Celebrate National Public Lands Day in Tiger Mountain State Forest, national parks

September 19, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 3 p.m. Sept. 19, 2012

Washingtonians can celebrate National Public Lands Day in Tiger Mountain State Forest, other state forestlands or at national parks.

The state Department of Natural Resources said the lineup for National Public Lands Day, Sept. 29, includes a mountain bike trail construction event on Tiger Mountain.

The annual event is meant to encourage people to head outside and enjoy the outdoors.

State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark invited the public to join volunteers to celebrate the event on Department of Natural Resources-managed lands across Washington.

Statewide, hundreds of volunteers plan to join the agency and partner organizations to repair trails, clean up litter, clear brush, remove invasive plants and complete other projects in recreation lands and conservation areas.

The event on Tiger Mountain runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Sam Jarrett at 206-375-0448 or sam.jarrett@dnr.wa.gov to learn more.

Meanwhile, National Park Service officials announced free admission to national parks for National Public Lands Day.

“National Public Lands Day reminds all of us of the vast and diverse nature of America’s open spaces, from small neighborhood parks to large national parks, and the importance of each one,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in a statement. “We are fortunate that more than 600 million acres of public land, including national parks, provide all of us with cherished places where we can go to unwind, recreate, or learn.”

Other federal agencies offering free admission include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and U.S. Forest Service.

Normally, 133 national parks charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25. The other 264 parks do not charge for admission.

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