To respond to the extreme fire hazard and unsafe conditions resulting from pine beetle infestation, drought, disease, or storm damage by declaring a state of emergency and directing the Secretary of Agriculture to immediately implement hazardous fuels reduction projects in the manner provided in title I of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``National Forest Emergency Response Act''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds that-- (1) forest health and human safety in certain national forests have deteriorated dangerously due to pine beetle infestation, disease, storm damage, and drought; and (2) the resulting fire hazard in those national forests endangers adjacent communities, ranches, State parks, and several units of the National Park System and poses a significant threat to the economic stability of surrounding areas and the health, safety, and well-being of residents and visitors to those areas.
SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.
In this Act: (1) Designated national forest.--The term ``designated national forest'' means a national forest designated by the Secretary under section 4(b). (2) Emergency circumstances.--The term ``emergency circumstances'' has the meaning given the term in section 1506.11 of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations (or a successor regulation). (3) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of Agriculture.
SEC. 4. DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY AND SELECTION OF PILOT PROJECT NATIONAL FORESTS.
(a) In General.--In recognition of deteriorating forest health...