Mount Hood National Forest is among the lands managed by the Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service. (Photo by Canva)

The Pacific Northwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service announced that it will waive recreation fees Saturday at most day-use sites on lands managed by the agency. The Sept. 23 event is in recognition of National Public Lands Day, which was established 30 years ago.

“Waiving fees for National Public Lands Day creates an opportunity for everyone to get outside and enjoy these special places,” the Forest Service said through a press release, “and to inspire them to make a difference in the world by taking care of our natural resources.”

Fees will be waived for several picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads and visitor centers. Regular fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions and other permits will still apply. Participation by concession-operated sites may vary.

The Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service manages millions of acres of land across Washington and Oregon including over 2,400 developed recreation sites, more than 24,000 miles of trails, 51 wild and scenic rivers, and two national monuments.

The Forest Service asks the public to adhere to “Leave No Trace” principles during their outdoor adventures.