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H.R. 2621: Forestry Education and Workforce Development Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 16, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2621

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 16, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, 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 direct the Secretary of Agriculture to carry out a forestry education and workforce development grant program, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Forestry Education and Workforce Development Act of 2021.

2.

Forestry education and workforce development grant program

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Agriculture shall establish a competitive grant program to make grants to eligible institutions to carry out forestry education and workforce development programs to prepare students for careers in forestry.

(b)

Proposal

To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an eligible institution shall submit to the Secretary of Agriculture a proposal at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(c)

Equitable awards

For each fiscal year for which grants are awarded under this section, the amount of grant funds awarded to eligible institutions described in paragraph (1) of subsection (f) shall be equal to the amount of grant funds awarded to eligible institutions described in paragraphs (2) and (3) of such subsection.

(d)

Use of grant funds

(1)

In general

Grants made under this section shall be used to—

(A)

award scholarships to students enrolled in the eligible institution and pursuing degrees in forestry, including students historically underrepresented in the field of forestry;

(B)

expand, enhance, or improve forestry educational capacities of the eligible institution, including libraries, curriculum, faculty, and scientific instrumentation;

(C)

recruit and retain—

(i)

secondary school or undergraduate students to pursue certifications in forestry or acquire training in technical forestry skills, including students historically underrepresented in the field of forestry; or

(ii)

undergraduate and graduate students to pursue degrees in forestry, including students historically underrepresented in the field of forestry;

(D)

design and develop resources or programs that prepare students enrolled in the eligible institution for careers in forestry, including internship and apprenticeship programs;

(E)

provide hands-on training and research opportunities for such students; or

(F)

carry out any other activity the Secretary of Agriculture determines appropriate.

(2)

Clarification of forestry education

For purposes of paragraph (1), the terms degrees in forestry, certifications in forestry, and training in technical forestry skills include degrees, certifications, and training in forestry, forest sciences, natural resources management, or other related educational disciplines.

(e)

Payment of non-Federal share

As a condition of receiving a grant under this section, the Secretary of Agriculture shall require the recipient of the grant to provide funds or in-kind support from non-Federal sources in an amount that is specified by the Secretary and based on assessed institutional needs.

(f)

Eligible institution defined

In this section, the term eligible institution means—

(1)

a land grant college or university, including an institution eligible to receive funding under—

(A)

the Act of July 2, 1862;

(B)

the Act of August 30, 1890, including Tuskegee University;

(C)

Public Law 87–788 (commonly known as the McIntire-Stennis Act of 1962); or

(D)

the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note);

(2)

a community college or area career and technical education school (as defined in section 3 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2302)); or

(3)

an institution of higher education (as defined in section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002)).

(g)

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary $20,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2021 through 2030 to carry out this section.

3.

Civilian Conservation Centers reforestation activities

Section 147(d) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3197(d)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(4)

Reforestation activities

Enrollees in Civilian Conservation Centers may provide assistance in carrying out reforestation activities in priority areas, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.

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