Digest of Federal Resource Laws of Interest to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Forest Service Authorities
Forest Service Authorities: some of the laws governing the operations and activities of the
Forest Service, a bureau of the Department of Agriculture, are also of interest to the Service:
- The National Forest Management Act of 1976, which extensively amended the
Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16
U.S.C. 1600 et seq.), and
which constitutes the "organic act" for the Forest Service.
- The Multiple Use Sustained Yield Act of 1960 (16
U.S.C. 528 et seq.)
established purposes for the Forest System, including outdoor recreation, range, timber,
watershed and fish and wildlife.
- The Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act (16
U.S.C. 2100 et seq.), authorizes
the Secretary of Agriculture to cooperate on forest management issues with non-Federal forest
Various other laws and authorities for the Forest Service are codified at 16
U.S.C. sections 471 through 573.
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