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H.R. 3818 (109th): Forest Service Partnership Enhancement Act of 2005

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12/6/2005--Reported to House amended, Part I. Forest Service Partnership Enhancement Act of 2005 - Authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service, in connection with the administration of specified Forest Service activities on and near National Forest System (NFS) lands, to enter into agreements, including cost-share agreements, with cooperators for: (1) developing, producing, or selling education and interpretive materials and products; (2) developing, conducting, or selling education and interpretive programs and services; (3) constructing, maintaining, or improving facilities for the sale or distribution of educational and interpretive materials, products, programs, and services; (4) operating facilities; (5) selling health and safety convenience products; (6) collecting funds from the sale of such materials, products, programs, and services; (7) activities to restore and maintain the ecological integrity and biodiversity of NFS lands; (8) watershed restoration and enhancement activities on NFS lands, or on other lands that benefit resources on NFS land within the same watershed, for protecting, restoring, and enhancing resources, including fish and wildlife habitat, or reducing risk from natural disaster where public safety is threatened; and (9) such other cooperative activities as the Secretary considers to be appropriate.

Directs the Secretary to require such terms and conditions in an agreement as are necessary to protect investments to be made by the United States, including terms related to the ownership of any facilities or improvements constructed or improved under such an agreement.

Sets forth provisions concerning: (1) cost-sharing, including providing for in-kind contributions; and (2) the treatment of funds received under an agreement.

Repeals certain authorities relating to: (1) cooperative arrangements for the printing of educational materials and the continuation of the Challenge Cost Share Program; and (2) Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Agreements.