Recreation fees waived on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Everett, Wash. Feb. 11, 2015--The U.S. Forest Service is giving visitors to the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest a free pass for Presidents Day. Fees will be waived at more than 74 day-use sites on the forest Feb. 16.
The fee-free day honors our Presidents who have served this country. The fee waiver applies on all recreation lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.
Fee-free days the Forest Service will participate in this year are:
• Feb. 16, Presidents Day
• June 6, National Trails Day
• June 13, National Get Outdoors Day
• Sept. 26, National Public Lands Day
• Nov. 11, Veterans Day
The fee waivers are offered in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Check trail and road conditions or call the Forest Service office you plan to visit for more information.
Wallowa-Whitman NF offices will be closed in observance of Presidents Day, Feb. 16, 2015
Baker City, OR– Wallowa-Whitman National Forest offices and ranger stations will be closed Monday, February 16, in observance of Presidents Day. Regular business hours will resume Tuesday, January 20 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and its district offices, please visitwww.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman or follow us on Twitter @WallowaWhitman.
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest waives fees for holiday
Day-use fees at most U.S. Forest Service recreation sites, including those on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, will be waived on Monday, February 16, 2015 to celebrate Presidents Day.
The fee-free day honors our Presidents who served this country throughout time – through the depression, wars, economic hardship, designation of forest reserves, and more – with special attention paid to Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
The administrative fee waiver of recreation-use fees applies annually on Presidents Day at public recreation lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service, as well as by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.
"Honoring our Presidents by waiving day-use fees is one way to recognize the contributions of those Americans who have served their country,” said U.S. Forest Service Fee Coordinator Jocelyn Biro. “We hope that individuals will take this opportunity to visit public lands and reflect on those Presidents that helped protect and preserve them.”
Federal agencies are authorized to charge standard amenity fees, commonly known as day-use fees, at recreation sites in the Northwest. Most of those fees help maintain the sites on which the fees are collected.
This fee waiver applies to day-use fees at Forest Service recreation sites across Oregon and Washington. This includes many picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads and visitor centers. Concession operations will continue to charge fees unless the permit holder wishes to participate. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions, or other permits will not be waived.
This fee waiver day is the second of five fee-free days offered by the agency during 2015. For a complete list of fee-free days observed by the Forest Service in 2015, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5350931
For more information on specific fee sites on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/wallowa-whitman/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=fsbdev2_026989
Encouraging use of public lands supports the goals of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative, an effort with a premise that the protection of the nation’s natural heritage is a non-partisan objective shared by all Americans. America’s Great Outdoors turns to communities for local, grassroots conservation initiatives and seeks to rework inefficient policies and to improve the federal government’s partnership endeavours with states, tribes and local communities. The fee-free program is managed 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.