USFS Waiving Fees At Day Use Sites for Veterans Day

The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites over the Veterans Day holiday weekend this weekend.

The fee waivers are offered in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.

The Forest Service said day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the U.S. Forest Service, including those on the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests.

It also said concessionaire operated day-use sites may be included in the waiver if the permit holder wishes to participate.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said that the agency wholeheartedly salutes the men and women who represent the nearly 22 million American veterans who have served their country in the military and it encourages veterans and their families to take advantage of their national forests and grasslands to enjoy all of the benefits the outdoors provide.

In Georgia, the Forest Service said forest visitors may check with their local Forest Service office to find out in advance whether waivers will exist at specific sites.

The agency said that traditionally, fees are not charged 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, while many recreation opportunities such as camping, sightseeing and hiking can be enjoyed throughout the year at no cost.