Out­fit­ters and Guides Dead­line

Catron Courier - - News -

For­est of­fi­cials are re­mind­ing the pub­lic that the spe­cial use per­mit ad­min­is­tra­tion process re­quires that for­est-wide out­fit­ter and guides com­ply with the fol­low­ing guide­lines:

The dead­line to sub­mit out­fit­ter and guide pro­pos­als for the 2018 op­er­at­ing sea­son is June 1, 2018. Af­ter this date, pro­pos­als will not be pro­cessed un­til next cal­en­dar year. This al­lows per­mit ap­pli­cants and For­est man­age­ment suf­fi­cient time to co­or­di­nate and com­plete the au­tho­riza­tion process be­fore planned op­er­a­tions.

This process ap­plies to new out­fit­ter per­mit pro­pos­als and to ex­ist­ing per­mit hold­ers who would like to ex­tend or re­new per­mits and to out­fit­ters re­quest­ing changes to ex­ist­ing per­mits that would re­quire ad­di­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal re­view and com­pli­ance.

All per­mit­ted out­fit­ters and their guides on the Gila Na­tional For­est must carry a copy of their spe­cial use per­mit (first page, sig­na­ture page and amend­ments) and their op­er­at­ing plan when op­er­at­ing on Na­tional For­est Sys­tem Lands. This en­sures that per­mit hold­ers are recog- nized by For­est Ser­vice per­son­nel and New Mex­ico De­part­ment of Game and Fish per­son­nel as per­mit­ted and li­censed out­fit­ter/guides in the field.

Per­mit­ted out­fit­ters and guides play an im­por­tant role in for­est man­age­ment. Con­sis­tent per­mit man­age­ment pro­tects nat­u­ral re­source val­ues, pub­lic health and safety, and is con­sis­tent with the land and re­source man­age­ment plans out­lined in the For­est Plan. Fail­ure to com­ply with the terms of spe­cial use per­mit doc­u­men­ta­tion and op­er­at­ing plans can re­sult in ad­min­is­tra­tive ac­tion against a per­mit.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the for­est web­site at fs.usda.gov/goto/gila/ out­fit­ters-guides or con­tact Christa Os­born, Re­cre­ation Pro­gram Man­ager, at 575388-8421.

For in­for­ma­tion on the Gila Na­tional For­est, check out our web­site at fs.usda.gov/ gila. ◊◊◊

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