Millerbird team on Laysan Island. (back row/ left to right) Peter Luscomb, Dr. Thierry Work, Chris Farmer,Michele Kuter, Claudia Mischler, Tawn Speetjens, Amy Munes. (front row kneeling/left to right) Robby Kohley, Sheila Conant, Sheldon Plentovich

Millerbird team on Laysan Island.

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2016 Federal Fee-Free Days Announced

Several federal land management agencies announced fee-free days for 2016, including National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on September 24. A fee-free day is when forests, parks, refuges, and rangelands offer free entry or waive the standard amenity fee for visitors.

Along with NPLD, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Veterans Day are free entrance days at Bureau of Land ManagementNational Park ServiceUS Fish & Wildlife Service, and US Forest Service lands. There are also additional fee-free days specific to agencies. The National Park Service will provide free entry the weekend of August 25 to celebrate its 100th birthday and US Fish and Wildlife Service will provide free entry on October 9 to mark the first Sunday of National Refuge Week.

2016 Fee-Free Days on Federally Managed Lands

Bureau of Land Management
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  • January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 13 to 15 – Presidents’ Day Weekend
  • September 24 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day

National Park Service
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  • January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • April 16 to 24 – National Park Week
  • August 25 to 28 – National Park Service Birthday Weekend
  • September 24 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day

US Army Corps of Engineers
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  • September 24 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day Weekend

US Fish & Wildlife Service
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  • January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 13 to 15 – Presidents’ Day Weekend
  • September 24 – National Public Lands Day
  • October 9 – First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week
  • November 11 to 13 – Veterans Day Weekend

US Forest Service
(Release coming soon)

  • January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 15 – Presidents’ Day
  • June 11 – National Get Outdoors Day
  • September 24 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day
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