State and private forest landscape-scale restoration program
The purpose of this section is to encourage collaborative, science-based restoration of priority forest landscapes.
In this section:
Nonindustrial private forest land
The term “nonindustrial private forest land” means land that—
is rural, as determined by the Secretary;
has existing tree cover or is suitable for growing trees; and
is owned by any private individual, group, association, corporation, Indian tribe, or other private legal entity.
State forest land
The term “State forest land” means land that—
is rural, as determined by the Secretary; and
is under State or local governmental ownership and considered to be non-Federal forest land.
The Secretary, in consultation with State foresters or appropriate State agencies, shall establish a competitive grant program to provide financial and technical assistance to encourage collaborative, science-based restoration of priority forest landscapes.
To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an applicant shall submit to the Secretary, through the State forester or appropriate State agency, a State and private forest landscape-scale restoration proposal based on a restoration strategy that—
is complete or substantially complete;
is for a multiyear period;
covers nonindustrial private forest land or State forest land;
is accessible by wood-processing infrastructure; and
is based on the best available science.
A State and private forest landscape-scale restoration proposal submitted under this section shall include plans—
to reduce the risk of uncharacteristic wildfires;
to improve fish and wildlife habitats, including the habitats of threatened and endangered species;
to maintain or improve water quality and watershed function;
to mitigate invasive species, insect infestation, and disease;
to improve important forest ecosystems;
to measure ecological and economic benefits, including air quality and soil quality and productivity; and
to take other relevant actions, as determined by the Secretary.
In making grants under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to plans that—
further a statewide forest assessment and resource strategy;
promote cross boundary landscape collaboration; and
leverage public and private resources.
Collaboration and consultation
The Chief of the Forest Service, the Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and relevant stakeholders shall collaborate and consult on an ongoing basis regarding—
administration of the program established under this section; and
identification of other applicable resources for landscape-scale restoration.
Matching funds required
As a condition of receiving a grant under this section, the Secretary shall require the recipient of the grant to provide funds or in-kind support from non-Federal sources in an amount that is at least equal to the amount of Federal funds.
Coordination and proximity encouraged
In making grants under this section, the Secretary may consider coordination with and proximity to other landscape-scale projects on other land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary, the Secretary of the Interior, or a Governor of a State, including under—
good neighbor authority under section 2113
of this title;
appropriate State-level programs; and
other relevant programs, as determined by the Secretary.
The Secretary shall promulgate such regulations as the Secretary determines necessary to carry out this section.
Not later than 3 years after December 20, 2018, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate a report on—
the status of development, execution, and administration of selected projects;
the accounting of program funding expenditures; and
specific accomplishments that have resulted from landscape-scale projects.
There is established in the Treasury a fund, to be known as the “State and Private Forest Landscape-Scale Restoration Fund” (referred to in this subsection as the “Fund”), to be used by the Secretary to make grants under this section.
The Fund shall consist of such amounts as are appropriated to the Fund under paragraph (3).
Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to the Fund $20,000,000 for each fiscal year beginning with the first full fiscal year after December 20, 2018, through fiscal year 2023, to remain available until expended.
[Pub. L. 95–313, § 13A], as added [Pub. L. 110–234, title VIII, § 8007], May 22, 2008, [122 Stat. 1285], and [Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a)], title VIII, § 8007, June 18, 2008, [122 Stat. 1664], 2047; amended [Pub. L. 115–334, title VIII, § 8102(a)], Dec. 20, 2018, [132 Stat. 4837].)