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Presidentís FY 2007 Budget Proposal for the Forest Service - Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act Extension

Amendment to Extend the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act

The President’s FY 2007 Budget for the Forest Service includes a legislative proposal that would reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 to allow payments under the Act to continue for an additional five years. This proposal underscores the President’s commitment to states and counties which have been impacted by the ongoing reduction in receipts primarily due to lower timber harvest levels on Federal lands.

To provide a funding basis for an extension of the Secure Rural Schools Act, the President’s proposal authorizes the sale of certain parcels of National Forest System Lands. Lands that are potentially eligible for this proposal have been identified. For information on the land sale proposal, including a list and maps, click here.

The extension of the Secure Rural Schools Act would provide affected states and counties a short-term safety net of payments which will be adjusted downward overtime and eventually phased out. For a description of the Secure Rural Schools program click here.

A Federal Register notice requesting comments on the lands identified as potentially eligible for sale is now available.


USDA Forest Service Accepting Public Comments On Potential List Of Eligible Tracts Of Land For Sale


Briefings

Media Briefing on Regarding Secure School Rules Funding Authorization
Mark Rey, Mar. 29, 2006
(mp3 | 27mb) (transcript | PDF)


Media Briefing on limited land sales to support reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000
Mark Rey, Mar. 16, 2006
(mp3 |26mb) (transcript | PDF)


Media Briefing on Payments to States Legislative Proposal
Mark Rey, Feb. 28, 2006
(mp3 | 31mb) (transcript | PDF)


Related News

Forest Service Extends Public Comment Period for Secure Rural Schools Proposal
(Mar. 29, 2006)


USDA Forest Service Accepting Public Comments On Potential List Of Eligible Tracts Of Land For Sale
(Feb. 28, 2006)


President's FY 2007 Budget Advances Goals of Healthy Forests Initiative and Meets Targets of the Northwest Forest Plan (Feb. 6, 2006) Background Information


Frequently Asked Questions:

Question: How Can I comment on this proposal?

Response: A Federal Register notice requesting comments on the lands identified as potentially eligible for sale will be published by the end of February. Once published, a 30-day comment period will provide an opportunity for anyone who wishes to provide input on the proposed authorization to sell certain land parcels or to comment on specific lands identified as eligible for conveyance. Comments will be accepted either by mail, fax, or e-mail. Detailed information about how to submit remarks will be included in the Federal Register notice (which will be available to be accessed through this website). All comments will be read and fully considered as the process goes forward.

Question: If this proposal were to be enacted how would the land sales occur?

Response: Since the Forest Service has very limited authority to sell parcels of National Forest System land (Small Tracts Act, Townsite Act, Forest Service Facility Realignment and Enhancement Act), Congress would have to pass, and the President would have to sign, legislation to enact an authority for general land conveyances of this nature. For general information on current land sales policies and procedures click here.

Question: Where can I find a map of the land parcels?

Answer: Maps showing the locations of the land parcels will be available on the website listing the potentially eligible land parcels during the 30 day comment period after the proposal is published in the Federal Register.

Lands Potentially Eligible for Sale by State and National Forest (the list and maps)

Question: What criteria were used to select lands that are potentially eligible for this proposal?

Answer: These parcels meet criteria identified in existing Forest Land Management plans as potentially suitable for conveyance. Many of these lands are isolated from other contiguous National Forest System lands, and because of their location, size or configuration are not efficient to manage as a component of the National Forest system. Isolated tracts can be expensive to manage because of boundary management and encroachment resolution costs.



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