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In a brief business meeting, with a unanimous voice vote, Senate Energy Committee today reported 26 bills, mostly regarding new protections for wilderness areas, historic sites, national parks, forests, rivers and trails, public lands and water resources.  These bills are now eligible for consideration by the full Senate.  Amendments are attached, here are the bills:

S. 553, to revise the authorized route of the North Country Scenic Trail in Minnesota to include trails along Lake Superior and in the Superior and Chippewa national forests.

S. 1017, to reauthorize the Cane River National Heritage Area Commission and expand the boundaries of the Cane River National Heritage Area in Louisiana .

 S. 1018, to authorize the Interior secretary to enter into an agreement with Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., to construct a curatorial center for the use of Cane River Creole National Historical Park , the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and the university.

 S. 1080, which concerns the C.C. Cragin Dam and Reservoir project in Arizona . The bill aims to resolve disputes between the Interior and Agriculture departments over road access and responsibility for the dam, reservoir and 11.5-mile utility corridor at the site.

 S. 1270, to expand the Oregon Caves National Monument to include more than 4,000 acres of the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest , transferring management responsibility for the land from the Forest Service to the National Park Service.

 S. 1272, to designate the Devil's Staircase in Oregon as federally protected wilderness, banning logging or road development. The proposed area includes land from both the Forest Service and BLM, and representatives from both agencies said the land's characteristics made it ideal for the designation.

 S. 1629, to authorize Interior to conduct a special resource study of the archaeological site and surrounding land of the New Philadelphia town site in Illinois .

 S. 1719, to convey about two acres of national forest land to the town of Alta, Utah .

 S. 1787, to extend the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act.

 S. 2722, to authorize Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of adding the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming as a national park. Heart Mountain was one of the facilities where Japanese-Americans were detained during the war.

 S. 2726, to modify the boundary of the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in South Dakota .

 S. 2738, to authorize National Mall Liberty Fund D.C. to establish a memorial on federal land in the District of Columbia to honor slaves and free blacks who served as soldiers or provided civilian assistance during the American Revolution.

 S. 2830, to guarantee the right of states to use certain funds in the Abandoned Mine Land Fund for cleanup of former copper, gold and uranium mining sites, and for acid mine drainage remediation.

 S. 2892, to establish the Alabama Black Belt National Heritage Area.

 S. 2907, to grant the U.S. Department of Agriculture authority to create an avalanche protection program.

 S. 2933, to designate the Col. Charles Young Home in Xenia, Ohio, as a unit of the National Park System. Young was the third African-American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point .

 S. 2941, to provide supplemental compensation to the Republic of the for impacts of the nuclear testing program.

 H.R. 86, to eliminate a lighthouse reservation near Orange County, Calif.

 H.R. 129, to authorize the Forest Service to convey away certain National Forest System lands in the Los Padres National Forest in California .

 H.R. 601, to provide for the conveyance of parcels of land to Mantua, Box Elder County, Utah .

 H.R. 762, to validate a patent and its associated land reconfiguration issued by BLM in 2005 for the benefit and recovery of the desert tortoise and other species in Lincoln County, Nev.

 H.R. 1043, to authorize the Agriculture Department to transfer 82 acres of California's Mendocino National Forest to Solano County in exchange for 160 acres of county land.

 H.R. 2008, to ease the financial burden of developers in constructing a 50-megawatt turbine unit on the Diamond Fork System, a network of dams, pipelines and tunnels used to bring water from Utah 's eastern mountains to population centers on the Wasatch Front.

 H.R. 2741, to authorize a water reclamation project in Hermiston, Ore.

 H.R. 3804, a package of amendments and revisions, including an adjustment of boundaries for some national park units, a modification of penalties for some infractions and an increase in funding for volunteer programs.

 H.R. 4474, to protect water diversions on National Forest System land in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in Idaho.

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