In late September, discussion surrounding a permit system for mountain bikers and other non-motorized trail patrons was raised at a Black Hills National Forest Service advisory board meeting, as reported by the Rapid City Journal. As the issue came up for discussion, Black Hills Mountain Bike Association Trail Coordinator Brent Kertzman said the association favored the idea and highlighted that motorized users also paid fees to use national forest land. Currently, motorized trail users pay $23.50 for seven days of use or $28.50 for annual use.
Implementing a permit system may help alleviate tension between forest service officials and mountain bikers, some of whom have built unauthorized trails in the Black Hills. While a fee system could help cover the cost of maintaining current and building new trails, forest officials still voiced concern over the labor and cost to do so.
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