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Caring for the Land
and Serving the People

Forest Service Directives

The Forest Service Directive System consists of the Forest Service Manual and Handbooks, which codify the agency's policy, practice, and procedure. The system serves as the primary basis for the internal management and control of all programs and the primary source of administrative direction to Forest Service employees.

To assist users, Service-wide issuances and field issuances are displayed for each Forest Service Manual title and Handbook. Service-wide issuances appear first and are followed by Regional Office issuances, Forest issuances for that Region, and so forth. Only those units that have issued directives to a specific FSM title or FSH will appear in the listing.

Note: Guidance documents lack the force and effect of law, unless expressly authorized by statute or incorporated into a contract; and the Agency may not cite,use or rely on any guidance that is not posted on the website existing under the EO, except to establish historical facts.


Overview of Forest Service Directive System

Forest Service Manuals (FSM)


Forest Service Handbooks (FSH)


Other Information

Service-wide User Aids


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Contact information
phone: (202) 401-4077
email: wo_directives@fs.fed.us
Last modified, November 15, 2000