WASHINGTON DC- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today announced it will waive daily user fees normally charged at boat ramps and swimming beaches in its nationwide recreation areas. in recognition of National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, September 24.
The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as communal picnic shelters. Other agencies and partners who manage recreation areas on USACE land are encouraged, but not required, to comply with this day-use fee waiver in the areas they manage.
USACE invites volunteers to continue the annual tradition of public service by participating in NPLD events.
Volunteers who participate in any of USACE’s NPLD in-person activities will receive a free coupon if the volunteer site participates in the coupon program. Volunteers should check with their local USACE project for more information. The free coupon is valid for one year from the date of issue and can be used for one day’s entrance fee or daily use in the park, forest or recreation area of any participating federal agency that charges either of these types of fees.
Thousands of volunteers are expected to support the more than 60 USACE projects participating in this year’s National Public Lands Day, the largest annual volunteer hands-on restoration activity of its kind. Last year, 4,100 volunteers served 17,000 hours on USACE-managed lands, removing 47,300 pounds of trash, cleaning 434 miles of roads and shoreline, maintaining 60 miles of trails, improving 503 acres of habitat and engaging 141 partner organizations.
USACE has participated in National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has always been one of the event’s largest venue and volunteer providers. USACE manages more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states. With 90% of these projects located within 80 km of metropolitan areas, USACE sites offer a wide range of safe and affordable outdoor recreation opportunities close to home.
For more information on National Public Lands Day or to find events near you, visit http://www.publiclandsday.org/ or call your local USACE lake or river project office. For more information on USACE recreation opportunities, visit www.CorpsLakes.us.
Liberation no. 22-005