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IPNF accepting applications for summer recreation events

| January 26, 2021 1:00 AM

Anyone wishing to host a recreation event on National Forest System lands in northern Idaho this summer has until the end of the month to submit an application for a recreation event permit.

The Idaho Panhandle National Forests has two open seasons each year for people who wish to apply for a special use authorization to conduct any type of commercial recreation use on the National Forest. For events occurring this summer and fall (June 1 through Nov. 30), the application period will remain open through Jan. 31. The National Forest will host another open period from Aug. 1 to Aug. 30 for winter season events that occur between Dec. 1 and May 30.

A commercial recreation activity is defined as one in which the applicant charges an entry or participation fee, or for which the primary purpose is the sale of goods or services. Examples can include horse riding, bicycle, motocross, or triathlon races; jeep rallies; dog trials; fishing contests; rodeos; adventure games; youth treks; wagon trains; or concerts. A permit is required for these types of events, regardless of the number of people involved in the activity.

Depending on the size or duration of the activity, other documentation, licenses, or insurance may be required. Recreation events will also be subject to state and county COVID-19 mitigation criteria.

To find out more about commercial recreation permitting on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, contact your nearest Ranger District office or visit the ‘Events/Commercial Permits’ page on our website: https://go.usa.gov/xAffc

For media inquiries, contact Patrick Lair at 541-233-7770 or patrick.lair@usda.gov