16 U.S. Code § 3772 - Definitions
In this chapter:
(1) Federal trust species
The term “Federal trust species” means migratory birds, threatened species, endangered species, interjurisdictional fish, marine mammals, and other species of concern.
(2) Habitat enhancement
(A) In general
The term “habitat enhancement” means the manipulation of the physical, chemical, or biological characteristics of a habitat to change a specific function or seral stage of the habitat.
The term “habitat enhancement” includes—
(i) an activity conducted to increase or decrease a specific function for the purpose of benefitting species, including—
(I) increasing the hydroperiod and water depth of a stream or wetland beyond what would naturally occur;
(ii) an activity conducted to shift a native plant community successional stage, including—
(I) burning an established native grass community to reduce or eliminate invading brush or exotic species;
(3) Habitat establishment
The term “habitat establishment” means the manipulation of physical, chemical, or biological characteristics of a project site to create and maintain habitat that did not previously exist on the project site, including construction of—
(4) Habitat improvement
The term “habitat improvement” means restoring, enhancing, or establishing physiographic, hydrological, or disturbance conditions necessary to establish or maintain native plant and animal communities, including periodic manipulations to maintain intended habitat conditions on completed project sites.
(5) Habitat restoration
(A) In general
The term “habitat restoration” means the manipulation of the physical, chemical, or biological characteristics of a site with the goal of returning the majority of natural functions to the lost or degraded native habitat.
The term “habitat restoration” includes—
(i) an activity conducted to return a project site, to the maximum extent practicable, to the ecological condition that existed prior to the loss or degradation, including—
(III) burning grass communities heavily invaded by exotic species to reestablish native grass and plant communities; and
(ii) if restoration of a project site to its original ecological condition is not practicable, an activity that repairs 1 or more of the original habitat functions and that involve the use of native vegetation, including—
(I) the installation of a water control structure in a swale on land isolated from overbank flooding by a major levee to simulate natural hydrological processes; and
(6) Private land
(A) In general
The term “private land” means any land that is not owned by the Federal Government or a State.
The term “project” means a project carried out under the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program established by section 3773 of this title.
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