The nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands is National Public Lands Day Saturday, Sept. 30. To encourage people to join in and visit their public lands, the Forest Service is waiving day-use fees at recreation sites across the Pacific Northwest.
“Our public lands are a national treasure belonging to all Americans,” said Jim Peña, Pacific Northwest regional forester. “On this National Public Lands Day, whether you’re volunteering in your community or enjoying the great outdoors, we thank you for helping us celebrate and care for these special places.”
The Malheur National Forest will host a volunteer opportunity from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at Magone Lake. Restoration opportunities for volunteers will include trail maintenance, trash clean up, fire pit cleanup and more. A barbecue lunch along with environmental education talks with forest staff will be provided for volunteers to enjoy. For more information, contact Elizabeth Moore at 541-820-3863.
In honor of National Public Lands Day, fees will be waived at day-use recreation sites in Oregon and Washington. This fee waiver includes many picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads and visitor centers. Concession operations will continue to charge fees unless the permit holder wishes to participate. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions or other permits still apply.
Celebrated annually on the last Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day brings together volunteers, agencies and partner organizations to connect people to public lands in their community, inspire environmental stewardship and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation and general health.
Last year, over 200,000 National Public Lands Day participants volunteered at over 2,600 sites across the nation, contributing $18 million worth of public land improvements. To learn more about National Public Lands Day, visit neefusa.org/public-lands-day.