Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013
Shawnee National Forest Announces Participation in 2013 Fee-Free Days
Date(s) & Time(s)::
Daily from January 19, 2013 until January 21, 2013
Daily from June 7, 2013 until June 9, 2013
Daily from September 27, 2013 until September 29, 2013
Daily from November 9, 2013 until November 11, 2013
The Shawnee National Forest joins other federal agencies in offering fee-free days on public lands in 2013, beginning January 21, 2013, in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.Return to event list.
The participation in fee-free days supports the efforts of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative that aims to establish a 21st Century conservation and recreation agenda. In discussions across the nation, Americans made it clear that they want to reconnect or connect for the first time with the great outdoors – and they want the government’s help.
The 2013 free-fee days the U.S. Forest Service, including the Shawnee, will participate in are:
· January 21, 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Free camping at non-reserved campsites Saturday, January 19, 2013 and Sunday, January 20, 2013 evenings along with free day use January 19, 20 and 21, 2013.
· June 8, 2013 National Get Outdoors Day; Free camping at non-reserved campsites on Friday, June 7, 2013 and Saturday, June 8, 2013 along with free day use on Saturday, June 8, 2013 and Sunday, June 9, 2013.
· September 28, 2013 National Public Lands Day; Free camping at non-reserved campsites on Friday, September 27, 2013 and Saturday, September 28, 2013 with free day use on Saturday, September 28, 2013 and Sunday, September 29, 2013.
· November 9-11, 2013 Veterans Day Weekend; Free camping at non-reserved campsites on Saturday, November 9, 2013 and Sunday, November 10, 2013 along with free day use November 9, 10 and 11, 2013.
The Shawnee National Forest campgrounds included in the fee waiver are as follows: Garden of the Gods, Pounds Hollow, Camp Cadiz, Pine Hill, and Johnson Creek. Please note that concessionaire operated campgrounds are not included in the fee waiver.
Administered by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, the Shawnee National Forest is one of 155 national forests nationwide. As the only national forest in Illinois, the Shawnee offers numerous avenues for connecting with the natural world through its 280,000 acres of varied landscape. Whether your interests lie more in outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking or camping, or include learning about the unique natural and cultural heritage of southern Illinois, the fields, forests and streams of the Shawnee welcome you. To discover more about the Shawnee National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/shawnee and follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/shawnee. National information about the U.S. Forest Service can be found at: http://www.fs.fed.us/.
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