Wayne National Forest waives trail fees for vets

Staff Report

NELSONVILLE — In observance of Veteran’s Day, the Wayne National Forest is waiving trail permit fees Nov. 7-8.

The fee waiver applies to trails only. The fee waivers are offered in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.

“We want to recognize the 22 million American veterans who have served their country in the military,” said Wayne National Forest Supervisor Tony Scardina. “Given that nearly one out of every ten adults in Ohio is a veteran, many community members have been impacted by a veteran’s call to serve. We encourage veterans, their families, and the general public to enjoy the trails on the Wayne National Forest in observance of Veteran’s Day.”

The Forest Service also honors active duty military members year-round with the free Interagency Annual Military Pass honored at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees.

Fee waiver days support the goals of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, which encourages all Americans to connect with the outdoors, and first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Outside,” which urges children to get outside and be active for good health.

The Wayne National Forest offers over 400 miles of multiple-use trails, which include horse, all-terrain vehicle (ATV), off-highway motorcycle (OHM), mountain bike, and hiking trails. Trail permits are required to ride ATV, OHM, mountain bike, and horse trails during the open season (April 15 through Dec. 15), with exception of designated fee waiver days.

Staff Report