Laws, Regulations, and Policies
Forest planning and project activities that involve watershed, wildlife, fisheries, air, and rare plants must comply with specific laws, regulations, and policies. While not exhaustive, we have listed the major statutory requirements for these resource programs. Specific laws, regulations and policies for individual resources are found within the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Code of Federal Regulations and Forest Service Directive System.
The Principal Laws Relating to Forest Service Activities. 1993. 1191 p. Printed by Government Printing Office. ISBN: 0-16-041927-1 Currently out of print. Look for it at used book stores. Contact Emily Weidner for the 1993 digital version.
The Principal Laws Relating to USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry Programs. Revised October 2005. 62 p. USDA Forest Service; FS-758.
For more help finding laws, visit the National Forest Service Library.
- Threatened and Endangered Species
- Clean Water Act
- Magnuson-Stevenson Fisheries Management and Conservation Act of 1996
- CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act of 1980); commonly known as Superfund
- CERCLA was amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) on October 17, 1986.
- Soil and Water
Includes the areas of Watershed Restoration, Water Rights, Water Quality, Hydrology, Ground Water, Riparian, and Wetlands