PORTLAND — Day-use sites in Washington and Oregon will be free on June 10 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, the USDA Forest Service announced Monday, as a way of encouraging people to explore the outdoors.
“We are delighted to waive fees for National Get Outdoors Day,” Tracy Calizon, assistant director of recreation and related resources for the Pacific Northwest region of the Forest Service, wrote in the announcement. “This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals and families to engage in outdoor activities and discover the incredible natural beauty that our forests and public lands have to offer. We hope that by providing free access, more people will be inspired to connect with nature, create lasting memories, and foster a lifelong appreciation for our environment.”
The waiver includes many picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and visitor centers, the announcement said. Concession operations will continue to charge fees unless the permit holder chooses to participate. Regular fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions, and other permits will still apply. Approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands are available for use at no cost and 98% of national forests and grasslands have no fees at any time, it said.
The Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service manages millions of acres of land across Washington and Oregon including over 2,400 developed recreation sites, more than 24,000 miles of trails, 51 Wild and Scenic Rivers, and two national monuments, the announcement said. Visitors are encouraged to check their local forest or public land websites for specific information on recreation opportunities, trails, safety guidelines and any additional regulations, and also to practice Leave No Trace principles during their outdoor adventures.
More information can be found at www.fs.usda.gov.