Open Forest Pilot Program

The Forest Service has launched the “Open Forest” pilot for submitting special use permit applications online in effort to improve customer service and modernize the special uses application review process.

Open Forest allows applicants to complete and submit non-commercial group use and temporary outfitting and guiding permit applications from the comfort of their own home or anywhere with internet connectivity. The pilot also offers applicants and Forest Service administrators the opportunity to receive automated application status updates. The traditional application process will continue to be available during the online pilot program.

Based on its robust special uses program and customer needs, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest was selected as the first forest in this pilot. The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is the only national forest currently participating in this special uses application online pilot. Based on feedback and lessons learned during the pilot, the Forest Service hopes to expand the program to other national forests in the future.

To submit a non-commercial group use, or temporary outfitting and guiding permit for the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, please visit


For more information about the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest’s special uses program, click here.