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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 03 FEB 05
Contact: Dennis Fedewa, 517-373-2425

License Fee Increase Approved

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.

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