Introduced by Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) on August 3, 2017, this bill amends the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 to categorically exclude an authorized hazardous fuel reduction project from environmental review and public input requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) project:
involves the removal of insect-infested trees, dead or dying trees, trees presenting a threat to public safety or electrical reliability, or the removal of other hazardous fuels threatening certain infrastructure;
is conducted on federal land that is not located in the wildland-urban interface, is located within at least 1.5 miles of non-federal land, and on which conditions are determined to pose a risk to adjacent non-federal land; or
treats 10,000 acres or less of federal land that is at particular risk for wildfire, contains threatened and endangered species habitat, or provides conservation benefits to a species that is not listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, but is under consideration to be listed, or a state-listed or special concern species.
The bill does not apply to federal land that is wilderness, on which the removal of vegetation is specifically prohibited, or that is within a national monument.
For additional legislative information and to track the bill’s progress, please click HERE.