Visitors to the San Bernardino National Forest will not have to pay anything for access to any part of the reserve during National Public Lands Day on Sept. 29, it was announced this week.
The U.S. Forest Service reported that on that Saturday, fee waivers will be in effect in all areas of the 676,666-acre forest, about a third of which is in Riverside County.
National Public Lands Day events are planned at federally protected sites throughout the country.
The event, always held the last Saturday in September, began in 1994 as a way to encourage volunteer activity in wilderness areas. Volunteers haul away trash, clear trails and plant native trees.
“We appreciate the work of so many volunteers who help us care for our special lands,” said USFS Chief Tom Tidwell. “National Public Lands Day is a great opportunity for families to visit our national forests, experience the beauty of fall foliage, and perhaps be motivated to join in with other volunteers and help us restore America’s precious natural resources.”
Forest service officials noted that access to 98 percent of federally protected land is free most — if not all — of the time. However, a few activities require a Daily Adventure Pass.
Another fee-waiver weekend is planned on Nov. 10.
More information is available at http://www.publiclandsday.org.