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2015 Public Lands Fee-Free Days Announced

Jan. 19: the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which honors the legacy of the civil rights leader and encourages Americans to participate in the MLK Day of Service
Feb. 16: Presidents Day, honoring our nation’s Presidents with particular attention towards commemorating President Washington and President Lincoln.
June 13: National Get Outdoors Day, a day when federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry encourages healthy, outdoor activities.
Sept. 26: National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort in support of public lands
Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day, commemorates the end of World War I and pays tribute to all military heroes past and present.

The last fee-free period for 2014 is Nov. 8-11 in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Agency units may plan their own events on fee-free days. Contact your local forest or grassland for more information or visit the agency links below:

BLM

Site-specific standard amenity and individual day-use fees at BLM recreation sites and areas will be waived for the specified dates.  Other fees, such as overnight camping, cabin rentals, and group day use, will remain in effect.  More details about fee-free days and activities on BLM managed public lands are available at: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/Recreation/BLM_Fee_Free_Days.html.

Forest Service

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. Check with your local forest or grassland or on Recreation.gov to see if your destination charges a fee. Fees are used to help cover the cost of safe, clean facilities. Use the Forest Service map to find a national forest or grassland near you.

National Park Service

Only 133 of our country's 401 national parks usually charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

If you're planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.

USFWS
The Refuge System provides and protects it all on 150 million acres of land and water from the Caribbean to the Pacific, Maine to Alaska. There is at least one national wildlife refuge in every state.  Find a National Wildlife Refuge near you: http://www.fws.gov/refuges

2015 Free-free Days

Dates

Event Participating Agency
Jan. 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Park Service
Bureau of Land Management
Feb. 15-17* President’s Day Weekend U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Park Service
Bureau of Land Management
Jun. 13 National Get Outdoors Day U.S. Forest Service
Apr. 18-19 First Weekend of National Park Week National Park Service
Aug. 25 National Park Service Birthday National Park Service
Sep. 26 National Public Lands Day U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Park Service
Bureau of Land Management
Oct. 11 First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Nov. 11 Veterans Day U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Park Service
Bureau of Land Management
*The Forest Service will offer fee-free day on Feb. 16 only
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