Description: H.Amdt. 137 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

Amendment in the nature of a substitute sought to add the text of the Hazardous Fuels Reduction Act; allow projects within 1/2 mile of threatened communities to be excluded from the National Environmental Policy Act; codify guidance regarding environmental documents for projects outside the 1/2 mile zone; provide a process that brings communities and Federal land managers together to identify areas in need of thinning; give new authority for Federal land managers to enter into cooperative agreements with local governments and communities to plan projects across public and private ownership boundaries; and require that 85 percent of funding be used for areas close to homes, communities, and watersheds.

Purpose:

An amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in Part B of House Report 108-239 would allow for projects within one-half mile of threatened communities to be "categorically excluded" from the National Environmental Policy Act; to codify the Bush Administration's guidance to regarding the preparation environmental documents for projects in watersheds and outside of the one-half mile zone; would focus critical federal resources on the need to protect communities; would provide for an up-front collaborative process that brings communities and federal land managers together to identify and prioritize areas most in need of thinning; would give new authority to federal land managers to enter into cooperative agreements with local and state governments, local fire districts, and homeowner associations to plan projects across ownership boundaries; and would require that 85 percent of funding be spent around homes, communities, or in a watershed.

House Amendment Code:

(A002)

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