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MID-WEEK CAMPING A BARGAIN

Mid-week campers will be able to save 50 percent on camping fees when staying in one of 10 state parks.

The Division of Parks and Recreation is offering a half-off discount for camping fees from Sunday through Thursday. Reservation dates are between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31, excluding Sept. 3.The selected parks are Wasatch Mountain, Steinaker, Starvation, Millsite, Minersville, Quail Creek, Utah Lake, Scofield, Huntington and Hyrum.

Reservations may be made from three to 120 days in advance. The discount does not apply to reservations for group camping.

Reservations can be made by calling 322-3770 within the Salt Lake City area or 1-800-322-3770.

SANDHILL CRANE - The meeting time for the Utah Wildlife Board on Monday to set dates and permit numbers for the sandhill crane hunt has been changed. The meeting will be at 1 p.m. at the Lee Kay Hunter Education Center, 6000 W. 2100 South.

HUNT PROCLAMATIONS - The 1995 Big Game Proclamation is expected to be out and available to hunters on May 5, the first day hunters can apply for the big game drawing.

The application period will be May 5-25. The drawing will be July 10.

Unsuccessful applicants will be able to buy tags and permits over the counter for the general season on July 17.

WETLANDS DAY - The first combined Utah Wetlands/

Migratory Bird Day will be May 6. Wetlands include ponds, marshes, swamps and bogs and are the focus for survival of wildlife.

Wetlands serve as a barometer of an ecosystem. If the water quality and quantity are good, the ecosystem and surrounding grasses, plants and fields are also healthy.

For information on site location call the DWR, 538-4700.

ILLEGAL PLANTS - The illegal planting of certain species of fish and crayfish can be costly to Utah fishermen.

The cost, for example, to treat Strawberry Reservoir for Utah chubs in 1990 was $3.5 million. In 1991, it cost $250,000 to treat Scofield Reservoir for carp and chubs.

Fish such as walleye, pike and bass placed in the wrong waters can greatly impact other species. Disease and parasites are also spread among fish this way. Whirling disease, for example, was introduced illegally into the Madison River in Montana and has reduced the rainbow trout population by 90 percent.

WORK ON PARK - Matching grant money has been awarded to three local governments to help compete the section of the Jordan River Parkway Trail from 8200 South to 1300 South.

Murray City, City of West Jordan and Salt Lake County will share $50,000 given by the Salt Lake County Centennial Commission. Each agency will use the money to complete work along the parkway through their respective areas.

Tax deductible donations are used as seed money for improvements on parks, trails and facilities along both the Provo and Jordan rivers.

INCREASES - The U.S. Forest Service announced that those camping in the Heber District can expect to pay more this summer in developed recreation sites.

Mountain Campground Management, a private concessionaire, took over the facilities and will be charging about 10 percent more at managed sites.

Under the new management, additional services will be offered.

Single and double family camp sites at all areas will be $11. Each additional vehicle at these sites will be charged $6. Single and double family camp sites with full hookups will now be $17, with $9 for each additional vehicle.

Group campground fees will range from $50 to $110. Boat ramp parking will be $3 at Strawberry. And there will be a $2 fee to use the RV dump station. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-280-CAMP. Reservations for group picnic areas at Strawberry and Soldier Creek can be made by calling 548-2554 or 255-0879.