Entry Fees, Program Cuts Advised For WVa Parks

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Visitors to West Virginia state parks and forests could end up paying entry fees if lawmakers adopt that option for boosting revenue.

A legislative audit presented during Wednesday interim meetings also advises cuts to the parks' more costly operations. It singled out the golf course at Hawks Nest State Park.

West Virginia's park system is among 10 nationwide without entry fees.

While it's the second-most self-sufficient of those systems, its revenues cover only 60 percent of spending.

Lawmakers balked at some of the other options mentioned in the audit, particularly the sale of park property.

Park officials say they agree that the state should end its lease of the Hawks Nest Golf Course. But they see other options as last resorts.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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