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2019-02-06 / News

National Forest Summer, Fall Events Deadline Approaches

Hiawatha National Forest supervisor Cid Morgan 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 goods or service. Examples include weddings, family reunions, church services, regattas, camping trips, hikes, music festivals, etc.

A permit is required for 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 (e.g. commercial filming or sound recording, etc.); 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 land to access private property). Commercial Uses require a permit regardless of group size.

In order to better manage proposals, the following schedule has been implemented:

Summer/Fall Uses occurring between June 1 and October 31, 2019

Submit complete proposal package to the local Forest Service district ranger by February 15. 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 November 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020

Submit complete proposal package to the Forest Service district ranger by July 15. 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.

For either Use Season, parties with recurring uses (permits 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.

“In addition to streamlining administrative processing, the open seasons help us provide better service by assuring that special use proponents submit timely, complete proposals well in advance of the proposed use,” noted Morgan.

For additional information on a special uses proposal, application and authorization process, visit http://www.fs.usda .gov/main/hiawatha/passespermits or contact the district ranger for Munising /Rapid River/Manistique at (906) 387-2512; or Sault Ste. Marie/St. Ignace at (906) 428-5200.

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