OUTDOORS: Forest Service waives day-use fees Saturday

The USDA Forest Service is waiving fees at hundreds of recreation sites across the country Saturday in recognition of National Public Lands Day.

In the Pacific Northwest Region, day-use fees will be waived at Forest Service-operated sties. Concessionaires operating day use facilities have the option of waiving fees. Fees are not waived at campgrounds or for recreation rentals.

The Forest Service has more than 60 project sites for initiatives across the country participating in this hands-on, national volunteer effort to improve America’s lands. Forest Service local activities may range from building and maintaining trails, cleaning waterways, pulling invasive weeds to sprucing up campgrounds.

“Public Lands Day provides a great opportunity for people from all walks of life to get out and enjoy our beautiful forests and grasslands,” said Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “In many parts of the country, late September is the perfect time to view amazing fall colors as you get out and enjoy the woods.”