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Free Admission Days in 2013 to Federal Lands

November 16, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Department of the Interior has announced several dates in 2013 when more than 2,000 national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges and other federal lands will offer free admittance to everyone.

“Our national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and other public lands offer every American a place to enjoy outdoor recreation, learn about our nation’s history and culture, and restore our souls and spirits by connecting with the natural beauty and wildness of our land,” Ken Salazar, secretary of the Department of Interior, stated in a news release. “By providing free admission, we are putting out an invitation to all Americans to visit and enjoy these extraordinary treasures that belong to all our people.”

Tourism and outdoor recreation are powerful economic engines in communities across the country. Recreation on federal lands in 2009 provided 440,000 jobs and contributed $55 billion to the economy.

The fee waiver does not cover expanded amenity or user fees for things such as camping, boat launches, transportation or special tours.

Active duty military members and their dependents are eligible for a free annual pass that provides entrance to lands managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Other discounted passes available include the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program which offers a free lifetime pass for people with disabilities, a $10 lifetime senior pass for those age 62 and over, and a $80 annual pass for the general public.

The scheduled waived-fees days are:

  • Jan. 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) – Participating agencies: National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service.
  • April 22 – 26 (National Park Week) – Participating agency: National Park Service.
  • June 8 (Great Outdoors Day) – Participating agency: U.S. Forest Service.
  • Aug. 25 (National Park Service Birthday) – Participating agency: National Park Service.
  • Sept. 28 (National Public Lands Day) – Participating agencies: National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service.
  • Oct. 13 (National Wildlife Refuge Day) – Participating agency: Fish & Wildlife Service.
  • Nov. 9 – 11 (Veterans Day weekend) – Participating agencies: National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service.

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