Oh good, I see I am not alone. The BLM seems to be the way to go. The Forest Service Head Ranger I talked to said "We can't allow you to put bees on the land because you would be denying other citizens the use of the land the bees are sitting on." I stated that the White River National Forest, the biggest National Forest in the Nation has millions of acres and I was only looking to fence off a 25x25 ft section to keep bears out and that if people wanted to they could go play with the bees, I didn't care. He was firm that the actually piece of land the hive was sitting on would not be available for other citizens. As you can see the conversation got no where. Also for nature people he had absolutely no clue about bees, their benefits to the land or anything else other then "they can sting you."
I do know people that have hives on NFS land, but they got their permits years ago when things were easier. Now I think it is very difficult, mainly because it would require an actual decision to be made and that is not allowed in Govt. work.
Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid.” John Wayne