Forest service to waive fees for vets

Published 10:26 pm Monday, November 9, 2015

The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites in Alabama’s national forests on Nov. 11 in honor of Veteran’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.

Fees will be waived at the following day-use recreation sites in Alabama’s national forests on Wed., Nov. 11:

• Conecuh National Forest’s Open Pond Campground.

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.

Encouraging use of public lands supports the goals of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, which encourages all Americans to connect with the outdoors, and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Outside imitative that encourages children to get out and get active to be healthy.