Pa. considering new fee for outdoor land use

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania may soon charge a fee for snowmobilers, equestrians and mountain bikers who use state game lands.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission will likely vote on the plan next month, the New Castle News (http://bit.ly/1ttxEgt ) reports.

The proposed license of up to $30 is designed plan to raise money for trail upkeep. Hikers wouldn’t be charged, and hunters already pay a fee. Game Commission spokesman Travis Lau says horses, bicycles and snowmobiles can damage trails, but hikers and birdwatchers typically don’t.

Some outdoor enthusiasts say the proposed fee is unfair and will be impossible to enforce.

The Game Commission expects to vote on the proposal at their meeting on Sept. 22 and 23 in Delmont.

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