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AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of final directives.
SUMMARY: The Forest Service is revising its directives for ski areas
authorized under the National Forest Ski Area Permit Act of 1986 (Ski
Area Permit Act) (16 U.S.C. 497b) to provide additional guidance for
implementing the 2011 amendment to this Act, known as the Ski Area
Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act (SAROEA) (Pub. L. 112-46, 125
Stat. 538). Current directives limit the criteria for determining
whether additional seasonal and year-round recreation activities may be
approved at ski areas to those listed in SAROEA. The final directives
add criteria to help authorized officers determine whether proposals
for these activities are consistent with SAROEA. The final directives
also provide guidance on non-exclusive use at ski areas, that is,
recreational use at ski areas, such as snowshoeing or cross-country
skiing, by the non-paying public.
DATES: Effective Dates: These directives are effective April 17, 2014
ADDRESSES: These final directives will be available for inspection at
the office of the Director, Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer
Resources Staff, USDA, Forest Service, 4th Floor Central, Sidney R.
Yates Federal Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC,
during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.), Monday through
Friday, except holidays. Those wishing to inspect these documents are
encouraged to call ahead at 202-205-1227 to facilitate access to the
building. Copies of documents in the record may be requested under the
Freedom of Information Act.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Hartman, Acting National Winter
Sports Program Manager, 202-697-1051or via email at email@example.com
. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for
the deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 800-877-8339
between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through
1. Background and Need for the Final Directives
Most of the 122 ski areas operating on National Forest System (NFS)
lands in the United States are authorized under a special use permit
issued per the Ski Area Permit Act. As originally enacted, the Ski Area
Permit Act authorized Nordic and alpine skiing at ski areas on NFS
lands. On November 7, 2011, Congress enacted SAROEA, which amended the
Ski Area Permit Act to authorize additional seasonal and year-round
recreation activities and associated facilities that may be approved at
ski areas. SAROEA contains a non-exhaustive list of additional seasonal
and year-round recreation activities and associated facilities that
may, if certain criteria are met, be approved and a non-exhaustive list
of additional seasonal and year-round recreation activities and
associated facilities that may not be approved at ski areas. On August
5, 2013, the Forest Service amended FSM 2340 to incorporate the self-
executing portions of SAROEA, that is, the list of additional seasonal
and year-round activities and associated facilities that may be
authorized at ski areas.
Summer uses at ski areas, both on private and NFS lands, have been
increasing in recent years. This increase has been driven in part by
new technologies and by the growing number of people seeking recreation
activities in more managed settings.
To read the full notice... http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-17/html/2014-08893.htm