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Use a chainsaw on NFS lands?
« on: July 19, 2016, 03:02:07 am »
Final Directive for National Saw Program

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of final directive.


SUMMARY: The Forest Service is publishing a final directive revising
Forest Service Manual (FSM) 2350 to establish training, evaluation, and
certification requirements for the use of chain saws and crosscut saws
on National Forest System (NFS) lands. In addition, the Agency is
revising Forest Service Handbook (FSH) 6709.11, section 22.48 (Safety
Handbook), to remove duplicate text. The final directive applies to the
use of chain saws and crosscut saws by Forest Service and other
governmental employees, volunteers, training consultants, and
cooperators on NFS lands.

DATES: The final directive is effective July 19, 2016.

ADDRESSES: The record for this final directive is available for
inspection and copying at the office of the Director, Recreation,
Heritage, and Volunteer Resources Staff, USDA, Forest Service, 5th
Floor, 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Stephens, National Trails
Program Manager, (202) 205-1701 or Individuals
who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the
Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 between 8:00 a.m.
and 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


1. Background and Need for the Final Directive

    Beginning in the 1970s, the Forest Service's nine regions developed
regional policies related to sawyer training and saw use. Sawyers
covered by those policies often maintained trails on national forests
and grasslands, helped fight wildfires, and worked in wilderness where
crosscut saws are required. Forest Service and other governmental
employees, cooperators, training consultants, and volunteers who worked
in more than one region had to comply with multiple regional policies,
and certifications obtained in one region were not always honored in
    A national saw directive is needed to standardize training,
evaluation, certification, and safety procedures for sawyers operating
on NFS lands. The final directive will allow the Forest Service to
facilitate the safe use of chain saws and crosscut saws while
optimizing the critical skills and cooperative opportunities for trail
maintenance and other projects on NFS lands. The final directive will
be codified in Forest Service Manual (FSM) 2358 and will supersede
duplicative text in the Health and Safety Code Handbook, Forest Service
Handbook (FSH) 6709.11, chapter 20, and all Forest Service Regional
Supplements to that Handbook.

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