On Wednesday, May 15th, Forest Management staff will host a listening session to familiarize Tribes and Forest Service employees with new Farm Bill provisions and other authorities that impact Tribes to hear their questions and ideas for implementation.
This listening session follows a USDA Tribal Consultation on 2018 Farm Bill Implementation, presided over by Secretary Purdue and Undersecretary Jim Hubbard on Thursday, May 2nd.
During the session, Forest Service staff will provide an overview of Title VIII of the 2018 Farm Bill with a special emphasis on:
- Farm Bill Section 8624 – Good Neighbor Authority for Tribes
- Farm Bill Section 8703 – Tribal Forest Management Demonstration Project (authorizing use of contracts entered into under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, aka “638” demos).
- Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017 (amending the Tribal Forest Protection Act of 2004 and mandating 5 tribal woody biomass projects (aka biomass demos). An FAQ on these projects is available here.
No RSVP is required. There is space for 500 participants, on a first-come-first-served basis.
When: May 15, 2019, 1:00pm – 2:30 EDT
Webinar link: https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/nfs-500/
Conference number for audio: 1-888-844-9904 + Access Code 8627155#
Additional information about the USDA event can be found at: https://www.usda.gov/our-agency/staff-offices/office-tribal-relations-otr/tribal-consultations