Regulations & Policies

Comment on Proposed Notice and Comment System for Forest Service Directives

The Forest Service proposes new procedures that provide the public an opportunity to comment on changes to internal agency policies. The updates to the regulation -- 36 CFR 216 -- and the proposed changes will allow the agency to broaden public engagement in how we manage national forests and grasslands. This move also increases transparency by expanding the types of policies for public review and ensures that proposed policy changes are easily accessible on the agency's website.

You are invited to comment on proposed procedures to Forest Service Handbook 1109.12 Directives System, Chapter 30, Providing Notice and Obtaining Comment on Directives.  You have until March 16, 2020 to comment. More information is available online. You can see the comments that others have submitted.

Previous update to Forest Service Regulation 36 CFR 216

In 2018 we published an update to regulation 36 CFR 216.  This year we made a technical correction that does not require comment.  However, you are invited to review the comments received in 2018 when we made some initial changes on the rule.  You can also see Forest Service response to those comments.

The agency’s directives consist of the Forest Service Manual and Handbooks, which organizes the agency's policy, practice, and procedure. The system serves as the primary basis for the internal A photo of Mount Bailey Roadless Area management and control of all programs and the primary source of administrative direction to employees.


Forest Service Directives


Laws and Regulations

smokey Federal agencies operate under the U.S. Code and the Code of Federal Regulations. These laws help form our directives and policies on how we manage national forests and grasslands, Even Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, Forest Service symbols of wildfire prevention and conservation, are protected by law.



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