(a) In generalThe Secretary of Agriculture shall carry out a comprehensive program to inventory, monitor, characterize, assess, and identify forest stands (with emphasis on hardwood forest stands) and potential forest stands—
on private forest land, with the consent of the owner of the land.
(b) Issues to be addressedIn carrying out the program, the Secretary shall address issues including—
early detection, identification, and assessment of environmental threats (including insect, disease, invasive species, fire, and weather-related risks and other episodic events);
degradation of the quality forest stands caused by inadequate forest regeneration practices;
management practices that focus on preventing further forest degradation.
(c) Early warning systemIn carrying out the program, the Secretary shall develop a comprehensive early warning system for potential catastrophic environmental threats to forests to increase the likelihood that forest managers will be able to—
(d) Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2004 through 2008.