261.10--Occupancy and UseFive respondents commented on this provision. Three respondents commented hat the
reasons cited for this provision are inadequate. One of these respondents stated that
posting, affixing, or erecting printed material does not have the same significant
impact on forest resources as clear-cutting. Another stated that there have not been
any traffic jams from Rainbow Family members distributing leaflets, that the amount of
printed material posted on trees would undoubtedly be small, and that these concerns
can be addressed in a rule regulating traffic and posting, affixing, or erecting written
materials on trees. One respondent stated that affixing printed material in the national
forests might cause resource damage, but that this concern is addressed by existing
laws, as are the concerns about traffic and danger to the person distributing the
Two respondents advised the agency to remove this provision and address resource
damage as it occurs.
One respondent advised that this prohibition should apply only to commercial
distribution of printed material.
Section 261.10(g) of the proposed rule prohibited distribution of any
printed material without a special use authorization.
The Department has carefully examined the special use authorization
requirement for noncommercial distribution of printed material.
Based on the comments
received on resource impacts and on the Department's review of resource impacts
associated with noncommercial distribution of printed material, the Department has
determined that these impacts are not significant enough to warrant regulation at this
time.Therefore, the Department has limited the prohibition in Sec. 261.10(g) of the
final rule to commercial distribution of printed material without a special use
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