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The CFR outlines the Pre-NEPA process
 
[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 36, Volume 2]
[Revised as of July 1, 2002]

* Rights of proponents: A proposal to obtain a special use authorization does not grant any right or privilege to use National Forest System lands

*Pre-application actions
:
    Initial screening. Upon receipt of a request for any proposed use other than for noncommercial group use, the authorized officer shall screen the proposal to ensure that the use meets the following minimum requirements applicable to all special uses…
    Second-level screening. A proposal which passes the initial screening set forth in paragraph (e)(1) and for which the proponent has submitted information as required in paragraph (d)(2)(ii) of this section, proceeds to second-level screening and consideration…
   An authorized officer SHALL REJECT ANY PROPOSAL, including a proposal for commercial group uses, if, upon further consideration, the officer determines that…
    (ii) The proposed use would not be in the public interest

*
NEPA compliance for second-level screening process. A request for a special use authorization that does not meet the criteria established [above]…Does not constitute an Agency proposal…Does not require Environmental Analysis and Documentation…

   
(NOTE: Bolds, Underscores and Caps added for emphasis.)
 
See the entire code here.

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