H. R. 1567
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 14, 2023
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To require that the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior submit accurate reports regarding hazardous fuels reduction activities, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Accurately Counting Risk Elimination Solutions Act or the
Accurate Hazardous Fuels Reduction Reports
Inclusion of Hazardous Fuels Reduction Report in Materials Submitted in Support of the President’s Budget
Beginning with the first fiscal year that begins after the date of the enactment of this Act, and each fiscal year thereafter, the Secretary concerned shall include in the materials submitted in support of the President’s budget pursuant to section 1105 of title 31, United States Code, a report on the number of acres of Federal land on which the Secretary concerned carried out hazardous fuels reduction activities during the preceding fiscal year.
For purposes of the report required under paragraph (1), the Secretary concerned shall—
in determining the number of acres of Federal land on which the Secretary concerned carried out hazardous fuels reduction activities during the period covered by the report—
record acres of Federal land on which hazardous fuels reduction activities were completed during such period; and
record each acre described in clause (i) once in the report, regardless of whether multiple hazardous fuels reduction activities were carried out on such acre during such period; and
with respect to the acres of Federal land recorded in the report, include information on—
which such acres are located in the wildland-urban interface;
the level of wildfire risk (high, moderate, or low) on the first and last day of the period covered by the report;
the types of hazardous fuels activities completed for such acres, delineating between whether such activities were conducted—
in a wildfire managed for resource benefits; or
through a planned project;
the cost per acre of hazardous fuels activities carried out during the period covered by the report;
the region or system unit in which the acres are located; and
the effectiveness of the hazardous fuels reduction activities on reducing the risk of wildfire.
The Secretary concerned shall make each report submitted under paragraph (1) publicly available on the website of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior, as applicable.
Accurate data collection
Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary concerned shall implement standardized procedures for tracking data related to hazardous fuels reduction activities carried out by the Secretary concerned.
The standardized procedures required under paragraph (1) shall include—
regular, standardized data reviews of the accuracy and timely input of data used to track hazardous fuels reduction activities;
verification methods that validate whether such data accurately correlates to the hazardous fuels reduction activities carried out by the Secretary concerned;
an analysis of the short- and long-term effectiveness of the hazardous fuels reduction activities on reducing the risk of wildfire; and
for hazardous fuels reduction activities that occur partially within the wildland-urban interface, methods to distinguish which acres are located within the wildland-urban interface and which acres are located outside the wildland-urban interface.
Not later than 2 weeks after implementing the standardized procedures required under paragraph (1), the Secretary concerned shall submit to Congress a report that describes—
such standardized procedures; and
program and policy recommendations to Congress to address any limitations in tracking data related to hazardous fuels reduction activities under this subsection.
Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall—
conduct a study on the implementation of this Act, including any limitations with respect to—
reporting hazardous fuels reduction activities under subsection (a); or
tracking data related to hazardous fuels reduction activities under subsection (b); and
submit to Congress a report that describes the results of the study under paragraph (1).
In this Act:
Hazardous fuels reduction activity
The term hazardous fuels reduction activity—
means any vegetation management activity to reduce the risk of wildfire, including mechanical treatments and prescribed burning; and
does not include the awarding of contracts to conduct hazardous fuels reduction activities.
The term Federal lands means lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture.
The term Secretary concerned means—
the Secretary of Agriculture, with respect to National Forest System lands; and
the Secretary of the Interior, with respect to public lands and units of the National Park System.
The term wildland-urban interface has the meaning given the term in section 101 of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (16 U.S.C. 6511).
No additional funds authorized
No additional funds are authorized to carry out the requirements of this Act, and the activities authorized by this Act are subject to the availability of appropriations made in advance for such purposes.
Passed the House of Representatives September 13, 2023.
Kevin F. McCumber,