Forest Service Seeking Comments On All Special Use Forms

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The US Forest Service is requesting comments which permittees may have on the various forms the agency uses to issue and administer special use permits, including forms related to recreational services and utilities.  The agency is required by law to seek comments and thus is not necessarily indicating it believes the forms need modification.  Nonetheless, the notice gives permittees an opportunity to let the agency know if any of the forms can be improved.

Specifically, the agency is seeking comments on the following issues:

(1)    Whether the information requested on the form is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical or scientific utility;

(2)   The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

(3)   Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(4)   Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

The forms at issue include campground prospectuses, campground permits, term permits, road use permits, recreation residence permit, Granger-Thye Fee Offset Agreements, ski area permits, communication site permits, cost recovery agreement, maintenance plans and compliance reports.

Comments are due by July 28, 2020.

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