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Oregon to charge for wildlife area access

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved an expanded permit program for state wildlife areas starting January 2012.

The program will require either a $7 daily parking permit or a $22 annual permit, and will be phased in over three years at several wildlife areas. 

As in Washignton, the permit would be included at no additonal charge with season hunting and fishing license fees.  A Washington wildlife lands parking access permit costs $10 for people who do no have hunting or fishing licenses.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game has considered a similar fee for its wildlife management areas, but it has never been enacted.

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