Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 1526 - Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act

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Listed in Alphabetical Order

Sep 18, 2013 2:21 PM

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Connolly (VA)


Clarifies that “natural forest materials” does not include natural gas extracted from hydraulic fracturing methods until the Secretary complies with all NEPA requirements including the preparation of an environmental impact statement.

Connolly (VA)


Requires the Secretary complete a full NEPA process for a proposed covered forest project within the Forest Revenue Area. Removes the arbitrary limit on report length and deadline for reviews.

Daines (MT)


Requires the Secretary to submit to Congress an annual report specifying for each Forest Reserve Revenue Area the annual volume requirement in effect for that fiscal year, the volume of board feet actually harvested, the average cost of preparation of timber sales, the revenues generated from such sales, the amount of receipts distributed to each beneficiary county. Restricts the length of this report to one page.

Daines (MT)


LATE Protect forest reserve projects from delay by precluding Court-issued injunctions based on alleged violations of procedural requirements in selecting, planning, or analyzing the project.

Hastings, Doc (WA)


REVISED Makes a number of technical corrections throughout the legislation and addresses a number of issues with the implementation of community forest demonstration areas.

Herrera-Beutler (WA), Schrader (OR)


WITHDRAWN Codifies the EPA's silviculture rule which provides that mud and rock runoff from forest roads should not be categorized in the same manner as industrial parking lots or factories.

Huffman (CA), DeFazio (OR), Kuster, Ann (NH), Nolan (MN)


Provides an alternative approach to treatment of forests subject to insect and disease by providing federal agencies additional tools and contracting authorities to improve forest health. Language to extend Secure Rural Schools for one year is retained, but anti-environmental provisions are struck.

LaMalfa (CA)


LATE Limits the Department of Justice efforts to seek damages beyond actual damage to property, public lands and firefighting and restoration costs in states with laws limiting such damages.

LaMalfa (CA)


LATE Streamlines the U.S. Forest Service's post-wildfire efforts by including reforestation, site rehabilitation and salvage operations as eligible to be conducted as a part of suppression efforts and adds funding flexibility for such work.

McClintock (CA), McCarthy, Kevin (CA), LaMalfa (CA), Denham (CA)


LATE Waives judicial review on any timber salvage project resulting from a wildfire occurring in 2013.

McClintock (CA)


LATE REVISED Prohibits the U.S. Forest Service from removing any roads or trails unless there has been a specific decision, which included adequate and appropriate public involvement, to decommission the specific road or trail in question.

Schrader (OR)


WITHDRAWN Requires the Secretary of Agriculture, in coordination with the Secretary of the Interior, the Chief of the Forest Service, and the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, to adopt a list of guidelines for the appropriate Secretary to consider when determining if a report on a response to a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act does comply with section 4 of that Act.

Smith, Jason (MO), Luetkemeyer (MO), Long (MO)


REVISED Puts a moratorium on the use of prescribed fires in the Mark Twain National Forest until the Secretary of Agriculture submits a report to Congress on the economic impacts of these fires. The amendment does not prohibit the use of prescribed fire as part of wildfire suppression activities.