Nov 5, 2013 5:47 PM
By Nick Dobis, News Web/Social Media Producer
The Lassen Volcanic National Park plans to honor America’s service men and women by joining other areas managed by the Department of the Interior in waiving entrance fees November 9 through November 11. The offer is an invitation to take time to honor and reflect on the sacrifice of those who have served the nation.
“We hope visitors will come to Lassen Volcanic this weekend to enjoy this wonderful park and remember our veterans and their role in keeping America safe,” said Darlene Koontz, Lassen Volcanic Nation Park Superintendent.
Visitors will not be charged an entrance fee and may simply enter the park in order to indulge in its natural beauty. The free entry provides an opportunity for one to lose themselves in volcanic landscapes and gorgeous vistas. U.S. active duty military members and their dependents are also eligible for a free annual pass providing unlimited entrance to parks managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the Bureau of Land Management and Reclamation for one full year, according to the National Park Service’s press release.
According to the park’s website, Lassen Volcanic National Park will celebrate its 100th birthday in August of 2016, making it one of the oldest National Parks in the U.S. The Lassen area was once a meeting point for at least four American Indian tribes; the Atsugewi, Yana, Yahi (The tribe of the famous Ishi, the last of the Yahi) and Maidu. Largely known for its volcanic landscape, the park also offers over 700 plant species which provide sustenance and shelter for over 250 vertebrates and a large host of insect species, according to the park’s website.
The Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information contact the park at (530) 5950 4480.