The U.S. Forest Service announced it will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites on Nov. 11, 2014, in honor of Veteran’s Day.
The fee waiver day is the last of four such days offered this year. The program is in cooperation with other federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Fees will be waived generally for day-use areas, such as picnic grounds, developed trailheads and destination visitor centers. Sites operated by private concessionaires may be included in the waiver if the permit holder wishes to participate. Contact your local national forest or grassland to learn if your destination requires a fee and if that fee is waived.
“We honor our veterans each Nov. 11 and every other day of the year,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “We hope that this day will serve as a way for our veterans and other visitors to find our national forests and grasslands as a year-round respite, a place where they can take time out for themselves.”
No fees are charged at any time on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used for free. Check with your local forest or grassland or on Recreation.gov to see if your destination charges a fee.
The 2015 scheduled fee-free days observed by the Forest Service are:
- Jan. 19: the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which honors the legacy of the civil rights leader and encourages Americans to participate in the MLK Day of Service
- Feb. 16: Presidents Day, honoring our nation’s Presidents with particular attention towards commemorating President Washington and President Lincoln.
- June 13: National Get Outdoors DayThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website., a day when federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry encourages healthy, outdoor activities.
- Sept. 26: National Public Lands DayThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website., the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort in support of public lands
- Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day, commemorates the end of World War I and pays tribute to all military heroes past and present.