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U.S. Forest Service
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United States Department of Agriculture

Laws, Regulations & Policies

Laws, regulations, and policies direct Forest Service forest management. Policies are the Forest Services rules defining forest management. The policies are documented in agency manuals and handbooks. The links on this page refer to other Forest Service, government or educational web sites with the information.

Laws and Regulations


  • Forest Service Directives - the online version of the Forest Service's Manuals and Handbooks.
  • Timber Management Manuals - the 2400 series of the Forest Service Manuals concerning timber management. National and Regional direction is included on this page.
  • Timber Management Handbooks - the 2400 series of the Forest Service's Handbooks concerning rangelands management are included on this page.