Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

The Federal Aviation Administration(link is external) (FAA) has regulatory authority over all airspace. The U.S. Forest Service is working to integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in furthering the agency's mission and to provide for UAS flights by other entities on National Forest System lands in alignment with FAA regulations.


The U.S. Forest Service strongly encourages members of the public to contact the Ranger District office, or the local FAA office, in the area of the National Forest System lands where they want to fly a UAS for fun or recreation ahead of time to see if any agency flights are scheduled. 


For more information on the use of UAS on National Forest System lands please visit our National Website: