16 U.S. Code § 4502a - Tropical forestry research and assistance
To promote sound management and conservation of tropical forests of the United States and to promote the development and transfer of technical, managerial, educational, and administrative skills to managers of tropical forests within or outside the United States, the Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to provide assistance through the Forest Service to eligible entities in States with tropical forests to—
(1) develop, promote, and demonstrate sustainable harvesting of native woods and other forest products on a sustainable yield basis in balance with natural resource conservation;
(3) protect indigenous plant and animal species and essential watersheds from non-native animals, plants, and pathogens;
(5) establish a monitoring system in tropical forests to identify baseline conditions and determine detrimental changes or improvements over time;
(6) detect and appraise stresses affecting tropical forests caused by insect infestations, diseases, pollution, fire, and non-native animal and plant species, and by the influence of people;
(7) determine the causes of changes that are detected through experimentation, intensive monitoring, and data collection at affected tropical forest sites; and
(b) Form of assistance
Assistance provided to eligible entities under this section may be in the form of grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements.
As used in this section:
(1) Eligible entity
The term “eligible entity” means a State forester or equivalent State official, State, political subdivision of a State, Federal agency, private organization, corporation, or other private person.
Source(Pub. L. 102–574, § 3,Oct. 29, 1992, 106 Stat. 4596.)
References in Text
For Oct. 1, 1994, as the date the Compact of Free Association with the Republic of Palau enters into effect, referred to in subsec. (c)(2), see Proc. No. 6726, Sept. 27, 1994, 59 F.R. 49777, set out as a note under section 1931 of Title 48, Territories and Insular Possessions.
Section was enacted as part of the Hawaii Tropical Forest Recovery Act, and not as part of the International Forestry Cooperation Act of 1990 which comprises this chapter.
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