US Forest Service Waives Fees During Veteran’s Day Weekend
Release Date: Nov 5, 2013
Contact(s): Anabele Cornejo
The U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites over the Veteran’s Day holiday weekend, Nov. 9-11. Visitors to the Cleveland National Forest will not need to provide the normally required National Forest Adventure Pass.
The 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 U.S. Forest Service.
Visitors who inadvertently use a Daily Adventure Pass this weekend can have it replaced free of charge. Though the Adventure Pass fee will be waived, campground, reservation, group-site, and concession fees may still be in effect.
Those interested may contact their local Ranger Station for more information:
• Descanso Ranger District, 3348 Alpine Blvd., San Diego, CA at (619) 445-6235.
• Palomar Ranger District, 1634 Black Canyon Rd., Ramona, CA at (760) 788-0250.
• Trabuco Ranger District, 1147 E. 6th St., Corona, CA at (951) 736-1811.
The fee waiver days support the goals of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative, which encourages all Americans to connect with the outdoors, and First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Outside," which encourages children to get out and get active to be healthy.
The Forest Service also honors active duty military members year-round with the free Interagency Annual Military Pass honored at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees.
The 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. Public lands the Forest Service manages 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 $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.