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Committee on AgricultureCommodity Exchanges, Energy, and CreditCommittee on Natural ResourcesIntroducedJune 16th, 2009
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California Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention and Community Protection Act
To address the public health and safety threat presented by the risk of catastrophic wildfire on Federal forestlands of the State of California by requiring the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to expedite forest management projects relating to hazardous fuels reduction, forest restoration, and forest health.
California Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention and Community Protection Act - Directs the Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior to carry out eligible projects on National Forest System lands and public lands, respectively, in California which are within or adjacent to at-risk communities or watersheds if the project is consistent with the applicable community wildfire protection plan or county fire plan. Requires eligible projects on such lands to be carried out in a cost-effective manner that focuses on surface, ladder, and canopy fuels reduction activities or implements forest restoration activities in response to extreme weather events or natural disasters. Requires the Secretaries to: (1) prepare an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 for each proposed eligible project; and (2) evaluate and consider an alternative recommendation if a project is or may be inconsistent with its community wildfire protection plan. Requires administrative and judicial review of eligible projects in accordance with the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003.