Monday, November 2, 2009

Recreation Fees Waived on Veterans Day, Nov. 11

The American Alpine Institute just received the following note from the U.S. Forest Service:

PORTLAND, OR – The public may visit federal recreation sites for free on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The fee-free day honors U.S. veterans, members of the U.S. armed forces and their families.

The administrative fee waiver of recreation-use fees applies annually on Veterans Day at public recreation lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service, as well as by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.

"Honoring veterans by waiving day-use fees is one way to recognize the contributions of those Americans who have served their country,” said U.S. Forest Service Fee Coordinator Jocelyn Biro. “We hope veterans will take this opportunity to visit the lands they helped protect.”

Federal agencies are authorized to charge standard amenity fees, commonly known as day-use fees, at recreation sites in the Northwest.

This fee waiver applies to day-use fees at Forest Service recreation sites across Oregon and Washington. This includes many picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads and visitor centers. Concession operations will continue to charge fees unless the permit holder wishes to participate. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions, or other permits will not be waived.

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