Fee free weekend

ROLLA, MO (USFWS) – Mark Twain National Forest will offer fee free days for National Public Lands Day Saturday, September 24, 2011. Volunteers helping on National Public Lands Day events will also qualify for a fee free pass for one visit during next year.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance public lands Americans enjoy.

Mark Twain National Forest, and many other federal land management agencies, will offer a fee-free day Saturday, September 24, 2011. No fees will also be charged for day use on Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, 201, and no fees will be charged for camping in non-reserved sites on Friday and Saturday night, September 23-24, 2011.

All reservation feels still apply; motorized trail sites operated by concessionaires will still require fee payment.

For the sixth year in a row, all National Public Lands Day volunteers who work at an event on a site managed by Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or USDA Forest Service will also receive a coupon good for a "fee-free" day at any site managed by those agencies. The coupon is valid for one year.

Mark Twain's Forest Supervisor Dave Whittekiend encourages everyone to spend time enjoying Mark Twain National Forest on Public Lands Day Weekend.

"While the main focus is getting involved in volunteer work, we offer free recreation opportunities to encourage everyone to enjoy the forest and to thank those who are volunteering to enhance our nation's recreation facilities," Whittekiend said.

For more information about National Public Lands Day, go to: www.publiclandsday.org.


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