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  • Marine Board makes paddler permits easier on boaters

  • Oregon boating managers have followed through on plans to relax how rafters, kayakers and other paddlers buy and carry their $5 annual permit used to fund the fight against invasive species in the state's waterways.
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  • Oregon boating managers have followed through on plans to relax how rafters, kayakers and other paddlers buy and carry their $5 annual permit used to fund the fight against invasive species in the state's waterways.
    The Oregon State Marine Board voted recently to offer a two-year permit instead of the current one-year permit and also added new alternatives to the current paper permit.
    The changes came after boaters complained that more flexibility is needed in the permit system, which began a year ago and marked the first time Oregon boaters had to pay any license fees for nonmotorized boats.
    Along with the current paper permit, the Marine Board soon will add the option of a permanent sticker that could be affixed to boats or a Tyvek tag that can be carried or zip-tied to whatever boat is in use that day.
    Along with the two-year permit option, the Marine Board also voted to sell permits directly from the agency, bypassing the $2 agent fee charged at sporting goods stores and other outlets selling the permits.
    Plans are to have boaters download an application from the agency's website, www.boatoregon.com. The permit would then be mailed to the state.
    The new two-year permits should be available to the public in early February.
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