Jan 17, 2014 8:00 AM by Jeff Beamish
TUCSON - The U.S. Forest Service, including the Coronado National Forest will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites on Jan. 20, 2014, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The fee waiver day is the first of five fee-waiver occasions offered by the agency during 2014.
The other scheduled fee-free days observed by the Coronado NF and other national forests and grasslands are President's Day on Feb. 17; National Get Outdoors Day on June 14; National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27; and Veterans Day weekend from Nov. 8 to 11.
National Get Outdoors Days helps to raise awareness that nature encourages healthy, active outdoor fun. In addition to waiving fees, various Forest Service units participate in a variety of public events on agency lands and in nearby cities and towns. Further information regarding Coronado NF events will be announced in a future news release.
National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort in support of public lands. Annual events on the Coronado include invasive plant removal projects and a variety of site improvement projects, and will be noticed by news release closer to the event date.
The fee-waiver program is presented 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.