House Report on this Act states:
Coquille tribal forestlands generate timber revenues that are an essential component of the Tribe's and Congress's goals of Coquille tribal self-governance. Reasonably consistent and predictable timber revenues are critical for the successful planning and management of Tribal programs, as well as providing employment for Tribal members and members of the local community, in both direct and indirect ways.
It further states the tribe is required to meet:
...additional burdens of complying with the standards and guidelines of adjacent federal lands. Essentially, adjacent federal land managers write most of the management prescriptions for the Coquille Forest. This statutory requirement negatively impacts the Tribe by reducing the land available for timber harvest from 5140 acres to 3401 acres. In addition, the linkage to other federal forestlands has invited repeated appeals and litigation against the Department of the Interior in attempts to block or severely restrict timber management on tribal forestlands. The delays and costs of these efforts adversely affect the Tribe. The problem is further compounded by the current revision of the management plan for federal lands adjacent to the Coquille Forest. If the Bureau of Land Management changes the management scheme for those adjacent lands, it could result in greater management restrictions on Coquille Forest lands.
The problems and negative impacts alluded to are repeated across all federal lands in the West. Perhaps the model provided by this legislation could be used to transfer the management of federal lands to local government. An MOA is signed with the state, a management plan approved by the feds is prepared, and then the state or local government assumes management responsibility subject to the terms of the management plan. This approach or something similar, would be far preferable, and bring more efficiency and reasonableness to the management of federal lands than any reorganization based on ecosystems.
What happens in the Coquille Forest should stay in the Coquille Forest should not apply here. Just the opposite should occur.