(a) Consultation and consentIn carrying out an agreement under this section, the Secretary shall—
if the activities funded under the agreement will take place on Federal land, consult with the heads of the Federal agencies having jurisdiction over the land; or
(b) Application of other laws
(c) Eligible activitiesActivities carried out under an agreement under this section may include the following:
Education, inventories and mapping, management, monitoring, methods development, and other capacity building activities, including the payment of the cost of personnel and equipment that promote control or eradication of noxious weeds.
Other activities to control or eradicate noxious weeds.
(d) Selection of activitiesActivities funded under this section shall be selected by the Secretary taking into consideration the following:
The severity of the noxious weeds problem or potential problem addressed by the activities.
The likelihood that the activity will prevent or resolve the problem, or increase knowledge about resolving similar problems.
The extent to which the activity will provide a comprehensive approach to the control or eradication of noxious weeds.
Other factors that the Secretary determines to be relevant.
(e) Regional, State, and local involvementIn determining which activities receive funding under this section, the Secretary shall, to the maximum extent practicable—
rely on technical and merit reviews provided by regional, State, or local weed management experts; and
(f) Rapid response programAt the request of the Governor of a State, the Secretary may enter into a cooperative agreement with a weed management entity in that State to enable rapid response to outbreaks of noxious weeds at a stage which rapid eradication and control is possible and to ensure eradication or immediate control of the noxious weeds if—
the economic impact of delaying action is considered by the Secretary to be substantial; and