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Wyoming State Office
Release Date: 09/24/09
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins,    

BLM Designates National Public Lands Day as a "Fee Free Day"

The Bureau of Land Management will waive recreation-related fees for visitors on Saturday, September 26, 2009, which is National Public Lands Day. Site entrance/standard amenity and individual day-use fees will be waived on this day; however, other fees, such as those for group day use, overnight camping, and cabin rentals, will remain in effect.

Five of the Federal NPLD participating agencies (the BLM, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and Army Corps of Engineers), in conjunction with the Take Pride in America Program and the National Environmental Education Foundation, will also present "fee-free coupons" to NPLD volunteers in recognition of their invaluable service to the nation’s public lands. The 2009 coupon will entitle recipients and their families or vehicle companions to one "fee-free" day at a participating Federal recreation or visitor site of their choice within one calendar year beginning on September 27, 2009.

Coupons will be issued to any NPLD volunteers, age 16 years or older, who are participants in a registered NPLD event. The coupons will be accepted at any fee site where the America the Beautiful-National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands pass (Interagency Annual Pass, Senior Pass, and Access Pass), Golden Age passport, Golden Access passport, or daily/annual site passes are accepted. At the time of redemption, the holder of the coupon must surrender it to the appropriate BLM recreation or visitor site staff member.

BLM ecnourages the public to visit the National Historic Trails Interepretive Center (NHTIC) located in Casper, Wyo. on Saturday. Fees will be waived for the day in celebration of NPLD. The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The Center is currently operating on summer hours, and is open daily, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 09-24-2009