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Posted 9/25/2014

Release no. 14-045


Contact
Rhonda Paige
817-886-1312
rhonda.k.paige@usace.army.mil
819 Taylor Street, Fort Worth Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District will be supporting National Public Lands Day by waiving fees and opportunities for the public to volunteer for a day of service at its facilities.  The district joins other Corps districts to waive day use fees at its USACE-operated recreation areas in recognition of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27.  On this day, fees normally charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches will be waived. 

The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters.  Other agencies and partners that manage recreation areas located on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to comply with this waiver of day use fees in the areas they manage. 

Additionally volunteers who participate in one of USACE’s National Public Lands Day activities will be issued a fee-free coupon if the volunteer site is participating in the coupon program.  Volunteers should check with their local USACE district or project office for more information.  The fee-free coupon is valid for one year from date of issue and may be used for one day of entrance or day use fees at any participating federal agency’s park, forest or recreation area that charges either of these types of fees.  For more information on the fee-free day and coupons visit http://www.publiclandsday.org/highlights/fee-free-day-and-coupons.

Thousands of local volunteers are expected to support the more than 233 USACE sites participating in this year’s 21st annual National Public Lands Day, the largest annual volunteer hands-on restoration activity of its kinds.  Volunteers at USACE sites will take part in tree planting, erosion control, bank stabilization, building trails, restoring recreation areas, trash pick-up, removing invasive species and non-native plants, improving wildlife habitats, harvesting prairie plant seeds and rehabilitating playgrounds.  Fort Worth District lakes will participate again this year and include Aquilla, Canyon, Lake O the Pines, Whitney, Town Bluff, Lavon, Sam Rayburn and Waco.

In 2013 more than 16,000 volunteers worked to clean 1,651 miles of shoreline, maintain 135 miles of trails, and plant some 835 trees and shrubs at USACE-operated sites. 

Volunteering in National Public Lands Day events is one way to answer President Obama’s call to service and play a role in supporting America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, an effort to promote the conservation of outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to the outdoors. 

USACE has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the event’s largest providers of sites and volunteers.  As the nation’s leading federal provider of water-based recreation, USACE manages 404 lake and river projects in 43 states.  With 90 percent of these projects located within 50 miles of metropolitan areas, USACE sites provide a wide range of safe, affordable, outdoor recreation opportunities close to home.  

To locate National Public Lands Day events near you, visit http://www.publiclandsday.org/ or call your local USACE lake or river office.  For more information on USACE recreation opportunities visit www.CorpsLakes.us.

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About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico.  Visit the Fort Worth District website at: www.swf.usace.army.mil and SWF Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Worth-District-US-Army-Corps-of-Engineers/188083711219308

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