Kansas wants to charge $50 fee at new state park

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December 18, 2018 - 9:25 AM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism wants to charge $50 a day for access to fragile rock formations at the state’s newest park.

The department is proposing a $50 permit for anyone who wants “backcountry access” in the Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park in Logan County, which is expected to open next year, the Wichita Eagle reported. The fee aims to preserve the rare geological attraction that features the state’s largest Niobrara chalk formation, according to department officials.

But the park’s landowner, The Nature Conservancy in Kansas, hasn’t approved the permit. The conservation nonprofit said it’s committed to keeping park access affordable.

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