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Lawmakers review funding needs for W.Va. parks

October 19, 2013
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's state parks system draws big crowds looking to unwind or play in its mountains, rivers and lakes. But the eye-catching scenery is mixed with structures showing signs of decline.

State lawmakers are looking at funding options for the upkeep of a system of 35 parks, seven forests, five wildlife management areas and two rail trails. The parks system attracted more than 6.6 million visits last year.

One option that a top lawmaker would like to avoid is assessing a fee to enter the state parks.

Democratic Sen. William Laird sees not charging an entry fee as a tradition to preserve. West Virginia is among a few states that don't charge an entrance fee to state parks.



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