16 U.S. Code § 2206 - Emergency forest restoration program

§ 2206.
Emergency forest restoration program
(a) DefinitionsIn this section:
(1) Emergency measuresThe term “emergency measures” means those measures that—
(A) are necessary to address damage caused by a natural disaster to natural resources on nonindustrial private forest land, and the damage, if not treated—
would impair or endanger the natural resources on the land; and
would materially affect future use of the land; and
would restore forest health and forest-related resources on the land.
(2) Natural disaster

The term “natural disaster” includes wildfires, hurricanes or excessive winds, drought, ice storms or blizzards, floods, or other resource-impacting events, as determined by the Secretary.

(3) Nonindustrial private forest landThe term “nonindustrial private forest land” means rural land, as determined by the Secretary, that—
has existing tree cover (or had tree cover immediately before the natural disaster and is suitable for growing trees); and
is owned by any nonindustrial private individual, group, association, corporation, or other private legal entity, that has definitive decision-making authority over the land.
(4) Secretary

The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Agriculture.

(b) Availability of assistance

The Secretary may make payments to an owner of nonindustrial private forest land who carries out emergency measures to restore the land after the land is damaged by a natural disaster.

(c) Eligibility

To be eligible to receive a payment under subsection (b), an owner must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Secretary that the nonindustrial private forest land on which the emergency measures are carried out had tree cover immediately before the natural disaster.

(d) Cost share requirement

Payments made under subsection (b) shall not exceed 75 percent of the total cost of the emergency measures carried out by an owner of nonindustrial private forest land.

(e) Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary such funds as may be necessary to carry out this section. Amounts so appropriated shall remain available until expended.


Pub. L. 110–234 and Pub. L. 110–246 enacted identical sections. Pub. L. 110–234 was repealed by section 4(a) of Pub. L. 110–246.

Effective Date

Enactment of this section and repeal of Pub. L. 110–234 by Pub. L. 110–246 effective May 22, 2008, the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–234, see section 4 of Pub. L. 110–246, set out as a note under section 8701 of Title 7, Agriculture.


Pub. L. 110–234, title VIII, § 8203(b), May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1291, and Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title VIII, § 8203(b), June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 2052, provided that:

“Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act [June 18, 2008], the Secretary of Agriculture shall issue regulations to carry out section 407 of the Agricultural Credit Act of 1978 [16 U.S.C. 2206], as added by subsection (a).”

[Pub. L. 110–234 and Pub. L. 110–246 enacted identical provisions. Pub. L. 110–234 was repealed by section 4(a) of Pub. L. 110–246, set out as a note under section 8701 of Title 7, Agriculture.]

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