Fee-Free Day Announced for Wayne National Forest

Contact(s): Gary Chancey, Public Affairs Officer 740-753-0862

Fee-free day scheduled as part of national volunteer effort

NELSONVILLE, Ohio  – In observance of National Public Lands Day (NPLD),

the Wayne National Forest announces it is offering a fee-free day on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

NPLD is one of three fee-free days offered by the Wayne National Forest, along with National Get Outdoors Day and Veterans Day.

The fee waiver applies to all recreation sites not on the National Recreation Reservation System. The fee waiver does not include Leith Run Campground and its group picnic shelters, Oak Hill Campground, Iron Ridge Campground, Two Points Group Campground and Picnic Shelter, and Lake Vesuvius’s Roadside and Furnace Group Picnic Shelters.

The fee waiver also applies to trail riding on the Wayne National Forest. No permits are required to ride trails on Saturday, September 30th. The Wayne National Forest offers over 400 miles of multiple-use trails, which include horse, all-terrain vehicle (ATV), off-highway motorcycle (OHM), mountain bike, and hiking trails.

NPLD is a great time for you to give back! The public is invited to join Rural Action, along with state and federal agencies, groups, and citizens across Appalachian Ohio in celebrating NPLD during the period Friday, Sept. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.

Participate in one of the many planned activities by visiting http://ruralaction.org/aonpld/.

For more information, visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/wayne. Follow the Wayne National Forest on Twitter: @waynenationalfs and also on Facebook.

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes twenty states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota.  There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.

The U.S. Forest Service 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. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/.


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