Information Collection: Special Use Administration, 57181-57185 [2020-20316]

Download as PDF 57181 Notices Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 179 Tuesday, September 15, 2020 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Information Collection: Special Use Administration Forest Service, USDA. Notice; request for comment. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and entities on substantive revisions of a currently approved information collection, Special Use Administration. DATES: Comments must be received in writing by November 16, 2020. ADDRESSES: Send comments to USDA Forest Service, Attn: Lands, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 1124, Washington, DC 20250–1124. Comments also may be submitted via facsimile to 202–644–4700 or by email to reply_lands_staff@usda.gov. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, will be placed in the record and will be available for public inspection and copying. The public may review comments on the Forest Service forms web page at https://www.fs.usda.gov/ managing-land/lands-and-realtymanagement/forms. Comments will be summarized in the Forest Service’s request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection for special uses and will be addressed in a Federal Register Notice of the final revisions to the approved information collection. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Chandler, Realty Specialist, Lands, National Forest Systems can be reached by phone at 202–205–1117, or by email at mark.chandler@usda.gov. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:57 Sep 14, 2020 Jkt 250001 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Special Use Administration. OMB Number: 0596–0082. Expiration Date of Approval: August 31, 2020. Type of Request: Substantive Revision of Approved Forms and Creation of New Forms. Type of Respondents: Individuals, businesses, and non-federal governmental entities. Abstract: The Forest Service manages approximately 193 million acres of federal lands, known as National Forest System (NFS) lands. Several statutes authorize the Forest Service to issue and administer authorizations for use and occupancy of NFS lands and collect information from the public for those purposes, including but not limited to the Organic Administration Act (16 U.S.C. 551); Title V of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (43 U.S.C. 1761–1772); the National Forest Roads and Trails Act (16 U.S.C. 532–538); section 28 of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 185); the Act of March 4, 1915 (16 U.S.C. 497); the Term Permit Act (16 U.S.C. 497); the National Forest Ski Area Permit Act (16 U.S.C. 497b); section 7 of the Granger-Thye Act (16 U.S.C. 480d); the Act of May 26, 2000 (16 U.S.C. 460l–6d); the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (16 U.S.C. 6801–6814); the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 470aa et seq.); and section 111 of the National Historic Preservation Act (54 U.S.C. 306121). Forest Service regulations implementing these authorities, found at 36 CFR part 251, subpart B, contain information collection requirements, including submission of applications, execution of forms, and imposition of terms and conditions that entail information collection requirements. The uses authorized cover a variety of activities and improvements, including recreation residences, apiaries, domestic water supply conveyance systems, electric transmission lines, communications uses, outfitting and guiding, campground concessions, resorts, and marinas. Standard special use permit, easement, and lease forms (authorization forms) are used to authorize these activities and improvements. Forest Service regulations require each special use authorization to contain terms and conditions that will PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 carry out the purposes of applicable statutes and their implementing regulations; minimize damage to scenic and aesthetic values, fish and wildlife habitat, and otherwise protect the environment; require compliance with applicable air and water quality standards; and require compliance with state standards that are more stringent than federal standards for public safety, environmental protection, and siting, construction, operation, and maintenance (36 CFR 251.56(a)(1)(i)). In addition, Forest Service regulations require each special use authorization to contain such terms and conditions deemed necessary by the Forest Service to protect federal property and economic interests; efficiently manage the authorized lands and adjacent lands; protect other lawful users of the authorized lands and adjacent lands; protect lives and property; protect the interests of those living in the vicinity of the authorized use who rely on the fish, wildlife, and other biotic resources of the area for subsistence; require siting to cause the least environmental damage, taking into consideration feasibility and other relevant factors; and otherwise protect the public interest (36 CFR 251.56(a)(1)(ii)). The information collection requirements are necessary for the Forest Service to issue and administer special use authorizations that allow the public to use and occupy NFS lands under these authorities. The information collected is used by Forest Service officials (unless otherwise noted) to ensure that uses of NFS lands are authorized, in the public interest, and compatible with the agency’s mission or record authorization of use granted by appropriate Forest Service officials. In conjunction with its Paperwork Reduction Act compliance for its special uses program, the Forest Service is seeking public comment on substantive revisions to the information collection for that program. In particular, the Forest Service is seeking public comment on a proposed update of the Communications Use Lease, FS–2700– 10b; proposed updates to Holder Initiated Revocation of Existing Authorization/Request for a New Special-Use Permit or Term Special-Use Permit, FS–2700–3a; and proposed updates of the following road permit and easement forms: E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM 15SEN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 57182 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 179 / Tuesday, September 15, 2020 / Notices • FS–2700–4b, FLPMA Forest Road Special Use Permit; • FS–2700–4c, FLPMA Private Road Special Use Permit; • FS–2700–9f, FRTA Public Road Easement; • FS–2700–9g, FRTA Forest Road Easement; • FS–2700–9h, FRTA Private Road Easement; • FS–2700–9i, FLPMA Forest Road Easement; and • FS–2700–9j, FLPMA Private Road Easement. The proposed updates to the communications use lease and road easement and permit forms would make those forms consistent with current standard language in other authorization forms. The proposed updates to FS– 2700–3a would make it consistent with standard terms in special use authorization forms that provide for termination of the authorization upon a change in ownership of the authorized improvements or upon a change in ownership or control of the business entity that holds the authorization. The Forest Service is also seeking public comment on proposed revision or addition of standard clauses in the following 12 authorization forms: • FS–2700–4, Special Use Permit, the form used by the Forest Service to authorize a variety of uses on NFS lands not covered by another form; • FS–2700–4h, Special Use Permit for Campground and Related Granger-Thye Concessions, the form used by the Forest Service to authorize operation and maintenance of a federally owned recreation site on NFS lands, including Appendix B, Annual Granger-Thye Fee Offset Agreement, and Appendix G, Granger-Thye Fee Offset Claim Form; • FS–2700–4i, Special Use Permit for Outfitting and Guiding, the form used by the Forest Service to authorize the use and occupancy of NFS lands to provide outfitting and guiding services; • FS–2700–4j, Powerline Facility Permit for Non-Federal Entities, the form used by the Forest Service to authorize the use and occupancy of NFS lands by a non-federal entity for operation and maintenance of powerline facilities; • FS–2700–4k, Powerline Facility Permit for Federal Entities, the form used by the Forest Service to authorize the use and occupancy of NFS lands by a federal entity for operation and maintenance of powerline facilities; • FS–2700–31, Powerline Facility Easement, the form used by the Forest Service to authorize the use and occupancy of NFS lands by a nonfederal entity for operation and maintenance of powerline facilities; VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:57 Sep 14, 2020 Jkt 250001 • FS–2700–5, Term Special Use Permit, the form used by the Forest Service to authorize long-term use of NFS lands involving privately owned facilities; • FS–2700–5a, Term Special Use Permit for Recreation Residences, the form used by the Forest Service to authorize a privately owned recreation residence on NFS lands; • Grand Island FS–2700–5a, Term Special Use Permit for Recreation Residences in the Grand Island Recreation Area, the form used by the Forest Service to authorize a privately owned recreation residence on NFS lands in the Grand Island Recreation Area; • FS–2700–5b, Ski Area Term Special Use Permit, the form used by the Forest Service to authorize ski areas on NFS lands; • FS–2700–5c, Resort/Marina Term Special Use Permit, the form used by the Forest Service authorize a resort/ marina on NFS lands; and • FS–2700–10c, Communications Use Permit for Federal Agencies, the form used by the Forest Service to authorize communications facilities under the jurisdiction of another federal agency on NFS lands. Although the proposed revisions to the FS–2700–4k and FS–2700–10c are not subject to public notice and comment as information collections under the Paperwork Reduction Act, the proposed revisions are subject to public notice and comment under 16 U.S.C. 1612a. The Forest Service is not seeking comment on any other provisions in these 12 authorization forms. The Forest Service is also seeking public comment on several new forms: • A proposed lease form for historic properties under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), including the information collection associated with that form; • Proposed forms for leasing Forest Service administrative sites, including the information collection associated with those forms; and • A proposed waiver of liability and assumption of risk form for implementation of the search and recovery provisions in Section 9002 of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. The following is a description of the proposed historic property lease form; the proposed forms for leasing Forest Service administrative sites; the proposed waiver of liability and assumption of risk form; and the proposed revision or addition of standard clauses in the 12 authorization forms. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Proposed Historic Property Lease Form, FS–2700–13 Section 111 of the NHPA authorizes federal agencies to lease historic properties if the lease will adequately ensure the preservation of the historic property. 54 U.S.C. 306121. The Forest Service intends to use this authority to develop new uses for certain qualifying historic properties that it maintains. This practice will help ensure that historic properties do not fall into disrepair or lose their physical integrity due to continued neglect. The Forest Service manages over 10,000 historic buildings, and many of them could benefit from some form of alternative reuse. Some of the agency’s buildings could also serve communities better if the agency authorized them for more active adaptive reuse while still ensuring their protection. Use of this authority in the NHPA would offer uses and flexibility designed specifically for historic properties. The new historic property lease largely contains the standard term permit clauses in form FS–2700–5, with the following important differences: • Authority. These leases would be issued under section 111 of the NHPA, codified at 54 U.S.C. 306121, which allows leasing of qualifying historic properties as described above. This authority allows for the leasing of historic properties, provided the agency determines that the lease will adequately ensure the preservation of the historic property. Qualifying historic properties include those eligible or listed on the National Register of Historic Places. • Duration. Section 111 of the NHPA does not limit a lease’s duration, given the unique nature of historic properties and the investment often needed to adapt these structures to a new use. The flexibility in the lease term facilitates the preservation of these historic properties by attracting rehabilitation support and financing. • Rent Retention. Section 111 of the NHPA provides that rent for the lease may be retained by the agency to defray the costs of administration, maintenance, repair, and related expenses incurred by the agency with respect to that property or other properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places that are owned or controlled by the agency. Thus, rent obtained under a section 111 lease can assist the agency in meeting its requirements to plan for and responsibly steward these historic properties. • Property Insurance. Property insurance is generally required for E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM 15SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 179 / Tuesday, September 15, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES historic property leasing, given the requirement to ensure continued preservation of historic properties. The requirements for property insurance are laid out in the lease and will vary depending upon the historic property being leased. Estimated Annual Burden: 2 burden hours per response. Type of Respondents: Individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, and non-federal governmental entities. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 2 respondents. Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 2 hours. Comment is invited on (1) whether this collection of information is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Proposed Forms for Leasing Forest Service Administrative Sites The Forest Service Facilities Realignment and Enhancement Act of 2005 (FSFREA) and section 8623 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) authorize the Forest Service to lease administrative sites on NFS lands. The following forms are needed to implement the Forest Service’s authority to lease administrative sites under those statutes: • Lease for Forest Service Administrative Sites, FS–2700–14; • Prospectus for Leasing Administrative Sites, FS–2700–14a; • In-Kind Consideration Agreement, FS–2700–14b; and • Claim for In-Kind Consideration Costs, FS–2700–14c. These information collections correspond to a proposed directive published for public comment (85 FR 34171; June 3, 2020) that would implement the Forest Service’s authority to lease administrative sites under FSFREA and section 8623 of the Farm Bill. The information collected would be submitted by parties interested in leasing or leasing a Forest VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:57 Sep 14, 2020 Jkt 250001 Service administrative site. In particular, those interested in leasing a Forest Service administrative site under either statute could be submitting an application in response to a standard prospectus, and those leasing a Forest Service administrative site under either statute would be executing a standard lease. Those leasing a Forest Service administrative site under section 8623 of the Farm Bill also could be executing forms for recording acceptance and valuation of in-kind consideration as partial or full payment of rent for the lease. Estimated Annual Burden: 14 burden hours per response. Type of Respondents: Individuals, businesses, and other non-federal organizations and entities. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 14 respondents. Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 196 hours. Comment is invited on (1) whether this collection of information is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Proposed Waiver of Liability and Assumption of Risk Form, FS–2700–40 Section 9002 of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (section 9002 of the Dingell Act), Public Law 116–9, 43 U.S.C. 1742a, establishes criteria for accepting a waiver of liability in lieu of insurance for search and recovery missions conducted by good Samaritans on federal lands. A waiver of liability form is needed to implement section 9002 of the Dingell Act. Estimated Annual Burden: .25 burden hour per response. Type of Respondents: Organizations and individuals acting for private purposes. Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 1 respondent. Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 57183 Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: .25 hour. Comment is invited on (1) whether this collection of information is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Proposed Revision or Addition of Standard Clauses in the 12 Authorization Forms The proposed revision or addition of standard clauses in the 12 authorization forms, as applicable, would make those forms consistent with current standard language in authorization forms. Corresponding standard clauses in Forest Service Handbook 2709.11, Chapter 50, would be revised to conform with revisions to standard clauses in the 12 authorization forms. The following describes the proposed clause revisions and additions. No Warranty of Access, Site Suitability, or Services. The services not provided clause would be revised to address access and site suitability as well as services. Risk of Loss. The risk of loss clause would be clarified to address risk of loss to the authorized improvements as well as risk of loss to the use and occupancy of NFS lands due to public health and safety or environmental hazards. In addition, revisions to the risk of loss clause would clarify that termination under that clause would not give rise to any claim for damages against the Forest Service. Pesticide Use. The pesticide use clause would be revised to include a requirement for a safety plan and a requirement to report pesticide applications to the Forest Service. Consent To Store Hazardous Materials. The consent to store hazardous materials clause would be revised to provide that hazardous material transportation and disposal manifests must clearly identify the authorization holder as the generator of the hazardous waste. In addition, the consent to store hazardous materials clause would be revised for E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM 15SEN1 57184 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 179 / Tuesday, September 15, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES authorizations issued to non-federal entities to provide that the Forest Service may require a surety bond if hazardous materials are used or stored on NFS lands under the authorization. Revocation for Specific and Compelling Reasons in the Public Interest. This clause is included in term permits and communications use leases and specifies the compensation that the Forest Service will pay for revocation of a term permit for specific and compelling reasons in the public interest. The valuation standard in this clause would be updated consistent with input from the U.S. Department of Justice, Land Acquisition Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division. Proposed Revision or Addition of Standard Clauses in Specific Authorization Forms FS–2700–4, Special Use Permit. The standard clauses addressing water pollution, scenic values, and continuation of obligations and liabilities beyond permit expiration or revocation, which are included in other authorization forms, would be added to FS–2700–4. In addition, a standard clause providing for termination for development of hydroelectric power or reclamation purposes is included in permits when the authorized NFS lands are withdrawn for hydroelectric power or reclamation purposes. This clause would be added to FS–2700–4 for inclusion as applicable. FS–2700–4h, Special Use Permit for Campground and Related Granger-Thye Concessions. The Forest Service is proposing to add a clause to form FS– 2700–4h to clarify that concession site names, facility names, and expressions used by the holder to identify goods and services provided under the permit are a trademark that is the property of the Forest Service, the use of which is subject to Forest Service supervision and control. The Forest Service is also proposing clarifications to Appendix B, the Annual Granger-Thye Fee Offset Agreement form, and Appendix G, the Granger-Thye Fee Offset Claim form, to FS–2700–4h. FS–2700–4i, Special Use Permit for Outfitting and Guiding. The standard clause addressing liabilities beyond permit expiration or revocation, which is included in other authorization forms, would be added to FS–2700–4i. FS–2700–4j, Powerline Facility Permit for Non-Federal Entities; FS–2700–4k, Powerline Facility Permit for Federal Entities; and FS–2700–31, Powerline Facility Easement. The renewal clause in FS–2700–4j, Powerline Facility Permit for Non-Federal Entities, would VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:57 Sep 14, 2020 Jkt 250001 be revised to provide for issuance of a new permit at the discretion of the authorized officer, rather than renewal of the permit subject to conditions. The Forest Service believes issuance of a new permit should be discretionary, since a permit does not convey an interest in real property. In contrast, the renewal clause in FS–2700–31, Powerline Facility Easement, would be revised to provide for renewal subject to conditions, since an easement conveys an interest in real property. The change of control clause in FS– 2700–4j would also be revised to provide an exception to termination due to a change in control of the business entity that holds the permit when the change of control occurs through a merger or through the acquisition of stock or an ownership interest if the holder’s corporate structure and operational management remain unchanged and the holder continues to have sufficient financial and technical capability to meet its obligations under the permit. The Forest Service believes that for this type of use and under these circumstances there is no legal or programmatic need to issue a new permit. The leasing of powerline facilities clause in FS–2700–4j and FS–2700–31 would be revised to provide for submission of an annual certification of leases for the authorization holder’s fiber optic cable that contains the information needed by the authorized officer to charge the requisite land use fee, rather than a facility use map displaying specified information. The Forest Service believes an annual certification would be simpler for both the agency and the authorization holder to implement than a facility use map. A clause would be added to provide for Forest Service approval for leasing of the holder’s fiber optic cable. Additionally, a clause would be added to provide for the issuance of an appropriate special use authorization for leases involving communications uses and other third-party uses involving the authorized powerline facilities. Clauses would be added to FS–2700– 4j and FS–2700–31 to provide for preparation of an environmental site assessment prior to use and occupancy and prior to termination or upon revocation of the authorization. The purpose of the initial and follow-up environmental site assessments would be to identify Recognized Environmental Conditions in the authorized area, that is, the presence or likely presence of any hazardous substances or petroleum products in, on, or at the authorized area: (1) Due to any release to the environment; (2) PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 under conditions indicative of a release to the environment; or (3) under conditions that pose a material threat of a future release to the environment. A comparison of the initial and follow-up environmental site assessments would assist the Forest Service in determining whether any environmental cleanup or restoration is required as a result of the use and occupancy. An optional insurance clause would be added to FS–2700–4j and FS–2700– 31 that would provide for self-insurance only if the holder or grantee is unable to provide coverage for the United States under a commercial general liability insurance policy and the holder or grantee meets all the insurance requirements in the optional selfinsurance clause. Given the risks involved, owners and operators of powerline facilities typically obtain commercial general liability insurance only for excess coverage, e.g., for liability of $10 million or more. In addition, the revised insurance clause would provide for $2 million of coverage per occurrence and $5 million of coverage in the aggregate per authorized powerline facility. The rights and responsibilities upon revocation or termination without issuance of a new easement clause in FS–2700–31 would be revised to remove the reference to consultation with affected agencies, which is unnecessary in this context. A clause would be added to FS–2700– 4j to provide for permit termination if the holder fails to pay the land use fee, interest, or other charges within 90 calendar days of the due date, consistent with other special use authorization forms. The nonpayment clause in FS– 2700–31 would be revised to provide for permit termination if the grantee fails to pay the land user fee, interest, or other charges within 90 calendar days of the due date, consistent with other special use authorization forms. In addition, a standard clause providing for termination for development of hydroelectric power or reclamation purposes is included in permits when the authorized NFS lands are withdrawn for hydroelectric power or reclamation purposes. This clause would be added to FS–2700–4j, FS– 2700–4k, and FS–2700–31 for inclusion as applicable. FS–2700–5, Term Special Use Permit, and FS–2700–5c, Resort/Marina Term Special Use Permit. The nonpayment clause in both forms would be revised to provide for permit termination if the holder fails to pay the land user fee, interest, or other charges within 90 calendar days of the due date, consistent E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM 15SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 179 / Tuesday, September 15, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES with other special use authorization forms. FS–2700–5a, Term Special Use Permit for Recreation Residences, and Grand Island FS–2700–5a Grand Island, Term Special Use Permit for Recreation Residences in the Grand Island National Recreation Area. The maintenance of improvements clause in both forms would be revised to conform to the wording for that clause in other authorization forms. In particular, the revisions would provide for consistency with other permit terms and for changes to maintenance standards when deemed necessary to meet statutory, regulatory, or policy requirements or to protect national forest resources. The standard bonding clause in special use authorization forms, which gives the authorized officer discretion to require a bond, would be added to both forms. The nonpayment clause in both forms would be revised to provide for permit termination if the holder fails to pay the cabin user fee, interest, or other charges within 90 calendar days of the due date, consistent with other special use authorization forms. The standard clause addressing continuation of obligations and liabilities beyond permit expiration or revocation would be added to FS–2700– 5a and Grand Island FS–2700–5a. In addition, a standard clause providing for termination of the permit for development of hydroelectric power or reclamation purposes is included in the permit when the authorized NFS lands are withdrawn for hydroelectric power or reclamation purposes. This clause would be added to FS–2700–5a and Grand Island FS–2700–5a for inclusion as applicable. FS–2700–10c, Communications Use Permit for Federal Agencies. The risk of loss clause in this form would be revised to track the risk of loss clause for federal entities in FS–2700–4 with regard to conducting an analysis to determine whether the authorized facilities can be safety occupied in the future and whether rebuilding should be allowed. In addition, the standard clause providing for termination of the permit for development of hydroelectric power or reclamation purposes would be added to FS–2700–10c for inclusion in the permit when the authorized NFS lands are withdrawn for hydroelectric power or reclamation purposes. Access to Proposed Forms and Proposed Revision or Addition of Standard Clauses The proposed updated communications use lease and updated road easement and permit forms; the proposed historic property lease, VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:57 Sep 14, 2020 Jkt 250001 proposed forms for leasing Forest Service administrative sites; and the proposed revision or addition of standard clauses in the 12 authorization forms can be found at https:// www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/landsand-realty-management/forms. Dated: September 9, 2020. Gregory C. Smith, Director, Lands and Realty Management, National Forest System. [FR Doc. 2020–20316 Filed 9–14–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Ravalli Resource Advisory Committee Forest Service, Agriculture (USDA). ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: The Ravalli Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a virtual meeting. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community SelfDetermination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with the Act. RAC information can be found at the following website: https:// www.fs.usda.gov/main/bitterroot/ workingtogether/advisorycommittees. DATES: The meeting will be held on Friday, October 16, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., Mountain Time. All RAC meetings are subject to cancellation. For status of meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. SUMMARY: The meeting will be held with virtual attendance only. For virtual meeting information, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor’s Office. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric Winthers, Designated Federal Officer ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 57185 (DFO), by phone at 406–821–4244 or email at eric.winthers@usda.gov; or Joni Lubke, RAC Coordinator, at 406–363– 7100 or email at joni.lubke@usda.gov. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. The purpose of the meeting is to: 1. Vote on nominations for chairperson and vice-chairperson; 2. Discuss and make recommendations on recreation fee proposals for sites located within Ravalli County on the Bitterroot National Forest; 3. Discuss timeline and content to develop outreach for project proposals; and 4. Select date for next meeting. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda will include time for people to make oral statements of three minutes or less. Individuals wishing to make an oral statement should request in writing by October 5, 2020, to be scheduled on the agenda. Anyone who would like to bring related matters to the attention of the committee may file written statements with the committee staff before or after the meeting. Written comments and requests for time to make oral comments must be sent to Joni Lubke, RAC Coordinator, Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 24 1801 North 1st, Hamilton, Montana 59840; or by email to joni.lubke@ usda.gov. Meeting Accommodations: If you are a person requiring reasonable accommodation, please make requests in advance for sign language interpreting, assistive listening devices, or other reasonable accommodation. For access to the facility or proceedings, please contact the person listed in the section titled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. All reasonable accommodation requests are managed on a case-by-case basis. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: September 10, 2020. Cikena Reid, USDA Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 2020–20335 Filed 9–14–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM 15SEN1

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Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 179 / Tuesday, September 15, 2020 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Forest Service


Information Collection: Special Use Administration

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and 
entities on substantive revisions of a currently approved information 
collection, Special Use Administration.

DATES: Comments must be received in writing by November 16, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to USDA Forest Service, Attn: Lands, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW, Stop 1124, Washington, DC 20250-1124. Comments 
also may be submitted via facsimile to 202-644-4700 or by email to 
[email protected]. All comments, including names and addresses 
when provided, will be placed in the record and will be available for 
public inspection and copying. The public may review comments on the 
Forest Service forms web page at https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/lands-and-realty-management/forms. Comments will be summarized in the 
Forest Service's request for Office of Management and Budget approval 
of the information collection for special uses and will be addressed in 
a Federal Register Notice of the final revisions to the approved 
information collection.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Chandler, Realty Specialist, 
Lands, National Forest Systems can be reached by phone at 202-205-1117, 
or by email at [email protected]. Individuals who use 
telecommunication devices for the deaf may call the Federal Relay 
Service at 800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. eastern time, Monday 
through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Special Use Administration.
    OMB Number: 0596-0082.
    Expiration Date of Approval: August 31, 2020.
    Type of Request: Substantive Revision of Approved Forms and 
Creation of New Forms.
    Type of Respondents: Individuals, businesses, and non-federal 
governmental entities.
    Abstract: The Forest Service manages approximately 193 million 
acres of federal lands, known as National Forest System (NFS) lands. 
Several statutes authorize the Forest Service to issue and administer 
authorizations for use and occupancy of NFS lands and collect 
information from the public for those purposes, including but not 
limited to the Organic Administration Act (16 U.S.C. 551); Title V of 
the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (43 U.S.C. 1761-1772); the 
National Forest Roads and Trails Act (16 U.S.C. 532-538); section 28 of 
the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 185); the Act of March 4, 1915 (16 
U.S.C. 497); the Term Permit Act (16 U.S.C. 497); the National Forest 
Ski Area Permit Act (16 U.S.C. 497b); section 7 of the Granger-Thye Act 
(16 U.S.C. 480d); the Act of May 26, 2000 (16 U.S.C. 460l-6d); the 
Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (16 U.S.C. 6801-6814); the 
Archaeological Resources Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 470aa et seq.); and 
section 111 of the National Historic Preservation Act (54 U.S.C. 
306121).
    Forest Service regulations implementing these authorities, found at 
36 CFR part 251, subpart B, contain information collection 
requirements, including submission of applications, execution of forms, 
and imposition of terms and conditions that entail information 
collection requirements. The uses authorized cover a variety of 
activities and improvements, including recreation residences, apiaries, 
domestic water supply conveyance systems, electric transmission lines, 
communications uses, outfitting and guiding, campground concessions, 
resorts, and marinas. Standard special use permit, easement, and lease 
forms (authorization forms) are used to authorize these activities and 
improvements.
    Forest Service regulations require each special use authorization 
to contain terms and conditions that will carry out the purposes of 
applicable statutes and their implementing regulations; minimize damage 
to scenic and aesthetic values, fish and wildlife habitat, and 
otherwise protect the environment; require compliance with applicable 
air and water quality standards; and require compliance with state 
standards that are more stringent than federal standards for public 
safety, environmental protection, and siting, construction, operation, 
and maintenance (36 CFR 251.56(a)(1)(i)). In addition, Forest Service 
regulations require each special use authorization to contain such 
terms and conditions deemed necessary by the Forest Service to protect 
federal property and economic interests; efficiently manage the 
authorized lands and adjacent lands; protect other lawful users of the 
authorized lands and adjacent lands; protect lives and property; 
protect the interests of those living in the vicinity of the authorized 
use who rely on the fish, wildlife, and other biotic resources of the 
area for subsistence; require siting to cause the least environmental 
damage, taking into consideration feasibility and other relevant 
factors; and otherwise protect the public interest (36 CFR 
251.56(a)(1)(ii)).
    The information collection requirements are necessary for the 
Forest Service to issue and administer special use authorizations that 
allow the public to use and occupy NFS lands under these authorities. 
The information collected is used by Forest Service officials (unless 
otherwise noted) to ensure that uses of NFS lands are authorized, in 
the public interest, and compatible with the agency's mission or record 
authorization of use granted by appropriate Forest Service officials.
    In conjunction with its Paperwork Reduction Act compliance for its 
special uses program, the Forest Service is seeking public comment on 
substantive revisions to the information collection for that program. 
In particular, the Forest Service is seeking public comment on a 
proposed update of the Communications Use Lease, FS-2700-10b; proposed 
updates to Holder Initiated Revocation of Existing Authorization/
Request for a New Special-Use Permit or Term Special-Use Permit, FS-
2700-3a; and proposed updates of the following road permit and easement 
forms:


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     FS-2700-4b, FLPMA Forest Road Special Use Permit;
     FS-2700-4c, FLPMA Private Road Special Use Permit;
     FS-2700-9f, FRTA Public Road Easement;
     FS-2700-9g, FRTA Forest Road Easement;
     FS-2700-9h, FRTA Private Road Easement;
     FS-2700-9i, FLPMA Forest Road Easement; and
     FS-2700-9j, FLPMA Private Road Easement.
    The proposed updates to the communications use lease and road 
easement and permit forms would make those forms consistent with 
current standard language in other authorization forms. The proposed 
updates to FS-2700-3a would make it consistent with standard terms in 
special use authorization forms that provide for termination of the 
authorization upon a change in ownership of the authorized improvements 
or upon a change in ownership or control of the business entity that 
holds the authorization.
    The Forest Service is also seeking public comment on proposed 
revision or addition of standard clauses in the following 12 
authorization forms:
     FS-2700-4, Special Use Permit, the form used by the Forest 
Service to authorize a variety of uses on NFS lands not covered by 
another form;
     FS-2700-4h, Special Use Permit for Campground and Related 
Granger-Thye Concessions, the form used by the Forest Service to 
authorize operation and maintenance of a federally owned recreation 
site on NFS lands, including Appendix B, Annual Granger-Thye Fee Offset 
Agreement, and Appendix G, Granger-Thye Fee Offset Claim Form;
     FS-2700-4i, Special Use Permit for Outfitting and Guiding, 
the form used by the Forest Service to authorize the use and occupancy 
of NFS lands to provide outfitting and guiding services;
     FS-2700-4j, Powerline Facility Permit for Non-Federal 
Entities, the form used by the Forest Service to authorize the use and 
occupancy of NFS lands by a non-federal entity for operation and 
maintenance of powerline facilities;
     FS-2700-4k, Powerline Facility Permit for Federal 
Entities, the form used by the Forest Service to authorize the use and 
occupancy of NFS lands by a federal entity for operation and 
maintenance of powerline facilities;
     FS-2700-31, Powerline Facility Easement, the form used by 
the Forest Service to authorize the use and occupancy of NFS lands by a 
non-federal entity for operation and maintenance of powerline 
facilities;
     FS-2700-5, Term Special Use Permit, the form used by the 
Forest Service to authorize long-term use of NFS lands involving 
privately owned facilities;
     FS-2700-5a, Term Special Use Permit for Recreation 
Residences, the form used by the Forest Service to authorize a 
privately owned recreation residence on NFS lands;
     Grand Island FS-2700-5a, Term Special Use Permit for 
Recreation Residences in the Grand Island Recreation Area, the form 
used by the Forest Service to authorize a privately owned recreation 
residence on NFS lands in the Grand Island Recreation Area;
     FS-2700-5b, Ski Area Term Special Use Permit, the form 
used by the Forest Service to authorize ski areas on NFS lands;
     FS-2700-5c, Resort/Marina Term Special Use Permit, the 
form used by the Forest Service authorize a resort/marina on NFS lands; 
and
     FS-2700-10c, Communications Use Permit for Federal 
Agencies, the form used by the Forest Service to authorize 
communications facilities under the jurisdiction of another federal 
agency on NFS lands.
    Although the proposed revisions to the FS-2700-4k and FS-2700-10c 
are not subject to public notice and comment as information collections 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act, the proposed revisions are subject 
to public notice and comment under 16 U.S.C. 1612a.
    The Forest Service is not seeking comment on any other provisions 
in these 12 authorization forms.
    The Forest Service is also seeking public comment on several new 
forms:
     A proposed lease form for historic properties under the 
National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), including the information 
collection associated with that form;
     Proposed forms for leasing Forest Service administrative 
sites, including the information collection associated with those 
forms; and
     A proposed waiver of liability and assumption of risk form 
for implementation of the search and recovery provisions in Section 
9002 of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and 
Recreation Act.
    The following is a description of the proposed historic property 
lease form; the proposed forms for leasing Forest Service 
administrative sites; the proposed waiver of liability and assumption 
of risk form; and the proposed revision or addition of standard clauses 
in the 12 authorization forms.

Proposed Historic Property Lease Form, FS-2700-13

    Section 111 of the NHPA authorizes federal agencies to lease 
historic properties if the lease will adequately ensure the 
preservation of the historic property. 54 U.S.C. 306121. The Forest 
Service intends to use this authority to develop new uses for certain 
qualifying historic properties that it maintains. This practice will 
help ensure that historic properties do not fall into disrepair or lose 
their physical integrity due to continued neglect.
    The Forest Service manages over 10,000 historic buildings, and many 
of them could benefit from some form of alternative reuse. Some of the 
agency's buildings could also serve communities better if the agency 
authorized them for more active adaptive reuse while still ensuring 
their protection. Use of this authority in the NHPA would offer uses 
and flexibility designed specifically for historic properties. The new 
historic property lease largely contains the standard term permit 
clauses in form FS-2700-5, with the following important differences:
     Authority. These leases would be issued under section 111 
of the NHPA, codified at 54 U.S.C. 306121, which allows leasing of 
qualifying historic properties as described above. This authority 
allows for the leasing of historic properties, provided the agency 
determines that the lease will adequately ensure the preservation of 
the historic property. Qualifying historic properties include those 
eligible or listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
     Duration. Section 111 of the NHPA does not limit a lease's 
duration, given the unique nature of historic properties and the 
investment often needed to adapt these structures to a new use. The 
flexibility in the lease term facilitates the preservation of these 
historic properties by attracting rehabilitation support and financing.
     Rent Retention. Section 111 of the NHPA provides that rent 
for the lease may be retained by the agency to defray the costs of 
administration, maintenance, repair, and related expenses incurred by 
the agency with respect to that property or other properties listed on 
the National Register of Historic Places that are owned or controlled 
by the agency. Thus, rent obtained under a section 111 lease can assist 
the agency in meeting its requirements to plan for and responsibly 
steward these historic properties.
     Property Insurance. Property insurance is generally 
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historic property leasing, given the requirement to ensure continued 
preservation of historic properties. The requirements for property 
insurance are laid out in the lease and will vary depending upon the 
historic property being leased.
    Estimated Annual Burden: 2 burden hours per response.
    Type of Respondents: Individuals, businesses, non-profit 
organizations, and non-federal governmental entities.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 2 respondents.
    Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 2 hours.
    Comment is invited on (1) whether this collection of information is 
necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the 
functions of the agency, including whether the information will have 
practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's 
estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; 
and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or 
other technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.

Proposed Forms for Leasing Forest Service Administrative Sites

    The Forest Service Facilities Realignment and Enhancement Act of 
2005 (FSFREA) and section 8623 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 
2018 (Farm Bill) authorize the Forest Service to lease administrative 
sites on NFS lands. The following forms are needed to implement the 
Forest Service's authority to lease administrative sites under those 
statutes:
     Lease for Forest Service Administrative Sites, FS-2700-14;
     Prospectus for Leasing Administrative Sites, FS-2700-14a;
     In-Kind Consideration Agreement, FS-2700-14b; and
     Claim for In-Kind Consideration Costs, FS-2700-14c.
    These information collections correspond to a proposed directive 
published for public comment (85 FR 34171; June 3, 2020) that would 
implement the Forest Service's authority to lease administrative sites 
under FSFREA and section 8623 of the Farm Bill. The information 
collected would be submitted by parties interested in leasing or 
leasing a Forest Service administrative site. In particular, those 
interested in leasing a Forest Service administrative site under either 
statute could be submitting an application in response to a standard 
prospectus, and those leasing a Forest Service administrative site 
under either statute would be executing a standard lease. Those leasing 
a Forest Service administrative site under section 8623 of the Farm 
Bill also could be executing forms for recording acceptance and 
valuation of in-kind consideration as partial or full payment of rent 
for the lease.
    Estimated Annual Burden: 14 burden hours per response.
    Type of Respondents: Individuals, businesses, and other non-federal 
organizations and entities.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 14 respondents.
    Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 196 hours.
    Comment is invited on (1) whether this collection of information is 
necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the 
functions of the agency, including whether the information will have 
practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's 
estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; 
and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or 
other technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.

Proposed Waiver of Liability and Assumption of Risk Form, FS-2700-40

    Section 9002 of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, 
and Recreation Act (section 9002 of the Dingell Act), Public Law 116-9, 
43 U.S.C. 1742a, establishes criteria for accepting a waiver of 
liability in lieu of insurance for search and recovery missions 
conducted by good Samaritans on federal lands. A waiver of liability 
form is needed to implement section 9002 of the Dingell Act.
    Estimated Annual Burden: .25 burden hour per response.
    Type of Respondents: Organizations and individuals acting for 
private purposes.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 1 respondent.
    Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: .25 hour.
    Comment is invited on (1) whether this collection of information is 
necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the 
functions of the agency, including whether the information will have 
practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's 
estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance 
the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; 
and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or 
other technological collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.

Proposed Revision or Addition of Standard Clauses in the 12 
Authorization Forms

    The proposed revision or addition of standard clauses in the 12 
authorization forms, as applicable, would make those forms consistent 
with current standard language in authorization forms. Corresponding 
standard clauses in Forest Service Handbook 2709.11, Chapter 50, would 
be revised to conform with revisions to standard clauses in the 12 
authorization forms. The following describes the proposed clause 
revisions and additions.
    No Warranty of Access, Site Suitability, or Services. The services 
not provided clause would be revised to address access and site 
suitability as well as services.
    Risk of Loss. The risk of loss clause would be clarified to address 
risk of loss to the authorized improvements as well as risk of loss to 
the use and occupancy of NFS lands due to public health and safety or 
environmental hazards. In addition, revisions to the risk of loss 
clause would clarify that termination under that clause would not give 
rise to any claim for damages against the Forest Service.
    Pesticide Use. The pesticide use clause would be revised to include 
a requirement for a safety plan and a requirement to report pesticide 
applications to the Forest Service.
    Consent To Store Hazardous Materials. The consent to store 
hazardous materials clause would be revised to provide that hazardous 
material transportation and disposal manifests must clearly identify 
the authorization holder as the generator of the hazardous waste. In 
addition, the consent to store hazardous materials clause would be 
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authorizations issued to non-federal entities to provide that the 
Forest Service may require a surety bond if hazardous materials are 
used or stored on NFS lands under the authorization.
    Revocation for Specific and Compelling Reasons in the Public 
Interest. This clause is included in term permits and communications 
use leases and specifies the compensation that the Forest Service will 
pay for revocation of a term permit for specific and compelling reasons 
in the public interest. The valuation standard in this clause would be 
updated consistent with input from the U.S. Department of Justice, Land 
Acquisition Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division.

Proposed Revision or Addition of Standard Clauses in Specific 
Authorization Forms

    FS-2700-4, Special Use Permit. The standard clauses addressing 
water pollution, scenic values, and continuation of obligations and 
liabilities beyond permit expiration or revocation, which are included 
in other authorization forms, would be added to FS-2700-4. In addition, 
a standard clause providing for termination for development of 
hydroelectric power or reclamation purposes is included in permits when 
the authorized NFS lands are withdrawn for hydroelectric power or 
reclamation purposes. This clause would be added to FS-2700-4 for 
inclusion as applicable.
    FS-2700-4h, Special Use Permit for Campground and Related Granger-
Thye Concessions. The Forest Service is proposing to add a clause to 
form FS-2700-4h to clarify that concession site names, facility names, 
and expressions used by the holder to identify goods and services 
provided under the permit are a trademark that is the property of the 
Forest Service, the use of which is subject to Forest Service 
supervision and control. The Forest Service is also proposing 
clarifications to Appendix B, the Annual Granger-Thye Fee Offset 
Agreement form, and Appendix G, the Granger-Thye Fee Offset Claim form, 
to FS-2700-4h.
    FS-2700-4i, Special Use Permit for Outfitting and Guiding. The 
standard clause addressing liabilities beyond permit expiration or 
revocation, which is included in other authorization forms, would be 
added to FS-2700-4i.
    FS-2700-4j, Powerline Facility Permit for Non-Federal Entities; FS-
2700-4k, Powerline Facility Permit for Federal Entities; and FS-2700-
31, Powerline Facility Easement. The renewal clause in FS-2700-4j, 
Powerline Facility Permit for Non-Federal Entities, would be revised to 
provide for issuance of a new permit at the discretion of the 
authorized officer, rather than renewal of the permit subject to 
conditions. The Forest Service believes issuance of a new permit should 
be discretionary, since a permit does not convey an interest in real 
property. In contrast, the renewal clause in FS-2700-31, Powerline 
Facility Easement, would be revised to provide for renewal subject to 
conditions, since an easement conveys an interest in real property.
    The change of control clause in FS-2700-4j would also be revised to 
provide an exception to termination due to a change in control of the 
business entity that holds the permit when the change of control occurs 
through a merger or through the acquisition of stock or an ownership 
interest if the holder's corporate structure and operational management 
remain unchanged and the holder continues to have sufficient financial 
and technical capability to meet its obligations under the permit. The 
Forest Service believes that for this type of use and under these 
circumstances there is no legal or programmatic need to issue a new 
permit.
    The leasing of powerline facilities clause in FS-2700-4j and FS-
2700-31 would be revised to provide for submission of an annual 
certification of leases for the authorization holder's fiber optic 
cable that contains the information needed by the authorized officer to 
charge the requisite land use fee, rather than a facility use map 
displaying specified information. The Forest Service believes an annual 
certification would be simpler for both the agency and the 
authorization holder to implement than a facility use map. A clause 
would be added to provide for Forest Service approval for leasing of 
the holder's fiber optic cable. Additionally, a clause would be added 
to provide for the issuance of an appropriate special use authorization 
for leases involving communications uses and other third-party uses 
involving the authorized powerline facilities.
    Clauses would be added to FS-2700-4j and FS-2700-31 to provide for 
preparation of an environmental site assessment prior to use and 
occupancy and prior to termination or upon revocation of the 
authorization. The purpose of the initial and follow-up environmental 
site assessments would be to identify Recognized Environmental 
Conditions in the authorized area, that is, the presence or likely 
presence of any hazardous substances or petroleum products in, on, or 
at the authorized area: (1) Due to any release to the environment; (2) 
under conditions indicative of a release to the environment; or (3) 
under conditions that pose a material threat of a future release to the 
environment. A comparison of the initial and follow-up environmental 
site assessments would assist the Forest Service in determining whether 
any environmental cleanup or restoration is required as a result of the 
use and occupancy.
    An optional insurance clause would be added to FS-2700-4j and FS-
2700-31 that would provide for self-insurance only if the holder or 
grantee is unable to provide coverage for the United States under a 
commercial general liability insurance policy and the holder or grantee 
meets all the insurance requirements in the optional self-insurance 
clause. Given the risks involved, owners and operators of powerline 
facilities typically obtain commercial general liability insurance only 
for excess coverage, e.g., for liability of $10 million or more. In 
addition, the revised insurance clause would provide for $2 million of 
coverage per occurrence and $5 million of coverage in the aggregate per 
authorized powerline facility.
    The rights and responsibilities upon revocation or termination 
without issuance of a new easement clause in FS-2700-31 would be 
revised to remove the reference to consultation with affected agencies, 
which is unnecessary in this context.
    A clause would be added to FS-2700-4j to provide for permit 
termination if the holder fails to pay the land use fee, interest, or 
other charges within 90 calendar days of the due date, consistent with 
other special use authorization forms. The nonpayment clause in FS-
2700-31 would be revised to provide for permit termination if the 
grantee fails to pay the land user fee, interest, or other charges 
within 90 calendar days of the due date, consistent with other special 
use authorization forms.
    In addition, a standard clause providing for termination for 
development of hydroelectric power or reclamation purposes is included 
in permits when the authorized NFS lands are withdrawn for 
hydroelectric power or reclamation purposes. This clause would be added 
to FS-2700-4j, FS-2700-4k, and FS-2700-31 for inclusion as applicable.
    FS-2700-5, Term Special Use Permit, and FS-2700-5c, Resort/Marina 
Term Special Use Permit. The nonpayment clause in both forms would be 
revised to provide for permit termination if the holder fails to pay 
the land user fee, interest, or other charges within 90 calendar days 
of the due date, consistent

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with other special use authorization forms.
    FS-2700-5a, Term Special Use Permit for Recreation Residences, and 
Grand Island FS-2700-5a Grand Island, Term Special Use Permit for 
Recreation Residences in the Grand Island National Recreation Area. The 
maintenance of improvements clause in both forms would be revised to 
conform to the wording for that clause in other authorization forms. In 
particular, the revisions would provide for consistency with other 
permit terms and for changes to maintenance standards when deemed 
necessary to meet statutory, regulatory, or policy requirements or to 
protect national forest resources. The standard bonding clause in 
special use authorization forms, which gives the authorized officer 
discretion to require a bond, would be added to both forms.
    The nonpayment clause in both forms would be revised to provide for 
permit termination if the holder fails to pay the cabin user fee, 
interest, or other charges within 90 calendar days of the due date, 
consistent with other special use authorization forms.
    The standard clause addressing continuation of obligations and 
liabilities beyond permit expiration or revocation would be added to 
FS-2700-5a and Grand Island FS-2700-5a. In addition, a standard clause 
providing for termination of the permit for development of 
hydroelectric power or reclamation purposes is included in the permit 
when the authorized NFS lands are withdrawn for hydroelectric power or 
reclamation purposes. This clause would be added to FS-2700-5a and 
Grand Island FS-2700-5a for inclusion as applicable.
    FS-2700-10c, Communications Use Permit for Federal Agencies. The 
risk of loss clause in this form would be revised to track the risk of 
loss clause for federal entities in FS-2700-4 with regard to conducting 
an analysis to determine whether the authorized facilities can be 
safety occupied in the future and whether rebuilding should be allowed. 
In addition, the standard clause providing for termination of the 
permit for development of hydroelectric power or reclamation purposes 
would be added to FS-2700-10c for inclusion in the permit when the 
authorized NFS lands are withdrawn for hydroelectric power or 
reclamation purposes.

Access to Proposed Forms and Proposed Revision or Addition of Standard 
Clauses

    The proposed updated communications use lease and updated road 
easement and permit forms; the proposed historic property lease, 
proposed forms for leasing Forest Service administrative sites; and the 
proposed revision or addition of standard clauses in the 12 
authorization forms can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/lands-and-realty-management/forms.

    Dated: September 9, 2020.
Gregory C. Smith,
Director, Lands and Realty Management, National Forest System.
[FR Doc. 2020-20316 Filed 9-14-20; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3411-15-P