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Forest Service Waives Fees for National Public Lands Day, Sept. 24

Posted by Deidra L. McGee, Public Affairs Account Manager, USDA Forest Service Office of Communication in Conservation Forestry Initiatives
Sep 16, 2011
River Clean Up Crew on Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania
River Clean Up Crew on Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania

Just one day after the start of autumn,  the Forest Service is waiving fees at hundreds of recreation sites across the country on Saturday, Sept. 24 in recognition of Public Lands Day.

This event marks the third time this year that the Forest Service is offering national fee waivers on recreation sites it manages.

Over 60 project sites are slated for national initiatives participating in this annual, hands-on volunteer effort to improve America’s lands.  Local Forest Service activities may range from building and maintaining trails, cleaning waterways, pulling invasive weeds to sprucing up campgrounds.

“Public Lands Day provides a great opportunity for people from all walks of life to get out doors and enjoy your beautiful forests and grasslands,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell.  “In many parts of the country, late September is the perfect time to view amazing fall colors as you get out and enjoy the woods.”

This year’s theme of promoting fun and encouraging physical activity supports President Obama’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative as well as First Lady Michelle Obama’s  Let’s Move Outside program.  AGO helps to raise awareness about the challenges natural resources face today and the benefits public lands offer Americans.  Let’s Move Outside promotes regular outdoor activity to help kids maintain a healthy weight, boost immunity and lower stress.

The annual National Public Lands Day coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation with the support of the Forest Service and other federal agencies focuses on educating the public about the importance of natural resources and the need for shared stewardship on the land.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the many recreation sites to celebrate Public Lands Day this year in kicking off the fall season.