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 Decade: 2000-2009
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Stewardship Contracting for the National Forests

Stewardship Contracting for the National Forests

Date: August 10, 2001
Creator: Gorte, Ross W.
Description: This report discusses the advantages and limitations of proposed approaches to stewardship contracting to reduce threats to national forests exacerbated by unnaturally high amounts of biomass.
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Soil and Water Conservation: An Overview

Soil and Water Conservation: An Overview

Date: April 10, 2007
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A.
Description: This report discusses soil and water conservation topics, which are prominent in discussions of policy options for the next farm bill. Two omnibus conservation proposals have been introduced (H.R. 1551 and H.R. 1600), and many interest groups continue to offer policy recommendations ranging from general concepts to specific legislative language.
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Coastal Louisiana Ecosystem Restoration After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Coastal Louisiana Ecosystem Restoration After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Date: January 24, 2007
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A.
Description: This report introduces a $1.1 billion programthat would help restore specified sites in the coastal wetland ecosystem in Louisiana and more extensive restoration options that are being discussed in the wake of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. It also discusses whether this program, if completed, might have muted the impacts of the hurricanes.
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Forest Service Accountability in Administering Its Trust Funds

Forest Service Accountability in Administering Its Trust Funds

Date: March 8, 2000
Creator: Gorte, Ross W.
Description: The USDA Forest Service has numerous permanently appropriated trust funds and special funds that provide substantial funding independent of the annual appropriations process. Critics have alleged abuse of the funds and have sought greater congressional oversight, and the General Accounting Office has testified on the agency’s management of some of these accounts. While the Administration has offered few responses to the criticisms of these funds, it has, in its FY2001 budget request, proposed creating two new trust funds and combining several existing funds into a new fund with expanded purposes. This report provides an overview of the permanently appropriated Forest Service accounts and concerns over their use and proposed alternative structures that could provide greater public and congressional oversight and control over permanently appropriated funds.
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The Specialty Metal Provision and the Berry Amendment: Issues for Congress

The Specialty Metal Provision and the Berry Amendment: Issues for Congress

Date: May 14, 2008
Creator: Grasso, Valerie Bailey
Description: This report examines the specialty metal provision which was originally part of the Berry Amendment; the potential oversight issues for Congress, and options that Congress may wish to consider. The debate over the specialty metal provision may also renew interest in the debate over the viability of other domestic source restrictions. There is congressional interest in the specialty metal provision because: (1) the specialty metal restriction affects major defense contractors who produce components for commercial airplanes; (2) some prime defense contractors as well as subcontractors on the second, third, and fourth tiers have stated that they were unable to comply with the Berry Amendment specialty metal requirement; (3) the Department of Defense (DOD) has authorized the use of waivers to purchase non-compliant items (non-compliant specialty metal are metal that do not meet the 100% domestic source requirement of the Berry Amendment); and (4) the long-term impact of the specialty metal provision on the costs of defense equipment and programs, particularly on the requirement that weapon system components be certified as made in the United States.
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Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lands and National Forests

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lands and National Forests

Date: January 20, 2006
Creator: Gorte, Ross W & Vincent, Carol Hardy
Description: The 109th Congress is considering issues related to the public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the national forests managed by the Forest Service (FS). The Administration is addressing issues through budgetary, regulatory, and other actions. Several key issues of congressional and administrative interest are covered here.
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Federal Lands Managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service (FS): Issues for the 110th Congress

Federal Lands Managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service (FS): Issues for the 110th Congress

Date: August 27, 2008
Creator: Gorte, Ross W.; Vincent, Carol Hardy; Humphries, Marc & Alexander, Kristina
Description: The report starts out with a brief overview and analysis of Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Other issues discussed briefly include roadless areas in the National Forest System, national forest planning, national forest county payments, BLM land sales, and grazing management.
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Heritage Areas: Background, Proposals, and Current Issues

Heritage Areas: Background, Proposals, and Current Issues

Date: September 5, 2008
Creator: Vincent, Carol Hardy & Whiteman, David L.
Description: This report focuses on heritage areas designated by Congress and related issues and legislation. Over more than two decades, Congress has established 40 National Heritage Areas (NHAs) to commemorate, conserve, and promote areas that include important natural, scenic, historic, cultural, and recreational resources.
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Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity

Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity

Date: July 8, 2005
Creator: Rawson, Jean M
Description: None
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The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Biological Resources

The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Biological Resources

Date: October 18, 2005
Creator: Sheikh, Pervaze A
Description: None
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Biosafety Protocol for Genetically Modified Organisms: Overview

Biosafety Protocol for Genetically Modified Organisms: Overview

Date: January 18, 2001
Creator: Segarra, Alejandro E & Fletcher, Susan R
Description: This report presents a background on Biosafety Protocol for genetically modified organisms and an overview of Biosafety Protocol negotiations, key provisions and related issues.
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Biosafety Protocol for Genetically Modified Organisms: Overview

Biosafety Protocol for Genetically Modified Organisms: Overview

Date: July 5, 2000
Creator: Segarra, Alejandro E
Description: The Biosafety Protocol to the 1992 Convention on biological Diversity, adopted in early 2000, addresses the safe handling, transfer, and trade of biological organisms. The Protocol sets forth procedures and rules concerning trade in biological products, including genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that have engendered controversy, especially when they are used as agricultural crops. These rules are of key importance to U.S. economic interests in agriculture as well as those dealing in other genetically modified organisms. This report provides a brief summary of the key provisions of the Protocol and the major issues associated with them.
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Conservation Reserve Program: Status and Current Issues

Conservation Reserve Program: Status and Current Issues

Date: January 3, 2008
Creator: Cowan, Tadlock
Description: This report discusses the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) enacted in 1985, which provides payments to farmers to take highly erodible or environmentally-sensitive cropland out of production for ten years or more to conserve soil and water resources.
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Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity

Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity

Date: January 5, 2005
Creator: Rawson, Jean M
Description: None
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Federal Land Management Agencies: Background on Land and Resource Management

Federal Land Management Agencies: Background on Land and Resource Management

Date: February 27, 2001
Creator: Hardy-Vincent, Carol; Cody, Betsy A; Corn, M. Lynne; Gorte, Ross W; Johnson, Sandra L; Whiteman, David et al.
Description: None
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Forestry in the Farm Bill

Forestry in the Farm Bill

Date: November 22, 2005
Creator: Gorte, Ross W
Description: None
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Mining on Federal Lands

Mining on Federal Lands

Date: September 10, 2002
Creator: Humphries, Marc
Description: None
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Mining on Federal Lands

Mining on Federal Lands

Date: November 6, 2002
Creator: Humphries, Marc
Description: None
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Mining on Federal Lands

Mining on Federal Lands

Date: January 10, 2003
Creator: Humphries, Marc
Description: None
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Mining on Federal Lands

Mining on Federal Lands

Date: February 27, 2003
Creator: Humphries, Marc
Description: None
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Mining on Federal Lands

Mining on Federal Lands

Date: April 3, 2003
Creator: Humphries, Marc
Description: None
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Mining on Federal Lands

Mining on Federal Lands

Date: May 27, 2003
Creator: Humphries, Marc
Description: None
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Mining on Federal Lands

Mining on Federal Lands

Date: July 3, 2003
Creator: Humphries, Marc
Description: None
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Mining on Federal Lands

Mining on Federal Lands

Date: August 21, 2003
Creator: Humphries, Marc
Description: None
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