Standard color schemes should be developed for

development complexes or special management

areas within a national forest or grassland. Once

established, the color scheme must be consistently

applied throughout the complex or special area.

Color schemes can be keyed to the landscape by:

• Employing colors that complement local

vegetation, soils, and rock outcrops.

• Integrating colors by using local, natural


• Selecting shades for large planar surfaces

that are slightly darker than the surrounding

natural colors.

Note: On most National Forest System lands,

deviating from standard colors of signs must be pre-approved by the regional sign coordinator. See

EM-7100-15 for descriptions of sign standards.




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