Legislation

Official Short: Devil's Staircase Wilderness Act of 2013

Long Title: To provide for the designation of the Devil's Staircase Wilderness Area in the State of Oregon, to designate segments of Wasson and Franklin Creeks in the State of Oregon as wild rivers, and for other purposes.

Sponsors: Mr. Wyden and Mr. Merkley.

STATUS:

  • February 14, 2013:  Introduced.
  • April 22, 2013:  Reported to the Senate without amendment. S. Rept. 113-28
  • April 22, 2013:  Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar.  [Calendar No. 59]
  • June 19, 2013:--Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
  • June 20, 2013.--Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

S.352

Devil's Staircase Wilderness Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS)

S 352 IS

113th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 352

To provide for the designation of the Devil's Staircase Wilderness Area in the State of Oregon, to designate segments of Wasson and Franklin Creeks in the State of Oregon as wild rivers, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 14, 2013

Mr. WYDEN (for himself and Mr. MERKLEY) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To provide for the designation of the Devil's Staircase Wilderness Area in the State of Oregon, to designate segments of Wasson and Franklin Creeks in the State of Oregon as wild rivers, 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.

    This Act may be cited as the `Devil's Staircase Wilderness Act of 2013'.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:
      (1) MAP- The term `map' means the map entitled `Devil's Staircase Wilderness Proposal' and dated June 15, 2010.
      (2) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means--
        (A) with respect to land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Agriculture; and
        (B) with respect to land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of the Interior.
      (3) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Oregon.
      (4) WILDERNESS- The term `Wilderness' means the Devil's Staircase Wilderness designated by section 3(a).

SEC. 3. DEVIL'S STAIRCASE WILDERNESS, OREGON.

    (a) Designation- In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the approximately 30,540 acres of Forest Service land and Bureau of Land Management land in the State, as generally depicted on the map, is designated as wilderness and as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System, to be known as the `Devil's Staircase Wilderness'.
    (b) Map; Legal Description-
      (1) IN GENERAL- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall prepare a map and legal description of the Wilderness.
      (2) FORCE OF LAW- The map and legal description prepared under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary may correct clerical and typographical errors in the map and legal description.
      (3) AVAILABILITY- The map and legal description prepared under paragraph (1) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.
    (c) Administration- Subject to valid existing rights, the area designated as wilderness by this section shall be administered by the Secretary in accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), except that--
      (1) any reference in that Act to the effective date shall be considered to be a reference to the date of enactment of this Act; and
      (2) any reference in that Act to the Secretary of Agriculture shall be considered to be a reference to the Secretary that has jurisdiction over the land within the Wilderness.
    (d) Fish and Wildlife- Nothing in this section affects the jurisdiction or responsibilities of the State with respect to fish and wildlife in the State.
    (e) Adjacent Management-
      (1) IN GENERAL- Nothing in this section creates any protective perimeter or buffer zone around the Wilderness.
      (2) ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE WILDERNESS- The fact that a nonwilderness activity or use on land outside the Wilderness can be seen or heard within the Wilderness shall not preclude the activity or use outside the boundary of the Wilderness.
    (f) Protection of Tribal Rights- Nothing in this section diminishes any treaty rights of an Indian tribe.
    (g) Transfer of Administrative Jurisdiction-
      (1) IN GENERAL- Administrative jurisdiction over the approximately 49 acres of Bureau of Land Management land north of the Umpqua River in sec. 32, T. 21 S., R. 11 W, is transferred from the Bureau of Land Management to the Forest Service.
      (2) ADMINISTRATION- The Secretary shall administer the land transferred by paragraph (1) in accordance with--
        (A) the Act of March 1, 1911 (commonly known as the `Weeks Law') (16 U.S.C. 480 et seq.); and
        (B) any laws (including regulations) applicable to the National Forest System.

SEC. 4. WILD AND SCENIC RIVER DESIGNATIONS, WASSON CREEK AND FRANKLIN CREEK, OREGON.

    Section 3(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1274(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
      `(208) FRANKLIN CREEK, OREGON- The 4.5-mile segment from its headwaters to the line of angle points within sec. 8, T. 22 S., R. 10 W., shown on the survey recorded in the Official Records of Douglas County, Oregon, as M64-62, to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture as a wild river.
      `(209) WASSON CREEK, OREGON- The 10.1-mile segment in the following classes:
        `(A) The 4.2-mile segment from the eastern boundary of sec. 17, T. 21 S., R. 9 W., downstream to the western boundary of sec. 12, T. 21 S., R. 10 W., to be administered by the Secretary of the Interior as a wild river.
        `(B) The 5.9-mile segment from the western boundary of sec. 12, T. 21 S., R. 10 W., downstream to the eastern boundary of the northwest quarter of sec. 22, T. 21 S., R. 10 W., to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture as a wild river.'.