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Tonto National Forest Fee Outcry May Prompt Change

June 1, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Coping with a public outcry, Tonto National Forest officials are casting about for an alternative to imposing day use fees on people who use parking areas along the East Verde River near Payson, Ariz., and on popular trailheads, the Payson Roundup reported.

“There’s definitely some tweaks and adjustments we can make,” said Tom Klagunde, deputy forest supervisor for the 3-million-acre Tonto National Forest, which draws an estimated 6 million visitors annually, making it one of the most heavily visited forests in the country.

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