Commenting on Forest Service Directives

Proposed and Interim Directives – Comment Period Open

Follow the links below to access the text of proposed and interim Forest Service directives, supplemental information, instructions for submitting comments, and a comment form.

  • Forest Products Modernization - Batch 2 (December-17-2020 - February-16-2021) | Learn More and Submit a Comment | View Comments
    • The Forest Service is requesting comments on proposed amendments to several of its 2400 series directives pertaining to the sale and disposal of forest products. The amended directives include Timber Management (2400) directives, which includes the FSM2420 Timber Appraisal Manual, three chapters of the FSH2409.19 Renewable Resource Handbook, and a new FSH2409.19 Handbook chapter on Good Neighbor Authority. The amendments address changes in authorities, policies and direction designed to improve efficiencies and increase the pace of forest restoration and generally update outdated directives.
  • Rangeland Management Directives (December-18-2020 - February-16-2021) | Learn More and Submit a Comment | View Comments
    • The USDA Forest Service is requesting public input on the proposed updates to the rangeland management directives. The rangeland management directives are comprised of Forest Service Manual (FSM) 2200, Forest Service Handbook (FSH) 2209.13 and FSH 2209.16. Your comments are requested by February 16, 2021. The rangeland management directives serve as the primary basis for the internal management and control of the rangeland management program. They are the primary source of administrative direction to Forest Service employees relative to the rangeland management program. Why Are They Being Updated? The Rangeland Management Directives have been in place for approximately 30 years. The focus of this effort is on updating outdated manuals and handbooks. The updates make them more usable, modern and conform to recent legislation. The updates provide greater management flexibility and improve the clarity of policies and procedures to guide responsible and consistent management of NFS lands. The updates involve 17 chapters with most of the updates being made to Forest Service Handbook 2209.13.

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.

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    Recently Issued Directives

    Forest Service will issue final directs 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.

    Directive Date of Issuance Proposed/Interim Directive Comparison of Proposed/Interim Directive to Final Directive Public Comments Receive and Forest Service Response
    Forest Service Manual 2523 - Emergency Stabilization - Burned-Area Emergency Response (BAER) June 25, 2020 Interim Directive (issued June 6, 2013) Comparison of interim and final directives

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