There is established the Hawaii Tropical Forest Recovery Task Force (hereafter in this section referred to as the ‘Task Force’) to advise the Secretary of Agriculture with respect to tropical forests and related ecosystems in the State of Hawaii.
“(b)Action Plan.—Not later than 1 year after the date of the first meeting of the Task Force, the Task Force shall submit to the Committees, Secretaries, and Governor referred to in subsection (k) an action plan that contains findings and recommendations for rejuvenating Hawaii’s tropical forests, including findings and recommendations on—
methods of restoring the health of declining or degraded tropical forest land;
compatible uses within tropical forests, particularly agroforestry and the cultivation of scarce or valuable hardwoods and other forest products in Hawaii’s tropical forests;
actions to encourage and accelerate the identification and classification of unidentified plant, animal, and microbe species;
“(4) actions to—
promote public awareness of tropical forest preservation;
protect threatened and endangered species;
improve forest management and planning; and
promote public awareness of the harm caused by introduced species;
the benefits of fencing or other management activities for the protection of Hawaii’s native plants and animals from non-native species, including the identification and priorities for the areas where these activities are appropriate;
traditional practices, uses, and needs of native Hawaiians in tropical forests;
means of improving the health of tropical forests and related ecosystems in the State of Hawaii through programs administered by the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior;
the capability of existing Federal, State, and private forestry programs for rejuvenating Hawaii’s tropical forests; and
such other issues relating to tropical forests in Hawaii as the Task Force considers appropriate.
“(c)Composition.—The Task Force shall be composed of 12 members, of whom—
three members shall be appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, two of whom shall be representatives of the Forest Service and the Soil Conservation Service, respectively;
two members shall be appointed by the Secretary of the Interior as representatives of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service, respectively;
“(3) six members shall be appointed by the Governor of Hawaii, of whom—
two members shall be private owners of tropical forest lands;
two members shall be experts in the field of tropical forestry; and
two members shall be representatives of Hawaii conservation organizations that have demonstrated expertise in the areas of tropical forest management, habitat preservation, and alien species control or have demonstrated effective advocacy in the areas; and
one member shall be the Administrator of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, State of Hawaii, or the designated representative of the Administrator.
Appointments under this section to the Task Force shall be made not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act [Oct. 29, 1992].
The Task Force shall select a Chairperson from among its members.
A vacancy on the Task Force shall not affect its powers and shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
A member of the Task Force shall not receive compensation as a result of the performance of services for the Task Force.
The members of the Task Force shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized for employees of agencies under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5,
United States Code, while away from their homes or regular places of business in the performance of services for the Task Force.
The Task Force shall meet not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act [Oct. 29, 1992] and shall meet at the call of the Chairperson.
The Task Force shall act and advise by majority vote.
The Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior shall provide such assistance and support as are necessary to meet the objectives of the Task Force. The assistance shall include making Federal facilities, equipment, tools, and technical assistance available on such terms and conditions as the appropriate Secretary considers necessary.
“(k)Report.—The action plan required under subsection (b) shall be submitted to—
the Committees on Agriculture and Interior [now Committee on Natural Resources] of the House of Representatives;
the Committees on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate;
the Secretary of Agriculture;
the Secretary of the Interior; and
the Governor of Hawaii.
“(l)Nonapplicability of Certain Provisions of Law.—
Sections 7(d), 10(f), and 14 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2 [sic]) [5 U.S.C. App.] shall not apply to the Task Force.
The Task Force and authority to carry out this section shall terminate 180 days after submitting the report required by subsection (b).”