SALINE COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at most of its campgrounds over Veterans Day weekend.
Forest Service officials say the Shawnee National Forest campgrounds included in the fee waiver on November 11th and 12th are: Garden of the Gods, Pounds Hollow, Camp Cadiz, Pine Hills, and Johnson Creek.
Concessionaire operated campgrounds are not included in the fee waiver.
"We're honoring our country's brave men and women veterans by waiving fees over the long weekend," said US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. "We encourage people who might not normally enjoy our beautiful public lands to get out of the house and enjoy a forest or grassland near you. Our lands offer a wide range of recreation and educational benefits such as improved physical and mental health, emotional well being, a concern for nature, and a conservation ethic."
The fee waivers are the third offered this year.
The Forest Service operates approximately 17,000 recreation sites nationwide. Of those, approximately 6,000 require recreation fees, which are used to provide visitor services, repairs and replacements and facilities maintenance.