United States Code

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§ 670a.
Cooperative plan for conservation and rehabilitation
(a)
Authority of Secretary of Defense
(1)
Program
(A)
In general

The Secretary of Defense shall carry out a program to provide for the conservation and rehabilitation of natural resources on military installations.

(B)
Integrated natural resources management plan
(i)
To facilitate the program, the Secretary of each military department shall prepare and implement an integrated natural resources management plan for each military installation in the United States under the jurisdiction of the Secretary, unless the Secretary determines that the absence of significant natural resources on a particular installation makes preparation of such a plan inappropriate.
(ii)
The Secretary of a military department may, subject to the availability of appropriations, develop and implement an integrated natural resources management plan for a State-owned National Guard installation. Such a plan shall be developed and implemented in coordination with the chief executive officer of the State in which the State-owned National Guard installation is located. Such a plan is deemed, for purposes of any other provision of law, to be for lands or other geographical areas owned or controlled by the Department of Defense, or designated for its use.
(2)
Cooperative preparation

The Secretary of a military department shall prepare each integrated natural resources management plan for which the Secretary is responsible in cooperation with the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the head of each appropriate State fish and wildlife agency for the State in which the military installation or State-owned National Guard installation concerned is located. Consistent with paragraph (4), the resulting plan for the military installation or State-owned National Guard installation shall reflect the mutual agreement of the parties concerning conservation, protection, and management of fish and wildlife resources.

(3)
Purposes of program
(A)
Consistent with the use of military installations and State-owned National Guard installations to ensure the preparedness of the Armed Forces, the Secretaries of the military departments shall carry out the program required by this subsection to provide for—
(i)
the conservation and rehabilitation of natural resources on such installations;
(ii)
the sustainable multipurpose use of the resources on such installations, which shall include hunting, fishing, trapping, and nonconsumptive uses; and
(iii)
subject to safety requirements and military security, public access to military installations to facilitate the use.
(B)
In the case of a State-owned National Guard installation, such program shall be carried out in coordination with the chief executive officer of the State in which the installation is located.
(4)
Effect on other law
Nothing in this subchapter—
(A)
(i)
affects any provision of a Federal law governing the conservation or protection of fish and wildlife resources; or
(ii)
enlarges or diminishes the responsibility and authority of any State for the protection and management of fish and resident wildlife; or
(B)
except as specifically provided in the other provisions of this section and in section 670b of this title, authorizes the Secretary of a military department to require a Federal license or permit to hunt, fish, or trap on a military installation.
(b)
Required elements of plans
Consistent with the use of military installations and State-owned National Guard installations to ensure the preparedness of the Armed Forces, each integrated natural resources management plan prepared under subsection (a)—
(1)
shall, to the extent appropriate and applicable, provide for—
(A)
fish and wildlife management, land management, forest management, and fish- and wildlife-oriented recreation;
(B)
fish and wildlife habitat enhancement or modifications;
(C)
wetland protection, enhancement, and restoration, where necessary for support of fish, wildlife, or plants;
(D)
integration of, and consistency among, the various activities conducted under the plan;
(E)
establishment of specific natural resource management goals and objectives and time frames for proposed action;
(F)
sustainable use by the public of natural resources to the extent that the use is not inconsistent with the needs of fish and wildlife resources;
(G)
public access to the installation that is necessary or appropriate for the use described in subparagraph (F), subject to requirements necessary to ensure safety and military security;
(H)
enforcement of applicable natural resource laws (including regulations);
(I)
no net loss in the capability of installation lands to support the military mission of the installation; and
(J)
such other activities as the Secretary of the military department determines appropriate;
(2)
must be reviewed as to operation and effect by the parties thereto on a regular basis, but not less often than every 5 years; and
(3)
may, in the case of a military installation, stipulate the issuance of special State hunting and fishing permits to individuals and require payment of nominal fees therefor, which fees shall be utilized for the protection, conservation, and management of fish and wildlife, including habitat improvement and related activities in accordance with the integrated natural resources management plan; except that—
(A)
the Commanding Officer of the installation or persons designated by that Officer are authorized to enforce such special hunting and fishing permits and to collect, spend, administer, and account for fees for the permits, acting as agent or agents for the State if the integrated natural resources management plan so provides, and
(B)
the fees collected under this paragraph may not be expended with respect to other than the military installation on which collected, unless the military installation is subsequently closed, in which case the fees may be transferred to another military installation to be used for the same purposes.
(c)
Prohibitions on sale and lease of lands unless effects compatible with plan
After an integrated natural resources management plan is agreed to under subsection (a)—
(1)
no sale of land, or forest products from land, that is within a military installation covered by that plan may be made under section 2665(a) or (b) of title 10; and
(2)
no leasing of land that is within the installation may be made under section 2667 of such title 10;
unless the effects of that sale or leasing are compatible with the purposes of the plan.
(d)
Implementation and enforcement of integrated natural resources management plans
With regard to the implementation and enforcement of integrated natural resources management plans agreed to under subsection (a)—
(1)
neither Office of Management and Budget Circular A–76 nor any successor circular thereto applies to the procurement of services that are necessary for that implementation and enforcement; and
(2)
priority shall be given to the entering into of contracts for the procurement of such implementation and enforcement services with Federal and State agencies having responsibility for the conservation or management of fish or wildlife.
(e)
Applicability of other laws

Integrated natural resources management plans agreed to under the authority of this section and section 670b of this title shall not be deemed to be, nor treated as, cooperative agreements to which chapter 63 of title 31 applies.

(f)
Reviews and reports
(1)
Secretary of Defense
Not later than March 1 of each year, the Secretary of Defense shall review the extent to which integrated natural resources management plans were prepared or were in effect and implemented in accordance with this subchapter in the preceding year, and submit a report on the findings of the review to the committees. Each report shall include—
(A)
the number of integrated natural resources management plans in effect in the year covered by the report, including the date on which each plan was issued in final form or most recently revised;
(B)
the amounts expended on conservation activities conducted pursuant to the plans in the year covered by the report; and
(C)
an assessment of the extent to which the plans comply with this subchapter.
(2)
Secretary of the Interior

Not later than March 1 of each year and in consultation with the heads of State fish and wildlife agencies, the Secretary of the Interior shall submit a report to the committees on the amounts expended by the Department of the Interior and the State fish and wildlife agencies in the year covered by the report on conservation activities conducted pursuant to integrated natural resources management plans.

(3)
“Committees” defined
In this subsection, the term “committees” means—
(A)
the Committee on Resources and the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives; and
(B)
the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate.
(g)
Pilot program for invasive species management for military installations in Guam
(1)
Inclusion of invasive species management
During fiscal years 2009 through 2014, the Secretary of Defense shall, to the extent practicable and conducive to military readiness, incorporate in integrated natural resources management plans for military installations in Guam the management, control, and eradication of invasive species—
(A)
that are not native to the ecosystem of the military installation; and
(B)
the introduction of which cause or may cause harm to military readiness, the environment, or human health and safety.
(2)
Consultation

The Secretary of Defense shall carry out this subsection in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior.

(Pub. L. 86–797, title I, § 101, formerly § 1, Sept. 15, 1960, 74 Stat. 1052; renumbered title I, § 101, and amended Pub. L. 93–452, §§ 1(1), 3(1), (2), Oct. 18, 1974, 88 Stat. 1369, 1375; Pub. L. 97–396, § 1, Dec. 31, 1982, 96 Stat. 2005; Pub. L. 99–561, § 3(a)(1), Oct. 27, 1986, 100 Stat. 3150; Pub. L. 105–85, div. B, title XXIX, §§ 2904(a)–(b)(4), (c), 2906, 2907, 2913(2)–(4), Nov. 18, 1997, 111 Stat. 2017, 2018, 2020, 2022; Pub. L. 106–65, div. A, title X, § 1067(19), Oct. 5, 1999, 113 Stat. 775; Pub. L. 108–136, div. A, title III, § 311(c)(1), Nov. 24, 2003, 117 Stat. 1429; Pub. L. 111–84, div. A, title III, § 314, Oct. 28, 2009, 123 Stat. 2248; Pub. L. 112–81, div. A, title III, § 312(a)(2), (b)(1), Dec. 31, 2011, 125 Stat. 1352, 1353.)
cite as: 16 USC 670a