License Fee Increase Approved

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Rebecca Humphries today approved a revised license fee structure for the 2005 license year at the monthly meeting of the state Natural Resources Commission, held in Lansing.

Under the new fee structure, most resident hunting and fishing licenses will increase $1 when they go on sale March 1. Nonresident licenses were increased by $4 to $10.

"These modest increases will help us to begin to address a structural deficit that currently exists in the Game and Fish Protection Fund.," Humphries said. "We must take appropriate action now to ensure that we will have the necessary revenues to continue the department’s primary mission to protect and promote the practice of sound wildlife management."

The last significant fee change that was approved by the Legislature occurred in 1997. That legislation also authorized the DNR Director the discretion to raise fees an additional $2. The first $1 increase was implemented in 2001.

The next regular meeting of the Natural Resources Commission is March 10 in East Lansing.