America the Beautiful passes now available

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Annual passes cost $80 at recreation.gov

America the Beautiful -- National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass are now available for purchase on Recreation.gov as a stand-alone purchase or as part of a reservation transaction.

The 2014 annual passes are $80 and are valid for 12 months from the month of purchase. To purchase the America the Beautiful annual pass, people may visit www.recreation.gov/annualpass or call customer service at 877-444-6777. This and other passes remain available for sale through the USGS Store as well as at participating federal recreation sites.

"America the Beautiful passes are a great way to see some of the most amazing places around the U.S.," said Bill Nightingale, Mark Twain National Forest supervisor. "Mark Twain National Forest has seven Congressionally-designated wilderness areas and the Congressionally-designated Eleven Point National Scenic River."

Every year, nearly 300,000 people purchase annual passes, which pays for themselves in as few as five visits to federal lands.

Nearly 100 percent of the proceeds from annual pass sales are funneled back into improving and enhancing federal recreation sites.

Mark Twain National Forest is the largest public land manager in Missouri with 1.5 million acres in 29 counties in southern and central Missouri. Mark Twain National Forest celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014, continuing to restore Missouri's great outdoors and maintaining a healthy, working forest.

For more information about the Mark Twain National Forest, people may go to www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf or contact the Mark Twain National Forest office.

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