H.R.2789 - National Forest Protection and Restoration Act of 1997105th Congress (1997-1998)
Summary: H.R.2789 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)
Introduced in House (10/31/1997)
National Forest Protection and Restoration Act of 1997 - 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. Authorizes appropriations.
Directs the Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior to each establish a National Heritage Restoration Corps to restore such lands to their natural pre-logging condition.
Provides for worker retraining of eligible persons whose jobs have been lost due to terminated timber and logging contracts. Directs the Secretary of Labor to make training grants, including grants for job search and relocation.
Sets forth fund allocation provisions, including amounts for an Environmental Protection Agency investigation of non-wood paper and construction alternatives.