BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Special use permit deadlines

Gladstone – Hiawatha National Forest Supervisor Jo Reyer requests that individuals and organizations interested in proposing “Special Uses” on National Forest lands take notice of the following updates to the Hiawatha National Forest’s Special Uses proposal process deadlines. Special Use Permits are required for commercial and non-commercial use of National Forest lands.

Non-Commercial Group Use is a use or activity that involves a group of 75 or more people, either as participants or spectators, where an entry or participation fee is not charged, and the primary purpose is not the sale of a goods or service. Examples include weddings, family reunions, church services, regattas, camping trips, hikes, music festivals, etc

A permit is required Commercial Uses regardless of the number of people involved in the activity. Such uses include several types including Recreation Events (e.g. animal, bicycle, motocross, or triathlon type races, jeep rallies, dog trials, fishing contests, rendezvous, rodeos, adventure games, youth treks, wagon trains, concerts, and other similar events); Commercial photography/filming; outfitting and guiding (e.g. accommodating guests, transporting persons, providing equipment, supplies and services); and Road Use Permits (for use of roads not open to the general public for motorized use or use of roads/driveways across NFS lan to access private property).

In order to better manage proposals in the future, the following schedule is being implemented:

Summer/Fall uses: Occurring between June 1 and Oct. 31:

* Submit complete application by: Feb. 15 – Submit complete proposal package to the local Forest Service district ranger. Required information includes proposed use, itinerary, specific information on location including trails, name of group, reason why the use cannot be accommodated on Non-Federal lands, and all other basic information.

Winter/Spring uses: Occurring between Nov. 1 through May 31, 2015:

* Submit complete application by: Aug. 14, 2015 Submit complete proposal package to the Forest Service district ranger. Required information includes proposed use, itinerary, specific information on location including trails, name of group, reason why the use cannot be accommodated on Non-Federal lands, and all other basic information. Please note that next year the deadline for Winter/Spring Uses applications will shift to July 15, 2015, for uses between November 2015 and May 2016.

For either Use Season, parties with recurring uses (a permit issued for more than one year) must submit annually-required information to the Forest Service (annual operating plan, insurance, brochures, etc.) by the date specified in their permit.

If you have questions about the special use proposal, application and authorization process, please visit our website at www.fs.usda.gov/main/hiawatha/passes-permitsor contact the District Ranger at Munising (906) 387-2512; Rapid River/Manistique (906) 474-6442; or Sault Ste. Marie/St. Ignace (906) 428-5200.