S.2463 - Timber Research, Education, and Enhancement Act of 1990101st Congress (1989-1990)
Summary: S.2463 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)
Introduced in Senate (04/19/1990)
Timber Research, Education, and Enhancement Act of 1990 - Title I: Research and Education - Subtitle A: General Research Programs - Expresses the sense of the Congress reaffirming the importance of the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Act.
Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish: (1) a competitive forestry, natural resources, and environmental grant program; and (2) a genetic tree improvement research grant program. Authorizes appropriations.
Subtitle B: Southern Forest Productivity and Regeneration - Directs the Secretary to: (1) continue the Southern Forest Productivity Program; and (2) establish research grants under such Program.
Directs the Secretary to establish a Southern Forest Regeneration Center to study forest regeneration problems in the South. Authorizes other such programs or a related comprehensive national program.
Subtitle C: Education - Amends the Renewable Resources Extension Act of 1978 to direct the Secretary to expand forestry and natural resources education programs.
Amends the Forest Rangeland and Renewable Resources Research Act of 1978 to direct the Secretary to establish: (1) the forestry student grant program to expand the professional education of forestry, natural resources, and environmental scientists; and (2) the international forestry education grant program. Authorizes appropriations.
Title II: Forestry Enhancement and Technical Assistance - Amends the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 to direct the Secretary to establish forest stewardship on nonindustrial private forest lands by assisting owners to more actively manage their forest and related resources. Authorizes appropriations.
Title III: Urban Forestry - Amends the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act to direct the Secretary to: (1) implement a program of education and technical assistance for urban forest resources; (2) establish an urban and community forestry cost share program; and (3) establish a National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council.
Title IV: Economic Development Through Forestry - Amends the Food Security Act of 1985 and the Food for Peace Act of 1966 to direct the Secretary to provide short term export credit guarantees and assistance with respect to wood and processed wood products under the same conditions that apply to other agricultural products.
Directs the Secretary to establish: (1) global economic and international marketing education programs for forest-dependent rural communities; and (2) educational programs to assist business and policymakers in creating environmentally consistent economic development programs.
Directs the Secretary to establish within the Forest Service a program of forest resource and related business assistance to State and local organizations, including: (1) training; (2) financial and technical assistance; and (3) technology information. Establishes in the Treasury a loan fund for such program.
Directs the Secretary to establish a program of rural revitalization cost sharing partnerships with rural communities and rural development entities.
Title V: Forest Protection - Subtitle A: Fire Protection - Amends the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 to authorize the Secretary to provide matching financial, technical, and related assistance to State foresters or officials for mobilization activities. Authorizes appropriations.
Subtitle B: Pest Protection and Forest Health - Amends the Cooperative Forestry Act of 1978 to authorize the Secretary to use Forest Service appropriations to assist State or private entities in the emergency suppression of forest pests, including the gypsy moth.
Expresses the sense of the Congress that the Forest Service should expand its forest monitoring to all lands within the United States and its territories and possessions.
Subtitle C: Emergency Reforestation Program - Authorizes the Secretary to develop within the Forest Service an emergency cost sharing reforestation program for disaster-damaged timber lands. Authorizes appropriations.