Research Permits

There are many diverse research projects on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.  Research includes experimental forest demonstration areas, observatories, laboratories, stream gauges, weather stations, educational research study, and similar uses not intended to result in further development.  The reports required upon completion have provided data and findings highly valuable to the management of the ASNF. If you would like to submit a new proposal to conduct research or to renew or modify an existing research permit on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests please, fill out the following Scientific Research Request Form.

Our goal is to provide a high level of customer service for research activities on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.  Please understand however, that depending on the complexity of the proposal, and any environmental compliance that may be required, it may take up to 180 days to process a research permit, although most research permits take 30-60 days to process. It is your responsibility to provide the Agency with all the information needed to review, evaluate, and make a decision on a submitted proposal and an application. All proposals are subject to initial screening. If a proposal passes initial screening it is formally accepted as an application and will enter a second screening for environmental analysis (cost recovery fees are applicable). Lastly, the environmental analysis process will determine if the proposed use will be authorized with a Special Use Permit. Thank you for your assistance in making the permit process proceed smoothly.