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PUBLIC LAW 101-630—NOV. 28, 1990 104 STAT. 4539 (A) for the determination of Indian tribes eligible for such support, (B) for the provision of levels of assistance for the forestry programs of such tribes, and (C) the allocation of base support funds to such tribes under the program established pursuant to subsection (a). (2) The formula established pursuant to this subsection shall provide funding necessary to support— (A) one professional forester, including fringe benefits and support costs, for each eligible tribe, and (B) one additional professional forester or forest technician, including fringe benefits and support costs, for each level of assistance for which an eligible Indian tribe qualifies. (3) In any fiscal year that appropriations are not sufficient to fully fund tribal forestry programs at each level of assistance under the formula required to be established in this section, available funds for each level of assistance shall be evenly divided among the tribes qualifying for that level of assistance. SEC. 312. ASSESSMENT OF INDIAN FOREST LAND AND MANAGEMENT 25 USC 3111. PROGRAMS. (a) INITIAL ASSESSMENT. —(1) Within 1 year after the date of Government enactment of this title, the Secretary, in consultation with affected contracts. Indian tribes, shall enter into a contract with a non-Federal entity knowledgeable in forest management practices on Federal and private lands to conduct an independent assessment of Indian forest lands and Indian forest land management practices. (2) Such assessment shall be national in scope and shall include— (A) an in-depth analysis of management practices on, and the level of funding for, specific Indian forest land compared with similar Federal and private forest lands, (B) a survey of the condition of Indian forest lands, including health and productivity levels, (C) an evaluation of the staffing patterns of forestry organizations of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and of Indian tribes, (D) an evaluation of procedures employed in timber sales administration, including preparation, field supervision, and accountability for proceeds, (E) an analysis of the potential for reducing or eliminating relevant administrative procedures, rules and policies of the Bureau of Indi£m Affairs consistent with the Federal trust responsibility, (F) a comprehensive review of the adequacy of Indian forest land management plans, including their compatibility with applicable tribal integrated resource management plans and their ability to meet tribal needs and priorities, (G) an evaluation of the feasibility and desirability of establishing minimum standards against which the adequacy of the forestry programs of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in fulfilling its trust responsibility to Indian tribes can be measured, and (H) a recommendation of any reforms and increased funding levels necessary to bring Indian forest land management programs to a state-of-the-art condition. (3) Such assessment shall include specific examples and comparisons from each of the regions of the United States where Indian forest lands are located.