Wednesday, June 19, 2024

National Forests offer free admission for Get Outdoors Day

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PORTLAND - The USDA Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Region is encouraging the public to enjoy the great outdoors by waiving day-use fees at most recreation sites in national forests across Washington and Oregon on Saturday, June 8. This initiative is part of the celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, which aims to inspire Americans to lead healthy, active lifestyles by connecting with nature.

The fee waiver applies to day-use fees at trailheads, picnic areas, visitor centers, and other recreation sites across the region's 17 national forests and grasslands. However, fees for camping, cabin rentals, and special permits will remain in effect. Sites operated by concessionaires may participate at their own discretion.

This fee-free day is one of several Forest Service offers throughout the year. The remaining fee-free observances for 2024 include Juneteenth, National Public Lands Day, and Veterans Day.

The Forest Service emphasizes the importance of spending time outdoors, as it provides an opportunity to connect with nature, exercise, spend quality time with loved ones, and create lasting memories. To find a nearby national forest or grassland to visit on June 8 or any other day, the public can check the Forest Service website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/r6.

With the waiving of day-use fees, the Forest Service hopes to make it easier for individuals and families to enjoy the beauty and recreational opportunities that national forests have to offer, while also promoting the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle.

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