Nothing in subsection (a) authorizes the application of insecticides in municipal watersheds or associated riparian areas.
The Secretary may use existing peer review processes to the extent the processes comply with subparagraph (A).
The Secretary shall provide an opportunity for public comment before carrying out an applied silviculture assessment under this section.
Applied silvicultural assessment and research treatments carried out under this section on not more than 1,000 acres for an assessment or treatment may be categorically excluded from documentation in an environmental impact statement and environmental assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).
The total number of acres categorically excluded under paragraph (1) shall not exceed 250,000 acres.