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U.S. Forest Service waives fees in honor of President’s Day

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Big Bear Lake (Hugo C. Valdez, Victor Valley News)

SAN BERNARDINO, California, February 14, 2017 –The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites on Feb. 20 in honor of President’s Day.

The fee waiver program is in cooperation with other federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Fees are waived generally for day-use areas, such as picnic grounds, developed trailheads and destination visitor centers. Concessionaire operated sites may be included in the waiver if the permit holder wishes to participate. Visitors who inadvertently use a Daily Adventure Pass this weekend can have it replaced free of charge. Though the Adventure Pass fee will be waived, campground, reservation, group-site, and concession fees will still be in effect.

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No fees are charged at any time on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used for free.

Other 2017 fee-free days are June 10 as part of National Get Outdoors Day; Sept. 30 for National Public Lands Days, the single-largest; and Nov. 11-12 as part of Veterans Days weekend.

The health benefits visitors receive from being on national forests and grasslands are found when exploring the more than 150,000 miles of trails, which includes hiking, biking, equestrian and motorized trails, and more than 10,000 developed recreation sites. Visitors also have a wide choice of recreational activities with more than 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, 9,100 miles of National Scenic Byways, 22 National Recreation Areas, 11 National Scenic Areas, 12 National Monuments, one national preserve and one national heritage area.

For more information please call your local Ranger Station:

  • Big Bear Ranger Station & Discovery Center 909-382-2790
  • Idyllwild Ranger Station 909-382-2922
  • Lytle Creek Ranger Station 909-382-2852
  • Mill Creek Ranger Station 909-382-2882
  • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument 760-862-9984

Learn more about the Adventure Pass at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/adventurepass

(Hugo C. Valdez, Victor Valley News)

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