Free Access to National Forests and Grasslands for Veterans and Gold Star Families Through U.S. Forest Service

In a show of gratitude to the brave men and women who selflessly served our country in uniform, the United States Forest Service announced today that it will offer U.S. military veterans and Gold Star Families fee-free access to the national forests and grasslands that they manage.

“This country is deeply indebted to the dedicated men and women who have served in the military, and to the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation,” said Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen. “We are pleased to offer this free access opportunity as a way to honor them and to encourage them to explore our Nation’s big backyard.”

Fees will be waived for veterans and Gold Star families at day-use standard amenity recreation fee sites such as trailheads, picnic sites, visitor centers and most other day-use recreation sites operated by the Forest Service. This benefit will take effect starting on today – Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2020 – and will continue indefinitely.

To access the benefit, veterans can present any of several government issued documents verifying veteran status. Gold Star families can download and print a voucher to show a ranger or place on the vehicle dashboard at unstaffed sites.

For more information on the free access program for U.S. military veterans and Gold Star families please visit the Forest Service website.

See you out on the trails!

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