FSM 1820 - Public Lands Corps and Resource Assistants Program #ORMS-2661

Commenting on This Project

The Forest Service is proposing updates to the Public Lands Corps and Resource Assistants Program, which uses partnerships to employ America’s youth, young adults, emerging professionals, and others in paid work on public lands, research, and natural resources projects. Participants, upon meeting certain requirements, achieve eligibility for pathways to federal employment. The proposal reflects changes in legislation and policy and incorporates new requirements, streamlined administration, programming, and reporting, and improves customer service.

The Forest Service values public participation. Communications from the public regarding this project, including commenters' names and contact information, will become part of the public record. Comments, including anonymous comments, will be accepted at any time. However, comments posted after the close of a designated comment period may not be able to be given full consideration.

The Forest Service is requesting public input on proposed changes to the Forest Service Manual 1820 directive.  These changes include:

  • Renaming the directive from “Public Lands Corps” to “Public Lands Corps and Resource Assistants Program”
  • Restructuring language to separate Public Lands Corps and Resource Assistants Program requirements in some sections
  • Implementation of RAP partner and cohort onboarding requirements, reporting and program structure
  • Waives a 25 percent required partner match for Indian and Hawaiian homelands
  • Specifying hiring eligibility requirements and procedures
  • Specifying allowable education credits and available transportation benefits for PLC participants
  • Incorporating new data collection and reporting requirements for Corps projects and participant data to the Corporation of National and Community Service


If you have a question about this project, please send it to:

Carmen Young

National Level