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Passed Senate without amendment (12/08/2004)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

Sudden Oak Death Syndrome Control Act of 2004 - (Sec. 3) Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to carry out a sudden oak death syndrome (Phytophthora ramorum) research, monitoring, and regulation program to control or eradicate sudden oak death syndrome from: (1) trees and shrubs on public and private land; and (2) host and potential host plants from commercial nurseries.

Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) conduct open space, roadside, and aerial surveys; (2) provide monitoring workshops; (3) conduct a national survey of forests, plant nurseries, and landscapes that may have been exposed to Phytophthora ramorum, and develop a related risk assessment; (4) develop baseline information on infected oaks and maintain a geographic information system database of Phytophthora ramorum occurrences; (5) conduct Phytophthora ramorum research; (6) evaluate tree species susceptibility; and (7) provide diagnostic services.

(Sec. 4) Directs the Secretary to conduct sudden oak death syndrome management, treatment, and fire prevention activities, including: (1) firefighting and emergency response improvements; and (2) local government grants for tree removal, disposal, and recycling, restoration and mitigation projects, green waste treatment facilities, reforestation, and resistant tree breeding.

(Sec. 5) Directs the Secretary to conduct outreach and education activities, including: (1) educational materials development and distribution, including a website; and (2) financial and technical support to States, local governments, and nonprofit organizations providing information on sudden oak death syndrome.

(Sec. 6) Expresses the sense of Congress that agency communication at all governmental levels is required for program effectiveness.

Directs the Secretary to meet and consult regularly with Federal, State, tribal, and local government officials to exchange program information.

(Sec. 7) Authorizes appropriations for FY 2005 through 2009.