Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: prohibiting commercial logging on Federal public lands
Source: National Forest Protection and Restoration Act (H.R.1494)
PROPOSED FINDINGS: Congress finds the following:
Forest Service polls show that a strong majority of the American people think that natural resources on Federal public lands should not be made available to produce consumer goods.
Recreation and tourism in the National Forest System creates over 30 times more jobs, and generates over 30 times more income, than commercial logging on national forests.
Timber cut from Federal public lands comprises less than 5% of US annual timber consumption.
The vast majority of America's original pristine forests have been logged, and what little primary forest that remains exists almost entirely on public lands.
It is in the interests of the American people and the international community to protect and restore native biodiversity in our Federal public lands for its inherent benefits.
Commercial logging has many indirect costs which are very significant, but not easily measured, such as flooding damage, damage to
the salmon fishing industry; and harm to the recreation and tourism industries.
EXCERPTS OF BILL:
Prohibits commercial logging and timber sales (with specified exceptions) on Federal public lands, with a two-year phase-out for existing contracts.
Provides for payment of relinquished contracts.
Establishes a National Heritage Restoration Corps to restore (and monitor) such lands to their natural pre-logging condition.
Sets forth provisions respecting forest fire and hazardous fuel reduction.
Provides for worker retraining of eligible persons whose jobs have been lost due to terminated timber and logging contracts.
Sets forth fund allocation provisions, including amounts for an Environmental Protection Agency investigation of non-wood paper and construction alternatives.
LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to House Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness; never came to a vote.
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