USDA Offers New Interagency Lifetime Military Pass

The USDA Forest Service, recognizing the service of America’s Veterans, is waiving standard amenity fees for all visitors to national forest and grassland day-use areas on November 11th, 2022. In addition, Veterans and Gold Star Family members are now able to obtain the new Interagency Lifetime Military pass from Forest Service offices.

On fee-free days, the Forest Service waives standard amenity fees normally charged for day use sites. On the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, this includes the Cascades Recreation Area and Crabtree Falls Day Use Area. The waiver does not apply to special recreation permits, cabin rentals, or campground reservations, nor does it include expanded amenity fees charged for certain highly-developed sites, service charges, or fees assessed by independent concessionaires operating on National Forest land.

“Many veterans explore the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, spending time with their families and connecting with the outdoors,” said Forest Supervisor Joby Timm.

The new Lifetime Military Pass is available at no cost to all Veterans and Gold Star family members, and the immediate family member(s) of a fallen service member who died while serving in a time of conflict. This pass is honored year-round and nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging standard amenity or entrance fees.

For more information about interagency passes valid on National Forests and Grasslands, visit: Passes and Permits | US Forest Service ( <>.

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