SFNF Waives Fees For National Public Lands Day; Activities Include Trail Work, Kids’ Event In Cuba

SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities Sept. 24, 2016, as part of the 23rd annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD). 
The largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands, NPLD is a great opportunity to encourage people to enjoy the great outdoors and celebrate our national forests and other public lands.
Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds, non-reserve campgrounds and developed trailheads. Day-use fees will be waived at standard amenity fee sites operated by the Santa Fe National Forest, except for those reserved in advance through Recreation.gov.
In honor of NPLD and the Every Kid in a Park initiative, the Cuba Ranger District will welcome special guests Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl and Forest Service firefighters for a nature hike and other educational activities. The public is welcome, and participants will meet at the Cuba Middle School on Saturday at 9 a.m. The event will end at around noon. Kids are encouraged to wear comfortable closed-toe shoes, long-sleeved shirts, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. Snacks and water will be provided. 
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, please contact Jeff Bell at jcbell@fs.fed.us or 575.289.3264.
The SFNF is also looking for volunteers to continue work on the trail re-route along the Borrego section of the Borrego/Bear Wallow Trail. Volunteers will meet at the Borrego/Bear Wallow trailhead at 8:45 a.m. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and lunch will be provided. Volunteers should wear long sleeves, long pants, above-ankle non-skid boots and leather gloves to protect them from terrain that can be thorny and rocky. They should bring a backpack with sunscreen, and at least two quarts of water.  Tools and hard hats will be provided by the SFNF. 
For additional information and to RSVP, please contact Jennifer Sublett, Española District Volunteer Coordinator, at jasublett@fs.fed.us or 505.753.7331
The final fee waiver day in 2016 is November 11, Veterans Day, which commemorates the end of World War I and pays tribute to all military heroes, past and present.
Visitors to the Santa Fe National Forest are encouraged to contact the appropriate ranger district office to confirm which recreation sites are included in the National Public Lands Day fee waiver.