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Forest Service Issues Stern Warning Regarding Unauthorized Use of Forest

Lassen National Forest issued a pointed warning to people using forest lands without permission today.

“Sound stewardship of your National Forests includes proper management of commercial activities and appropriate permitting of special events. Individuals or entities that want to operate commercial outfitting or guiding activities, or wish to conduct recreation events on National Forest System lands, must obtain a special use authorization (permit) approving their operations and activities.”

According to district officials a permit is needed anytime an individual or organization needs to occupy, use, or build on Forest Service land for personal or business purposes, whether the duration is temporary or long term.

The permit process also applies if there is a fee being charged or if income is derived from the use or in situations where there is a sale of service, whether or not the primary aim is to produce a profit.

If an activity on Forest Service land involves individuals or organization with 75 or more participants or spectators you must get a permit.

A permit is also required if Forest Service facilities are used for events or services, such as boat launches where fishing tournaments are held or guiding services that are located on NFS lands.

Operating or hosting events on NFS lands without a permit is illegal and in violation of the Code of Federal Regulations, for which a citation may be issued.

Violations of the regulations are Class B misdemeanors punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000 or up to six (6) months in jail, or both.

Please contact your local Forest Service Office for more information about special uses and to obtain the necessary permit application forms:

• Eagle Lake Ranger District – (530) 257-4188
• Almanor Ranger District – (530) 258-2141
• Hat Creek Ranger District – (530) 336-5521

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor
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