Allegheny Site Management, the concessionaire for the Allegheny National Forest, will observe the U.S. Forest Service waving of day-use fees over the Veterans' Day weekend, Nov. 9-11.
Ed Prince, owner of ASM, said that he normally follows the Forest Service's annual program, although at this time of year the only facilities that are still open are the Willow Bay campground and boat launches. The standard fee is $5 a day, or $55 a year.
The fee waivers the fourth this year are offered in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, according to a Forest Service press release.
"We wholeheartedly salute the men and women who represent the nearly 22 million American veterans who have served their country in the military," said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. "As we do throughout the year, we encourage veterans and their families to take advantage of their national forests and grasslands to enjoy all the benefits the outdoors provide."
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 and Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees.