As a sign of appreciation for those who serve the country, the new Interagency Annual Pass–Military is available at no charge and offers free entrance to wildlife refuges, parks and other federal lands for active duty members of the U.S. armed forces and their dependents. The Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, the Forest Service and the Army Corps of Engineers began issuing the pass on May 19, Armed Forces Day. The pass is good at more than 2,000 sites managed by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture.


There are also special passes for senior citizens ($10 lifetime), people with permanent disabilities (free, lifetime) and volunteers (one year free for volunteers with 250 hours of service). For more information contact the national recreation fee program coordinator Phil_LePelch@fws.gov 703–358–1974 or visit fws.gov/refuges/visitors/permitspasses.html.