The U.S. Forest Service today announced eight dates when it will waive fees that are usually collected to support forest maintenance and amenities.
Visitors to national forests will not pay fees on the following dates in 2012:
- Saturday-Monday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend
- June 9: Get Outdoors Day
- Sept. 29: National Public Lands Day
- Nov. 10-12: Veterans Day weekend
Despite the Forest Service’s fee waivers, the agency does not usually charge for visitors to national forests. In fact, the Forest Service does not charge for access on 98 percent of its land, said a news release. More than two-thirds of the Forest Service’s approximately 18,000 recreation sites nationwide can be used for free. They include picnic sites, campsites, beach and lake areas, trails, boat launches, and cabins.
Also not charging admission fees this weekend are the National Park Service, including parks like Mount Rainier and Olympic, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including locations like the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, and Washington State Parks.