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USDA/FS RIN: 0596-AD35 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: Special Uses--Cost Recovery  

Consistent with the Forest Service's statutory cost recovery duty, the proposed rule would update the processing and monitoring fee schedules for special uses based on the agency's current costs to process special use applications and monitor compliance with special use authorizations. Also consistent with the Forest Service's cost recovery statutes, the proposed rule would amend the Forest Service's cost recovery regulations to provide for charging processing fees for screening special use proposals before a special use application is accepted. Consistent with the Forest Service's cost recovery statutes, the proposed rule would also remove the current exemption in the Forest Service's cost recovery regulations for recreation special use applications and authorizations that require 50 hours or less to process or monitor, except those for recreation residences. Removing the exemption would treat these uses commensurate with lands special uses and would help address the agency's processing and monitoring backlog. Recreation residence applications and authorizations requiring 50 hours or less to process or monitor would not be charged cost recovery fees because they are already subject to an administrative fee of $1,200 under the Cabin Fee Act, 16 U.S.C. 6214, when recreation residence permits are transferred.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 36 CFR 251.58   
Legal Authority: 31 U.S.C 9701    43 U.S.C. 1761 to 1771    30 U.S.C. 185(1)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Edwina Howard-Agu
Regulatory Analyst
Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
201 14th Sstreet SW,
Washington, DC 20024
Phone:202 205-1419