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PUBLIC LAW 98-000—MMMM. DD, 1984

PUBLIC LAW 98-473—OCT. 12, 1984

98 STAT. 1859

of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry in the United States Senate and the Committee on Agriculture in the United States House of Representatives. Any appropriations or funds available to the Forest Service may be advanced to the National Forest System appropriation for the emergency rehabilitation of burned-over lands under its jurisdiction. Appropriations and funds available to the Forest Service shall be available to comply with the requirements of section 313(a) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended (33 U.S.C. 1323(a)). The appropriation structure for the Forest Service may not be altered without advance approval of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations. Funds appropriated to the Forest Service shall be available for assistance to or through the Agency for International Development and the Office of International Cooperation and Development in connection with forest and rangeland research and technical information and assistance in foreign countries. Funds previously appropriated for timber salvage sales may be recovered from receipts deposited for use by the applicable national forest and credited to the Forest Service Permanent Appropriations to be expended for timber salvage sales from any national forest. Provisions of section 702(b) of the Department of Agriculture Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 2257) shall apply to appropriations available to the Forest Service only to the extent that the proposed transfer is approved by the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations in compliance with the reprogramming procedures contained in House Report 97-942. No funds appropriated to the Forest Service shall be transferred to the Working Capital Fund of the Department of Agriculture without the approval of the Chief of the Forest Service. Notwithstanding any delegations of authority provided for in the regulations of the Department of Agriculture or in the Forest Service manual, the Chief of the Forest Service shall, personally and without aid of mechanical devices or persons acting on his behalf, execute (1) all deeds conveying federally owned land which exceeds $250,000 in value, (2) all acceptances of options on lands to be acquired which exceed $250,000 in value, (3) all recommendations that condemnation be initiated, (4) all letters accepting donations of land, (5) all decisions on appeals of decisions related to land transactions made by regional foresters, and (6) land related transmittals to the House or Senate Committees on Appropriations, including all proposals for congressional action such as the acquisition of lands in excess of the approved appraised value, condemnation actions, and other items covered in reprogramming guidelines. Not to exceed $900,000 shall be available from National Forest System appropriations or permanent appropriations for the specific purpose of removing slash and cull logs from the Bull Run, Oregon, watershed to preserve water quality and reduce fire hazards.

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