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Thursday September 3rd, 2015 12:32AM

USACE, USFS waiving day-use fees for active, retired military on Veterans Day

By Ken Stanford Reporter
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are waiving day-use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the more than 2,400 USACE- and USFS-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day, November 11.

This includes those around Lake Lanier and in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests.

We honor our veterans, active and reserve service members, and their families this Veterans Day with an invitation to launch a boat or swim at one of our beaches free of charge, said Maj. Gen. Michael J. Walsh, USACE Deputy Commanding General for Civil Works and Emergency Operations.

The day-use fee waiver requires only verbal confirmation of service.

"This is our way of saying thanks to the brave men and women  past and present  who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe at home," said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. "We encourage veterans, their families and all visitors to take time out over the holiday weekend to enjoy the benefits that nature provides at forests and grasslands throughout the country."

In the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, recreation areas participating in the fee waiver will indicate this at the fee stations. Concessionaire operated day-use sites may or may not be included in the waiver. Forest visitors may check with their local Forest Service office to find out in advance whether waivers will exist at specific sites.

· Blue Ridge District Office, Blairsville, Ga. - 706-745-6928

· Chattooga River District Office, Lakemont, Ga. - 706 754-6221

· Conasauga District Office, Chatsworth, Ga. - 706 695-6736

· Oconee District Office, Eatonton, Ga. - 706 485-7110

Brasstown Bald Visitor Center and Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area, which are operated by the Cradle of Forestry, will admit veterans and their immediate family members free of charge on Monday, November 12.

Click on the links below to read more about the waivers and what they cover.
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