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Stewardship Contracting Reauthorization and Improvement Act

Stewardship Contracting Reauthorization and Improvement Act

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TH
CONGRESS1
ST
S
ESSION
 
S. 1300
To amend the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 to provide for theconduct of stewardship end result contracting projects.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
J
ULY 
16 (legislative day, J
ULY 
15), 2013Mr. F
LAKE
(for himself, Mr. M
C
C
 AIN
, Mr. C
RAPO
, Mr. R
ISCH
, and Mr.H
ELLER
) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referredto the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
A BILL
To amend the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003to provide for the conduct of stewardship end resultcontracting projects.
 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
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tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
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This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Stewardship Con-
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tracting Reauthorization and Improvement Act’’.
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S 1300 IS
SEC. 2. STEWARDSHIP END RESULT CONTRACTING
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PROJECTS.
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(a) I
N
G
ENERAL
.—Title VI of the Healthy Forests
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Restoration Act of 2003 (16 U.S.C. 6591) is amended by 
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adding at the end the following:
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‘‘SEC. 602. STEWARDSHIP END RESULT CONTRACTING
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PROJECTS.
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‘‘(a) D
EFINITIONS
.—In this section:
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‘‘(1) C
HIEF
.—The term ‘Chief’ means the Chief 
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of the Forest Service.
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‘‘(2) D
IRECTOR
.—The term ‘Director’ means
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the Director of the Bureau of Land Management.
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‘‘(b) P
ROJECTS
.—Until September 30, 2023, the
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Chief and the Director, via agreement or contract as ap-
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propriate, may enter into stewardship contracting projects
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 with private persons or other public or private entities to
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perform services to achieve land management goals for the
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national forests and the public lands that meet local and
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rural community needs.
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‘‘(c) L
 AND
M
 ANAGEMENT
G
OALS
.—The land man-
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agement goals of a project under subsection (b) may in-
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clude—
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‘‘(1) road and trail maintenance or obliteration
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to restore or maintain water quality;
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‘‘(2) soil productivity, habitat for wildlife and
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fisheries, or other resource values;
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S 1300 IS
‘‘(3) setting of prescribed fires to improve the
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composition, structure, condition, and health of 
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stands or to improve wildlife habitat;
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‘‘(4) removing vegetation or other activities to
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promote healthy forest stands, reduce fire hazards,
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or achieve other land management objectives;
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‘‘(5) watershed restoration and maintenance;
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‘‘(6) restoration and maintenance of wildlife
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and fish; or
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‘‘(7) control of noxious and exotic weeds and re-
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establishing native plant species.
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‘‘(d) A 
GREEMENTS OR
C
ONTRACTS
.—
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‘‘(1) P
ROCUREMENT PROCEDURE
.—A source
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for performance of an agreement or contract under
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subsection (b) shall be selected on a best-value basis,
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including consideration of source under other public
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and private agreements or contracts.
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‘‘(2) C
ONTRACT FOR SALE OF PROPERTY 
.—A 
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contract entered into under this section may, at the
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discretion of the Secretary of Agriculture, be consid-
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ered a contract for the sale of property under such
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terms as the Secretary may prescribe without regard
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to any other provision of law.
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‘‘(3) T
ERM
.—
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