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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Visit, Volunteer at Parks on National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 27, is National Public Lands Day. Utah's national parks, monuments and most other public lands will not charge entrance fees on that day.

Fees will still be levied for camping, boating and other activities.

On that day volunteers will participate in work projects to improve many public areas. See the National Public Lands Day website for information. To get involved, contact land managers in your area to learn about volunteer opportunities.

The Spectrum has this news article about the observation. Below are excerpts.

On that day, the National Park Service will join the other Department of the Interior Bureaus, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Utah State Parks to waive entrance fees, including commercial tour entrance fees and transportation entrance fees.

In addition to the Fee Free Day on Saturday, Zion National Park and other Department of the Interior Bureaus will offer an additional Fee Free Day on Sunday for newly naturalized citizens to the United States. This Fee Free Day will not include the Department of Agriculture or Utah State Parks. On July 4, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne issued a press release welcoming newly naturalized citizens to national parks.

"We would like to invite all of our neighbors to take advantage of these two days to reacquaint themselves with their local national park," said superintendent Jock Whitworth.


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