Special Uses: The storage and use of explosive materials on National Forest System lands #ORMS-2226

Commenting on This Project

Interim Directive Forest Service Manual 2719 Special Use Authorizations Involving Storage and Use of Explosives and Magazine Security Interim Directive Forest Service Handbook 2709.11 Chapter 50 Special Uses Handbook, Standard Forms and Supplemental Clauses. Section 52.2 Clause B-29 Storage and Use of Explosives and Magazine Security. Public Comment Period: June 23, 2020 through August 24, 2020. To access information on Forest Service Handbook 2309.133 Chapter 50 Operation and Maintenance of Developed Recreation Sites, please visit: https://cara.ecosystemmanagement.org/Public/CommentInput?project=ORMS-2572 https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/ReadingRoom?project=ORMS-2572 The Forest Service is publishing updated directives relating to the storage and use of explosives authorized by special use authorizations. Some Special Use Permit holders use various types of explosives and sometimes military munitions for avalanche mitigation, tree and rock removal road construction, maintenance and other construction projects. Permittees, such as ski resorts and state transportation authorities, maintain additional magazines for these purposes. The updated directives clarify the role and jurisdiction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Department of the Army, states and the Forest Service over explosives use and storage when authorized on National Forest System lands. This includes associated explosives magazine security. These directives provide that Special Use Authorization permit holders allowed to use and to store explosives must comply with all ATF regulations, state and Army requirements, if applicable, and Forest Service requirements. The directives make compliance with the Special Use Authorization contingent upon continued compliance with all ATF, state, Army and Forest Service requirements. The directives provide for training of permit administrators to ensure that they can effectively monitor and verify the requirements of a permittee’s operating plan, including required magazine security provisions for applicable permittees. The portions of the interim directives made available for public comment are attached below. For the complete chapters for these two directives, visit the Forest Service Directive System webpage: FSM 2710 https://www.fs.fed.us/im/directives/fsm/2700/FSM2710-2020-1.docx FSH 2709.11 Chapter 50 https://www.fs.fed.us/im/directives/fsh/2709.11/wo_2709.11%20CH50-2020-3.docx

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Submitting Comments

If you wish to submit a comment, please send it to:

Sean Wetterberg
National Level
swetterberg@fs.fed.us