Rep. Kind Encourages Western Wisconsin Families to Participate in National Public Lands Day
Washington, D.C. – As part of the first-ever Congressional Sportsmen’s Week, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind today encouraged citizens in Wisconsin to take part in the annual celebration of National Public Lands Day on September 29, 2007.
“People in Wisconsin understand the importance of preserving for future generations the natural areas that contribute to our national heritage and way of life,” Rep. Kind said, Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and member of the House Natural Resources Committee. “I enjoy nothing more than taking in the great outdoors with my wife and two young boys, be it during our yearly trips out to some of the most spectacular national parks in the world, or hiking up our own natural treasures in western Wisconsin. National Public Lands Day allows families in Wisconsin and across the nation enjoy this same experience, and I encourage everyone to participate.”
First celebrated in 1994, National Public Lands Day provides an opportunity for Americans to enjoy and help preserve our nation’s natural wonders, owned by all Americans, through local volunteerism and public education projects, as well as free access to National Parks and historic sites across the country.
In celebration of National Public Lands Day, the National Park Service will waive all entrance fees for the day, including vehicle and commercial tour fees, to National Parks across the country. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Forest Service will also waive admittance fees for the day.
For a list of local National Parks and historic sites, visit www.nps.gov, or to access other Interior Department Web sites, visit www.interior.gov. The National Public Lands Day official Web site can be accessed at www.publiclandsday.org.