Text: H.R.865 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 865


To make a categorical exclusion available to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to develop and carry out a forest management activity on National Forest system lands derived from the public domain or public lands to address insect or disease infestation declared as an emergency in a State by the Governor of such State, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 3, 2017

Mr. McClintock (for himself, Mr. Cook, Mr. Gosar, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Valadao, Mr. Newhouse, Mr. McCarthy, Mr. LaMalfa, Mr. Westerman, Mr. Labrador, Mr. Nunes, Mr. Denham, and Mr. Knight) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, 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


A BILL

To make a categorical exclusion available to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to develop and carry out a forest management activity on National Forest system lands derived from the public domain or public lands to address insect or disease infestation declared as an emergency in a State by the Governor of such State, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Emergency Forest Restoration Act”.

SEC. 2. Categorical exclusion to address a declared emergency.

(a) Authority To conduct forest management activity.—The Secretary concerned may develop and carry out a forest management activity on National Forest System lands or public lands in a State when the primary purpose of the forest management activity is to address a declared emergency.

(b) Availability of categorical exclusion.—Except as provided in section 4, a categorical exclusion is available to the Secretary concerned to develop and carry out a forest management activity described in subsection (a).

(c) Authorization of appropriations.—For purposes of this section, there is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary concerned $300,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2025.

SEC. 3. Use of timber sale revenues to offset funds appropriated to address a declared emergency.

(a) Timber sales required.—

(1) IDENTIFICATION OF AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED.—For fiscal year 2019 and each fiscal year thereafter, the Secretary of Agriculture shall identify the amount of funds, if any, appropriated in the prior fiscal year pursuant to the authorization of appropriations in section 2(c).

(2) SALES.—Not later than 5 years after the end of the fiscal year in which an identification is made under paragraph (1), the Secretary of Agriculture shall sell (in the manner provided for under section 14 of the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 472a)) an amount of timber the sale of which is sufficient to recoup the amount identified under paragraph (1) and any costs associated with such sale.

(3) PROCEEDS.—Proceeds from the sale of timber described under paragraph (2) shall be deposited as follows:

(A) An amount equal to the appropriated amount identified under paragraph (1) shall be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury of the United States as miscellaneous receipts.

(B) An amount equal to the costs associated with the sale shall be deposited in a designated fund from which sums are to be used, to cover the cost to the United States for design, engineering, and supervision of the construction of needed roads and the cost for Forest Service sale preparation and supervision of the harvesting of such timber.

(C) Any amounts not described under subparagraph (A) or (B) shall be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury of the United States as miscellaneous receipts.

(b) Categorical exclusion.—Except as provided in section 4, a categorical exclusion is available to the Secretary of Agriculture for timber sales conducted pursuant to subsection (a).

SEC. 4. Limitation of categorical exclusion.

A categorical exclusion under this Act may not be used on National Forest System lands or public lands—

(1) that are included in the National Wilderness Preservation System;

(2) that are located within an inventoried roadless area unless the reforestation activity is consistent with the forest plan applicable to the area; or

(3) on which timber harvesting for any purpose is prohibited by statute.

SEC. 5. Definitions.

In this Act:

(1) CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION.—The term “categorical exclusion” means an exception to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4331 et seq.) for a project or activity relating to the management of National Forest System lands or public lands that would otherwise be considered a major Federal action.

(2) DECLARED EMERGENCY.—The term “declared emergency” means an insect or disease infestation in a State that has been declared an emergency by the Governor of such State.

(3) NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LANDS.—The term “National Forest System lands” means Federal lands derived from the public domain that are included in the National Forest System (as such term is defined in section 11(a) of the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. 1609(a))), including such lands within the boundaries of a national monument managed by the Forest Service.

(4) SECRETARY CONCERNED.—The term “Secretary concerned” means—

(A) the Secretary of Agriculture, with respect to National Forest System lands; or

(B) the Secretary of the Interior, with respect to public lands.

(5) STATE.—The term “State” means any of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and any other territory or possession of the United States.