H.R. 3944 (103rd): Stewardship End-Result Contracts Demonstration Act

103rd Congress, 1993–1994. Text as of Mar 02, 1994 (Introduced).

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HR 3944 IH

103d CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3944

To provide for a demonstration program to develop and implement special management practices for certain National Forest System lands.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 2, 1994

Mr. LAROCCO (for himself, Mr. FAZIO, and Ms. ENGLISH of Arizona) introduced the following bill; which was referred jointly to the Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture


A BILL

To provide for a demonstration program to develop and implement special management practices for certain National Forest System lands.

    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 ‘Stewardship End-Result Contracts Demonstration Act’.

SEC. 2. DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM FOR THE SPECIAL USE OF TIMBER REVENUES.

    (a) DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM- The Secretary of Agriculture may carry out a demonstration program on National Forest System lands described in subsection (b) to develop and implement management practices that are ecosystem based and end-result oriented. The Secretary shall carry out the demonstration program through the officers of the Forest Service in charge of the National Forest System lands described in such subsection.

    (b) APPLICABILITY- The demonstration program shall apply to the management of the following projects on National Forest System lands:

      (1) The Priest Lake District project, Idaho Panhandle National Forest.

      (2) The Angora project, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

      (3) The Kendrick project, Coconino National Forest.

    (c) AUTHORIZATION- Under the demonstration program, the Secretary of Agriculture may apply the value, or a portion of the value, of timber removed under a stewardship end-result contract as an offset against the cost of stewardship services received, including site preparation, replanting, silviculture programs, recreation, wildlife habitat enhancement, and other multiple-use enhancements.

    (d) COMPLIANCE WITH ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS- Nothing in this Act shall be construed to alter the responsibility of the Secretary to comply with environmental laws applicable to the lands of the National Forest System described in subsection (b).

    (e) EXPIRATION OF AUTHORITY- The authority provided in subsection (c) shall expire on December 31, 1994.