H.R. 3685, a bill to amend the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery Act to extend and expand the scope of the pilot forest management project required by that act.

Cost Estimate
June 15, 2012

As ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on June 7, 2012

H.R. 3685 would reauthorize the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery Act through 2022. That act established a pilot project to manage lands within the Plumas, Lassen, and Tahoe National Forests in accordance with a forest management program developed by the Quincy Library Group. The bill would authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to expand that pilot program to several other national forests.

Based on information provided by the Forest Service, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would cost $60 million over the 2013-2017 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. Implementing H.R. 3685 could affect offsetting receipts (a credit against direct spending); however, any increase in receipts, which CBO estimates could total a few million dollars annually, would be contingent on future appropriations and not directly attributable to this bill. Enacting the bill would not—by itself—affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

H.R. 3685 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.