Legislation

Apr 09 2013

H. R. 1411

Official Short: California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2013

Long Title: To include the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands in the California Coastal National Monument as a part of the National Landscape Conservation System, and for other purposes.

Sponsors: Mr. Huffman, et. al.

STATUS:

  • April 9, 2013.--Introduced.
  • July 8, 2013.--Reported to the House, amended by the House Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-139.
  • July 22, 2013.--Passed House, amended. (voice vote)
  • July 23, 2013.--Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

H.R.1411

California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2013 (Referred in Senate - RFS)

HR 1411 RFS

113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1411
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 23, 2013

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


AN ACT

To include the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands in the California Coastal National Monument as a part of the National Landscape Conservation System, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; DEFINITIONS.

    (a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2013'.
    (b) Definitions- In this Act:
      (1) MAP- The term `map' means the map created by the Bureau of Land Management, entitled `California Coastal National Monument Addition' and dated September 15, 2012.
      (2) MONUMENT- The term `Monument' means the California Coastal National Monument established by Presidential Proclamation 7264.
      (3) POINT ARENA-STORNETTA PUBLIC LANDS- The term `Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands' means the Federal land comprising approximately 1,255 acres in Mendocino County, California, as generally depicted on the map.
      (4) PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION 7264- The term `Presidential Proclamation 7264' means Presidential Proclamation Number 7264, dated January 11, 2000 (65 Fed. Reg. 2821).
      (5) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior.

SEC. 2. PURPOSE.

    The purpose of this Act is to protect, conserve, and enhance for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations the unique and nationally important historical, natural, cultural, scientific, educational, scenic, economic and recreational values of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, while allowing certain recreational, research and traditional ecomomic activities or uses, such as grazing, to continue.

SEC. 3. EXPANSION OF CALIFORNIA COASTAL NATIONAL MONUMENT.

    (a) In General- The boundary of the Monument established by Presidential Proclamation 7264 is expanded to include the Federal land shown on the map.
    (b) Map and Legal Description-
      (1) IN GENERAL- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall file with the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives a map and boundary description of land added to the Monument by this Act.
      (2) FORCE AND EFFECT- The map and boundary description filed under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary may correct any minor errors in the map and boundary descriptions.
      (3) AVAILABILITY OF MAP AND BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION- The map and boundary description filed under paragraph (1) shall be on file and available for public inspection in appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management.

SEC. 4. ADMINISTRATION.

    (a) In General- The Secretary shall manage the land added to the Monument by this Act--
      (1) as a part of the Monument; and
      (2) in accordance with Presidential Proclamation 7264, except that--
        (A) traditional economic activities and existing uses, such as grazing and the maintenance of existing structures that are used for grazing, shall not be restricted; and
        (B) lands and interests in land within the proposed land addition not owned by the United States shall not be part of the monument and the future acquisition of those lands and interests in lands by the United States may occur only through donation or exchange with the written consent of the landowner.
    (b) Management Plan-
      (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall finalize an amendment to the Monument management plan for the long-term protection and management of the land added to the Monument by this Act.
      (2) REQUIREMENTS- The plan amendment shall--
        (A) be developed with an opportunity for full public participation; and
        (B) describe the appropriate uses and management of the land consistent with this Act.
    (c) Motorized and Mechanized Transport- Except as needed for emergency or authorized administrative purposes, the use of motorized and mechanized vehicles in the Monument shall be permitted only on roads and trails designated for that use.
    (d) Incorporation of Land and Interests-
      (1) AUTHORITY- The Secretary may acquire non-Federal land or interests in land within or adjacent to the land added to the Monument by this Act only through exchange, or donation with the written consent of the landowner, and such non-Federal land shall not be included within the boundaries of the Monument absent written consent of the landowner.
      (2) MANAGEMENT- Any land or interests in land within or adjacent to the land added to the Monument by this Act acquired by the United States after the date of enactment of this Act shall be added to and administered as part of the Monument.
      (3) ACCESS TO PRIVATE PROPERTY- The addition of lands under this Act to the Monument may not result in a lack of or restricted access by motorized vehicle to any non-Federal lands within the Monument.
    (e) Overflights- Nothing in this Act--
      (1) restricts or precludes overflights, including low-level overflights or military, commercial, and general aviation overflights that can be seen or heard within the land added to the Monument by this Act;
      (2) restricts or precludes the designation or creation of new units of special use airspace or the establishment of military flight training routes over the land added to the Monument by this Act; or
      (3) modifies regulations governing low-level overflights above the adjacent Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
    (f) Law Enforcement- Nothing in this Act effects the law enforcement authorities of the Department of Homeland Security.
    (g) Native American Uses- Nothing in this Act enlarges, diminishes, or modifies the rights of any Indian tribe or Indian religious community.
    (h) Buffer Zones-
      (1) IN GENERAL- The expansion of the Monument is not intended to lead to the establishment of protective perimeters or buffer zones around the land included in the Monument by this Act.
      (2) ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE MONUMENT- The fact that activities outside the Monument can be seen or heard within the land added to the Monument by this Act shall not, of itself, preclude those activities or uses up to the boundary of the Monument.
    (i) Grazing- Nothing in this Act affects the grazing of livestock and the maintenance of existing structures that are used for grazing within the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands or the Monument.
    (j) National Landscape Conservation System- The Secretary shall manage the Monument as part of the National Landscape Conservation System.

Passed the House of Representatives July 22, 2013.

Attest:

KAREN L. HAAS,

Clerk.