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      Michigan Recreation Passport changes

      The price of the Recreation Passport, needed to enter Michigan's state parks, recreation areas and forest campgrounds, is going up one dollar, effective next year. The state Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that starting Jan. 2, the price will be $11, up from the current $10. The DNR says the increase is based on a requirement built into legislation that created the program that says the annual price must keep pace with inflation. The state began selling the passports in October 2010 as a way of paying for park operations and maintenance. Motorists can buy them when visiting a park or renewing their vehicle licenses. A related "Passport Perks" program includes discounts on goods and services from 1,100 local businesses to those with a Recreation Passport.