42 U.S. Code § 17272 - Assessment of carbon sequestration and methane and nitrous oxide emissions from ecosystems
The term “covered greenhouse gas” means carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane gas.
The term “ecosystem” means any terrestrial, freshwater aquatic, or coastal ecosystem, including an estuary.
The term “native plant species” means any noninvasive, naturally occurring plant species within an ecosystem.
In developing restoration activities under subsection (c)(2) and management strategies and adaptation strategies under subsection (c)(3), the Secretary shall emphasize the use of native plant species (including mixtures of many native plant species) for sequestering covered greenhouse gas in each ecosystem.
Not later than 1 year after December 19, 2007, the Secretary shall develop a methodology for conducting the assessment.
On completion of the assessment, the Secretary shall incorporate the results of the assessment into a web-accessible database for public use.
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $20,000,000 for the period of fiscal years 2008 through 2012.