March 18, 2014
As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on December 19, 2013
S. 37 would establish a pilot program to carry out watershed restoration projects and increase the area in certain national forests where tree-thinning activities would be undertaken. The bill also would add about 640,000 acres of federal lands administered by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to the National Wilderness Preservation System. Finally, the bill would designate parcels totaling about 390,000 acres of federal lands as special management areas.