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Crowds, Funding Shortfalls Plague Colorado State Parks

Growing visitation and shrinking budgets squeeze state public lands.

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As record numbers of visitors head to their state parks for hiking, fishing, and camping, lawmakers struggle with how to keep up, reports KUNC radio. With Colorado Parks and Wildlife dealing with a $14 million funding deficit, proposed solutions have included upping fees for hunting and fishing licenses, changing entrance fees based on a visitor’s intended activity, and adding a tax to outdoor gear.