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Fees to be Waived for Use of National Forest

Visitors to the San Bernardino National Forest will not have to pay anything for access to recreational sites in any part of the reserve this holiday weekend as the U.S. Forest Service drops all fees in celebration of Presidents Day.

According to the USFS, fee waivers will be in effect in all areas of the 676,666-acre forest, about a third of which is in Riverside County.

Rangers hope the no-cost three-day weekend will encourage people to use picnic areas, trails, rivers and lakes.

Forest Service officials noted that fees for campground reservations and access to concession stands will still apply.

According to the Forest Service, access to 98 percent of federally protected land is free most -- if not all -- of the time. However, a few activities require a Daily Adventure Pass.

Fee-waiver days are also planned June 7 and 14, as well as Sept. 27 and the weekend of Nov. 8-11.

More information is available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf 

Jeremiah February 11, 2014 at 04:42 PM
These fees are sort of a sore point, as they constitute a double tax in reality. We pay taxes which fund the USDA Forest Service, but the Adventure Pass was instituted to supplement that budget for 3 years and then never taken away as it was supposed to be. I was involved with the original plan and my resort, Ski Sunrise, was the very first Adventure Pass sales outlet. This is a prime example of how our government says one thing and does another. Now years later we are supposed to commend them for giving us what is supposed to be ours in the first place - free and unfettered access to our public lands? **** Jeremiah
Barbara Yost February 11, 2014 at 05:42 PM
Yes, it was wonderful when it snowed and a family could pull off in a pull out and let the kids make a snowman or slide down a slope. Many young families can't afford the pass.
Diego Rose February 12, 2014 at 10:08 AM
I have never truly understood paying to enjoy nature. If the goal of all of these organizations is to protect the land, then all they should do is teach people how to enjoy nature with as little impact as possible. They could literally supply people entering with bags for clean up and site maps for pick up sites. Seems simple. I never liked seeing nature looking like a city park anyways. They have taken the money provided and rescaled nature to a point of unnatural?


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