H.R. 2921, National Forest System Vegetation Management Pilot Program Act of 2017

Bill Text
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Description
H.R. 2921, the National Forest System Vegetation Management Pilot Program Act of 2017, would authorize the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to create a pilot program to conduct limited and selective vegetation management near utility infrastructure outside of a right-of-way. To incentivize private participation it would create a separate off-right-of-way liability standard. The 10-year program – funded entirely by interested utility companies – allows vegetation management on Forest Service lands – approved by the Secretary of Agriculture – up to 75 feet beyond the utility’s right-of-way under a gross negligence standard to better protect utility infrastructure.

Sponsors
Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND-At Large) and cosponsored by 9 Members including House Agriculture Committee Reps. Collin Peterson (D-MN-7) and Tim Walz (D-MN-1)

Status
Introduced on June 15, 2017 and referred to the House Committee on Agriculture and Committee on Natural Resources. 

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