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Commenting on Forest Service Rules and Directives

Proposed and Interim Directives – Comment Period Open

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  • Special Uses Handbook, Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act Cabin Policy

    (January-09-2024 - March-08-2024) | Learn More and Submit a Comment | View Comments

    The Alaska Region is revising the Forest Service Handbook (FSH), Region 10 Supplement for special uses administration (FSH 2709.11-2021-01) to provide updated direction on authorizing individual use, privately owned cabins under Section 1303 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) - commonly referred to as “ANILCA cabins.” The Region is proposing a policy change that will allow the Forest Service to continue authorizing the renewal or reissuance of special use permits for ANILCA cabins for traditional and customary uses that are compatible with the purposes for which the unit or area was established.

Proposed and Interim Directives – Comment Period Closed

Follow the links below to access the text of proposed and interim Forest Service directives, supplemental information, and comments submitted.

  • FSM 2355 Climbing Opportunities

    (November-17-2023 - January-30-2024) | View Comments

    FSM 2355 Climbing Opportunities #ORMS-3524

  • FSM 2040 - Monitoring

    (November-28-2023 - January-11-2024) | View Comments

    The Forest Service is proposing to establish a new chapter and new direction for all types of monitoring activities across the National Forest System to track conditions and inform evidence-based decision-making and adaptive management. This directive will require a 30-day public notice and comment period.

  • Carbon Capture and Storage Exemption Rulemaking

    (November-03-2023 - January-02-2024) | View Comments

    The United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (Forest Service or Agency), is proposing to amend its special use regulations, which prohibit authorizing exclusive and perpetual use and occupancy of National Forest System lands, to provide an exemption for carbon capture and storage. The Forest Service is also proposing to add a definition for “Carbon capture and storage.”

  • Criminal Prohibitions

    (October-03-2023 - December-04-2023) | View Comments

    The Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture, is proposing to revise the Forest Service’s criminal prohibitions to enhance consistency of the Forest Service’s law enforcement practices with those of State and other Federal land management agencies. The Forest Service is proposing to streamline enforcement of criminal prohibitions in related to fire and use of vehicles on National Forest System roads and trails by eliminating the requirement to issue an order for enforcement.

  • Spec Uses Land Use Fees Temp Fee Red for Rec Res Permits

    (October-01-2023 - December-01-2023) | View Comments

    Update special uses regulations, consistent with the requirement in the Cabin Fee Act, to provide for suspension or temporary reduction of the land use fee for a recreation residence permit if access to, or occupancy of, the recreation residence is significantly restricted.

  • 5509.11 Chapter 10 Title Claims & Encroachments

    (June-16-2023 - July-15-2023) | View Comments

    Title Claims and Encroachments (FSH 5509.11 Chapter 10), last updated August 3, 1992, needs updating to the entire chapter 10. The contents of the 1992 handbook have been reorganized to be in parallel with the case processing activities in the Title Claims and Encroachment Management System Database. Additional internal processing steps have also been included to provide clarity for employees. This directive revision provides economic relief and helps build our economy. The revised handbook will provide a full understanding to land staffs regarding authorities used for title claim and encroachment cases. Nationwide understanding of steps for processing and resolving trespass and encroachment cases is needed to process these cases in a timely manner. Clear examples and exhibits of deeds, correspondence letters, and reports will help maintain consistency throughout the Forest Service. The revised handbook will provide clear steps on how to produce reports required for title claim cases that will be used by a variety of land staffs throughout the Forest service. To view additional documentation please follow the link below. https://usfs-public.box.com/s/oert32ftqf57xbv97hmpp5tqtzmla9kq

  • Special Use Cost Recovery Rule

    (March-08-2023 - June-20-2023) | View Comments

    The Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture, is proposing to amend its special use regulations to update the processing and monitoring fee schedules based on current Agency costs; to provide for recovery of costs associated with processing special use proposals, as well as applications; and to remove the exemption for commercial recreation special use applications and authorizations that involve 50 hours or less to process or monitor.


Recently Issued Directives

Forest Service will issue final directives after the public comment period on interim or proposed directives has ended and comments have been reviewed and analyzed.  Changes may be made to interim or proposed directives in response to public comments received.  Public comments and agency response to comments are included for each final directive that is issued.  The complete Forest Service Directive system is available online.

FSH 2209.13, Grazing Permit Administration Handbook, Chapter 80, Grazing Fees

Issuance Date:  March 6, 2023

 FSM 2710, Special Use Authorizations

FSH 2709.11, Special Uses Handbook, Chapter 50, Standard Forms and Supplemental Clauses

Issuance Date:  May 12, 2022

FSM 7700, Travel Management, Chapter Zero

FSM 7700, Travel Management, Chapter 10, Travel Planning

Issuance Date:  March 31, 2022

FSM 2700, Special Uses Management, Chapter 40, Vegetation Management Pilot Projects

FSH 2709.11, Special Uses Handbook, Chapter 80, Operating Plans and Agreements for Powerline Facilities

Issuance Date:  February 10, 2022

Region 10 Supplement to FSM 2720, Special Uses; Management of Strictly Point-To-Point Commercial Transportation Under Special Use Authorization to National Forest System Lands within the Visitor Center Subunit of Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area

Issuance Date:  January 13, 2022

FSM 2400, Timber Management, Chapter 2420, Timber Appraisal

FSH 2409.19, Renewable Resources Handbook, Chapter 10, Knutson-Vandenberg Sale Area Program Management Handbook

FSH 2409.19, Chapter 20, Knutson-Vandenberg Forest and Regional Program Management

FSH 2409.19, Chapter 60, Stewardship Contracting

FSH 2409.19, Chapter 80, Good Neighbor Authority

Issuance Date:  January 4, 2022

FSM 1820, Public Lands Corps and Resource Assistants Program

Issuance Date:  December 7, 2021

FSH 5509.11, Chapter 20, Section 21, Small Tracts Act Adjustments

Issuance Date:  November 19, 2021

FSM 2400, Timber Management, Chapter Zero

FSM 2430, Commercial Timber Sales

FSM 2440, Designating, Cruising, Scaling, and Accountability

FSM 2450, Timber Sale Contract Administration

FSM 2460, Uses of Timber Other Than Commercial Timber Sales

FSH 2409.15, Timber Sale Administration, Chapter Zero

FSH 2409.15, Chapter 10, Fundamentals of Timber Sale Contracting

FSH 2409.15, Chapter 30, Change in Status of Contracts

FSH 2409.15, Chapter 50, Specified Transportation Facilities

FSH 2409.15, Chapter 70, Contract Claims and Disputes

FSH 2409.18a, Timber Sale Debarment and Suspension Procedures, Chapter Zero

FSH 2409.18a, Chapter 10, Non-procurement Debarment and Suspension

FSH 2409.18a, Chapter 20, Debarment and Export Violations  

Issuance Date:  October 29, 2021

FSH 2309.13, Chapter 50, Operation and Maintenance of Developed Recreation Sites

Issuance Date:  June 25, 2021

FSH 1109.12, Directive System, Chapter 30, Providing Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Directives

Issuance Date:  April 15, 2021

FSH 5309.11, Law Enforcement Handbook, Chapter 30, Violations, Section 34 (Closure of National Forest System Lands to Hunting, Fishing, or Recreational Shooting)

Issuance Date:  April 8, 2021

FSM 2700, Special Uses Management, Chapter 2750, Leasing Forest Service Administrative Sites

FSH 2709.11, Special Uses Handbook, Chapter 90, Communications Site Management

Issuance Date:  October 13, 2020

 

 

 

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