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This is our chance to push for more specific restrictions on Forest Service officials and how they manage our public lands.

New changes to 36 CFR 216 from the Department of Agriculture require all new Forest Service directives to be opened for public participation. Previously, we would have never had a chance to get involved when it comes to how a Forest Service handbook is written. We now have an opportunity to shape the procedures used to manage our public lands.

The USDA Forest Service handbook details how Forest Service employees will carry out their duties to manage our public lands. Forest Service officials are required to follow these guidelines, or they can face termination. Everything from making sure bathrooms are sanitized to reconstructing Forest Service facilities is being discussed. These management changes include developed recreation sites like shooting ranges, boat ramps, lakes, campgrounds, parking areas, rental cabins, and other things like campsite hosts, stay limits, and reservation services.

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