The U.S. Forest Service joins other federal agencies in offering fee-free days on public lands in 2013, beginning Jan. 21 in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
That day marks the first of four fee-free days the Forest Service is offering the public in 2013.
“Your national forests and grasslands are a bargain any day of the year, but even more so on fee-free days,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “Whether you stay for a few hours or a few days, your public lands are some of the best travel bargains in the nation.”
Traditionally, fees are not charged on 98% of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used for free. This includes opportunities such as camping and picnicking.
The Forest Service operates approximately 17,000 developed recreation sites nationwide. Of those, approximately 6,000 require recreation fees, which are used to provide visitor services, repairs and replacements, and facilities maintenance.
The 2013 fee-free days the Forest Service will participate in are:
• Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
• June 8, National Get Outdoors Day
• Sept. 28, National Public Lands Day
• Nov. 9-11, Veterans Day Weekend