Legislation

Official Short: Good Neighbor Forestry Act

Long Title: To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to enter into cooperative agreements with State foresters authorizing State foresters to provide certain forest, rangeland, and watershed restoration and protection services.

Sponsors: Mr. Barrasso, Mr. Enzi, Mr. Hatch, Mr. Lee, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Thune, Mr. Udall, Mr. Heller, Mr. Flake, Mr. Risch and Mr. Crapo.

STATUS:

  • February 14, 2013.--Introduced.
  • April 25, 2013.--Hearing by subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining.
  • June 18, 2013:  Full committee markup; Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably
  • June 26, 2013.--Mr. Risch added as cosponsor.
  • July 9, 2013.--Mr. Crapo added as cosponsor.
  • September 10, 2013.--Reported to the Senate with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. S. Rept. 113-97.
  • September 10, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. [Calendar No. 175].
     


S.327

Good Neighbor Forestry Act (Introduced in Senate - IS)

S 327 IS

113th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 327

To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to enter into cooperative agreements with State foresters authorizing State foresters to provide certain forest, rangeland, and watershed restoration and protection services.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 14, 2013

Mr. BARRASSO (for himself, Mr. ENZI, Mr. HATCH, Mr. LEE, Mr. JOHNSON of South Dakota, Mr. THUNE, and Mr. UDALL of Colorado) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to enter into cooperative agreements with State foresters authorizing State foresters to provide certain forest, rangeland, and watershed restoration and protection services.

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 `Good Neighbor Forestry Act'.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:
      (1) ELIGIBLE STATE- The term `eligible State' means a State that contains National Forest System land or Bureau of Land Management land located west of the 100th meridian.
      (2) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means--
        (A) the Secretary of Agriculture, with respect to National Forest System land; or
        (B) the Secretary of the Interior, with respect to Bureau of Land Management land.
      (3) STATE FORESTER- The term `State forester' means the head of a State agency with jurisdiction over State forestry programs in an eligible State.

SEC. 3. COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS AND CONTRACTS.

    (a) In General- The Secretary may enter into a cooperative agreement or contract (including a sole source contract) with a State forester to authorize the State forester to provide the forest, rangeland, and watershed restoration and protection services described in subsection (b) on National Forest System land or Bureau of Land Management land, as applicable, in the eligible State.
    (b) Authorized Services- The forest, rangeland, and watershed restoration and protection services referred to in subsection (a) include the conduct of--
      (1) activities to treat insect-infected trees;
      (2) activities to reduce hazardous fuels; and
      (3) any other activities to restore or improve forest, rangeland, and watershed health, including fish and wildlife habitat.
    (c) State as Agent- Except as provided in subsection (f), a cooperative agreement or contract entered into under subsection (a) may authorize the State forester to serve as the agent for the Secretary in providing the restoration and protection services authorized under subsection (a).
    (d) Subcontracts- In accordance with applicable contract procedures for the eligible State, a State forester may enter into subcontracts to provide the restoration and protection services authorized under a cooperative agreement or contract entered into under subsection (a).
    (e) Timber Sales- Subsections (d) and (g) of section 14 of the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 472a) shall not apply to services performed under a cooperative agreement or contract entered into under subsection (a).
    (f) Retention of NEPA Responsibilities- Any decision required to be made under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) with respect to any restoration and protection services to be provided under this Act by a State forester on National Forest System land or Bureau of Land Management land, as applicable, shall not be delegated to a State forester or any other officer or employee of the eligible State.
      (g) Applicable Law- The restoration and protection services to be provided under this Act shall be carried out on a project-to-project basis under existing authorities of the Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management, as applicable.