Forest Service to Idahoans: Severe Budget Cut Means Changes to Recreation

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Beginning tonight, U.S. Forest Service officials will be holding a series of open house-style meetings in rural Idaho to break some bad news: The public needs to get set for recreation budget cuts.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that this evening's meeting in Grangeville is the first of a string of sit-downs, which will include Orofino, Moscow and Kamiah.

Forest officials warn that budgets for campgrounds and visitor centers have been cut in half, and among their options is the possibility of contracting with private companies to operate the campgrounds. Officials are also mulling the possibility of increasing camping fees and "dramatically reducing services at developed recreation sites," according to the Tribune.