Santa Fe National Forest’s High Country. Courtesy/SFNF
SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many recreation sites and amenities Sept. 26, for National Public Lands Day (NPLD).
As the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands, NPLD is a great opportunity to educate the public about the environment and natural resources, and the need for shared stewardship of 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, in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. 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.
As part of NPLD, the SFNF is also looking for volunteers to help reroute a section of the popular Winsor Trail 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that day. Each volunteer participant will receive a free t-shirt, compliments of REI, and a fee-free coupon good for one day of free entry to participating federal public lands. For more information, visit the federal fee-free coupon webpage.
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, lunch and at least two quarts of water. Tools and hard hats will be provided by the Santa Fe National Forest. For additional information, contact Jennifer Sublett, Española District Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505.753.7331.
The final fee waiver day in 2015 is Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day, which commemorates the end of World War I and pays tribute to 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.