Text: H.R.2886 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 105-281 (10/26/1998)
[105th Congress Public Law 281]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 105-281
To provide for a demonstration project in the Stanislaus National
Forest, California, under which a private contractor will perform
multiple resource management activities for that unit of the National
Forest System. <<NOTE: Oct. 26, 1998 - [H.R. 2886]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Granite
Watershed Enhancement and Protection Act of 1998.>>
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Granite Watershed Enhancement and
Protection Act of 1998''.
SEC. 2. DEMONSTRATION RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PROJECT, STANISLAUS NATIONAL
FOREST, CALIFORNIA, TO ENHANCE AND PROTECT THE GRANITE
(a) Resource Management Contract Authorized.--The
Secretary of Agriculture may enter into a contract with a single private
contractor to perform multiple resource management activities on Federal
lands within the Stanislaus National Forest in the State of California
for the purpose of demonstrating enhanced ecosystem health and water
quality, and significantly reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire,
in the Granite watershed at a reduced cost to the Government. The
contract shall be for a term of 5 years.
(b) Authorized Management Activities.--The types of resource
management activities performed under the contract shall include the
(1) Reduction of forest fuel loads through the use of
precommercial and commercial thinning and prescribed burns in
the Granite watershed.
(2) Monitoring of ecosystem health and water quality in the
(3) Monitoring of the presence of wildlife in the area in
which management activities are performed and the effect of the
activities on wildlife presence.
(4) Such other resource management activities as the
Secretary considers appropriate to demonstrate enhanced
ecosystem health and water quality in the Granite watershed.
(c) Compliance With Federal Law and Spotted Owl Guidelines.--All
resource management activities performed under the contract shall be
performed in a manner consistent with applicable Federal law and the
standards and guidelines for the conservation of the California spotted
owl (as set forth in the California Spotted Owl Sierran Province Interim
Guidelines or the subsequently issued final guidelines, whichever is in
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(1) Sources of funds.--To provide funds for the resource
management activities to be performed under the contract, the
Secretary may use--
(A) funds appropriated to carry out this section;
(B) funds specifically provided to the Forest
Service to implement projects to demonstrate enhanced
water quality and protect aquatic and upland resources;
(C) excess funds that are allocated for the
administration and management of the Stanislaus National
(D) hazardous fuels reduction funds allocated for
Region 5 of the Forest Service; and
(E) a contract provision allowing the cost of
performing authorized management activities described in
subsection (b) to be offset by the values owed to the
United States for any forest products removed by the
(2) Prohibition on use of certain funds.--Except as provided
in paragraph (1), the Secretary may not carry out the contract
using funds appropriated for any other unit of the National
(3) Conditions on funds transfers.--Any transfer of funds
under paragraph (1) may be made only in accordance with the
procedures concerning notice to, and review by, the Committee on
Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Committee
on Appropriations of the Senate that are applied by the
Secretary in the case of a transfer of funds between
(e) Acceptance and Use of State Funds.--The Secretary may accept and
use funds provided by the State of California to assist in the
implementation of the contract under this section.
(f ) Reporting Requirements.--Not later than February 28 of each
year during the term of the contract, the Secretary shall submit to
Congress a report describing--
(1) the resource management activities performed under the
contract during the period covered by the report;
(2) the source and amount of funds used under subsection (d)
to carry out the contract; and
(3) the resource management activities to be performed under
the contract during the calendar year in which the report is
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(g) Relationship to Other Laws.--Nothing in this section exempts the
contract, or resource management activities to be performed under the
contract, from any Federal environmental law.
Approved October 26, 1998.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 2886:
HOUSE REPORTS: No. 105-527 (Comm. on Resources).
SENATE REPORTS: No. 105-292 (Comm. on Energy and Natural Resources).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 144 (1998):
May 12, considered and passed House.
Oct. 2, considered and passed Senate, amended.
Oct. 10, House concurred in Senate amendment.