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USDA/FS RIN: 0596-AD48 Publication ID: Fall 2020 
Title: ●Community Forest and Open Space Conservation 

The Forest Service is seeking to finalize a regulation that implements the Community Forest and Open Space Program (Community Forest Program). Through implementing the Community Forest Program in accordance with the current rule (36 CFR 230 subpart A) the Forest Service identified some inconsistencies in definitions and identified opportunities to increase efficiency by reducing the application burden. Publication of the final rule will provide needed clarity and reduce the burden of the application process. A proposed rule that would address these concerns was published on December 8, 2015 (Vol. 80, No.235).

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 36 CFR 230   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 2103(d) and 2109(e)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Final Rule  12/00/2020 
Additional Information: Government Levels Affected: USDA Forest Service as the implementer of the Community Forest Program, State Forestry Agencies, Tribal Governments (Legislation requires application to go the State Foresters or Equivalent Tribal Officials from eligible entities and then to the USDA Forest Service). Units of local government as eligible entities to receive grants.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 0596-AD23 
Agency Contact:
Scott Stewart
Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program Manager
Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
201 14th Street SW,
Washington, DC 20024
Phone:202 465-5038