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SA 4851. Mr. BARRASSO submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 3036, to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program to decrease emissions of greenhouse gases, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:


At the end of title XII, add the following:
Subtitle E--Carbon Output Reduction Plans for National Forest Land and Resource Management Areas


SEC. 1241. CARBON OUTPUT REDUCTION PLANS.
(a) Definitions.--In this section:
(1) MANAGEMENT PLAN.--The term ``management plan'' means--
(A) a National Forest management plan under--
(i) the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. 1600 et seq.); and
(ii) the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 1600 et seq.); and
(B) a resource management plan under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.).
(2) SECRETARY.--The term ``Secretary'' means--
(A) with respect to subsection (b), the Secretary of Agriculture (acting through the Chief of the Forest Service); and
(B) with respect to subsection (c) the Secretary of the Interior (acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management).
(b) National Forest Land Managed by the Secretary of Agriculture.--
(1) CARBON OUTPUT REDUCTION PLANS.--
(A) IN GENERAL.--Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, in accordance with subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall require the forest supervisor of each National Forest to amend the management plan of the National Forest under the jurisdiction of the forest supervisor to develop and carry out a carbon output reduction plan to reduce the quantity of carbon output generated by hazardous fuels and wildfires, to the maximum extent practicable, by--
(i) as of January 1, 2015, 10 percent;
(ii) as of January 1, 2020, 25 percent; and
(iii) as of January 1, 2050, 50 percent.
(B) CARBON OUTPUT BASELINE.--
(i) IN GENERAL.--In developing a carbon output reduction plan under subparagraph (A), the forest supervisor of each National Forest shall include in the carbon output reduction plan applicable to the National Forest under the jurisdiction of the forest supervisor a carbon output baseline developed in accordance with clause (ii).
(ii) BASELINE METHODOLOGY.--
(I) IN GENERAL.--In developing a carbon output baseline under clause (i), each forest supervisor of a National Forest shall base the carbon output baseline for the National Forest on the average annual quantity of carbon output generated by the National Forest during the most recent 5 calendar-year period for which data are available.
(II) PRESCRIBED BURNS AND WILDLAND FIRE USE FIRES.--In developing a carbon output baseline under clause (i), each forest supervisor of a National Forest shall not consider carbon output generated as the result of prescribed burns or wildland fire use fires in the National Forest.
(iii) USE.--Each forest supervisor of a National Forest shall use the carbon output baseline applicable to the National Forest to determine the reduction of carbon output generated by the National Forest for each calendar year.
(2) AUTHORIZED FORMS OF PAYMENT.--In carrying out a carbon output reduction plan under paragraph (1), a forest supervisor of a National Forest may enter into a contract with an appropriate individual or entity to allow the individual or entity to perform services in exchange for any form of payment authorized by the forest supervisor (including any goods-for-services contract or stewardship contract).
(c) Resource Management Areas Managed by the Secretary of the Interior.--
(1) CARBON OUTPUT REDUCTION PLANS.--
(A) IN GENERAL.--Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, in accordance with subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall require the district director of each resource management area that the Secretary determines to be extensively forested to amend the management plan of the resource management area under the jurisdiction of the district director to develop and carry out a carbon output reduction plan to reduce the quantity of carbon output generated by hazardous fuels
and wildfires, to the maximum extent practicable, by--
(i) as of January 1, 2015, 10 percent;
(ii) as of January 1, 2020, 25 percent; and
(iii) as of January 1, 2050, 50 percent.
(B) CARBON OUTPUT BASELINE.--
(i) IN GENERAL.--In developing a carbon output reduction plan under subparagraph (A), the district director of each resource management area described in subparagraph (A) shall include in the carbon output reduction plan applicable to the resource management area under the jurisdiction of the district director a carbon output baseline developed in accordance with clause (ii).
(ii) BASELINE METHODOLOGY.--
(I) IN GENERAL.--In developing a carbon output baseline under clause (i), each district director of a resource management area described in subparagraph (A) shall base the carbon output baseline for the resource management area on the average annual quantity of carbon output generated by the resource management area during the most recent 5 calendar-year period for which data are available.
(II) PRESCRIBED BURNS AND WILDLAND FIRE USE FIRES.--In developing a carbon output baseline under clause (i), each district director of a resource management area described in subparagraph (A) shall not consider carbon output generated as the result of prescribed burns or wildland fire use fires in the resource management area.
(iii) USE.--Each district director of a resource management area described in subparagraph (A) shall use the carbon output baseline applicable to the resource management area to determine the reduction of carbon output generated by the resource management area for each calendar year.
(2) AUTHORIZED FORMS OF PAYMENT.--In carrying out a carbon output reduction plan under paragraph (1), a district director of a resource management area may enter into a contract with an appropriate individual or entity to allow the individual or entity to perform services in exchange for any form of payment authorized by the district director (including any goods-for-services contract or stewardship contract).


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Jun 4, 2008.)