Fees waived at national forests on holiday weekend

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Forest
Service officials say the agency is waiving fees for visitors at most
of its day-use recreation centers during the Veterans Day holiday
weekend.

Spokeswoman Judy Toppins says the fee waivers from Nov.
9-11 apply to the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests. She says
forest visitors should feel free to call other local forest service
offices to check on whether fees are being waived elsewhere.

U.S.
Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell says the department encourages veterans
and their families to take advantage of national forests and the
associated benefits.

Officials say fees are being waived as part
of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, and the waivers are
also part of an initiative by President Barack Obama to encourage
Americans to spend time outdoors.

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