathtrevor Beach, Ruckle, Sooke Potholes, Sproat Lake.

• A new annual park recreation pass of $75 will allow unlimited parking in the 28 parks. The pass will be sold at an introductory price of $50 in 2003 and 2004.

• A resident angling licence will increase from $30 to $36. A resident annual hunting licence goes from $21 to $32. Most licence prices now include a fee portion and a Habitat Conservation Trust Fund surcharge.

• Fee changes for hunting and angling are expected to generate about $4.5 million in extra revenue. This is intended to offset the gap between hunting and angling spending and revenue and will help keep the fish hatchery program viable.

• Habitat Conservation Trust Fund surcharges will be standardized at 20 per cent for residents’ licences and 30 per cent for non-residents’ licences.

• In most parks the new fees will be in place by May 1, 2003. All hunting and angling changes will be in effect as of April 2003.

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