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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, the Permit Application Process and joint Forest Service and BLM special uses webpages.

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

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to amend its internal directives for ski area concessions by adding two clauses to the Special Uses Handbook, FSH 2709.11, chapter 50, to address water rights necessary for and that primarily support operation of ski areas on National Forest System (NFS) lands.

A Federal Register Notice regarding the proposed directives for ski area water rights is scheduled to be published on Monday June 23, 2014. The excerpts of the proposed text for these directives are posted below.

A link to the press release and Federal Register are also provided below. Both provide background and contact information as well as details on how and by when to submit comments.


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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