2006 Special Session I

Budget Bill - HB5012 (Introduced)

Department of Forestry

Item 108

Item 108

First Year - FY2005Second Year - FY2006
Forest Land Management (50100)$24,053,792$25,642,796
Forestry and Reforestation Incentives (50102)FY2005 $1,564,675FY2006 $2,186,554
Forestry Operations (50103)FY2005 $19,017,177FY2006 $19,984,302
Reforestation Operations (50104)FY2005 $3,171,940FY2006 $3,171,940
Financial Assistance for Forest Land Management (50105)FY2005 $300,000FY2006 $300,000
Fund Sources:  
GeneralFY2005 $14,339,700FY2006 $15,828,704
SpecialFY2005 $7,629,297FY2006 $7,729,297
Dedicated Special RevenueFY2005 $15,000FY2006 $15,000
Federal TrustFY2005 $2,069,795FY2006 $2,069,795

Authority: Title 10.1, Chapter 11, and Title 58.1, Chapter 32, Article 4, Code of Virginia.

A. The State Forester is hereby authorized to utilize any unobligated balances in the fire suppression fund authorized by § 10.1-1124, Code of Virginia, for the purpose of acquiring replacement equipment for forestry management and protection operations.

B. In the event that budgeted amounts for forest fire suppression are insufficient to meet forest fire suppression demands, such amounts as may be necessary for this purpose may be transferred from Item 506 of this act to the Department of Forestry, with the approval of the Director of the Department of Planning and Budget.

C. This appropriation includes annual membership dues to the Southeast Interstate Forest Fire Protection Compact, $1,000 the first year and $1,000 the second year, from nongeneral funds.

D. The Department shall provide technical assistance and project supervision in the aerial spraying of herbicides on timberland on landowner property. In addition to recovering the direct cost associated with the spraying contract, the Department may charge an administrative fee for this service.

E. The Department of Forestry, in cooperation with the Department of Corrections, shall increase the use of inmate labor for routine and special work projects in state forests.

F. The Department shall report by December 15th of each year on the progress of implementing the silvicultural water quality laws in Virginia. The report shall be submitted to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees.

G. The appropriation in the Forestry and Reforestation Incentives subprogram includes $125,000 the first year and $750,000 the second year from the general fund for the Reforestation of Timberlands Program. This appropriation shall be deemed sufficient to meet the provisions of Titles 10.1 and 58.1 Code of Virginia.