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WEST GLACIER, MONT. – In observance of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27th, and to honor newly naturalized citizens on Sunday, September 28th, Glacier National Park will not be charging entrance fees.
On these two days, all entrance fees into the Park, including those for commercial tours, will be waived. However, other Park fees, such as those for front-country and backcountry camping, still will be charged.
The second fee-free day, Sunday, September 28th, is being offered to welcome newly naturalized citizens to the nation’s national parks.
“Our National Parks celebrate the story of America: our history, our heroes, and the ideals upon which we build our future,” Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said in a news release. “With this invitation I want to give our newest citizens, those who have chosen to adopt America as their home, a chance to come and experience those pieces of America for themselves.”
Other federal agencies participating in the NPLD fee-free day include the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
One-third of the land in the United States has been set aside as open space. Approximately 600 million acres of parks, refuges, forests, wetlands, cultural sites, and other shared areas provide a variety of public resources.
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) was begun in1994 as a nationwide hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance America’s public lands. In 2007, more than 100,000 volunteers built trails and bridges, planted trees and plants, collected trash, and removed invasive plants in projects in every state, Puerto Rico, Guam, and in the District of Columbia.
This year, the National Environmental Education Foundation, organizer of NPLD, marks the volunteer day’s 15th annual observance. For 2008, national parks will be partnered with the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Leave No Trace, and cooperating associations.
For more information, visit the foundation’s official NPLD website at: http://www.publiclandsday.org/.
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