Wednesday, June 11, 2014
U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell invites children and families to experience the many benefits of nature by participating in the seventh annual National Get Outdoors Day, Saturday, June 14. The event, known as “GO Day,” inspires national and local organizations to come together to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of outdoor recreation.
“Working with our partners, we are able to provide a variety of opportunities for kids and adults to learn, enjoy and explore on our national forests and grasslands,” said Tidwell. “From Alaska to the Rockies to the Great Plains to the East Coast, we are hosting events and providing opportunities that stimulate the mind as well as the body.”
South Carolina’s national forests will be joining in the fun. On the Francis Marion National Forest, day-use fees will be waived at Buck Hall boating and picnic area and on Wambaw Cycle Trail.
On the Sumter National Forest, fees will be waived at Fell, Lick Fork and Parsons Mountain day-use areas on the Long Cane Ranger District as well as on the Long Cane’s Cedar Springs and Parsons Mountain OHV trails and on Buncombe Horse Trail and Enoree OHV Trail on the Enoree Ranger District.
Nationwide, more than 100 Forest Service locations will provide free recreational and educational activities. Some events are specifically designed to engage urban and multicultural youth in nature-based activities and attract first-time visitors to public lands.
“National forests provide tremendous settings for spending a day or two outdoors,” said Tidwell. “These public lands provide more than 158,000 miles of recreational trails, wild and scenic rivers, lakes and streams, thousands of campgrounds and day-use sites, and educational opportunities at Forest Service visitor centers. These lands also add more than $13 billion in benefits to local economies.”
Sponsors have added an exciting addition to National Get Outdoors Day – a photo mosaic contest. Submit your pictures and join thousands of other people from across the country in celebrating the great outdoors. From the submissions, 10 people will be randomly selected to win an “America the Beautiful” or “Interagency” pass, which covers entrance and standard amenity fees at more than 2,000 federal recreation areas. Visit www.americasgreatoutdoors.org and click “Contests” for details.
June is 2014 Great Outdoors Month, and Tidwell invites all Americans to explore traditional and non-traditional types of recreational activities all month long with the Forest Service and its many partner organizations.