Fees for Search and Rescue? New Hampshire Wants to Make it LawBy Steve Casimiro on December 18th, 2012
Hikers, skiers, climbers and anyone else who gets rescued in New Hampshire’s backcountry could be in for hundreds of dollars in fees under new legislation. The amount of the fee could be on a sliding scale based on the cost of the rescue, up to at least $1,000 per incident. The bipartisan law is being spearheaded by a New Hampshire state Senate leader named Jeb Bradley, an avid hiker, who says he’s tired of seeing ill-prepared hikers in sneakers and jeans on snow-covered trails who look to the state to bail them out. “If you’re getting rescued, there should be an expectation you’re going to participate in the cost of that rescue,” he said. State legislators are also looking at an annual hiking pass fee similar to one in Colorado, but in this case it would buy an insurance policy so that cardholders wouldn’t have to pay a rescue fee. New Hampshire officials conducted 954 search and rescue missions over the past six years that cost $1.8 million. Via The Republic.
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