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CITE

    16 USC Sec. 551                                             01/05/2009

EXPCITE

    TITLE 16 - CONSERVATION
    CHAPTER 3 - FORESTS; FOREST SERVICE; REFORESTATION; MANAGEMENT
    SUBCHAPTER I - GENERAL PROVISIONS

HEAD

    Sec. 551. Protection of national forests; rules and regulations

STATUTE

      The Secretary of Agriculture shall make provisions for the
    protection against destruction by fire and depredations upon the
    public forests and national forests which may have been set aside
    or which may be hereafter set aside under the provisions of section
    471 (!1) of this title, and which may be continued; and he may make
    such rules and regulations and establish such service as will
    insure the objects of such reservations, namely, to regulate their
    occupancy and use and to preserve the forests thereon from
    destruction; and any violation of the provisions of this section,
    sections 473 to 478 and 479 to 482 of this title or such rules and
    regulations shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500 or
    imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. Any person
    charged with the violation of such rules and regulations may be
    tried and sentenced by any United States magistrate judge specially
    designated for that purpose by the court by which he was appointed,
    in the same manner and subject to the same conditions as provided
    for in section 3401(b) to (e) of title 18.

SOURCE

    (June 4, 1897, ch. 2, Sec. 1, 30 Stat. 35; Feb. 1, 1905, ch. 288,
    Sec. 1, 33 Stat. 628; Pub. L. 87-869, Sec. 6, Oct. 23, 1962, 76
    Stat. 1157; Pub. L. 88-537, Aug. 31, 1964, 78 Stat. 745; Pub. L. 90-
    578, title IV, Sec. 402(b)(2), Oct. 17, 1968, 82 Stat. 1118; Pub.
    L. 101-650, title III, Sec. 321, Dec. 1, 1990, 104 Stat. 5117.)
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