Free Entrance To National Forest Offered This Weekend

Free entrance being offered into National Forest Veterans Day weekend, according to Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument officials.

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“In honor of our nation’s veterans, we would like to encourage people to use this fee-free weekend to get outdoors and enjoy the wonderful recreational opportunities in the Angeles and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument,” said Thomas A. Contreras, forest supervisor.

In honor of America’s past and present military members, the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument officials will be offering visitors a fee-free Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 8-11, according to a news release. The normally required National Forest Adventure Pass will be waived.

Visitors who inadvertently use a daily adventure pass this weekend can have it replaced free of charge, according to a news release. Though the adventure pass fee will be waived, campground, reservation, group-site, and concession fees may still be in effect.

Those interested may contact their local Ranger Station for more information: 

Los Angeles River Ranger District (San Fernando): (818) 899-1900, ext. 221

San Gabriel River Ranger District (Glendora): (626) 335-1251, ext. 221

Santa Clarita/ Mojave Rivers Ranger District: (Acton): (661) 269-2808.

“Fee Free” days are observed by the Forest Service five times this year. The others include Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day Weekend, National Get Outdoors Day and National Public Lands Day. 

The fee-waiver days support the goals of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Outside by actively supporting and promoting programs, projects and initiatives that encourage use of the outdoors by the public.

The waivers allow people to explore our nation’s forests, which offer a wide range of recreation and educational benefits such as improved physical and mental health, emotional well being, concern for nature and a conservation ethic.

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About the San Gabriel Monument Southern California Community:  

The peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains frame the Los Angeles skyline and offer hundreds of miles of hiking, mountain biking, motorized, and equestrian trails as well as campgrounds to the area’s diverse residents. In addition to providing drinking water, the San Gabriels’ rivers support rare populations of native fish, while the vegetation found in the monument supports native wildlife and insect species, including pollinators important to farmers. The area is also rich in cultural and scientific history. More than 600 archeologically and culturally significant sites are found within the new monument, such as the Aliso-Arrastre Special Interest Area, which features rock art and cupules that exemplify more than 8,000 years of Native American history. The new monument is also home to the Mt. Wilson Observatory, where Edwin Hubble discovered galaxies beyond the Milky Way and Albert Michelson provided the first modern measurement of the speed of light.

Improving public access and recreational opportunities within the monument will help address the region’s public health challenges.  Studies have shown that increasing recreational access to public lands translates to higher levels of youth activity and lower youth obesity rates. National monuments also play an important role in supporting local economies.  A recent study by the independent and nonpartisan research group, Headwaters Economics analyzing the impacts of over a dozen monuments found that, without exception, local economies grew following the monument’s designation.

The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument will be managed by the U.S. Forest Service and will be the eighth national monument under Forest Service management. There are more than 100 national monuments across the country managed by the Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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