Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act Law and Legal Definition

The Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act (“Act”) is a federal legislation enacted in 1978. The Act authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture (“Secretary”) to assist in establishing a number of cooperative federal, state, and local forest stewardship program for management of nonfederal forest lands, and achieving goals related to the use and protection of forest lands. Provisions relating to the Act are found under 16 USCS §§ 2101 through 2111. Pursuant the Act, the Secretary has to discharge a number of responsibilities in order to achieve the purposes of the Act. Some of these are discussed below. The Act authorizes the Secretary to provide financial, technical and related assistance to: a. Develop genetically improved tree seeds; b. Procure, produce and distribute tree seeds and trees; c. Plant tree seeds and seedlings on nonfederal forest lands; d. Develop field arboretums, greenhouses and nurseries; e. Implement measures on nonfederal forest lands to increase the quantity and improve the quality of trees and fish and wildlife habitat; and f. Protect and improve soil fertility. Additionally, the Act authorizes the Secretary to provide financial, technical, educational and related assistance to state foresters or officials and state extension directors to enable them to provide information and advice to private forest landowners and managers, vendors, forest resource operators and professionals, public agencies and individuals to carry out activities consistent with the purposes of the Act. The Act also authorizes the Secretary to develop and implement a forestry incentives program to encourage the development, management and protection of nonindustrial private forest lands.