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251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended: Provided further, that the entire amount shall be available only to the extent an official budget request that includes designation of the entire amount of the request as an emergency requirement as defined in the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended, is transmitted by the President to the Congress.
SALARIES AND EXPENSES
For an additional amount for “Salaries and Expenses”, of the Smithsonian Institution, $10,000,000, for emergency security expenses, to remain available until expended: Provided, That the entire amount is designated by the Congress as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended: Provided further, That the entire amount shall be available only to the extent an official budget request that includes designation of the entire amount of the request as an emergency requirement as defined in the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended, is transmitted by the President to the Congress.
For an additional amount for "Construction", $2,000,000, to remain available until expended, for planning, design, and construction of an alcohol collections storage facility at the Museum Support Center: Provided, That the Congress designates the entire amount as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended: Provided further, That the entire amount shall be available only to the extent an official budget request that includes designation of the entire amount of the request as an emergency requirement as defined in the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended, is transmitted by the President to the Congress.
GENERAL PROVISIONS—THIS CHAPTER
SEC. 701. Within 10 days of enactment of this Act, funds appropriated to the Forest Service under the heading "Wildland Fire Management” in Public Law 107-63 for the following purposes: $5,000,000 for research activities and $10,000,000 for capital improvement and maintenance of fire facilities, shall be released and made available for immediate obligation. These funds are not available for transfer for purposes other than those described in this section.
SEC. 702. None of the funds appropriated in this or any other Act, except funds appropriated to the Office of Management and Budget, shall be available to study the transfer of any research activities from the Smithsonian Institution to the National Science Foundation.
16 USC 668dd note.
SEC. 703. In fiscal year 2002 and thereafter, the Secretary of the Interior may charge reasonable fees for services provided at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, including fuel sales, and retain those fees, to be credited to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, “Resource Management” account and remain available until expended for operation and maintenance of infrastructure and staffing required for non-refuge specific needs, including meeting the terms necessary for an airport operating certificate and the purchase of fuel supplies.
SEC. 704. The Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002 (Public Law 107–63), under the head "Minerals Management Service, Royalty and Offshore Minerals Management” is amended by striking the word "and" immediately following the word “points," in the sixth proviso, and by inserting immediately after the word "program" in the sixth proviso", or under its authority to transfer oil to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve,”, and by inserting at the end of the sixth proviso immediately preceding the colon, the following, "and to recover MMS transportation costs, salaries and other administrative costs directly related to filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve”.
SEC. 705. In entering into agreements with foreign countries pursuant to the Wildfire Suppression Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 1856m) the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior are authorized to enter into reciprocal agreements in which the individuals furnished under said agreements to provide wildfire services are considered, for purposes of tort liability, employees of the country receiving said services when the individuals are fighting fires. The Secretary of Agriculture or the Secretary of the Interior shall not enter into any agreement under this provision unless the foreign country (either directly or through its fire organization) agrees to assume any and all liability for the acts or omissions of American firefighters engaged in firefighting in a foreign country. When an agreement is reached for furnishing fire fighting services, the only remedies for acts or omissions committed while fighting fires shall be those provided under the laws of the host country and those remedies shall be the exclusive remedies for any claim arising out of fighting fires in a foreign country. Neither the sending country nor any organization associated with the firefighter shall be subject to any action whatsoever pertaining to or arising out of fighting fires. SEC. 706. (a) FINDINGS.-Congress finds that
(1) forest health conditions within the Beaver Park Area and the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve within the Black Hills National Forest are deteriorating and immediate action to treat these areas is in the public interest;
(2) the existing settlement agreement in Biodiversity Associates v. Laverty, Civil Action No. 99–N–2173, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado on September 12, 2000, (referred to in this Act as the “Settlement”) prevents timely action to reduce the risk of wildfire in the Beaver Park Roadless Area;
(3) pending litigation (Sierra Club v. U.S. Forest Service, Civ. No. 94-D-2273 (D. Colorado)) prevents timely action to reduce the risk of wildfire in the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve;
(4) existing administrative and legal processes cannot address the fire danger in time to enable the Secretary of Agriculture to take action to reduce the danger;
(5) immediate action to address the fire danger in an environmentally responsive manner is supported by the State, local counties, local industry users, and some environmental groups;
(6) the addition of 3,600 acres to the Black Elk Wilderness in the Black Hills National Forest is in the public interest;
(7) the State of South Dakota, Lawrence, Meade and Pennington County fire officials are encouraged to identify “fire emergency zone” areas in which public safety may require a moratorium on issuance of new building permits, and identify the changes in conditions (including the adoption of fire-safe building standards) that may be needed to end these moratoria; and
(8) the State of South Dakota is encouraged to take actions as necessary to create a defensible fuel zone within State lands south and southwest of Sturgis. (b) PURPOSES.—The purposes of this section are
(1) to authorize and direct the Secretary of Agriculture (in this section referred to as the “Secretary') to undertake actions to address promptly the risk of fire and insect infestation; and
(2) to designate an addition to the existing Black Elk Wilderness Area in the Black Hills National Forest.
(c) FIRE AND BEETLE RISK REDUCTION IN EXISTING TIMBER SALE ANALYSIS AREAS.
(1) IN GENERAL. Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary is authorized to treat additional timber within or outside the existing cutting units for the Piedmont, Kirk, Redhill, Cavern, Deadman, Danno and Vanocker timber sales and within the analysis areas for these sales as is necessary to reduce beetle infestation and fire hazard;
(2) CRITERIA.—In implementing additional treatments within the timber sale analysis areas referred to in paragraph (1), the Secretary shall use in order of priority the following criteria:
(A) Areas within 44 mile of private properties where private property owners have taken or are taking actions to treat their lands.
(B) Stands that are a fire hazard or insect infested, and are near private lands or in proximity to communities.
(C) Areas that have the highest intensity or concentration of insect infestation that will move to other areas.
(D) Stands that are a fire hazard or insect infested, and are near areas of high resource value where retaining green trees is important, such as goshawk nests, sensitive landscapes, recreation areas, and developments.
(E) Stands that are a high fire hazard or insect infested, and are within skidding distance of existing roads.
(F) Concentrations of insect infested trees.
(G) Stands with the highest density that are most susceptible to insect attack and are in close proximity to infested trees.
(3) ADDITIONAL CRITERIA.—In carrying out this subsection, the Secretary shall ensure that,
(A) any additional treatment for the Cavern, Kirk, and Piedmont sales shall comply with provisions 6c, d and e of the Settlement;
(B) any additional treatment for the Deadman and Vanocker sales, shall be consistent with the Black Hills Forest Plan, including the “Phase I Amendment"; and
(C) any additional treatment for the Redhill and Danno sales shall comply with the provisions of 7b, c, and g of the Settlement.
(4) SKID TRAILS.-Notwithstanding the Settlement, the Secretary may authorize access by skid trails to the additional treatment areas referred to in this subsection to remove or treat infested stands, except that the skid trails otherwise restricted by the settlement shall be restored to pre-existing conditions upon completion of treatment activities.
(5) COMPLETION OF TREATMENT ACTIVITIES.—The Secretary shall request timber purchasers to give priority to completing treatment within the Piedmont, Kirk, Redhill, Cavern, Deadman, Danno, and Vanocker timber sale areas to address fire issues and beetle outbreaks. (d) OTHER TREATMENTS.—
(1) BUFFER ZONES.- The Secretary is authorized to reduce risk to private property adjoining the Black Hills National Forest by treating insect infested trees, dead trees, and downed woody materials on National Forest System lands in T5N, R5E, BHM, Section 35, and T4N, R5E, BHM, Sections 1, 2 and 12 within 200 feet of adjacent private property. The treatments shall comply with the goshawk nest protections and snail protections in provisions 6c and 7g of the Settlement.
(2) ADDITIONAL TREATMENTS.—The Secretary is authorized to treat for insects and fuel reduction National Forest System lands within 14 mile of private property and other non-National Forest System lands near the community of Sturgis, and shall include, where feasible, the following locations:
(A) in T5N, R5E, BHM within 14 mile of the exterior boundary of the Black Hills National Forest in
(i) Section 35;
(v) Section 18.
(i) Section 13;
(v) Section 4.
(A) shall not enter any 30-acre area around historic or active goshawk nest sites identified in Exhibit B1 of the Settlement; and
(B) shall use best efforts to retain the largest green trees and large snags.
(4) LIMITATION.—Treatment actions outside of the Beaver Park Roadless Area authorized by subsection (c) and subsection (d)(1), (2), and (3) shall be limited to no more than 8,000
acres of National Forest System land, pending the issuance of a decision on the proposed Elk Bugs and Fuel project.
(5) FORBES GULCH.—To reduce concentrated heavy fuels, the Secretary is authorized to treat not more than 700 acres within the area identified as Forbes Gulch on the map referred to in paragraph (3). Such treatments shall not involve commercial timber sales or road construction, except that the Secretary may permit firewood cutters to remove the timber without construction of any roads. In carrying out the treatments authorized by this paragraph, the Secretary
(A) may use the Forbes Gulch unclassified road for motorized equipment and vehicles to facilitate ingress and egress of equipment and personnel and may maintain this road to minimum standards necessary for safety and resource protection;
(B) may utilize helicopters to fly in heavy equipment (such as industrial chippers and small tractors) to assist with the project;
(C) shail use best efforts to retain the largest green trees and large snags;
(D) may construct two 10-acre safety zones; and
(E) shall reduce the stand structure to no less than 40 square feet basal area per acre of live trees, if available. (e) FIRE SUPPRESSION ACCESS IN THE BEAVER PARK ROADLESS AREA.—
(1) PRE-SUPPRESSION PLAN.—The pre-suppression plan for the Beaver Park Roadless Area provided for in the Settlement may provide for actions authorized by this section, and shall be completed as soon as practicable.
(2) IMPROVED ACCESS.—The Secretary is authorized to provide for improved fire equipment access at the perimeter of the Beaver Park Roadless Area by improving classified Forest Roads 139.1, 169.1b, 169.1d, and 139.1b. Such improvements shall be the minimum necessary for crews, equipment and single axle wildfire trucks and may include removing selected trees along roads, constructing pull-outs and turn-arounds, smoothing road surfaces in rough spots, and straightening some corners.
(3) FORBES GULCH UNCLASSIFIED ROAD.—To protect public safety and reduce fire risks, the Secretary shall prohibit public access year-long on the Forbes Gulch unclassified road. The Secretary shall conduct a roads analysis process as provided in Forest Service Manual 7710 and the necessary level of analysis and documentation pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321-4347) (in this section referred to as “NEPA”) before making a decision to open to public motor vehicle use the Forbes Gulch unclassified road identified on the map entitled “Beaver Park Fuel Breaks and Fuel Treatment Areas,” dated June 11, 2002. Except as provided in subsection (d)(5) and until a decision is issued, the Secretary shall not maintain the Forbes Gulch unclassified road and shall prohibit public access on the road.
(4) HELISPOTS.—If sufficient openings for helispots are not available in the Beaver Park Roadless Area, the Secretary is authorized to construct two 5-acre helispots within the Area to transport firefighters and fire equipment into and out of the area.