Comments/Notes on Adjudication Structure:
Discretionary review of hearing-level decisions by Discretionary Reviewing Officer related to review of written Forest Service (FS) decisions involving written instruments authorizing occupancy or use of National Forest System lands and resources. (36 CFR 214.19). Cases generally address livestock grazing, minerals, or special uses. Discretionary review only at the initiation of the Discretionary Reviewing Officer based on enumerated criteria set forth in regulation.
The Discretionary Reviewing Officer is the FS official who is one organizational level above the Appeal Deciding Officer (who, in turn, is one organizational level above the FS official -- referred to as the "Responsible Official" -- who issued from which the initial challenge was initiated. Discretionary Reviewing Officer may thus be any one of several FS officials (i.e., Regional Forester, Forest Service Chief, or Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment) in any particular case, depending on which FS official served as the Responsible Official and Appeal Deciding Officer.