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                                      FOREST SERVICE HANDBOOK

                       GRAND MESA, UNCOMPAHGRE AND GUNNISON (R2)
                                    NATIONAL FORESTS


         FSH 2409.18 – TIMBER SALE PREPARATION HANDBOOK

        CHAPTER 50 – FINAL PACKAGE PREPARATION, REVIEW,
               APPRAISAL AND OFFERING – GATE 4

Supplement No.: 2409.18-2500-1

Effective Date: November 15, 2005

Duration: Effective until superseded or removed

Approved: CHARLES S. RICHMOND                                 Date Approved: 10/24/2005
                 Forest Supervisor

Posting Instructions: Supplements are numbered consecutively by Handbook number
and calendar year. Post by document name. Remove entire document and replace with this
supplement. Retain this transmittal as the first page of this document. The last supplement to this
Handbook was 2409.18 1995-01 to 2409.18_53.4.

New Document(s):                 2409.18 50                                           18 Pages

Superseded Document(s):          2409.18 Supplement #1, 12-12-1989                     2 Pages
(Last supplement was             2409.18 Supplement #2, 12-12-1989                     2 Pages
2409.18-95-1.)                   2409.18-95-1, 03-07-1995                              8 Pages

Digest: Insert digest information here
51                      Documentation submitted for review of Forest Supervisor sales is revised
                        to reflect use of Timber Information Manager and current technology.

53                      Text relating to products other than sawlog (POL) contract preparation
                        was moved from FSM 2431.11. Clarifies use of timber sale contract
                        forms for POL.

53.4                    Removes direction regarding the nonexistent FS-2400-4 Forest Products
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                             Sale Permit.

53.41                        Updates text to conform to the current version of timber sale contract
                             form FS-2400-6.

53.5 through 53.53           Reformats the information relative to the fuelwood program on the forest
                             and revises direction to comply with current Washington Office and
                             Regional Office direction.

54.1                         Revises text to relate to CCF unit of measure. Clarifies text.
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51 – ACTIVITIES AT GATE 4

Timber sale appraisal and contract packages for Supervisor sales will be submitted for Forest
Supervisor’s Office review 60 days prior to the planned date of advertisement. Timber
Information Manager processes much of the documentation. However, the narrative appraisal
report, supporting calculations, the Logging Plan and other supporting narratives are still
completed manually. Print and submit all documents in final form for review, although prior
arrangements for submitting a reviewable draft may be made. Utilize the Gate 1-4 Timber
Information Manager and Final Review Checklist to identify the documentation to be submitted.
The most recent version of the checklist may be retrieved from the Timber Sale Accounting
Center (TSAC) website under Forms and Documents, although Exhibit 1 portrays an example.
To ensure complete documentation, calculations must be shown in the Timber Sale Report for
bid guarantee, performace bond and fire suppression responsibility. Marking inspections must
also be documented and signed by the Silviculturist.

The checklist may also be used for District Ranger sales to ensure that file documentation is
complete.
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                                                   Exhibit 1

            GATE 1-4 TIMBER INFORMATION MANAGER AND FINAL REVIEW CHECKLIST

Sale Name:                                                      Contract Type: FS-2400- 3T 3S 3P 6T 6S 6P
Forest/District Code:                Sale Number 1/:                        SBA Set-Aside Y/N (> SBA-441)
Volume: Sawlogs                POL             Dead                                Total
Date hardcopy documents received by TSAC                           .

The TSAC center in Delta will be responsible for closing Gate 4. In order to accomplish this, the Forests
will be responsible for locking Gates 1-3, and submitting required documentation to TSAC as the following
is noted:

Forest TSAC
(TIM) (concur)
            Enter and Lock Gate 1 –Plan Timber Project (PLAN101) TIM Contract User Guide
            (Guide) p3-5. Forest establishes project id number which is unique to District

                Enter and Lock Gate 2 –Design Timber Project (DESI101) Guide p4-5

TIM NOTE: Projects are entered for each NEPA document, if your contract’s related NEPA project has
previously been entered & Gate 2 locked, skip to Gate 3 and TIM will allow user to lock Gates 3-6
although Gate 2 does not appear locked

                Provide copy of NEPA Documentation and Decision - provide complete documentation of
                the Environmental Analysis with Decision, Timber Sale Project Plan-Gate 1 (FSH 2409.18
                27.21) and Timber Sale Project Design-Gate 2 (FSH 2409.18 35) Certifications signed by
                appropriate Line Officer. Ensure that the appeal period has ended prior to advertising the
                sale.
                      Signed by:                                          Date:

                Provide copy of Cultural resource survey report and authority to proceed from the
                Colorado Historical Society.
                     Signed by:                                           Date:

                Contact TSAC for TIM Sale number. Sale number must be compatible between TIM,
                NATCRS, STARS and TEA234. If using multiple cruise on one sale – all cruises must have
                same sale number.

                Provide copy of Silvicultural prescriptions covering all harvesting activities and signed by a
                Certified Silviculturist.
                      Signed by:                                              Date:

                Provide copy of Marking guides, approved by Certified Silviculturist.
                     Signed by:                                            Date:

                Provide copy of traverse summary listing unit number, acreage, and error of closure
                for each cutting unit involving plot cruising.

                Provide copy of list of tracer paint used to mark the sale by lot numbers, color and cutting
                units.
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                Lynx concurrence letter.

                Provide copy of Cruise Design and Reports. Cruise Version:               Dated          .
                     Check cruise data to verify that:
                        a. Sample error is within prescribed limits. Sample Error:                 .
                        b. Math in any hand calculations (additional volume not cruised, i.e. Landings,
                           Skid Trails) is correct, easy to track and verify with TIM direct volume entry.
                        c. Species, Product, Unit of Measure and Volumes agreement between
                           TEA234(2400-17), NATCRS and TIM(Ad, Bid form, Bidders Letter, Prospectus
                           & Contract).
                        d. Line officer certification that cruises meets designated standards has been
                           signed. Addressed with Gate 3 Certification.
                        e. If required, include check cruise results (FSH 2409.12 41.1).
                           Signed by:                                         Date:

                Create Timber Sale (PREP101) data. Guide p5-6

                Load National Cruise Data NATCRS (PREP109). Guide p5-11
                (OPTIONAL)

TIM NOTE: After entering cruise data in NATCRS, copy or move your cruise(s) .job, .key and .sum files
to: fsfiles/office/goods_ services/tim/cruise
Find more information on NATCRS TIM Interface at Guide p10-5 or see “Cruisers Guide to TIM”

                Volume - Direct Entry (PREP103) Guide p5-15 (REQUIRED) Enter cutting unit data for
                cruise(s) loaded or direct enter volume. Both entry types can be used, for example if using
                NATCR file and direct entering additional volume added prior to closing Gate 3. Additional
                Volume designated after award is not processed through TIM.

                Cutting Unit Description (PREP104) Guide p5-22. Access form thru
                Volume – Direct Entry (PREP103) form

                Assign Contract Species (PREP105) Guide p5-25

                Lock Gate 3 and Print Certification (PREP108) Guide p5-32
                Provide copy of Timber Sale Summary – Gate 3 Certification (FSH 2409.18 44).
                     Signed by:                                Date:

                Provide copy of Logging plan map and narrative. This is to include temporary roads,
                skidding patterns, landing locations, access descriptions, calculations of skidding distances
                and any unique situations or conditions that need to be brought to the attention of the
                appraiser and/or sale administrator.
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                Sale Area Map (SAM) (FSH 2409.18 53). The TSAC center will spot check the Sale Area
                Map for the following items:
                      a. Sale name and location.
                      b. Township, Range and section numbers
                      c. Sale area boundary and subdivision or payment unit boundaries.
                      d. Cutting methods by unit match C(T) provisions. Units match A(T).
                      e. Road numbers.
                      f. Rock sources shown if identified in A(T)11.
                      g. Restricted roads identified in C (T)5.12.
                      h. Control of Operations – Reason for restriction given. A21/AT18, C(T)5.12, 5.13
                          and 6.312#
                      i. Scale bar.
                      j. Items shown in legend are referenced to appropriate Contract provisions and
                          vice versa and legend is complete.
                      k. Map is initialed and dated.
                      l. Determine if map is legible.
                      m. Map has a north arrow.
                      n. Each map sheet is numbered if more than one sheet is used
                      o. Proper map symbols
                      p. Attachment of Traffic sign B(T)6.33

                Contract Initialization (ADVR101) Guide p6-7

                Identify Facilities (ADVR102) Guide p6.13
                  Provide copy of Specified Road & Bridge Specifications: (FSH 2409.18 43) include a
                  complete engineering package including the following items:
                      a. Approved road cost estimates on FS-7700-18, DRES and/or DAR worksheet
                          (FSH 2409.18 43.43b-c). Include engineer’s estimate and total road cost
                          appraisal allowance. Verify miles and cost of construction and/or reconstruction
                          and ROW acres for specified roads in TIM.
                      b. Approved timber sale road specifications package with table of contents,
                          Schedule of items, specifications list, approved special project specifications,
                          drawings, approved road plans, Right-of-way and Road Use agreements.
                          Signed by:                                        Date:
                      c. Road completion date(s) for A(T)13 and C(T)5.13 (required if cost = >$50,000).
                      d. Location of rock sources if applicable verify TIM and SAM.
                      e. C(T) provisions needed to accomplish road construction, reconstruction and
                          maintenance for the sale selected and fill-ins complete and proper.
                      f. Road Maintenance Plan if applicable, verify road deposits agree between TIM
                          and Road package

                Road Maintenance Plan (ADVR105) Guide p6-19
                 Third party deposits cannot be selected for 2400-4. Guide p6-19

                Reconstruction Deposits and Cost Share Road Credits (ADVR106) Guide p6-22

                Enter Sale Area Improvement Plan (ADVR111) Guide p6-27 (OPTIONAL).
                Provide copy of Sale Area Betterment Plan (52.1) with a narrative description of the
                planned activities with cost calculations and map showing locations of planned work. (FSH
                2409.19)
                     Signed by:                                            Date:
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                Salvage Sale Fund Plan (ADVR112) Guide p6-33
                (OPTIONAL---not available if no salvage component).
                Provide copy of Salvage Sale Fund Plan (FSH 2409.18 52.4)
                    Signed by:                                        Date:

                Brush Disposal Plan (ADVR113) Guide p6-38 (OPTIONAL)
                Provide copy of Slash Disposal Plan (FSH 2409.18 52.2) with a narrative and map showing
                locations of work to be done. (FSM 2435)
                      Signed by:                                        Date:

                Display/Enter Appraisal Results (ADVR109) Guide p6-43 (Direct enter or load TEA234
                appraisal file per following TIM NOTE)

NOTE: If not using standard rates and/or if advertised value is > $2000, contact TSAC for appraisal sale
number in order to enter sale data in TEA234 Regional Appraisal Application.

TIM NOTE: TEA234 file will interface with TIM if no POL volume appraised. Move or copy “r.ctl” file to
fsfiles/office/goods_services/tim/appraisal. Find more information on Appraisal TIM Interface at p10-8

                Select Provisions (ADVR110) Guide p6-48
                (Click on Reconcile provisions to add mandatory road provisions and don’t forget to update
                provisions as needed)
                Forest will provide final typed table fill-ins. Tables can be downloaded from:
                (http://fsweb.r4.fs.fed.us/unit/vm/sale_adm/clause_collector/tim_tables.html)
                TSAC will:
                      Verify that all mandatory C(T) provisions have been selected.
                      Verify that the most current version of included C(T) provisions has been used.
                      Verify that all single manual fill-in information complete and accurate.
                      Verify table manual fill-ins complete and accurate.
                      Verify special provisions listed in prospectus.
                      C(T)6.7#, check table to map legend.
                      Verify C(T)6.91 included for Set Aside Sales

                Contract Preparation Information (ADVR114) Guide p6-55 and See Guide p6-64
                Field/Contract Type matrix!
                FS-2400-4: Only enter Gross Acres and Minimum Specifications (page 1) and High
                Stumps (page 3)
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                Prospectus, Bid and Miscellaneous Information (ADVR115) Guide p6-68
                For a Direct sale, select short notice bid form (mandatory field) – remaining fields are
                disabled based on contract type and bid method. Direct Sales – TIM still requires bid
                guarantee so use minimum and when entering bidder info at Gate 5 (BID101) select “Cash
                Amount Specified in Item 15.A” as bid type. Performance Bond amount only required if
                sale value > $2000, otherwise optional.
                After CO approves sale package:
                      TSAC will enter bid date, time, publish date and ensure publication in newspaper
                      designated for Forest’s decision notices. As requested, TSAC will publish in
                      additional area newspapers.
                      TSAC will notify Forest contact of publish date.
                      Forest will verify ad is published, clip and mail/fax to TSAC.
                      TSAC will process payment for legal ad after verifying that the ad was published
                      correctly.

                Timber Sale Report – Gate 4 Certification (FSH 2409.18 58). TSAC will close Gate 4 and
                print certification at appropriate office for Line Officer Signature.
                      Signed by:                                                Date:
                Sale Preparation Notes - As needed, provide additional narrative to support Timber Sale
                Report (Gate 4 Certification) and TEA234 Appraisal and FS-2400-17 describing final sale
                volume and any other pertinent data not already covered in the NEPA document and
                identify any changes to NEPA decision with Line Officer Approval. Check the Bulletin
                number used for the appraisal. Validate Bulletin values against 2400-17 & Timber Sale
                Report and Appraisal, this includes unusual adjustments. Report should include calculation
                and justification of higher minimum performance bond.

                TSAC will print and send copies of the following:
                     District receives 5 copies of the bid package including: advertisement,
                         prospectus, bid form and instructions, bid envelope and any other forms required
                         for that particular sale, sample contract, and road package if applicable.
                     FSR and Sale Prep receives complete copy of all sale information.
                     CO receives a copy of the Bid package and sample contract.

                Following award of a sale the district will be provided with a copy of the completed contract
                for the public files.

                TSAC will maintain bidder’s list and will ensure proper mailing.
                TSAC will ensure update STARS database

                                                  File completed checklist in sale folder


1/ Contact TSAC for sale number prior to starting Gate 3 TIM data input and NATCR. Sale number must
agree with STARS number and NATCR sale number.
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53 – TIMBER SALE CONTRACT

The following will apply to products other than logs (POL) sales:

Sales containing a commercial aspen POL component $2,000 or greater in advertised value will
generally be offered on timber sale contract form FS-2400-6. The sale will be offered and sold
on a hundred cubic foot (CCF) with total weight measurement. The volume harvested will be
weighed and converted to CCF for reporting purposes. The conversion to be used in commercial
aspen sales is 2.998 tons per CCF.

See Section 53.41 for a appropriate contract language for a commercial aspen POL timber sale
contract FS-2400-6.

Timber sale contract form FS-2400-6T may be more appropriate if a sale primarily contains
conifer sawlogs. Also, sales containing a commercial conifer POL component $2,000 or greater
in advertised value will generally be offered on timber sale contract form FS-2400-6T.

53.41 – Division A(T)

       1. A9 – Scaling Instructions and Specifications. See Regional direction. In addition, for
commercial aspen POL sales enter “The conversion rate for products other than sawlogs is 2.998
tons per CCF.”

      2. A10 – Scaling Services. For weight scaled commercial aspen POL sales, select “Total
(100%) Weight Scale” for the scaling method within Timber Information Manager (TIM).

53.5 – Forest Products Removal Permit and Cash Receipt, Permit Form FS-2400-1

Region Two Policy regarding personal use fuelwood is found in FSM 2430.3, R2 Supplement.

The Fuelwood Permit, as shown in Exhibit 2, shall be used on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre,
and Gunnison National Forests for the sale of personal use fuelwood. All conditions of the
permit shall be printed on the front and back of the Fuelwood Permit. Permits shall terminate on
December 31 of the year issued. Permits are non-replaceable if lost, stolen, destroyed, etc., and
non-extendable. Operation of power saws must be in compliance with the Rocky Mountain Fire
Order listed under FSM 5331.01a, R-2 Supplement.

Fuelwood gathering will be permitted in designated areas only. All or portions of the Grand
Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests may be designated for fuelwood gathering;
closures will be the exception.
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                                                                         Exhibit 2
                  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
                                                   Bureau of Land Management
                                                          Forest Service
                                                              Fuelwood Permit

                                                                     Conditions:
           1. This permit is valid for a maximum of ½ cord. Permit is valid on lands administered by the agency whose shield is not
           crossed off. Permit is only valid on National Forest or BLM Field Offices as shown on the reverse side. Permit must be
           VALIDATED by completely removing the specific month and day of fuelwood removal from each permit, sign and
           securely attaching permit to the back of the load in a clearly visible location before any wood is transported.
           2. The Permittee is authorized to cut and remove fuelwood by compliance with all conditions stated on this permit and any
           accompanying conditions. This permit and any accompanying conditions must be in possession during fuelwood cutting.
           3. This permit is nontransferable. Payment for this permit is non-refundable. This permit will expire on the date indicated
           regardless of whether fuelwood is removed.
           4. This is a PERSONAL USE permit. Each household is allowed to purchase up to ten (10) cords of fuelwood per year under this
           permit system. Cutting and removing fuelwood off of BLM or FS lands for other individuals for profit or gain is considered
           providing a service and is prohibited. Persons wishing to cut and/or sell fuelwood commercially must contact the BLM or Forest
           Service for proper permits.
           5. Permittee authorizes BLM and/or Forest Service personnel or any law enforcement officer to conduct inspections during cutting
           or transportation of fuelwood to ensure compliance with all conditions of this permit. Violation of any of the conditions of this
           permit is punishable under Titles 36 and 43 of the Code of Federal Regulations and is subject to fines and jail time. The
           BLM/Forest Service reserves the right to unilaterally revoke this permit for Permittee’s noncompliance with its conditions or when
           revocation is in the public’s interest.
           6. The accompanying conditions, if any, modify or add to the listed conditions and are also part of this permit.
           Are there accompanying conditions? YES ___ NO ___
           No:xxxxxxx                         Permittee: X                                                 _          EXPIRES 12/31/05
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           7. DO NOT CUT GREEN TREES unless in specifically designated areas. DO NOT CUT trees marked with paint, plastic ribbon
           and/or signs. DO NOT CUT trees that have bird cavities (holes), nests, or are marked with wildlife signs.
           8. DO NOT CUT OR REMOVE FUELWOOD IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
                   a)   Timber sale or contract areas posted with signs.
                   b)   Areas signed on the ground as being closed to woodcutting.
                   c)   Wilderness areas, research natural areas, campgrounds, picnic areas, resorts, recreation management areas,
                        wilderness study areas or administrative sites.
           9. Any wood larger than seven (7) inches in diameter at either end must be cut in six (6) foot lengths or less.
           10. Cut all stumps to less than eight (8) inches high and remove all material larger than three (3) inches in diameter. Reduce
           slash to 24 inch height maximum. DO NOT block or leave slash on roads, shoulders or in ditches.
           11. DO NOT damage vegetation, riparian areas, the forest floor, or road surfaces. Use of heavy equipment (such as tractors,
           bulldozers, skidders, etc.) is prohibited. DO NOT drive off roads in areas closed to motorized travel and do not drive on closed
           roads. Note that weather conditions may cause roads to be closed.
           12. Permittee shall remove trash and litter resulting from Permittee’s activities.
           13. Permittee shall prevent and suppress forest fires, pay the United States for any unnecessary damage resulting from
           Permittee’s activities, and repair all damage to roads, trails, fences, ditches, and telephone lines resulting from Permittee’s
           activities under this permit.
           14. Chainsaws used must be equipped with a spark arrestor device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order.
             Uncompahgre Field Office BLM               Gunnison Field Office BLM              Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, & Gunnison NF’s


                 Field Manager                             Field Manager                                 Forest Supervisor

           The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color,
           national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited
           bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information
           (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET center at (202) 720-2600. To file a complaint of
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           discrimination write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Ave, SW
           Washington DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD) USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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The objectives of the personal use fuelwood program on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and
Gunnison National Forests are to:

        1. Establish a fuelwood management program which is easy to understand by the public
and is easy to administer and obtain compliance by the Forest Service.

       2. Provide education to the public on resource management objectives accomplished
through the fuelwood program.

         3. Make it easy and convenient for the public to obtain a Fuelwood Permit.

       4. Designate fuelwood areas that provide convenient access and fuelwood gathering
opportunities for the typical personal use customer.

The Forest Supervisor will be responsible for:

      1. Coordinating the fuelwood program for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and
Gunnison National Forests with the adjacent National Forests and Bureau of Land Management.

       2. Preparing collection plans as appropriate for rate distribution of KV, BD, SSF, and
road maintenance. One plan will be prepared for the Forest and signed by the Forest Supervisor
unless otherwise prepared for a specific project.

       3. Taking the lead role in ordering fuelwood permits in order to have the program
operationally ready as soon as possible after January 1. A single, consolidated Forest Fuelwood
Permit order will be submitted by the Supervisor's Office. A different colored fluorescent
Fuelwood Permit will be issued for each calendar year.

        4. Auditing fuelwood records at the end of the sale period and periodically during the
sale period.

The District Ranger will be responsible for:

        1. Providing to the Forest Supervisor by December 1, a district map(s) and information
sheet showing the designated areas open or closed to gathering of fuelwood, live and/or dead,
and any specific information for each designated area. Information that may be pertinent and
necessary may be included, such as safety considerations, fire prevention messages, Forest
Travel Management information, and location and telephone numbers of offices.

The map is only intended as a general guide to the fuelwood cutting area. The map(s) must be
legible and easily copied for the public. For clarity, do not include fuelwood permit
requirements on the map. The map(s) must not be larger than 8 1/2" X 11", so it may require
several sheets to cover the district. The map(s) should be drafted with distinct boundaries for the
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specific open or closed fuelwood area indicated by the use of DOTS. If an area is lettered or
numbered, show the corresponding information by the same letter or number on the information
sheet. See Exhibit 3 for an example.

An information sheet may be attached to the map showing any accompanying conditions as well
as general information that applies to an area. (The block on the permit must be checked when
accompanying conditions apply.) The information sheet should also show road conditions (if
accessible only by 4-wheel drive, so state) and distance from a well-known feature such as a
highway or town. During the fuelwood season, notify the Forest Supervisor and Ranger District
Offices immediately of any changes in the map or information sheet to prevent confusion.

      2. Completing on-the-ground signing. ON-THE-GROUND SIGNING IS THE
PRIMARY INDICATION OF THE OPEN AND/OR CLOSED FUELWOOD CUTTING
AREA.

      3. Ensuring the areas open to fuelwood gathering are not in conflict with Forest Travel
Management Regulations.

       4. Providing the number of Fuelwood Permits anticipated for the upcoming fuelwood
season to the Forest Supervisor by November 1.

       5. Providing any suggested changes in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison
National Forests fuelwood program.

        6. Properly displaying and announcing the regulations, conditions, and guidelines for
public purchase of fuelwood at each office. Permits shall be made available in Forest Service
offices during time periods determined by the appropriate District Ranger.

         7. Coordinating the program with local law enforcement agencies.

       8. Inspecting fuelwood gatherers for clearly visible validated Fuelwood Permits and
compliance with all pertinent Code of Federal Regulations (CFR's).

       9. Submitting KV, BD or SSF plans for District-specific projects for Forest Supervisor
review and approval.

       10. Issuing appropriate news releases to fully inform the public of where, when and how
they can secure fuelwood. The release should contain the type of material, whether green or
dead, Fuelwood Permit procurement arrangements and Fuelwood Permit requirements (as
appropriate).
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                                                  Exhibit 3
GMUG SUPPLEMENT 2409.18-2500-1                                                    2409.18_50
EFFECTIVE DATE: November 15, 2005                                                 Page 15 of 19
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The Fuelwood Permit is the authorization for cutting, gathering, and removing fuelwood. The
permit system is designed to be in compliance with Colorado law HB 1248 concerning
transportation of forest products. The permit must be in possession during fuelwood cutting and
gathering, and must be validated and securely affixed to the back of the load for each ½ cord, or
portion thereof, and be clearly visible prior to transporting. (Any timber removed from the
National Forest System lands without a permit is considered theft of Government property and
must be handled in accordance with FSH 5332.2 and 36 CFR 261.6.) The Fuelwood Permit
must be validated by:
     Punching out the month and day printed along the edge of the permit using a punch, nail,
       pencil, etc.; and
     Signing the permit before fuelwood is transported.

The Fuelwood Permit shall consist of ½ cord cards. Each Fuelwood Permit shall have a unique
number. The purpose of the permit is to account for the number of loads removed and whether
authorization was received for removal.

The Fuelwood Permit is printed on radiant fluorescent bristol PT10 paper; the color is to be
changed annually. When properly placed on the rear of a fuelwood load, the radiant color is
highly visible at a distance to identify loads and indicate compliance.

Each permit represents ½ cord of fuelwood. A cord of wood is 128 cubic feet. It is usually
expressed as the wood occupying a space of 4 feet X 4 feet X 8 feet. To find out how much
wood a vehicle will hold, measure the length, width, and the expected height of the load in the
cargo area. Multiply the measurements together, divide by 128, and this will be the amount of
cords. General examples of load combinations follow:

        Most full size pickups will hold ½ cord of fuelwood. In this instance, at least one permit
         per load shall be used.

        If the purchaser uses a trailer, a permit shall be placed on fuelwood in the trailer. If the
         wood is hauled in a pickup with an additional load in a towed trailer, the Fuelwood
         Permit(s) shall reflect the total amount of wood transported (rounded up to the next half
         cord).

        In the case of an oversized vehicle such as a two-ton stake truck, adequate permits must
         be used to approximate the number of ½ cord units being hauled (rounded up to the next
         half cord).

Upon purchase of a permit, the permittee shall be provided the following:
    Fuelwood Permits corresponding to the quantity of ½ cords purchased,
    a map showing the areas open to or restricted from fuelwood gathering, and
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        an information sheet showing any accompanying conditions and general information that
         applies to an area.

Signs shall be posted on all roads entering the Forest indicating a permit is required for removal
of forest products. Entrances and exits of designated fuelwood areas shall be clearly signed.
Timber sale log decks and other wood products may be posted with a cardboard or metal sign
stating "Unauthorized Removal of this Wood Prohibited Under Penalty of Law" (metal sign
available through GSA). Timber sale areas shall be posted, showing no fuelwood cutting or
removal.

Timber shall be designated as follows:
        1. All standing dead and down timber within designated fuelwood areas may be sold,
except those marked to be retained for wildlife or other purposes.
        2. Where green timber is to be designated for fuelwood, the marking or designation shall
be by one of the following methods:
           a. Trees to be cut are to be marked with a spot of paint at diameter breast height
               (d.b.h.) and below stump height (any color of paint except orange). Color of paint
               shall be specified on the fuelwood map or information sheet.
           b. "Leave" trees are to be marked with orange paint at d.b.h. and below stump
               height.
           c. Stands of timber may be designated for cutting by marking the boundary trees
               with orange paint.
           d. Green oak may be designated for cutting by showing that area on a fuelwood
               map.

Trees infested with insects, or diseased trees, may be sold for fuelwood. However the permittee
should be notified that the State of Colorado has approved specific locations to where insect
infested trees may be hauled. It is the responsibility of the permittee to maintain compliance
with the Pest Control Act which states, "The Colorado Department of Agriculture Pest Control
Act, Chapter 6, Article 10, of May 1, 1972, amended 1978, makes it unlawful to possess or
transport into or within the State of Colorado all or any part of trees currently infested with
mountain pine beetles."

The fuelwood program is authorized to be prepared and administered with benefiting funds, i.e.
fuel management, wildlife habitat improvement, TSI, etc. (See FSM 2435 for SSF authority.)
BD (Brush Disposal) funds from timber sale contracts may be collected and used to prepare
timber sale residue for fuelwood gathering as long as this is the most economical method to
accomplish the treatment identified in the approved BD Plan. Benefiting appropriated funds
(except road construction) may be used to construct or reconstruct nonsystem roads to access
fuelwood cutting areas. KV (SAI) and BD monies may be used to close and rehabilitate
nonsystem roads when closure is not the responsibility of the purchaser and meet KV and BD
requirements. (See FSH 6509.11k, Chapter 10, for specific authorizations.)
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Fuelwood Permits have a predetermined value. They will be transferred to each District selling
Fuelwood Permits using an AD-107. The District's Accountable Property Officer shall transfer
the needed supply of permits for the season to each Forest Officer. Forest Officers shall not
transfer any of their supply to another Forest Officer unless an official transfer is executed.
Current year permits shall be accounted for and secured.

Qualified Forest Officers, who are often also Collection Officers (FSM 6530), can sell Fuelwood
Permits utilizing established procedures for the cash register sales. Money from the sale of these
permits must be remitted to lockbox.

The submission of funds must be in a timely manner using a Bill for Collection (generated by
TIM) in compliance with FSH 6509.14, Collection Officer Handbook. The Bill for Collection is
the receipt for permits sold. The number of permits sold for the period should be clearly marked
on the Bill for Collection.

Standard procedures for destruction of accountable property shall be used. Unused permits shall
be accounted for and destroyed using an AD-112 at the end of the calendar year by the issuing
units in accordance with FSM 6400 Personal Property Management.

53.51 – Payments and Other Collections

Applicable methods of payment are disclosed in Washington Office direction. This permit will
be handled over the counter and be considered as a cash register sale. Established procedures for
cash register sales shall be used (FSM 2431.31c). The minimum charge for permits is $20.00 per
transaction. Permits may be sold in ½ cord increments as long as the total transaction meets or
exceeds the minimum charge. Payment for Fuelwood Permits is non-refundable.

Examples of calculating minimum charge:
      Assume $10.00 per cord
      if 5.0 cords requested:
      $10.00/cord X 5.0 cords = $50.00 total sale value

         if 1.0 cord requested:
         $10.00/cord X 1.0 cords = $10.00; $20.00 total sale value

Each HOUSEHOLD is allowed a MAXIMUM of ten (10) cords of fuelwood per calendar year
obtained under this program. (A household is defined as a person or persons residing at the same
address.)
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A minimum deposit of $0.25/cord must go to the National Forest Fund (NFF). See FSM 2435
for exceptions. Available revenue between minimum rate and the standard rate may be used for
distribution under an approved KV (SAI), Salvage Sale Fund (SSF), or Brush Disposal (BD)
plan and road maintenance subject to the following restrictions:
        1. The revenue is not needed to meet the collection amounts identified in approved SSF
and SAI plans, or
        2. There is a site-specific plan on file that displays commensurate use and basis for road
maintenance collection and/or there is an approved site-specific BD plan.

Until revoked by a newer Forest Collection Plan or modified by a Forest Supervisor approved
District Plan, the allocation rate on the GMUG will be $0.25/cord to NFF and $9.75/cord to SSF.

53.53 – Use of Permit Form FS-2400-1 To Summarize Permits

Fuelwood Permits will be batched to summarize and report total volume and value through
Timber Information Manager (TIM) in accordance with Washington Office direction.

54.1 – Performance Bonds in Timber Sales

Penal Sum of Performance Bond. Performance bonds computed as a percent of bid value for
sales having low appraised values, or unusually high resource values may be insufficient to cover
potential damages resulting from the purchaser's failure to satisfactorily complete contractual
obligations. An alternative method shall be used to compute a minimum value of the bond.

The minimum amount of the bond shall be determined as a percentage of advertised stumpage
value and comparing it to the estimated cost of significant potential work remaining at the end of
the average operating season. The larger of the two calculations is used for the minimum
performance bond. The two methods should be displayed in the appraisal narrative appendix as
follows:
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Bond Based on 10% of Advertised Stumpage Value – Method 1:
Live & Dead Sawtimber ES&O      $18.51/CCF x 4345 CCF = $ 80,425.95
Live & Dead Sawtimber TF        $10.70/CCF x 1164 CCF = $ 12,454.80
Live & Dead POL ES&O             $1.00/CCF    x 18 CCF = $      18.00
                                                           $92,898.75 x .10 = $9,289.88
Round up to next thousand 1/  $10,000.00

Bond Based on Penal Sum – Method II, work required for 1 logging season (w/o TPOH):
                Sale Volume: 5527 CCF / 4 operating seasons = 1382 CCF
                *Lopping (10% of fall, buck cost): $17.00 x .10 =       $1.70/CCF
                *Waterbar Skid Trails (5% of skid cost): $23.45 x .05 = $1.17/CCF
                **Road Maintenance: $21,365.30 / 5527 =                 $3.87/CCF
                YUM $10,858.88 / 5527 =                                 $1.96/CCF
                Temporary Road Closure: $5,223.70 / 5527 =              $0.95/CCF
                                          Total =                       $9.65/CCF 2/

    * Zone average appraisal cost R2 Amendment 2409.22-95-3, Sec. 42
    ** This is for road maintenance before TPOH and FSOH, and does not include rock
    replacement, dust abatement, or regular maintenance deposits.

                               $9.65 x 1382 CCF x 1.245 FSOH = $16,603.69
                                Round up to next thousand  $17,000.00
                           The greater of Method I or Method II is: $17,000.00

1/ Rounding based upon sale size.
2/ Include only those items that are appropriate.

Compare the amount of Performance Bond based on bid value with the calculation based on
performance items. Use the higher amount as the minimum performance bond in the prospectus.
If the sale is bid up, recalculate the bond amount and use the higher amount in the contract.

				
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