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Mark Twain forest volunteers to get "fee-free" day

ROLLA, MO (KFVS) -

Volunteers at the Mark Twain National Forest "Public Lands Day" will receive fee-free days for helping out on Saturday, September 24.

According to the US Forest Service, volunteers helping on National Public Lands Day events will qualify for a fee-free pass for 1 visit during 2012.

Officials say National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort meant to improve and enhance public lands in the US.

Mark Twain National Forest, and many other federal land management agencies, will offer a fee-free day Saturday, September 24, say forest officials. No fees will also be charged for day use on Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, and no fees will be charged for camping in non-reserved sites on Friday and Saturday night, September 23-24, 2011.

Although, all reservation feels still apply, and motorized trail sites operated by concessionaires will still require fee payment, according to the forest service.

Also, the service announced that for the 6th year in a row, all National Public Lands Day volunteers who work at an event on a site managed by Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or USDA Forest Service will also receive a coupon good for a "fee-free" day at any site managed by those agencies.

Officials say the coupon is valid for one year.

Mark Twain's Forest Supervisor Dave Whittekiend encourages everyone to spend time enjoying Mark Twain National Forest on Public Lands Day Weekend.

"While the main focus is getting involved in volunteer work, we offer free recreation opportunities to encourage everyone to enjoy the forest and to thank those who are volunteering to enhance our nation's recreation facilities," Whittekiend said.

Online: More information about National Public Lands Day.

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