16 U.S. Code § 2103d - Community forest and open space conservation program
In this section:
(1) Eligible entity
The term “eligible entity” means a local governmental entity, Indian tribe, or nonprofit organization that owns or acquires a parcel under the program.
(2) Indian tribe
(3) Local governmental entity
The term “local governmental entity” includes any municipal government, county government, or other local government body with jurisdiction over local land use decisions.
(4) Nonprofit organization
The term “nonprofit organization” means any organization that—
The term “Program” means the community forest and open space conservation program established under subsection (b).
The Secretary shall establish a program, to be known as the “community forest and open space conservation program”.
(c) Grant program
(1) In general
The Secretary may award grants to eligible entities to acquire private forest land,  to be owned in fee simple, that—
(B) provide public benefits to communities, including—
(iii) benefits from forest-based educational programs, including vocational education programs in forestry;
(2) Federal cost share
An eligible entity may receive a grant under the Program in an amount equal to not more than 50 percent of the cost of acquiring 1 or more parcels, as determined by the Secretary.
(3) Non-Federal share
As a condition of receipt of the grant, an eligible entity that receives a grant under the Program shall provide, in cash, donation, or in kind, a non-Federal matching share in an amount that is at least equal to the amount of the grant received.
(4) Appraisal of parcels
To determine the non-Federal share of the cost of a parcel of privately-owned forest land under paragraph (2), an eligible entity shall require appraisals of the land that comply with the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions developed by the Interagency Land Acquisition Conference.
An eligible entity that seeks to receive a grant under the Program shall submit to the State forester or equivalent official (or in the case of an Indian tribe, an equivalent official of the Indian tribe) an application that includes—
(B) a forest plan that provides—
(i) a description of community benefits to be achieved from the acquisition of the private forest land; and
(6) Effect on trust land
The Secretary shall not provide a grant under the Program for any project on land held in trust by the United States (including Indian reservations and allotment land).
(7) Applications to Secretary
The State forester or equivalent official (or in the case of an Indian tribe, an equivalent official of the Indian tribe) shall submit to the Secretary a list that includes a description of each project submitted by an eligible entity at such times and in such form as the Secretary shall prescribe.
(d) Duties of eligible entity
An eligible entity shall provide public access to, and manage, forest land acquired with a grant under this section in a manner that is consistent with the purposes for which the land was acquired under the Program.
(e) Prohibited uses
(1) In general
Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), an eligible entity that acquires a parcel under the Program shall not sell the parcel or convert the parcel to nonforest use.
(2) Reimbursement of funds
An eligible entity that sells or converts to nonforest use a parcel acquired under the Program shall pay to the Federal Government an amount equal to the greater of the current sale price, or current appraised value, of the parcel.
(f) State administration and technical assistance
The Secretary may allocate not more than 10 percent of all funds made available to carry out the Program for each fiscal year to State foresters or equivalent officials (including equivalent officials of Indian tribes) for Program administration and technical assistance.
(g) Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this section.
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Source(Pub. L. 95–313, § 7A, as added Pub. L. 110–234, title VIII, § 8003(b),May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1281, and Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title VIII, § 8003(b),June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 2043.)
Pub. L. 110–234and Pub. L. 110–246enacted identical sections. Pub. L. 110–234was repealed by section 4(a) ofPub. L. 110–246.
Enactment of this section and repeal of Pub. L. 110–234by Pub. L. 110–246effective May 22, 2008, the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–234, see section 4 ofPub. L. 110–246, set out as a note under section 8701 of Title 7, Agriculture.
Pub. L. 110–234, title VIII, § 8003(a),May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1281, and Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title VIII, § 8003(a),June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 2043, provided that: “Congress finds that—
“(1) the Forest Service projects that, by calendar year 2030, approximately 44,000,000 acres of privately-owned forest land will be developed throughout the United States;
“(2) public access to parcels of privately-owned forest land for outdoor recreational activities, including hunting, fishing, and trapping, has declined and, as a result, participation in those activities has also declined in cases in which public access is not secured;
“(3) rising rates of obesity and other public health problems relating to the inactivity of the citizens of the United States have been shown to be ameliorated by improving public access to safe and attractive areas for outdoor recreation;
“(4) in rapidly-growing communities of all sizes throughout the United States, remaining parcels of forest land play an essential role in protecting public water supplies;
“(5) forest parcels owned by local governmental entities and nonprofit organizations are providing important demonstration sites for private landowners to learn forest management techniques;
“(6) throughout the United States, communities of diverse types and sizes are deriving significant financial and community benefits from managing forest land owned by local governmental entities for timber and other forest products; and
“(7) there is an urgent need for local governmental entities to be able to leverage financial resources in order to purchase important parcels of privately-owned forest land as the parcels are offered for sale.”
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