The "QLG Bill" --
What it does.
Blue highlighted text are links
to S. 1028 text, indicates a link to a related QLG
The Lassen National Forest, Plumas National
Forest, and the Sierraville District of the Tahoe National
- Requires Compliance
with CASPO Guidelines.
- Must comply with the
Interim Guidelines and with subsequently issued
Final Guidelines, whichever is in effect.
- Requires Forest Service Action.
- A strategic system of defensible
on not less than 40,000 nor more than 60,000
acres per year. These are strips of
"thinning from below" fuel reduction,
each about 1/4 mile wide and containing a road
for rapid fire-fighter access (and retreat if
necessary). Their purpose is to limit the spread
of high intensity wildfire and permit safe and
effective suppression efforts against such fires.
- Group Selection and Individual Tree Selection.
Harvest of small groups of trees (generally 1 to
2 acres each) and individual trees, to achieve an
all-age, multi-story, fire resilient forest.
Group Selection on 0.57 percent
of the Project area land each year. These small openings
make possible new growth of pines, which are otherwise
shaded out by today's unnatural growth of white fir and
incense cedar on much land that originally grew mostly
Individual tree selection may
also be used in the Pilot Project.
- Riparian Restoration. A program of
riparian management, including wide protection zones and
riparian restoration projects, consistent with the SAT
guidelines (see above).
- Forest Land and Resource Management
- Initiate the process to amend
or revise the LRMPs,
including consideration of one alternative that
incorporates the Pilot Project and other aspects
of the QLG Community Stability Proposal and makes
other changes warranted by NEPA and other
- Requires an Environmental Impact Statement.
- Within 200 days of the law taking
effect, the Forest Service will complete and
issue a record of decision on an Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS) for the Pilot Project.
- Requires Reports to Congress.
- Each year during the Pilot
Project, after consulting with QLG, the
Forest Service must report on money spent, the
acres treated, the economic benefits to local
communities, revenues generated, activities
scheduled for the following year, and any adverse
- After eighteen months, the Forest
Service must start compiling a science-based
assessment of how effective the Pilot Project is,
including watershed monitoring, water release
timing, water quality and quantity over the short
and long term, and any adverse effects.
- At the end of five years, the
Forest Service must report to Congress the
results of the science-based assessment described
- Forest Service Must Obey
All Other Laws.
- Nothing exempts the Pilot
Project from any Federal environmental law.