Public Land and Resource Management

Posted: Oct 15, 2010

Federal Advisory Committee Act

Congress passed the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to open up the process through which non-government groups give advice to federal agencies, Congress, and the president. Federal advisory committees play an important role in shaping public policy by providing advice on a wide array of issues, such as stem cell research, drinking water standards, space exploration, drug approvals, and federal land management...

Healthy Forests Restoration Act

The Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 significantly changed the way the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management can do fuel reduction projects to reduce the risk of catastrophic fire. In addition to specifying how special fuels reduction projects should be created and implemented, the law also promotes use of biomass and small diameter materials; creates a forest reserve program; provides technical assistance for private landowners; and addresses insect infestations and other environmental threats to healthy forests...

Federal Land Policy and Management Act

The Federal Land Policy Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) is the principal law governing how the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages public lands. It guides the BLM in management, protection, development, and enhancement of the public lands. FLPMA specifically requires the agency to manage for the multiple use and sustained yield of public land resources for both present and future generations...

National Forest Management

The U. S. Forest Service in the Department of Agriculture manages our national forests in compliance with federal laws, presidential and agency policy directives (including the agency's own rules), and legal precedents created by court cases... 

Stewardship Contracting

Stewardship End Result Contracting (stewardship contracting) is a relatively new tool that Congress gave to the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for managing and restoring federal lands. With stewardship contracting, the agency can more completely address the total ecological needs of an area by using timber sale contracts, service contracts, agreements, and new integrated resource contracts—or any combination thereof...

Farm Security and Rural Investment Act (Farm Bill)

The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2008 (the Farm Bill) is a long, complex law dealing with everything from farm loans, credit and subsidies, trade, energy, nutrition and research to rural development,forestry and agricultural conservation programs which amended the Food Security Act of 1985. Renewed every six years, the Farm Bill authorizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish and fund environmentally friendly practices on forested and non-forested agricultural land and to establish conservation reserves... 

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