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Establishing a New Notice and Comment System for Forest Service Directives

The USDA Forest Service is taking the first step in establishing a new notice and comment system for internal Agency policies.  The Forest Service is revising the regulation (36 CFR 216), which specifies how the public, tribes, State and local governments can comment on internal Forest Service policies. These changes will increase transparency by expanding the types of policies for public review and ensuring that proposed policy changes are easily accessible on the Agency’s website.

USDA is requesting public comment and may revise the rule to respond to recommendations. Comments are due to the Forest Service by May 29th, 2018. For more information and to submit a comment, please click here

The agency’s directives consist of the Forest Service Manual and Handbooks, which organizes the agency's policy, practice, and procedure. The system serves as the primary basis for the internal

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management and control of all programs and the primary source of administrative direction to employees.


Forest Service Directives


Laws and Regulations


Federal agencies operate under the U.S. Code and the Code of Federal Regulations. These laws help form our directives and policies on how we manage national forests and grasslands, Even Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, Forest Service symbols of wildfire prevention and conservation, are protected by law.



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