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Saturday is free at Lynx Lake, Granite Mtn., Thumb Butte

The U.S. Forest Service offers a fee-free day for national public lands on Saturday, Sept. 24, in conjunction with the 23rd annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD). It is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands projects that ensure sustainable ecosystems and promote vibrant communities. NPLD volunteers help to clean and restore trails, campgrounds and shorelines across the country, U.S. Forest Chief Tom Tidwell said.

“This year, I extend a special invitation to parents to bring their fourth-graders to enjoy America’s natural wonders and historic sites in celebration of the new Every Kid in a Park initiative,” Tidwell said.

NPLD began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers. It proved to be a huge success and became a yearly tradition, typically held on the last Saturday in September.

U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at the following sites on the Prescott National Forest:

• Lynx Lake Recreation Area: North Shore, South Shore and Lynx Creek Ruin.

• Granite Basin Recreation Area: Cayuse, Wekuvde, Boat Launch, Playa and Metate.

• Thumb Butte Recreation Area.

• Alto Pit OHV Recreation Area: Day Use Site.

• Mingus Day Use.

• Mingus Lake Day Use.

• Hayfield Draw OHV Recreation Area.

The Forest Service also offers fee-free days in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, National Get Outdoors Day and Veterans Day. Generally, fees are waived for day use areas, such as picnic grounds, developed trailheads and destination visitor centers. Fees are not waived for concessionaire-operated facilities or for overnight use such as camping or recreation rentals.

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