H.R.3701 - Ecosystem Protection Act of 2005109th Congress (2005-2006)
Summary: H.R.3701 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)
Ecosystem Protection Act of 2005 - Establishes a National Forest Ecosystem Protection Program composed of lands within existing units of the National Forest System that contain large wilderness areas as a core area and a Primitive Area extending outward from them, hereby designated Ecosystem Protection Areas.
Introduced in House (09/08/2005)
Requires the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Forest Service, to manage the wilderness areas. Requires the Secretary to promote the reestablishment or protection of animal and plant species native to the designated Ecosystem Protection Areas.
Requires the Secretary to strive to acquire private lands and mineral rights located within wilderness designated areas. Provides a voluntary grazing permit buyout program for the extinguishment of existing grazing permits on such lands.
Requires the Secretary to provide forest plan revision assessments in specified areas.
Specifies original Ecosystem Protection Areas and Primitive Areas.
Requires the Secretary to provide technical and financial assistance to enable States to acquire Ecosystem Protection Areas on State-owned lands.