LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan parks officials said Thursday they plan to close 23 state forest campgrounds on May 19 as they continue to grapple with budget reductions.

The campgrounds are located in the state’s Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula.

The closings were to be formally proposed at a meeting of the state’s Natural Resources Commission. Department of Natural Resources Director Rodney Stokes could sign an order directing the closings early next month.

The rustic campgrounds targeted for closing are seldom-used compared to other campgrounds. Many of them are near some of the other 110 state forest campgrounds that would remain open for the upcoming season.

State forest campgrounds are more rustic and have fewer amenities than Michigan’s state parks. Forest campgrounds generally are unstaffed, but require upkeep that is increasingly more difficult given the budget problems.

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