Big Bear, Ca, January 11, 2012, 4:00pm – The U.S. Forest Service announced this week that eight dates have been chosen to be fee free days for the national forests nationwide. Usually in years past there have been two or three fee free days, where adventure seekers don’t need to purchase an adventure pass for their car to park on National Forest Land, and this year the Forest Service has increased the number to eight days. “We encourage the public to get outdoors in America’s vast and dynamic playground,” said Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “We hope that visiting your beautiful national forests and grasslands will help people gain a deep appreciation for natural resources, and create lifelong memories.” This Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend will be filled with fee free days, with Saturday through Monday, requiring no adventure pass. Later on in the year, June 9th, Get Outdoors Day, September 29th, National Public Lands Day, and November 10th through 12th Veterans Day Weekend will also be fee free days. The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.