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Douglas County Board raises forestry fees

Camping at Douglas County facilities is going to cost more after county supervisors approved raising forestry department for the first time in nine years.

Rent on recreational facilities, camping and forest access fees are affected.

According to a survey conducted by the forestry department, Douglas County's fees were significantly less than surrounding counties, and the increases better align with what other counties are charging.

Under the new fee structure, up to five campers would pay$25 per night for electric campsites; $15 per night for well-developed non-electrical sites; and $12 per night for more rustic campsites available at the Gordon Dam Flowage, Lucius Woods and Mooney Dam. Each addition person would cost $2 per night, and off-season camping at the Gordon Dam Flowage would cost $12 per night.

The increases are still less than what campers pay in Bayfield or Barron counties, and comparable to what campers pay in Price and Washburn counties. Electrical sites are $2 less per night in Rusk County, but non-electrical sites cost more. Ashland and Burnett counties have no county-owned campgrounds.

The Bird Sanctuary clubhouse will cost more to rent, $75 per day, with a charge of $3 per day for dogs and $5 per day for horses.

Lucius Woods facilities — the pavilion and soundshell — will cost more depending on the number of people attending the event. Renting the pavilion ranges from $100 per day for 50 or fewer people to $200 for more than 100 people. The soundshell costs between $125 and $325 per day.

Other fees that increased include firewood permits for up to 10 cords of wood now cost $25.

General access and commercial access permits cost $350 for five years, and the bough permit is $90 for the first two tons.

Fees that remained the same include the cost of using the dump station at Lucius Woods, and the cost of firewood bundles sold at campgrounds and Christmas tree permits.

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