H.R.3400 - Recreation Not Red-Tape Act115th Congress (2017-2018) |
|Sponsor:||Rep. Bishop, Rob [R-UT-1] (Introduced 07/26/2017)|
|Committees:||House - Natural Resources; Agriculture; Transportation and Infrastructure; Energy and Commerce; Armed Services|
|Committee Reports:||H. Rept. 115-1063|
|Latest Action:||House - 12/03/2018 House Committee on Energy and Commerce Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than Dec. 28, 2018. (All Actions)|
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To promote innovative approaches to outdoor recreation on Federal land and to open up opportunities for collaboration with non-Federal partners, and for other purposes.
Mr. Bishop of Utah introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To promote innovative approaches to outdoor recreation on Federal land and to open up opportunities for collaboration with non-Federal partners, and for other purposes.
(a) Short title.—This Act may be cited as the “Recreation Not Red-Tape Act”.
(b) Table of contents.—The table of contents of this Act is as follows:
Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.
Sec. 2. Definitions.
Sec. 3. Sense of Congress regarding outdoor recreation.
Sec. 101. Special recreation permitting.
Sec. 102. Availability of Federal and State recreation passes.
Sec. 103. Online purchases of National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.
Sec. 201. Access for servicemembers and veterans.
Sec. 301. Extension of seasonal recreation opportunities.
Sec. 302. Recreation performance metrics.
Sec. 303. Recreation mission.
Sec. 304. Ski area fee retention.
Sec. 305. National Recreation Area System.
Sec. 401. Private-sector volunteer enhancement program.
Sec. 411. Interagency trail management.
In this Act:
(1) FEDERAL LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCY.—The term “Federal land management agency” has the meaning given the term in section 802 of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (16 U.S.C. 6801).
(2) FEDERAL RECREATIONAL LAND AND WATER.—The term “Federal recreational land and water” has the meaning given the term “Federal recreational lands and waters” in section 802 of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (16 U.S.C. 6801).
(A) the Secretary of the Interior; and
(B) the Secretary of Agriculture.
It is the sense of Congress that—
(1) outdoor recreation and the $887,000,000,000 outdoor industry that outdoor recreation supports are vital to the United States;
(2) access to outdoor recreation on land and waters of the United States is important to the health and wellness of all people of the United States, especially young people;
(3) $524,800,000,000 of the amount described in paragraph (1) contributes to the travel and tourism industry of the United States, which generates over $2,000,000,000,000 in annual spending;
(4) outdoor recreation (including hunting, fishing, and boating) are appropriate uses of public land;
(5) access to healthy public land and water is critical to supporting the uses described in paragraph (4);
(6) Congress supports the creation of outdoor recreation sector leadership positions within the economic development offices of States or in the office of the Governor, as well as coordination with recreation and tourism organizations within the State to guide the growth of this sector, as evidenced by recent examples in the States of Colorado, Utah, and Washington;
(A) coordinating State outdoor recreation policies, management, and promotion among Federal, State, and local agencies and entities;
(B) disseminating information, increasing awareness, and growing demand for outdoor recreation experiences among visitors across the United States and throughout the world;
(C) improving funding for, access to, and participation in outdoor recreation; and
(D) promoting economic development in the State by coordinating with stakeholders, improving recreational opportunities, and recruiting outdoor recreation businesses;
(8) Congress supports the coordination and collaboration of the Federal and State land and water management agencies in the delivery of visitor services and management of outdoor recreation for the United States; and
(A) the growing role that recreation has on public land and water;
(B) the need to provide adequate staffing within Federal land management agencies to facilitate sustainable and accessible outdoor recreation opportunities; and
(C) the important role that volunteers and volunteer partnerships play in maintaining public land.
Section 803(h) of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (16 U.S.C. 6802(h)) is amended—
“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary”; and
“(i) ASSOCIATED AGENCY.—The term ‘associated agency’ means any agency that manages the land or water on which a minority portion of the trip or activity that is the subject of a special recreation permit will take place.
“(ii) LEAD AGENCY.—The term ‘lead agency’ means the agency that manages the land or water on which the majority of the trip or activity that is the subject of the special recreation permit will take place.
“(B) OUTFITTER AND GUIDE PERMITS.—In issuing special recreation permits or charging special recreation permit fees in connection with the issuance of permits under paragraph (1) with respect to outfitters and guides, within a reasonable time after the date of enactment of the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act, the Director of the Bureau of Land Management and the Chief of the Forest Service shall, in consultation with the public, including stakeholder groups that represent the interests of organizations that facilitate outdoor access—
“(i) review permit application forms and revise if needed to improve efficiency and ensure the paperwork is concise and understandable to the general public;
“(ii) review the process for the issuance and renewal of outfitter and guide special recreation permits and use existing authorities to streamline permit processes if applicable;
“(iii) coordinate between agencies to develop consistent submission deadlines for activities that cross jurisdictional boundaries;
“(iv) shorten application processing times and minimize application and administration costs; and
“(v) create outreach materials and make the materials available online and in print to help outfitters and guides navigate the permitting process.
“(i) IN GENERAL.—In the case of an activity or trip requiring a permit issued under the subsection for use of land managed by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management that will cross jurisdictional boundaries, the Secretaries shall issue a joint permit based on a single application to both agencies if the issuance of a joint permit based on a single application will lower the processing and other administrative costs for the permittee, unless the permit applicant opts to apply for separate permits rather than a joint permit.
“(I) the application required by the lead agency; and
“(II) submitted to the lead agency.
“(I) coordinate, consistent with the authority of the Secretaries under section 330 of the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 (43 U.S.C. 1703), to develop, in consultation with the public (including stakeholder groups that represent the interests of organizations that facilitate outdoor access), a process for issuing 1 joint permit that covers the entirety of the trip;
“(II) in processing the joint permit application, consider the findings, requirements, interests, and needs of the lead agency and any associated agencies; and
“(III) coordinate with the associated agencies to develop a method for cost sharing.
“(D) REASONABLE TIMEFRAME.—The Secretaries shall complete the permitting process under this paragraph within a reasonable timeframe.
“(i) all special recreation permit applications, to be filled out and submitted online; and
“(I) the application process; and
“(II) the means by which an applicant can contact the Secretaries for guidance on the permit process before submitting a permit application.”.
(a) In general.—The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act is amended by inserting after section 805 (16 U.S.C. 6804) the following:
“(1) IN GENERAL.—To improve the procurement of Federal and State outdoor recreation passes, the Secretaries are encouraged to consult with States to coordinate the availability of Federal and State recreation passes in a way that allows a purchaser to buy a Federal recreation pass and a State recreation pass at Federal and State facilities in the same transaction.
“(A) a National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass under section 805; and
“(B) a pass that shall cover any fees charged by participating States and localities for entrance and recreational use of parks and public land in the participating States.
“(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretaries, after consultation with the States, may enter into agreements with States to coordinate the availability of passes as described in subsection (a)(1).
“(A) funds from the sale of State passes are transferred to the appropriate State agency;
“(B) funds from the sale of Federal passes are transferred to the appropriate Federal agency; and
“(C) fund transfers are completed by the end of a fiscal year for all pass sales occurring during the fiscal year.
“(3) NOTICE.—In entering into an agreement under paragraph (1), the Secretaries shall publish in the Federal Register a notice describing the agreement.”.
(b) Conforming amendment.—Section 805(a)(9) of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (16 U.S.C. 6804(a)(9)) is amended by inserting “and section 805A” before the period at the end.
(a) In general.—Section 805(a)(6) of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (16 U.S.C. 6804(a)(6)) is amended by striking subparagraph (A) and inserting the following:
“(i) at all Federal recreational lands and waters at which an entrance fee or a standard amenity recreation fee is charged;
“(ii) at such other locations as the Secretaries consider appropriate and feasible; and
“(I) a prominent link on each website; and
“(II) information about where and when passes are needed.”.
(1) all entrance fees under section 803(e) of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (16 U.S.C. 6802(e));
(2) all standard amenity recreation fees under section 803(f) of that Act (16 U.S.C. 6802(f)); and
(3) all expanded amenity recreation fees under section 803(g) of that Act (16 U.S.C. 6802(g)).
(a) In general.—The Secretaries are encouraged to work with the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on ways to ensure servicemembers and veterans have access to outdoor recreation and to outdoor-related volunteer and wellness programs as a part of the basic services provided to servicemembers and veterans.
(b) Inclusion of information.—Each branch of the Armed Forces is encouraged to include information regarding outdoor recreation and outdoors-based careers in the materials and counseling services focused on resilience and career readiness provided in transition programs, including—
(1) the benefits of outdoor recreation for physical and mental health;
(2) resources to access guided outdoor trips and other outdoor programs connected to the local office of the Department of Veterans Affairs; and
(3) information regarding programs and jobs focused on continuing national service such as the Public Land Corps of the National Park Service, AmeriCorps, or a conservation corps program.
(c) Outdoor recreation program attendance.—Each branch of the Armed Forces is encouraged to permit members of the Armed Forces on active duty status, at the discretion of the commander of the member, to use not more than 7 days of a permissive temporary duty assignment or terminal leave allotted to the member to participate in a program related to environmental stewardship or guided outdoor recreation following deployment.
(d) Veteran hiring.—The Secretaries are strongly encouraged to hire veterans in all positions related to the management of Federal land.
(a) In general.—The relevant unit managers of land managed by the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service, through the respective land management planning processes of those agencies, may—
(1) identify areas of Federal recreational land and water in which recreation use is highly seasonal;
(2) where appropriate, develop a management plan for extending the recreation season or increasing recreation use in a sustainable manner during the offseason; and
(3) make information about extended season schedules and related recreational opportunities available to the public and local communities.
(1) the addition of facilities that would increase recreation use during the offseason; and
(2) improvement of access to the area to extend the season.
(c) Requirement.—The management plan developed under subsection (a)(2) shall be compatible with all applicable Federal laws, regulations, and policies, including land use plans.
(a) In general.—The Chief of the Forest Service and the Director of the Bureau of Land Management shall evaluate land managers under their jurisdiction based on the achievement of applicable agency recreational and tourism goals as described in applicable land management plans.
(A) the advancement of recreation and tourism goals; and
(B) the ability of the land manager to enhance the outdoor experience of the visitor.
(A) the quality of visitor experience;
(B) the number of first-time visitors;
(C) the number of repeat visitors;
(D) the number of school and youth groups that visited;
(E) the number of available recreational opportunities;
(F) the number of recreational and environmental educational programs offered and the success of those programs;
(G) visitor satisfaction; and
(H) the maintenance and expansion of existing recreation infrastructure.
(1) the Corps of Engineers;
(2) the Bureau of Reclamation;
(3) the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and
(4) the Department of Transportation.
(b) Mission.—With respect to the mission of the Federal agency, each Federal agency shall consider how land and water management decisions can enhance recreation opportunities and the recreation economy.
(a) In general.—Section 701 of division I of the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 (16 U.S.C. 497c) is amended by adding at the end the following:
“(A) ACCOUNT.—The term ‘Account’ means the Ski Area Fee Retention Account established under paragraph (2).
“(B) COVERED UNIT.—The term ‘covered unit’ means an administrative unit of the National Forest System subject to a rental charge under this section.
“(C) RENTAL CHARGE.—The term ‘rental charge’ means a permit rental charge that is charged under subsection (a).
“(D) SECRETARY.—The term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of Agriculture.
“(A) in the case of a covered unit at which not less than $15,000,000 is collected by the covered unit from rental charges in a fiscal year, an amount equal to 50 percent of the rental charges collected at the covered unit in the fiscal year; or
“(B) in the case of any other covered unit, an amount equal to 65 percent of the rental charges collected at the covered unit in a fiscal year.
“(3) AVAILABILITY.—Subject to paragraphs (4), (5), and (6), any amounts deposited in the Account under paragraph (2) shall remain available for expenditure, without further appropriation, until expended.
“(A) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in subparagraph (B), 100 percent of the amounts deposited in the Account from a specific covered unit shall remain available for expenditure at the covered unit at which the rental charges were collected.
“(i) IN GENERAL.—Subject to clause (ii), the Secretary may reduce the percentage of amounts available to a covered unit under subparagraph (A) if the Secretary determines that the rental charges collected at the covered unit exceed the reasonable needs of the covered unit for that fiscal year for authorized expenditures described in paragraph (5)(A).
“(I) in the case of a covered unit described in paragraph (2)(A), to less than 35 percent of the amount of rental charges deposited in the Account from the covered unit in a fiscal year; or
“(II) in the case of any other covered unit, to less than 50 percent of the amount of rental charges deposited in the Account from the covered unit in a fiscal year.
“(i) DISTRIBUTION.—If the Secretary determines that the percentage of amounts otherwise available to a covered unit under subparagraph (A) should be reduced under subparagraph (B), the Secretary may transfer to other covered units, for allocation in accordance with clause (ii), the percentage of the amounts withheld from the covered unit under subparagraph (B), to be expended by the other covered units in accordance with paragraph (5).
“(I) the number of proposals for ski area improvements in the other covered units;
“(II) any backlog in ski area permit administration or the processing of ski area proposals in the other covered units; and
“(III) any need for services, training, or staffing in the other covered units that would improve the administration of the Forest Service Ski Area Program.
“(I) upgrades to, or the replacement or installation of, passenger ropeways, including tramways, funiculars, chair lifts, conveyors, and tows;
“(II) snowmaking improvements and new or upgraded water facilities;
“(III) projects relating to buildings, structures, or other facilities owned by the ski area on National Forest System land;
“(IV) trail, service road, or terrain change projects;
“(V) additional seasonal or year-round recreational activities and associated facilities and trails in the covered unit, including activities carried out under section 3(c) of the National Forest Ski Area Permit Act of 1986 (16 U.S.C. 497b(c));
“(VI) ski area employee housing constructed on the permit area or on nearby National Forest System land;
“(VII) land exchanges relating to the ski area, in accordance with Federal laws (including regulations); and
“(VIII) any other improvements or facilities to enhance or increase ski area recreational opportunities;
“(ii) training programs on processing ski area applications and administering ski area permits; and
“(I) the ski area visitor experience on National Forest System land; and
“(II) avalanche information and education activities carried out by the Forest Service.
“(i) the conduct of wildfire suppression or preparedness activities;
“(ii) the conduct of biological monitoring on National Forest System land under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) for listed species or candidate species, except as required by law for environmental review of ski area projects;
“(iii) the acquisition of land for inclusion in the National Forest System; or
“(iv) Forest Service administrative sites.
“(A) IN GENERAL.—Nothing in this subsection affects the applicability of section 7 of the Act of April 24, 1950 (commonly known as the ‘Granger-Thye Act’) (16 U.S.C. 580d), to ski areas on National Forest System land.
“(B) REVENUE ALLOCATION PAYMENTS.—Rental charges deposited in the Account under paragraph (2) shall be considered to be amounts received from the National Forest System for purposes of calculating amounts to be paid under—
“(i) the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.);
“(iii) chapter 69 of title 31, United States Code.
“(C) SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING.—Rental charges retained and expended under this subsection shall supplement (and not supplant) appropriated funding for the operation and maintenance of each covered unit.”.
(b) Effective date.—This section (including the amendments made by this section) shall take effect on the date that is 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act.
(c) Implementation.—The Secretary shall not be required to issue regulations or policy guidance to implement this section (including the amendments made by this section).
(A) certain natural landscapes possess remarkable recreational values and should be managed for sustainable outdoor recreational and other benefits for the people of the United States;
(i) areas offering existing or prospective recreation opportunities;
(ii) areas that play, or have the potential to play, a role in addressing high or unmet demand for recreational opportunities;
(iii) areas that play an important role in supporting the outdoor recreation economy;
(iv) areas with unique ecological, geological, hydrological, scenic, cultural, or historic features or attributes that accommodate a variety of outdoor recreation activities; and
(v) areas with high fish and wildlife values;
(C) in addition to other uses of Federal land, certain landscapes should be protected and managed primarily for the recreational, social, and health benefits people receive from the landscapes through outdoor recreation, for the specific and meaningful experiences made possible by unique and varied landscapes, and for the contributions those landscapes make in support of the outdoor recreation economy; and
(D) in addition to land identified as National Recreation Areas, the Secretaries should continue to promote recreation on other Federal land in accordance with applicable land management plans.
(2) EFFECT OF SECTION.—Nothing in this section diminishes the importance of prioritizing recreation on Federal land located outside of a National Recreation Area.
(1) NATURAL FEATURE.—The term “natural feature” means a healthy ecological, geological, hydrological, scenic, cultural, or historic feature or attribute of a specific area.
(A) the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management with respect to land administered by the Bureau of Land Management; and
(B) the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service, with respect to National Forest System land.
(3) SYSTEM.—The term “System” means the National Recreation Area System established by subsection (c).
(4) SYSTEM UNIT.—The term “System unit” means a System unit designated pursuant to subsection (c).
(1) existing National Recreation Areas described in subsection (g); and
(2) new System units designated by Congress on or after the date of enactment of this Act.
(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall manage each System unit in a manner that maximizes the protection and enhancement of the remarkable recreational values of the System unit (including natural features that support the recreation experiences) consistent with subsection (a)(1)(C), and provides for enjoyment by current and future generations.
(2) STATE, TRIBAL, AND LOCAL INVOLVEMENT.—The Secretary shall consult and work, to the maximum extent practicable, with States, political subdivisions of States, affected Indian tribes, adjacent landowners, and the public in the planning and administration of System units.
(A) IN GENERAL.—Nothing in this section affects the jurisdiction or responsibilities of a State with respect to fish and wildlife in a System unit in the State.
(B) ADMINISTRATION.—Hunting, fishing, and motorized recreation (including boating) may be allowed on System units if permitted under applicable Federal and State laws (including regulations) and conducted in accordance with the applicable land management plans.
(4) WATER RIGHTS.—Nothing in this section affects any valid or vested water right in existence on the date of enactment of this Act.
(A) IN GENERAL.—For System units established on or after the date of enactment of this Act, as soon as practicable after the date of designation of a System unit, the Secretary shall prepare a map and legal description of the System unit.
(B) FORCE OF LAW.—The map and legal description filed under subparagraph (A) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this section, except that the Secretary may correct typographical errors in the map and legal description.
(C) PUBLIC AVAILABILITY.—The map and legal description filed under subparagraph (A) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service.
(A) IN GENERAL.—The Secretaries shall prepare a comprehensive management plan for each System unit within the jurisdiction of the Secretaries that is designated by Congress after the date of enactment of this Act—
(i) to maximize the protection and enjoyment of the remarkable recreational values of the System unit; and
(ii) to protect the natural features of the System unit that support recreation.
(i) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in clause (ii), a comprehensive management plan described in subparagraph (A) shall be completed by not later than 3 years after the date of designation of the System unit, subject to the availability of funds and resources.
(ii) INADEQUATE FUNDS AND RESOURCES.—If funds and resources are not available in accordance with clause (i), the applicable agency may complete the plan as part of the regular management plan revisions of the agency.
(C) REVIEW.—A comprehensive management plan described in subparagraph (A) shall be regularly reviewed and updated as part of the regular land management planning process of the applicable agency.
(D) MANAGEMENT BY SECRETARY.—The Secretary shall manage each National Recreation Area in accordance with the management plan for the National Recreation Area in effect at the time of the designation, to the extent the plan is consistent with this Act and the Act designating the National Recreation Area, until the plan is revised or superseded by a new comprehensive management plan issued in accordance with this subsection.
(i) identify the existing, and to the extent practicable, prospective remarkable recreational and other important values of the System unit;
(ii) ensure the System unit is managed to protect and enhance purposes for which the System unit was established;
(iii) ensure the System unit is managed to protect and enhance the resources that make the area suitable for designation under subsection (c)(2) in accordance with subsection (a);
(iv) be coordinated with resource management planning for affected adjacent Federal land;
(II) in consultation with States, political subdivisions of States, affected Indian tribes, adjacent landowners, and the public; and
(vi) designate a sustainable road and trail network, consistent with subsection (a) and the purposes for which the System was established.
(F) NOTICE.—The Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register notice of the completion and availability of a plan prepared under this paragraph.
(1) ELIGIBLE AREA.—An area eligible for inclusion in the System is an area that possesses one or more of the remarkable recreational values described in subsection (a)(1)(B).
(A) identify eligible areas that possess remarkable recreational values described in subsection (a)(1)(B);
(B) develop and maintain a list of eligible areas as potential additions to the System;
(C) ensure that relevant land management plans support the recreational values of areas identified as potential additions to the System; and
(D) consider input from the Governor of, political subdivisions of, and affected Indian tribes located in, the State in which the eligible areas are located.
(g) Existing National Recreation Areas.—Each National Recreation Area that is under the jurisdiction of the Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management and that was established before the date of enactment of this Act shall be—
(1) deemed to be a unit of the System; and
(A) administered under the law pertaining to the applicable System unit; and
(B) managed in accordance with the purposes set forth in the original designation of the National Recreation Area.
(h) Standard fees.—In accordance with sections 803 through 808 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (16 U.S.C. 6802–6807), the Secretary may establish a standard amenity fee at each National Recreation Area designated after the date of enactment of this Act that is managed by the Bureau of Land Management or the Forest Service, if—
(1) the purpose of the fee is to enhance visitor services and stewardship of the recreation area; and
(2) the establishment of a fee is not prohibited by other Federal law.
(1) of the Secretary to prepare or implement a land use plan in accordance with section 202 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1712) or section 6 of the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. 1604);
(2) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.);
(3) under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.); or
(4) under any other applicable law.
(1) any other land or water management designation under any other provision of law; or
(2) any obligation to comply with a requirement applicable to such a designation.
(k) Native American treaty rights.—Nothing in this section alters, modifies, enlarges, diminishes, or abrogates the treaty rights of any Indian tribe, including any off-reservation reserved rights.
(a) Purpose.—The purpose of this section is to promote private-sector volunteer programs within the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture to enhance stewardship, recreation access, and sustainability of the resources, values, and facilities of the Federal land managed by the Federal land management agencies.
(A) owned by the United States; and
(B) managed by the head of a Federal land management agency.
(A) the Secretary of Agriculture (acting through the Chief of the Forest Service), with respect to National Forest System land; and
(B) the Secretary of the Interior, with respect to land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
(3) VOLUNTEER.—The term “volunteer” means any individual who performs volunteer services under this section.
(c) Establishment.—The Secretary concerned shall develop an initiative to further enhance private-sector volunteer programs and to actively promote private-sector volunteer opportunities and provide outreach and coordination to the private sector.
(1) AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS.—The Secretary concerned may enter into cooperative agreements (in accordance with section 6305 of title 31, United States Code) with private agencies, organizations, institutions, corporations, individuals, or other entities to carry out one or more projects or programs with a Federal land management agency in accordance with this section.
(2) PROJECT AND PROGRAM INSTRUCTIONS.—The Secretary concerned shall include in the cooperative agreement the desired outcomes of the project or program and the guidelines for the volunteers to follow, including—
(A) the physical boundaries of the project or program;
(B) the equipment the volunteers are authorized to use to complete the project or program;
(C) the training the volunteers are required to complete, including agency consideration and incorporation of trainings offered by qualified nongovernmental organizations and volunteer partner organizations;
(D) the actions the volunteers are authorized to take to complete the project or program; and
(E) any other information that the Secretary concerned determines necessary for the volunteer group to complete the project or program.
(A) promote the stewardship of resources of Federal land by volunteers;
(B) support maintaining the resources, trails, and facilities on Federal land in a sustainable manner;
(C) increase awareness, understanding, and stewardship of Federal land through the development, publication, or distribution of educational materials and products; and
(D) advance education concerning the Federal land and the missions of the Federal land management agencies through the use of the Federal land as outdoor classrooms and development of other educational programs.
(A) complies with all Federal laws (including regulations) and policies;
(B) is consistent with an applicable management plan for any Federal land and waters involved;
(C) is monitored by the relevant Federal land management agency during the project and after project completion to determine compliance with the instructions under paragraph (2); and
(D) satisfies such other terms and conditions as the Secretary concerned determines to be appropriate.
(a) In general.—The Secretaries shall establish an interagency trail management plan under which Federal land management agencies shall coordinate so that trails that cross jurisdictional boundaries between the Federal land management agencies are managed and maintained in a uniform manner.
(b) Requirement.—The plan established under subsection (a) shall ensure compliance with all Federal environmental laws applicable to each jurisdiction.