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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day use fees normally charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches at its recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters. Other agencies and partners that manage recreation areas located on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to comply with this waiver of day use fees in the areas they manage.

In addition, volunteers who participate in one of USACE’s National Public Lands Day activities will be issued a fee-free coupon if the volunteer site is participating in the coupon program. Volunteers should check with their local USACE project for more information. The fee-free coupon is valid for one year from date of issue and may be used for one day of entrance or day use fees at any participating federal agency’s park, forest or recreation area that charges either of these types of fees.

Thousands of volunteers are expected to support the more than 80 USACE projects participating in this year’s National Public Lands Day, the largest annual volunteer hands-on restoration activity of its kind. Volunteers at USACE sites will take part in tree planting, erosion control, bank stabilization, building trails, restoring recreation areas, trash pickup, removing invasive species and non-native plants, improving wildlife habitats, harvesting prairie plant seeds and rehabilitating playgrounds.

Last year, more than 11,000 volunteers participated in National Public Lands Day activities at 114 USACE lakes. The volunteers cleaned 1,001 miles of shoreline, maintained 288 miles of trails, removed 128,000 pounds of trash, and planted approximately 1,300 trees and shrubs on USACE-managed lands.

USACE has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the event’s largest providers of sites and volunteers. USACE manages more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states. With 90 percent of these projects located within 50 miles of metropolitan areas, USACE sites provide a wide range of safe and affordable outdoor recreation opportunities close to home.

Click here for For more information on National Public Lands Day or or call your local USACE lake or river office. For more information on USACE recreation opportunities visit Corps Lakes.

Fourth Quarter USACE Executive Governance Meeting – Leading Organizational Change

This year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division sent Emerging Leader Jared Trammell from the Little Rock District and Project Manager Diana Stevens from the Galveston District to the Fourth Quarter USACE Executive Governance Meeting in Washington.

Trammell and Stevens were asked to share their experience following the meeting. Below are their comments.

Galveston District Project Manager Diana Stevens

The invitation to attend was a rare honor and opportunity. It was very interesting to witness one of the highest-level communication events conducted by our organization.

The Hon. Patrick Murphy, Under Secretary of the Army, gave the keynote address, providing his view of the future direction of the Army and emphasizing USACE’s critical role in furthering the greater Army mission. Throughout the meeting sessions, virtually every USACE business line (and even some sister agency challenges and victories) were addressed and considered by the attendees. Potential technological and training advancements were also presented and discussed.

This ECG was the first for Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite in the role of commanding general and chief of engineers. As such, he shared some details about his leadership style as well as his priorities and vision for the next four years. He emphasized accountability, effectiveness and efficiency in order to facilitate a more nimble and flexible agency. Clearly valuing innovation, he embraced the breaking of paradigms and encouraged the same of those under his command.

Attending this meeting afforded me the rare 30,000-feet view of the communication and decision making processes of the agency. It also helped me get a better sense of the direction Lt. Gen. Semonite wants us all to be headed for in the next four years. I’m looking forward to bringing this insight back to my division and team to help do our part to make his vision a reality.