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USDA/FS RIN: 0596-AD56 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Access and Occupancy Adjustment--Recreation Residences 

The Forest Service is proposing a rule as required by 16 U.S.C. 6214(f)(3)(A) that would amend existing regulations at 36 CFR 251.51 Definitions: Significantly restricted access to or occupancy of a recreation residence, and 251.57 Rental fees. The regulations would define when access and occupancy are significantly restricted and when rent fee would be adjusted. The proposed rule would provide recreation residence permit holders economic relief for not being able to use their cabins when the Forest Service determines that National Forest System lands needs to be closed to public access for public health and safety reasons during the normal season of use.  The amended regulations would provide for a prorated refund if access and occupancy is significantly restricted , and would define that term . This rule will meet the Administration's priority to improve service delivery, customer experience, and reduce administrative burdens for those accessing public benefits and services.   

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 36 CFR 251.51    36 CFR 251.57   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 113-291 secs. 3021 to 3023 (16 U.S.C. 6214(f)(3)(A))   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/02/2023  88 FR 67694   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/01/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Nathan Morris
Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 205-0833