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USDA/FS RIN: 0596-AD36 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Special Use--Vegetation Management in Utility Corridors  

The 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act amended the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, 43 U.S.C. 1772, creating section 512, which directs the Forest Service (and the Bureau of Land Management) to standardize and expedite review and approval of power line rights-of-way operating plans.  Based on the new FLPMA provisions, the Forest Service will publish a final rule to amend 36 CFR part 251, subpart B, to provide Agency-wide criteria for development of plans for vegetation management and routine maintenance within power line rights-of-way. Operational boundaries for vegetation work established within the rule will allow for vegetation pilot projects beyond rights-of-way, as directed in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 36 CFR 251, subpart B     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1772    Pub. L. No. 115-141, 132 Stat. 1068   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/25/2019  84 FR 50698   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/25/2019 
Final Action  06/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael Migliori
Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 205-2496