Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 104 Part 5.djvu/725

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PUBLIC LAW 101-624—NOV. 28, 1990 104 STAT. 4047 (A) any town, township, municipality, or other similar unit of general purpose local government having a population of not more than 10,000 individuals (according to the latest decennial census) that is located in a county where at least 15 percent of the total primary and secondary labor and proprietor income is derived from forestry, wood products, and forest-related industries such as recreation and tourism; or (B) any county or similar unit of general purpose local government having a population of not more than 22,550 individuals (according to the latest decennial census) in which at least 15 percent of the total primary and secondary labor and proprietor income is derived from forestry, wood products, and forest-related industries such as recreation and tourism, that is located within the boundary, or within 100 miles of the boundary, of a national forest. (4) The term "Secretary" means the Secretary of Agriculture. SEC. 2375. RURAL FORESTRY AND ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION ACTION 7 USC 6613. TEAMS. (a) REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE. —Economically disadvantaged rural communities may request assistance from the Secretary in identify- ing opportunities that will promote economic improvement and diversification and revitalization. (b) ESTABLISHMENT. —Upon request, the Secretary may establish rured forestry and economic diversification action teams to prepare an action plan to provide technical assistance to economically disadvantaged communities. The action plan shall identify opportunities to promote economic diversification and enhance local economies now dependent upon national forest resources. The action team may also identify opportunities to use value-added products and services derived from national forest resources. (c) ORGANIZATION.—The Secretary shall design and organize any action team established pursuant to subsection (b) to meet the unique needs of the requesting rural community. Each action team shall be directed by an employee of the Forest Service and may include personnel from other agencies within the Department of Agriculture, from other Federal and State departments and agencies, and from the private sector. (d) COOPERATION. — In preparing action plans, the Secretary may cooperate with State and local governments, universities, private companies, individuals, and nonprofit organizations for procurement of services determined necessary or desirable. (e) EuGiBiliTY.—The Secretary shall ensure that no substantially similar geographical or defined local area in a State receives a grant for technical assistance to an economically disadvantaged community under this chapter and a grant for assistance under a designated rural development program, as defined in section 365(b)(2) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, during any continuous five-year period. (f) APPROVAL.— After reviewing requests under this section for financial and economic feasibility and viability, the Secretary shall approve and implement in accordance with section 2376 those action plans that will achieve the purposes of this chapter.