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Permit proposals accepted

GLADSTONE — Hiawatha National Forest officials are reminding individuals and organizations interested in proposing special uses for National Forest lands to submit annual permits on a reoccurring basis for both commercial and noncommercial use.

“Permit holders with annual permits must also submit their annual operating plans by the date specified in their permit,” said Cid Morgan, Hiawatha Forest Supervisor, in a news release. “Streamlining administrative processing of permits helps us to provide better service and timely, complete proposals for the public benefit.”

A permit may be required based on the type of noncommercial or commercial use proposed.

≤ Noncommercial group use is a use or activity that involves a group of 75-plus people, either as participants or spectators, where an entry or participation fee is not charged, and the primary purpose is not the sale of a goods or service. Examples include weddings, family reunions, church services, regattas, camping trips, hikes, music festivals and more.

≤ Commercial use permits are required regardless of the group size and include recreation events such as: 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 filming or sound recording, etc.; outfitting and guiding — 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.

In order to most efficiently manage proposals, the following reoccurring schedule exists, officials said:

≤ Summer/fall uses occurring between June 1 and Oct. 31, 2021: Submit complete application by Feb. 15. Applicants should submit a complete proposal package to the local forest service district ranger. Required information includes proposed use, itinerary, specific information on location including trails, name of group, reason why the use cannot be accommodated on nonfederal lands and all other basic information.

≤ Winter/spring uses occurring between Nov. 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022: Submit complete application by July 15, 2021. Applicants should submit a complete proposal package to the forest service district ranger. Required information includes proposed use, itinerary, specific information on location including trails, name of group, reason why the use cannot be accommodated on nonfederal lands and all other basic information.

For additional information about the special uses proposals, visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/hiawatha/passes-permits/event-commercial or contact your local district ranger. The Munising/Rapid River/Manistique office can be reached at 906-387-2512. The Sault Ste. Marie/St. Ignace office can be reached at 906-643-7900.

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