16 U.S. Code § 2206 - Emergency forest restoration program
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In this section:
(1) Emergency measures
The 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—
(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 land
The term “nonindustrial private forest land” means rural land, as determined by the Secretary, that—
(A) has existing tree cover (or had tree cover immediately before the natural disaster and is suitable for growing trees); and
(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.
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.
Source(Pub. L. 95–334, title IV, § 407, as added Pub. L. 110–234, title VIII, § 8203(a),May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1290, and Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title VIII, § 8203(a),June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 2051.)
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 L. 110–234was repealed by section 4(a) ofPub.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, § 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).”
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