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The Garden Law Firm PC The Garden Law Firm PC is a law firm with extensive experience in government contract matters, focusing on concessioners who operate on federal lands.

The Forest Service is seeking any thoughts you may have on how to improve their forms related to recreation or utilities...
05/29/2020
Forest Service Seeking Comments On All Special Use Forms - The Garden Law Firm, P.C.

The Forest Service is seeking any thoughts you may have on how to improve their forms related to recreation or utilities-

https://www.gardenlawfirm.com/alert/forest-service-seeking-comments-on-all-special-use-forms/

The US Forest Service is requesting comments which permittees may have on the various forms the agency uses to issue and administer special use permits, including forms related to recreational services and utilities. The agency is required by law to seek comments and thus is not necessarily indicati...

NPS says it was right to keep the National Parks open during the last government shutdown, and it'll do it again if it h...
10/15/2019
NPS Defends Its Decision To Keep Parks Open During 2018/2019 Shutdown, And Says It Will Do It Again - The Garden Law Firm, P.C.

NPS says it was right to keep the National Parks open during the last government shutdown, and it'll do it again if it has to- https://www.gardenlawfirm.com/nps-defends-its-decision-to-keep-parks-open-during-2018-2019-shutdown-and-says-it-will-do-it-again/

The National Park Service (NPS) responded to and strongly disagreed with a recent decision by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in which GAO asserted that NPS violated the law when it used certain funds it had to keep parks open during the last government shutdown. NPS insisted that its dec...

The Tonto National Forest is raising campground fees 60%-70% based on the public's preference for higher fees to support...
10/01/2019
Tonto National Forest Raising Campground Fees 60%-70% - The Garden Law Firm, P.C.

The Tonto National Forest is raising campground fees 60%-70% based on the public's preference for higher fees to support better services. For more information, see our post at https://www.gardenlawfirm.com/tonto-national-forest-raising-campground-fees-60-70/

The Tonto National Forest is raising campground fees for areas operated by the agency itself from 60-70%. The existing fees are between $10-20, and the new fees will be between $16-25. The agency stated that: These changes are being implemented to assist the Tonto National Forest maintain and improv...

The GAO, which is a congressional agency, recently determined that the NPS acted illegally when it used FLREA funds to k...
09/10/2019
GAO Finds NPS Broke The Law When It Kept Parks Open During The 2018/2019 Shutdown - The Garden Law Firm, P.C.

The GAO, which is a congressional agency, recently determined that the NPS acted illegally when it used FLREA funds to keep National Parks open during the last government shutdown. For an explanation of how GAO reached its conclusion, check out my blog at https://www.gardenlawfirm.com/gao-finds-nps-broke-the-law-by-keeping-parks-open-during-the-2018-2019-shutdown/

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), which is an arm of Congress, recently issued a report finding that NPS violated the law when NPS used FLREA funds to keep National Parks open during the recent government shutdown in late 2018/early 2019. GAO noted that Congress typically provided NPS with...

08/01/2019

Here's a new video about the Black Creek Wild and Scenic River from Your Forests Your Future-

NPS Starting To Remove Unneeded Or Unnecessarily Burdensome Regulations
06/24/2019
NPS Removes Unnecessary Regulations As Part Of Its Regulatory Reform - The Garden Law Firm, P.C.

NPS Starting To Remove Unneeded Or Unnecessarily Burdensome Regulations

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area recently announced that it was removing certain regulations that were outdated and no longer necessary. The agency stated that its action was taken in response to Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” the purpose of which...

Check out USA Today's latest guide to the National Parks-
06/17/2019
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Check out USA Today's latest guide to the National Parks-

06/13/2019
Forest Service Seeking Comments On Its Appeal Process - The Garden Law Firm, P.C.

If you have had any concerns about the Forest Service's appeal process, now is the time to voice them! The agency is seeking comments about its process through August 5-

The US Forest Service is seeking comments on its procedure for appealing decisions the agency makes related to the occupancy or use of National Forest System lands, such as the award or denial of special use permits. While the agency is seeking these comments because it is required to under law, the...

America Outdoors Association has put out a news story about my index to the Forest Service Manual and Handbook- you can ...
06/06/2019

America Outdoors Association has put out a news story about my index to the Forest Service Manual and Handbook- you can check it out here-https://buff.ly/2HSOV12

05/28/2019
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests - News & Events

The Forest Service recently issued a notice that it intended to increase fees to a popular site and that "the fee increases would bring the Forest fees into better alignment with prices of other nearby private and public recreation facilities." https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/gwj/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD632197

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Losing an important NPS (or any Federal government) concessioner contract award can be devastating. You do have the righ...
05/23/2019

Losing an important NPS (or any Federal government) concessioner contract award can be devastating. You do have the right to protest, and maybe you should. In my latest blog post, I explain the process - How to Protest NPS Decision to Award A Concession Contract. https://buff.ly/2JM9E7T

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05/21/2019

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If you operate a business or recreate on our USFS or NPS public lands, you'll love these new promotional videos availabl...
05/17/2019

If you operate a business or recreate on our USFS or NPS public lands, you'll love these new promotional videos available now from the US Forest Service. Hopefully more are coming soon! https://buff.ly/2VMLzoH

01/12/2018
NPS Clarifies FOIA Policy On Releasing Concessioner’s Gross Revenues - The Garden Law Firm, P.C.

http://www.gardenlawfirm.com/nps-clarifies-foia-policy-releasing-concessioners-gross-revenues/

The Solicitor’s Office for the Department of the Interior recently clarified the National Park Service’s policy on releasing the annual gross revenue received by concessioners in response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). NPS’s attorney stated that the agency will only r...

NPS Pack Train heading down to the Grand Canyon
09/29/2017

NPS Pack Train heading down to the Grand Canyon

08/07/2017
Forest Service Says Term Permits Must Be Put Out For Bid If There Is Competitive Interest - The Garden Law Firm, P.C.

http://www.gardenlawfirm.com/forest-service-says-term-permits-must-put-bid-competitive-interest/

In an unprecedented decision, the Forest Service recently decided that an existing recreational term permit had to be put out for bid upon its expiration because there was competitive interest by other entities in taking over the operation. The decision was made even though the term permit holder h...

08/07/2017
Court Finds NPS Violated Law In Awarding Concession Contracts - The Garden Law Firm, P.C.

http://www.gardenlawfirm.com/court-finds-nps-violated-law-awarding-concession-contracts/

A federal court recently held that the National Park Service acted in “flagrant disregard” of a prior court’s finding that NPS had followed a “flawed and illegal” bidding process to award two concession contracts. The court reaffirmed the prior finding, noting that NPS’ explanation for its decision...

02/16/2017
Federal Hiring Freeze Does Not Apply To Seasonal NPS and Forest Service Employees - The Garden Law Firm, P.C.

http://www.gardenlawfirm.com/federal-hiring-freeze-not-apply-seasonal-nps-forest-service-employees/

The government recently issued guidance on the impact of the current federal hiring freeze which stated that the freeze did not apply to seasonal employees who are needed to meet recurring seasonal workloads. Based on this guidance, both the National Park Service and Forest Service should be able t...

McGee Creek Pack Station, Mammoth Lakes CA
01/13/2017

McGee Creek Pack Station, Mammoth Lakes CA

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