Text: H.R.4133 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/30/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 4133


To require the Secretary of Agriculture to direct a study on soil health of Federal lands, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 30, 2019

Mr. Neguse (for himself and Mr. Curtis) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture


A BILL

To require the Secretary of Agriculture to direct a study on soil health of Federal lands, 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 “Study on Improving Lands Act”.

SEC. 2. Study.

The Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior, shall direct the National Academies of Science to study and report on the state of soil health on Federal lands in the United States.

SEC. 3. Duties.

The National Academies of Science shall determine the parameters by which to measure soil health, including—

(1) soil organic matter and other measurements;

(2) soil qualities that lead to the sequester of carbon; and

(3) soil qualities that support strong ecosystems and resilient environments.

SEC. 4. Database.

Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture, in coordination with the Secretary of the Interior and the National Academies of Science, shall—

(1) commence a study on the state of soil health on Federal lands that determines impacts such as grazing, wildfire, recreation, invasive species, and other relevant impacts on soil health on Federal lands; and

(2) create a database of the information collected during the study.

SEC. 5. Report to Congress.

(a) Annual reports.—Not later than 180 days after the commencement of the study under section 4, and annually thereafter, the Secretary of Agriculture shall evaluate the progress of that study and report any short-term findings to the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate.

(b) Report and recommendations.—Not later than 2 years after the commencement of the study under this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture shall submit to the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate a report summarizing the results of the study together with any recommendations for legislative or regulatory action to improve soil health, increase carbon sequestration, and improve community benefits of soil health programs on Federal lands.


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