USDA Forest Service,
Lands and Realty Staff
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250-1124
Phone: (202) 205-1248
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, the Permit Application Process and joint Forest Service and BLM special uses
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
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,
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