Contracts & Commercial Permits
Contracting with the Forest Service
We want to do business with you. Forest Service contractors perform a wide range of services including housekeeping, fire and aviation support, construction, transportation, equipment leasing, special studies and analyses, information technology and professional, management and administrative support. However, the Forest Service, as with other federal agencies, are under strict guidance of how we can or cannot work with you. Here’s how to get started:
Each year, the Forest Service receives thousands of individual and business applications for authorization for use of public land we manage. The agency’s special-use program, which follows agency policy and federal law, allows uses of those lands that provide a benefit to the general public and protect public and natural resources values. Contact your local forest or grassland where you want to use the permit for more information.
Smokey Bear Licensing
The USDA Forest Service is responsible for managing the commercial licensing program and use of Smokey Bear. Day-to-day administration is handled by a contracted licensing agency. The licensing agency provides professional services that meet the Program's commercial licensing and marketing objectives. Licensing is required for any use that generates any revenue as a result of the image and likeness of Smokey Bear. Licensing may be for a term of years or for a one-time use, depending on the product and use of the Smokey Bear image.