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photographs of special uses. Special Uses  provides services supporting our national policy and federal land laws by authorizing uses on National Forest System (NFS) land.

Learn more About the Program, the authorizing regulations and laws, and the Permit Application Process.

NEW - Ski Area Water Rights on National Forest System Lands - Notice of final directive; request for public comment.

The Forest Service amended the agency's policy for ski area concessions by adding two ski area water clauses to the Special Uses Handbook, FSH 2709.11, Chapter 50.

The Final Directive is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on Dec. 30, 2015. The Federal Register Notice provides background on the directive and includes the agency's response to comments received on the proposed directive.

This final directive follows the proposed directive for ski area water rights published in the Federal Register on June 23, 2014. That notice initiated a 60-day public comment period. Additionally, a 120-day Tribal consultation period began on July 28, 2014.


Directives for Additional Seasonal or Year-Round Recreation Activities at Ski Areas

A Federal Register Notice regarding the final directives for additional seasonal or year-round recreation activities at ski areas is scheduled to be published on April 17, 2014. The documents are provided below:

Special Uses Cost Recovery

Advertising and Sponsorship at Concession Sites
Direction Regarding Advertising and Sponsorship at Concession Sites, FSM 2340, effective May 13, 2013. Link to Final Directive Advertising Sponsorship.

Questions and Answers Regarding Advertising and Sponsorship at Concession Sites. Link to Final QA Advertising Sponsorship 04 30 2013.

36 CFR 251.50 Land Uses; Special Uses Requiring an Authorization

CUFFA - Cabin Users Fee Fairness Act of 2000
Procedures for Appraising Recreation Residence Lots and Managing Recreation Residence.
Federal Register Vol. 71, No. 63, April 3, 2006.

Recovery of Costs for Processing Special Use Applications and Monitoring Compliance With Special Use Authorizations.
Federal Register Vol. 71 No. 34, February 21, 2006

Ditch Bill Implementation

Forest Service Outdoor Recreation Accessibility Guidelines

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