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Badlands National Park seeks input on possible fee hikes

INTERIOR -- Officials with the Badlands National Park have scheduled several meetings for next month to hear the public's opinion on proposed entrance fee increases.

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INTERIOR - Officials with the Badlands National Park have scheduled several meetings for next month to hear the public's opinion on proposed entrance fee increases.

Meetings are planned in Wall, Kadoka, Interior, Rapid City and Pine Ridge. The proposed increases would go into effect in January 2017.

Under the proposed rates, the per-person walk-in fee would go from $7 to $12, the motorcycle fee would double to $20 and the vehicle fee would jump from $15 to $25. The annual pass would also increase to $50.

Park Superintendent Mike Pflaum says officials are committed to keeping the park affordable, but they also want to provide visitors with the best possible experience.

Pflaum says entrance fees are used to provide services to visitors. Park projects include improving roads and funding a lab.

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