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(a) National forest receipts program money for Title III projects may be used by a municipality or regional educational attendance area for one or more of the following purposes:
(1) reimbursement for search-and-rescue, fire-fighting, and other emergency services performed on federal lands and paid for by the municipality or regional educational attendance area;
(2) reimbursement for all or part of the costs incurred by the municipality or regional educational attendance area to pay the salaries and benefits of its employees who supervise adults or juveniles performing mandatory community service on federal lands;
(3) acquisition of easements on a willing-seller basis to provide for
(A) non-motorized access to public lands for hunting, fishing, and other recreational purposes; or
(B) conservation easements;
(4) establishing or conducting forest-related after-school programs;
(5) education of homeowners in fire-sensitive ecosystems about the consequences of wildfires and techniques in home siting, home construction, and home landscaping that can increase the protection of people and property from wildfires;
(6) planning efforts to reduce or mitigate the impact of development on adjacent federal lands and to increase the protection of people and property from wildfires.
(b) Before spending national forest receipts program money on a Title III project for a purpose set out in (a) of this section, the municipality or regional educational attendance area must give public notice of the proposed Title III project and provide for a minimum 45-day public comment period.
(c) For purposes of (b) of this section public notice must consist of
(1) publication of a description of the proposed Title III project, at least one time, in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality or regional educational attendance area; or
(2) posting of a description of the proposed Title III project in at least three public and prominent locations within the boundaries of the municipality or regional educational attendance area.
(d) After public notice under (b) and (c) of this section and the end of the 45-day public comment period, the municipality or regional educational attendance area may change the proposed Title III project based on comments received, or may carry out the project as described in the public notice.
History: Eff. 1/6/2005, Register 173
Authority: AS 41.15.180
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