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US Forest Service Announces Fee-Free Saturday to Celebrate Veterans Day

The Pacific Northwest Region of the US Forest Service will waive most day-use fees at sites on national forests in the region on Veterans Day.

The fee-free day on Saturday is in recognition of our nation's veterans and it's the last fee-free day for the US Forest Service in 2023.

The fee waiver applies to recreation fees charged for amenities such as picnic tables, developed trailheads and visitor centers. Fees for camping, cabin rentals or other permits still apply, and fees will continue to be charged at day-use fee sites operated by concessionaires -- unless individual managers choose to participate.

The Forest Service offers several fee-free days throughout the year to encourage Americans to explore the outdoors and visit their public lands. The fee-free days include Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Presidents Day, National Get Outdoors Day, Juneteenth, National Public Lands Day and Veterans Day.

The US Forest Service offers places for hiking, biking, skiing, nature viewing, scenic drives, and for gathering forest products such as mushrooms, firewood and Christmas trees. Many of the facilities and services associated with these opportunities are free. However, some do require fees or permits to help maintain, manage and improve these national landscapes.

For more information on fee-free days and recreation passes, please visit "fs.usda.gov/visit/passes-permits."
Posted on 11/9/23 5:58AM by Sam Marsh