US Forest Service waives fees during Veterans Day weekend
October 23, 2012
The following is an industry press release...
Oct. 23, 2012 -- The U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use
recreation sites over the Veterans Day holiday weekend, Nov. 10-12.
fee waivers – the fourth this year -- are offered in cooperation with other
federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use
fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the Forest
Service. Concessionaire operated day-use sites may be included in the waiver if
the permit holder wishes to participate.
is our way of saying thanks to the brave men and women – past and present – who
put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe at home," said U.S.
Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. "We encourage veterans, their families
and all visitors to take time out over the holiday weekend to enjoy the
benefits that nature provides at forests and grasslands throughout the
fee waiver days support the goals of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors
initiative and First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Outside."
fees are not charged 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. Many recreation opportunities such as camping,
sightseeing and hiking can be enjoyed throughout the year at no cost.
Forest Service operates approximately 17,000 developed recreation sites
nationwide. Of those, approximately 6,000 require recreation fees, which are
used to provide visitor services, repairs and replacements, and facilities
mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and
productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of
present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public
land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the
largest forestry research organization in the world. Forest Service lands
contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor
spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water
supply, a value estimated at $27 billion per year.