Back-to-School Forest Service special |

Back-to-School Forest Service special

How about a nice hike and picnic before the kids head back to school? The U.S. Forest Service is offering free day-use Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14-15. This applies to picnic grounds, trailheads, parking areas, and other places where a fee is charged for day-use. It does not apply to overnight camping at developed campgrounds where a fee is charged.

“The Forest Service is working to ensure as many as visitors as possible have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors and take advantage of the many recreation activities national forest have to offer” said Tom Tidwell, Chief of the Forest Service.

Fee waivers will also be offered on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 25, and Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.

The few waiver weekends support the goals of the President Obama’s “America Great Outdoors” initiative and First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative by supporting actions that encourage the use and enjoyment of the outdoors.

The Forest Service operates about 17,000 recreation sites, of which about 6,000 require a fee to cover services such as water, trash, toilets and maintenance.

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