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S.Res.483 Jun-24-14
STATUS: June 24, 2014.--Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. June 24, 2014.--Referred to Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. S.RES.483 Establishing a point of order against legislation selling Federal land in order to reduce the deficit. (Introduced in Senate - IS) SRES 483 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. RES. 483 Establishing a point of order against legislation selling Federal land in order to reduce the deficit. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 24, 2014 Mr. WALSH (for himself, Mr. HEINRICH, and Mr. UDALL of Colorado) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources RESOLUTION Establishing a point of order against legislation selling Federal land in order to reduce the deficit. Resolved, SECTION 1. POINT OF ORDER AGAINST SELLING FEDERAL LAND IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT. (a) In General- Except as provided in subsection (b), it shall not be in order in the Senate to consider any bill, joint resolution, amendment, motion, amendment between the houses, or conference report that sells any Federal land and uses the proceeds of the sale to reduce the Federal deficit. (b) Exception- Subsection (a) shall not apply to the sale of Federal land as part of a program that acquires land in the same State that is of comparable value or contains exceptional resources. (c) Supermajority Waiver and Appeal in the Senate- (1) WAIVER- This section may be waived or suspended only by the affirmative vote of three-fifths of the Members, duly chosen and sworn. (2) APPEAL- An affirmative vote of three-fifths of the Members, duly chosen and sworn, shall be required to sustain an appeal of the ruling of the Chair on a point of order raised under this section.
S.483 Mar-06-13
STATUS: March 6, 2013.--Introduced. November 20, 2013.—Subcommittee hearing held. S.Hrg. 113-342 S.483 Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 483 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 483 To designate the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area in the State of California, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES March 6, 2013 Mrs. BOXER introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To designate the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area in the State of California, 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 AND TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Act'. (b) Table of Contents- The table of contents for this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title and table of contents. Sec. 2. Definitions. Sec. 3. Establishment of Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area, California. Sec. 4. Access and buffer zones. Sec. 5. Management of Federal lands in conservation area. Sec. 6. Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Advisory Council. Sec. 7. Water. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) ADVISORY COUNCIL- The term `advisory council' means the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Advisory Council. (2) CONSERVATION AREA- The term `conservation area' means the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area. (3) SECRETARIES- The term `Secretaries' mean the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior acting jointly. (4) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means-- (A) the Secretary of Agriculture, with respect to those conservation area lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture; and (B) the Secretary of the Interior, with respect to those conservation area lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior. (5) STATE- The term `State' means the State of California. (6) MOTOR VEHICLE USE MAPS- The term `motor vehicle use maps' means the maps produced by the Forest Service titled `Motor Vehicle Use Map, Mendocino National Forest, SOUTH MAP, California, 2008' and `Motor Vehicle Use Map, Mendocino National Forest, SOUTH CENTRAL MAP, California, 2008' and any amendments to those maps. SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF BERRYESSA SNOW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA, CALIFORNIA. (a) Establishment- Subject to valid existing rights, there is hereby established the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area in the State. (b) Purpose- The purpose of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area is to conserve, protect, and enhance for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations the ecological, scenic, wildlife, recreational, cultural, historical, natural, educational, and scientific resources of the lands included in the conservation area. (c) Area Included- The conservation area consists of approximately 349,850 acres of Federal land and interests in Federal land within Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Solano, and Yolo Counties, California, as depicted on the map entitled `Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area' and dated February 21, 2013. (d) Legal Descriptions; Corrections of Errors- (1) PREPARATION- As soon as practical after the date of enactment of this Act, but in no event later than two years after such date, the Secretaries shall prepare final maps and legal descriptions of the conservation area. (2) SUBMISSION- As soon as practicable after the preparation of the maps and legal descriptions under paragraph (1), the Secretaries shall submit the maps and legal descriptions to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate. (3) PUBLIC AVAILABILITY- The maps and legal descriptions prepared under paragraph (1) shall be available for public inspection at appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service. (4) LEGAL EFFECT- The maps and legal descriptions of the conservation area shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretaries may correct clerical and typographical errors in the maps and legal descriptions. SEC. 4. ACCESS AND BUFFER ZONES. (a) Non-Federal Lands and Interests- (1) NO REQUIREMENT OF PUBLIC ACCESS- Nothing in this Act requires a non-Federal property owner to allow public access to private property. (2) AFFECT ON OTHER LAWS- Nothing in this Act modifies any provision of Federal, State, or local law with respect to use of non-Federal land. (b) Access- The Secretary shall continue to provide historical and adequate access to private inholdings in the conservation area. (c) Buffer Zones- (1) IN GENERAL- Nothing in this Act creates a protective perimeter of buffer zone around the conservation area. (2) ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF CONSERVATION AREA- The fact that any activities or uses outside of areas designated by this Act can be seen or heard within the conservation area shall not preclude the activities or uses outside of the conservation area. SEC. 5. MANAGEMENT OF FEDERAL LANDS IN CONSERVATION AREA. (a) Basis of Management- (1) APPLICABLE LAWS- The Secretary shall manage the conservation area in a manner that conserves, protects, and enhances the natural resources and values of the conservation area, in accordance with-- (A) this Act; (B) the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) for lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management; (C) the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.); (D) the Act of June 17, 1902 (commonly known as the Reclamation Act of 1902; 32 Stat. 388) and Acts amendatory thereof and supplemental thereto; (E) other laws (including regulations) applicable to the National Forest System for land managed by the Forest Service; and (F) other applicable law (including regulations). (2) RESOLUTION OF CONFLICTS- If there is a conflict between a provision of this Act and a provision of one of the other laws specified in paragraph (1), the more restrictive provision shall control. (b) Uses- The Secretary shall allow only such uses of the conservation area as the Secretary determines would further the purposes for which the conservation area is established. (c) Tribal Cultural Uses- Nothing in this Act shall be construed to enlarge or diminish the rights of any Indian tribe. (d) Recreation- The Secretary shall continue to authorize, maintain, and enhance the recreational use of the conservation area, including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, hang gliding, sightseeing, nature study, horseback riding, rafting, mountain biking and motorized recreation on authorized routes, and other recreational activities, so long as such recreational use is consistent with the purposes of the conservation area, this section, other applicable law (including regulations), and applicable management plans. (e) Management Plan- (1) IN GENERAL- Within three years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretaries shall develop a comprehensive plan for the protection and management of the Federal lands included within the conservation area that fulfills the purposes for which the conservation area is established. In implementing the management plan and in considering any recommendations from the advisory council, the Secretaries shall consult on a regular basis. (2) PURPOSES- The management plan shall-- (A) describe the appropriate uses and management of the conservation area; (B) be developed with extensive public input; (C) take into consideration any information developed in studies of the land within the conservation area; (D) assess the impacts of climate change on the conservation area and establish policies and procedures to ensure the preservation of wildlife corridors and facilitate species migration; (E) include a comprehensive weed management strategy (including use of grazing where appropriate) to guide noxious weed control efforts and activities; (F) identify and prioritize habitat restoration opportunities and strategies within the conservation area; (G) identify opportunities to enhance recreational opportunities throughout the conservation area; (H) identify areas outside of designated wilderness where non-motorized recreation will be emphasized; (I) identify opportunities to improve fish passage and habitat quality for native fish species; (J) include a plan to address the public safety and environmental clean-up issues associated with illegal marijuana production within the conservation area; (K) identify opportunities to promote voluntary cooperative conservation projects with State, local, and private interests; and (L) take into consideration existing land uses (including grazing) on the Federal lands within the conservation area. (3) OTHER PLANS- In developing the management plan, and to the extent consistent with this section, the Secretary may incorporate any provision from a resource management plan, land and resource management plan, or any other plan applicable to the conservation area. (4) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS- In carrying out this Act, the Secretary may make grants to, or enter into cooperative agreements with, State, tribal, and local governmental entities and private entities to conduct research, develop scientific analyses, and carry out any other initiative relating to the restoration or conservation of the conservation area. (f) Fish and Wildlife- Nothing in this Act affects the jurisdiction of the State with respect to fish and wildlife located on public land in the State, except that the Secretary, after consultation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, may designate zones in the conservation area where, and periods when, hunting shall not be allowed for reasons of public safety, administration, or public use and enjoyment. (g) Motorized and Mechanized Vehicles- (1) IN GENERAL- Except where needed for administrative purposes or to respond to an emergency, the use of motorized and mechanized vehicles on lands within the conservation area shall be permitted only on roads and trails designated for their use. (2) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT- In developing the management plan required by this section, and to the extent consistent with this section, the Secretary, for lands under jurisdiction of Forest Service, shall incorporate the motor vehicle use maps. In developing the management plan (and making any subsequent amendment to the management plan), the Secretary shall explicitly analyze and document-- (A) each instance in which the requirements of this section or other applicable law makes it necessary to alter the motor vehicle use maps; and (B) the manner in which the motor vehicle use maps are consistent with the requirements of this section. (h) Incorporation of Acquired Lands and Interests- (1) AUTHORITY- The Secretary may acquire non-Federal land within the boundaries of the conservation area only through exchange, donation, or purchase from a willing seller. (2) MANAGEMENT- Any land or interest in land that is located within the conservation area that is acquired by the United States shall-- (A) become part of the conservation area; and (B) be managed in accordance with this Act. (i) Withdrawal- Subject to valid existing rights, all Federal land within the conservation area is withdrawn from-- (1) entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) leasing or disposition under all laws relating to-- (A) minerals; and (B) operation of the mineral leasing, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws. (j) Grazing- (1) IN GENERAL- Livestock grazing within the conservation area, where established before the date of enactment of this Act, shall be permitted to continue subject to all applicable laws and regulations. (2) OTHER GRAZING- Livestock grazing within the conservation area, where not established before the date of enactment of this Act, shall only be permitted to the extent that it is consistent with the purposes of the conservation area and subject to all applicable laws and regulations. (3) TARGETED GRAZING- The Secretary may issue annual targeted grazing permits for purposes of the control of noxious weeds, fire suppression, or to provide other ecological benefits consistent with the purposes of the conservation area. (k) Wildland Fire Operations- Nothing in this section prohibits the Secretary, in cooperation with other Federal, State, and local agencies, as appropriate, from conducting wildland fire operations in the conservation area, consistent with the purposes of the conservation area. (l) Horses- Subject to any terms and conditions determined to be necessary by the Secretary, nothing in this Act precludes horseback riding in, or the entry of recreational or commercial saddle or pack stock into, the conservation area where such use is consistent with the purposes of the conservation area and other applicable law (including regulations). SEC. 6. BERRYESSA SNOW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA ADVISORY COUNCIL. (a) Establishment- Not less than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretaries shall establish an advisory council, to be known as the `Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Advisory Council'. (b) Duties- The advisory council shall advise the Secretaries with respect to the preparation and implementation of the management plan for the conservation area. (c) Applicable Law- The advisory council shall be subject to-- (1) the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.); (2) the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); and (3) all other applicable law. (d) Members- The advisory council shall include 12 members, to be appointed by the Secretaries, of whom, to the extent practicable-- (1) one member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Lake County Board of Supervisors; (2) one member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Napa County Board of Supervisors; (3) one member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors; (4) one member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors; (5) one member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Solano County Board of Supervisors; (6) one member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the head of the California Resources Agency; (7) one member shall be appointed to represent Native American Tribes; (8) five members shall reside in, or within reasonable proximity to, Yolo County, Napa County, Mendocino County, Solano County, or Lake County, California, with backgrounds that reflect-- (A) the purposes for which the conservation area was established; and (B) the interest of the stakeholders that are affected by the planning and management of the conservation area including, stakeholders representing the agricultural, private land-ownership, environmental, recreational, tourism, or other non-Federal land interests. (e) Representation- The Secretaries shall ensure that the membership of the advisory council is fairly balanced in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed by the advisory council. (f) Terms- (1) STAGGERED TERMS- Members of the advisory council shall be appointed for terms of 3 years, except that, of the members first appointed, 4 of the members shall be appointed for a term of 1 year and 4 of the members shall be appointed for a term of 2 years. (2) REAPPOINTMENT- A member may be reappointed to serve on the advisory council upon the expiration of the member's current term. (3) VACANCY- A vacancy on the advisory council shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. (g) Quorum- A quorum shall be six members of the advisory council. The operations of the advisory council shall not be impaired by the fact that a member has not yet been appointed as long as a quorum has been attained. (h) Chairperson and Procedures- The advisory council shall elect a chairperson and establish such rules and procedures as it deems necessary or desirable. (i) Service Without Compensation- Members of the advisory council shall serve without pay. (j) Termination- The advisory committee shall cease to exist-- (1) on the date that is five years after the date on which the management plan is officially adopted by the Secretaries; or (2) on such later date as the Secretaries consider appropriate. SEC. 7. WATER. Nothing in this Act-- (1) affects the use or allocation, in existence on the date of enactment of this Act, of any water, water right, or interest in water; (2) affects any vested absolute or decreed conditional water right in existence on the date of enactment of this Act, including any water right held by the United States; (3) affects any interstate water compact in existence on the date of enactment of this Act; (4) authorizes or imposes any new reserved Federal water rights; (5) relinquishes or reduces any water rights reserved or appropriated by the United States in the State on or before the date of enactment of this Act; (6) impairs the ability of the Bureau of Reclamation and its managing partners to operate, maintain, or manage Monticello Dam, Lake Berryessa, and other Solano Project facilities in accordance with the purposes of such project; (7) modifies, changes, or supersedes any water contract or agreements approved or administered by the Bureau of Reclamation or Solano County Water Agency or Solano Irrigation District; or (8) affects the use of motorized or nonmotorized watercraft (including personal, commercial and recreational watercraft) on Lake Berryessa.
S.476 Mar-06-13
STATUS: March 6, 2013.--Introduced. April 23, 2013.--Subcommittee on National Park hearing held. May 16, 2013.-- Full committee markup; ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. June 27, 2013.-- Reported to Senate with an amendment in the nature of a substitute S. Rept. 113-64 June 27, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 118] July 9, 2014.--Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. July 10, 2014.--Referred to House Committee on Natural Resources. July 30, 2014.--Subcommittee hearing held. Markup held. September 15, 2014.--Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-589. September 15, 2014.--At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed. September 17, 2014.--Passed House. September 19, 2014.--Presented to President. September 26, 2014.--Became Public Law No. 113-178. S.476 To amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 476 IS 113th CONGRESS1st Session S. 476 To amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMarch 6, 2013 Mr. CARDIN (for himself and Ms. MIKULSKI) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO CANAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK COMMISSION. Section 6(g) of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act (16 U.S.C. 410y-4(g)) is amended by striking `40' and inserting `50'.
S.447 Mar-05-13
STATUS: March 5, 2013.--Introduced. April 25, 2013.--Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining hearing held. May 16, 2013.--Full committee markup; ordered to be reported without amendment favorably. June 27, 2013.--Reported to Senate without amendment. S. Rept. 113-63. June 27, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 117]. S.447 Black Hills Cemetery Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 447 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 447 To provide for the conveyance of certain cemeteries that are located on National Forest System land in Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES March 5, 2013 Mr. THUNE (for himself and Mr. JOHNSON of South Dakota) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To provide for the conveyance of certain cemeteries that are located on National Forest System land in Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota. 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 `Black Hills Cemetery Act'. SEC. 2. LAND CONVEYANCES, CERTAIN CEMETERIES LOCATED IN BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST, SOUTH DAKOTA. (a) Cemetery Conveyances Required- The Secretary of Agriculture shall convey, without consideration, to the local communities in South Dakota that are currently managing and maintaining certain community cemeteries (as specified in subsection (b)) all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to-- (1) the parcels of National Forest System land containing such cemeteries; and (2) up to an additional two acres adjoining each cemetery in order to ensure the conveyances include unmarked gravesites and allow for expansion of the cemeteries. (b) Property and Recipients- The properties to be conveyed under subsection (a), and the recipients of each property, are as follows: (1) The Silver City Cemetery to the Silver City Volunteer Fire Department. (2) The Hayward Cemetery to the Hayward Volunteer Fire Department. (3) The encumbered land adjacent to the Englewood Cemetery (encompassing the cemetery entrance portal, access road, fences, 2,500 gallon reservoir and building housing such reservoir, and piping to provide sprinkling system to the cemetery) to the City of Lead. (4) The land adjacent to the Mountain Meadow Cemetery to the Mountain Meadow Cemetery Association. (5) The Roubaix Cemetery to the Roubaix Cemetery Association. (6) The Nemo Cemetery to the Nemo Cemetery Association. (7) The Galena Cemetery to the Galena Historical Society. (8) The Rockerville Cemetery to the Rockerville Community Club. (9) The Cold Springs Cemetery (including adjacent school yard and log building) to the Cold Springs Historical Society. (c) Condition of Conveyance- Each conveyance under subsection (a) shall be subject to the condition that the recipient accept the conveyed real property in its condition at the time of the conveyance. (d) Use of Land Conveyed- The lands conveyed under subsection (a) shall continue to be used in the same manner and for the same purposes as they were immediately prior to their conveyance under this Act. (e) Description of Property- The exact acreage and legal description of each parcel of real property to be conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined by surveys satisfactory to the Secretary. The cost of the survey for a particular parcel shall be borne by the recipient of such parcel. (f) Additional Terms and Conditions- The Secretary may require such additional terms and conditions in connection with the conveyances under subsection (a) as the Secretary considers appropriate to protect the interests of the United States.
S.Res.432 May-01-14
STATUS: May 1, 2014.--Introduced S.RES.432 Recognizing the efforts of the National Park Service and others in restoring and repairing the Washington Monument. (Introduced in Senate - IS) SRES 432 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. RES. 432 Recognizing the efforts of the National Park Service and others in restoring and repairing the Washington Monument. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMay 1, 2014 Mr. WHITEHOUSE submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources RESOLUTION Recognizing the efforts of the National Park Service and others in restoring and repairing the Washington Monument. Whereas the employees of the National Park Service work tirelessly to maintain the beauty of the 401 national parks of the United States, revitalize communities, preserve local history, celebrate local heritage, and create outdoor recreation for children and families; Whereas the Washington Monument was built between 1848 and 1884 to commemorate George Washington, the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States; Whereas the Washington Monument is a symbol of unity and freedom in the United States and is the distinguishing feature of the skyline in Washington, DC; Whereas the Washington Monument is admired by more than 25,000,000 individuals who visit The National Mall each year; Whereas the Washington Monument was closed for over 2 1/2 years for necessary repairs after being damaged by an earthquake in 2011; Whereas engineers examined each of the 9,040 marble stones on the exterior of the Washington Monument and many of the more than 10,000 granite stones on the interior of the monument to ensure that the repair of the monument was sound and complete; Whereas during the rehabilitation, the Washington Monument was covered with scaffolding, markedly altering its appearance; Whereas although the Washington Monument was closed during rehabilitation, the 488 lights on the scaffolding of the monument illuminated the night sky of the United States capital and provided visitors and residents with a sight of unexpected beauty; and Whereas the repair of the Washington Monument would not have been possible without the vision and dedication of the National Park Service, contractors of the National Park Service, and generous philanthropic support: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) pays tribute to the National Park Service, contractors of the National Park Service, and all individuals who contributed to the restoration of the Washington Monument; and (2) calls on the people of the United States to recognize the hard work of the National Park Service in preserving the monuments of the United States.
H.Res.412 Jan-23-13
STATUS January 23, 2013.--Introduced in House July 22, 2013.--Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-166. June 23, 2014.--Passed as amended Agreed to by voice vote. June 24, 2014.--Referred to Senate committee on Energy and Natural Resources. July 23, 2014.--Hearing by subcommittee. H.R.412 Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Act (Engrossed in House [Passed House] - EH) HR 412 EH 113th CONGRESS2d Session H. R. 412AN ACT To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the mainstem of the Nashua River and its tributaries in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers 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. This Act may be cited as the `Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Act'. SEC. 2. DESIGNATION FOR STUDY. Section 5(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1276(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following: `( XXX ) NASHUA RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS- (A) The approximately 19-mile segment of the mainstem of the Nashua River from the confluence of the North and South Nashua Rivers in Lancaster, Massachusetts, north to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire State line, except the approximately 4.8-mile segment of the mainstem of the Nashua River from the Route 119 bridge in Groton, Massachusetts, downstream to its confluence with the Nissitissit River in Pepperell, Massachusetts. `(B) The 10-mile segment of the Squannacook River from its headwaters at Ash Swamp downstream to its confluence with the Nashua River in Shirley/Ayer, Massachusetts. `(C) The 3.5-mile segment of the Nissitissit River from the Massachusetts/New Hampshire State line downstream to its confluence with the Nashua River in Pepperell, Massachusetts.'. SEC. 3. STUDY AND REPORT. Section 5(b) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1276(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following: `( XX ) STUDY AND REPORT- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this paragraph, the Secretary of the Interior shall complete the study of the Nashua River in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as described in subsection (a)( XXX ), and submit a report describing the results of that study to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate.'. SEC. 4. REPORT REQUIREMENTS. The report required under section 3 of this Act shall-- (1) include a discussion of the effect of the designation of the area to be studied under this Act under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act on-- (A) existing commercial and recreational activities, such as hunting, fishing, trapping, recreational shooting, motor boat use, or bridge construction; (B) the authorization, construction, operation, maintenance, or improvement of energy production and transmission infrastructure; and (C) the authority of State and local governments to manage those activities encompassed in subparagraphs (A) and (B); and (2) identify-- (A) all authorities that will authorize or require the Secretary of the Interior to influence local land use decisions (such as zoning) or place restrictions on non-Federal land if the area studied under this Act is designated under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act; (B) all authorities that the Secretary of the Interior may use to condemn property if the area studied under this Act is designated under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act; and (C) all private property located in the area to be studied under this Act. Passed the House of Representatives June 23, 2014. Attest: Clerk. 113th CONGRESS2d SessionH. R. 412AN ACT To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the mainstem of the Nashua River and its tributaries in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and for other purposes.
S.404 Feb-28-13
STATUS: February 28, 2013.--Introduced. July 30, 2013.--Hearing by Subcommittee December 19, 2013.--Ordered to be reported with an amendment favorably. March 31, 2014.--Reported to Senate with amendment. S. Rept. No. 113-140. March 31, 2014.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar. [Calendar No. 338.] April 3, 2014.--Passed Senate: Passed with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. April 7, 2014.--Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. April 9, 2014.--Sent to President. April 15, 2014.--Signed by President. April 15, 2014.—Approved. Public Law No. 113-99 S.404 Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 404 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 404 To preserve the Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES February 28, 2013 Mrs. MURRAY (for herself and Ms. CANTWELL) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To preserve the Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. 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 `Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act'. SEC. 2. CLARIFICATION OF LEGAL AUTHORITY OF GREEN MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT. (a) Legal Authority of Lookout- Section 4(b) of the Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984 (Public Law 98-339; 98 Stat. 300; 16 U.S.C. 1131 note) is amended by striking the period at the end and inserting the following: `, and except that with respect to the lands described in section 3(5), the designation of such lands as a wilderness area shall not preclude the operation and maintenance of Green Mountain Lookout.' (b) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984. SEC. 3. PRESERVATION OF GREEN MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT LOCATION. The Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service, may not move Green Mountain Lookout from its current location on Green Mountain in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest unless the Secretary determines that moving Green Mountain Lookout is necessary to preserve the Lookout or to ensure the safety of individuals on or around Green Mountain. If the Secretary makes such a determination, the Secretary shall move the Green Mountain Lookout to a location outside of the lands described in section 3(5) of the Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984 and designated as a wilderness area in section 4(b) of such Act.
S.398 Feb-27-13
STATUS: February 27, 2013.--Introduced. July 8, 2013.--Ms. Cantwell added as cosponsor. July 15, 2013.--Ms. Warren added as cosponsor. July 18, 2013.--Ms. McCaskill added as cosponsor. July 31, 2013.--Subcommittee hearing held. S.Hrg. 113-93. September 9, 2013.--Mrs. Hagan and Ms. Hirono added as cosponsors. October 9, 2013.--Mr. Bennet added as cosponsor. December 18, 2013.--Mr. Sanders added as cosponsor. January 27, 2014.--Mrs. Gillibrand added as cosponsor. February 10, 2014.--Mr. Warner added as cosponsor. March 24, 2014.--Mr. Booker added as cosponsor. April 8, 2014.--Ms. Baldwin added as cosponsor. Aprill 30, 2014.--Mrs. Heitkamp added as cosponsor. May 7, 2014.--Ms. Fischer added as cosponsor. May 13, 2014.--Mr. Cardin added as cosponsor. May 20, 2014.--Mr. Kaine and Mr. Schatz added as cosponsors. June 2, 2014.--Mr. Markey added as cosponsor. July 15, 20214.--Mr. Wyden added as cosponsor. November 13, 2014.--Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. December 10, 2014.-- Reported by Senator Landrieu with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Written report No. 113-290. December 10, 2014.-- Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 630]. S.398 National Women's History Museum Commission Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 398 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 398 To establish the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES February 27, 2013 Ms. COLLINS (for herself, Ms. MIKULSKI, Ms. MURKOWSKI, Ms. KLOBUCHAR, Ms. AYOTTE, Ms. STABENOW, Mrs. SHAHEEN, Mrs. MURRAY, Ms. LANDRIEU, Mrs. BOXER, and Mrs. FEINSTEIN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum, 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 `National Women's History Museum Commission Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) COMMISSION- The term `Commission' means the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum established by section 3(a). (2) MUSEUM- The term `Museum' means the National Women's History Museum. SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMISSION. (a) In General- There is established the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women's History Museum. (b) Membership- The Commission shall be composed of 8 members, of whom-- (1) 2 members shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (2) 2 members shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; (3) 2 members shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; and (4) 2 members shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives. (c) Qualifications- Members of the Commission shall be appointed to the Commission from among individuals, or representatives of institutions or entities, who possess-- (1)(A) a demonstrated commitment to the research, study, or promotion of women's history, art, political or economic status, or culture; and (B)(i) expertise in museum administration; (ii) expertise in fundraising for nonprofit or cultural institutions; (iii) experience in the study and teaching of women's history at the post-secondary level; (iv) experience in studying the issue of the representation of women in art, life, history, and culture at the Smithsonian Institution; or (v) extensive experience in public or elected service; (2) experience in the administration of, or the planning for, the establishment of, museums; or (3) experience in the planning, design, or construction of museum facilities. (d) Prohibition- No employee of the Federal Government may serve as a member of the Commission. (e) Deadline for Initial Appointment- The initial members of the Commission shall be appointed not later than the date that is 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act. (f) Vacancies- A vacancy in the Commission-- (1) shall not affect the powers of the Commission; and (2) shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment was made. (g) Chairperson- The Commission shall, by majority vote of all of the members, select 1 member of the Commission to serve as the Chairperson of the Commission. SEC. 4. DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION. (a) Reports- (1) PLAN OF ACTION- The Commission shall submit to the President and Congress a report containing the recommendations of the Commission with respect to a plan of action for the establishment and maintenance of a National Women's History Museum in Washington, DC. (2) REPORT ON ISSUES- The Commission shall submit to the President and Congress a report that addresses the following issues: (A) The availability and cost of collections to be acquired and housed in the Museum. (B) The impact of the Museum on regional women history-related museums. (C) Potential locations for the Museum in Washington, DC, and its environs (including the location located on public land bounded by Independence Avenue SW., 14th Street SW., 15th Street SW., and Jefferson Drive SW., in Washington, DC, that is established subject to chapter 89 of title 40, United States Code (commonly known as the `Commemorative Works Act')). (D) Whether the Museum should be part of the Smithsonian Institution. (E) The governance and organizational structure from which the Museum should operate. (F) Best practices for engaging women in the development and design of the Museum. (G) The cost of constructing, operating, and maintaining the Museum. (3) DEADLINE- The reports required under paragraphs (1) and (2) shall be submitted not later than the date that is 18 months after the date of the first meeting of the Commission. (b) Fundraising Plan- (1) IN GENERAL- The Commission shall develop a fundraising plan to support the establishment and maintenance of the Museum through contributions from the public. (2) CONSIDERATIONS- In developing the fundraising plan under paragraph (1), the Commission shall consider-- (A) the role of the National Women's History Museum (a nonprofit, educational organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that was incorporated in 1996 in Washington, DC, and dedicated for the purpose of establishing a women's history museum) in raising funds for the construction of the Museum; and (B) issues relating to funding the operations and maintenance of the Museum in perpetuity. (c) Legislation To Carry Out Plan of Action- Based on the recommendations contained in the report submitted under paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (a), the Commission shall submit for consideration to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Administration, Natural Resources, and Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Committees on Rules and Administration, Energy and Natural Resources, Environment and Public Works, and Appropriations of the Senate recommendations for a legislative plan of action to establish and construct the Museum. (d) National Conference- Not later than 18 months after the date on which the initial members of the Commission are appointed under section 3, the Commission may, in carrying out the duties of the Commission under this section, convene a national conference relating to the Museum, to be comprised of individuals committed to the advancement of the life, art, history, and culture of women. SEC. 5. DIRECTOR AND STAFF OF COMMISSION. (a) Director and Staff- (1) IN GENERAL- The Commission may employ and compensate an executive director and any other additional personnel that are necessary to enable the Commission to perform the duties of the Commission. (2) RATES OF PAY- Rates of pay for persons employed under paragraph (1) shall be consistent with the rates of pay allowed for employees of a temporary organization under section 3161 of title 5, United States Code. (b) Not Federal Employment- Any individual employed under this Act shall not be considered a Federal employee for the purpose of any law governing Federal employment. (c) Technical Assistance- (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2), on request of the Commission, the head of a Federal agency may provide technical assistance to the Commission. (2) PROHIBITION- No Federal employees may be detailed to the Commission. SEC. 6. ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS. (a) Compensation- (1) IN GENERAL- A member of the Commission-- (A) shall not be considered to be a Federal employee for any purpose by reason of service on the Commission; and (B) shall serve without pay. (2) TRAVEL EXPENSES- A member of the Commission shall be allowed a per diem allowance for travel expenses, at rates consistent with the rates authorized under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code. (b) Gifts, Bequests, Devises- The Commission may solicit, accept, use, and dispose of gifts, bequests, or devises of money, services, or real or personal property for the purpose of aiding or facilitating the work of the Commission. (c) Federal Advisory Committee Act- The Commission shall not be subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.). SEC. 7. TERMINATION. The Commission shall terminate on the date that is 30 days after the date on which the final versions of the reports required under section 4(a) are submitted. SEC. 8. FUNDING. (a) In General- The Commission shall be solely responsible for acceptance of contributions for, and payment of the expenses of, the Commission. (b) Prohibition- No Federal funds may be obligated to carry out this Act.
S.371 Feb-14-13
STATUS: February 14, 2013.--Introduced. April 23, 2013.--Hearing held by Subcommittee on National Parks. May 16, 2013.--Full Committee markup; Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably. June 27, 2013.--Reported to Senate without amendment. S. Rept. 113-62. June 27, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 116]. S.371 Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 371 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 371 To establish the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, to dedicate the Park to John H. Chafee, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES February 14, 2013 Mr. REED (for himself, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, Ms. WARREN, and Mr. COWAN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, to dedicate the Park to John H. Chafee, 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 `Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act'. SEC. 2. PURPOSE. The purpose of this Act is to establish the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park-- (1) to help preserve, protect, and interpret the nationally significant resources that exemplify the industrial heritage of the Blackstone River Valley for the benefit and inspiration of future generations; (2) to support the preservation, protection, and interpretation of the urban, rural, and agricultural landscape features (including the Blackstone River and Canal) of the region that provide an overarching context for the industrial heritage of the Blackstone River Valley; (3) to educate the public about-- (A) the nationally significant sites and districts that convey the industrial history of the Blackstone River Valley; and (B) the significance of the Blackstone River Valley to the past and present of the United States; and (4) to support and enhance the network of partners in the protection, improvement, management, and operation of related resources and facilities throughout the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) NATIONAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR- The term `National Heritage Corridor' means the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. (2) PARK- The term `Park' means the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park established under section 4. (3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (4) STATES- The term `States' means-- (A) the State of Massachusetts; and (B) the State of Rhode Island. SEC. 4. BLACKSTONE RIVER VALLEY NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK. (a) Establishment- There is established in the States a unit of the National Park System, to be known as the `Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park'. (b) Historic Sites and Districts- The Park shall include-- (1) Blackstone River State Park; and (2) the following resources, as described in Management Option 3 of the study entitled `Blackstone River Valley Special Resource Study--Study Report 2011': (A) Old Slater Mill National Historic Landmark District. (B) Slatersville Historic District. (C) Ashton Historic District. (D) Whitinsville Historic District. (E) Hopedale Village Historic District. (F) Blackstone River and the tributaries of Blackstone River. (G) Blackstone Canal. (c) Acquisition of Land; Park Boundary- (1) LAND ACQUISITION- The Secretary may acquire land or interests in land that are considered contributing historic resources in the historic sites and districts described in subsection (b)(2) for inclusion in the Park boundary by donation, purchase from a willing seller with donated or appropriated funds, or exchange. (2) PARK BOUNDARY- On a determination by the Secretary that a sufficient quantity of land or interests in land has been acquired to constitute a manageable park unit, the Secretary shall establish a boundary for the Park by publishing a boundary map in the Federal Register. (3) OTHER RESOURCES- The Secretary may include in the Park boundary any resources that are the subject of an agreement with the States or a subdivision of the States entered into under subsection (d)(4). (4) BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENT- On the acquisition of additional land or interests in land under paragraph (1), or on entering an agreement under paragraph (3), the boundary of the Park shall be adjusted to reflect the acquisition or agreement by publishing a Park boundary map in the Federal Register. (5) AVAILABILITY OF MAP- The maps referred to in this subsection shall be available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service. (6) ADMINISTRATIVE FACILITIES- The Secretary may acquire not more than 10 acres in Woonsocket, Rhode Island for the development of administrative, curatorial, maintenance, or visitor facilities for the Park. (7) LIMITATION- Land owned by the States or a political subdivision of the States may be acquired under this subsection only by donation. (d) Administration- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall administer land within the boundary of the Park in accordance with-- (A) this section; and (B) the laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including-- (i) the National Park Service Organic Act (16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.); and (ii) the Act of August 21, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.). (2) GENERAL MANAGEMENT PLAN- (A) IN GENERAL- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this section, the Secretary shall prepare a general management plan for the Park-- (i) in consultation with the States and other interested parties; and (ii) in accordance with section 12(b) of the National Park System General Authorities Act (16 U.S.C. 1a-7(b)). (B) REQUIREMENTS- The plan shall consider ways to use preexisting or planned visitor facilities and recreational opportunities developed in the National Heritage Corridor, including-- (i) the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, Pawtucket, Rhode Island; (ii) the Captain Wilbur Kelly House, Blackstone River State Park, Lincoln, Rhode Island; (iii) the Museum of Work and Culture, Woonsocket, Rhode Island; (iv) the River Bend Farm/Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, Uxbridge, Massachusetts; (v) the Worcester Blackstone Visitor Center, located at the former Washburn & Moen wire mill facility, Worcester, Massachusetts; (vi) the Route 295 Visitor Center adjacent to Blackstone River State Park; and (vii) the Blackstone River Bikeway. (3) RELATED SITES- The Secretary may provide technical assistance, visitor services, interpretive tours, and educational programs to sites and resources in the National Heritage Corridor that are located outside the boundary of the Park and associated with the purposes for which the Park is established. (4) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS- (A) IN GENERAL- To further the purposes of this section and notwithstanding chapter 63 of title 31, United States Code, the Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with the States, political subdivisions of the States, nonprofit organizations (including Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc.), and other interested parties-- (i) to provide technical assistance, interpretation, and educational programs in the historic sites and districts described in subsection (b)(2); and (ii) subject to the availability of appropriations and subparagraphs (B) and (C), to provide not more than 50 percent of the cost of any natural, historic, or cultural resource protection project in the Park that is consistent with the general management plan prepared under paragraph (2). (B) MATCHING REQUIREMENT- As a condition of the receipt of funds under subparagraph (A)(ii), the Secretary shall require that any Federal funds made available under a cooperative agreement entered into under this paragraph are to be matched on a 1-to-1 basis by non-Federal funds. (C) REIMBURSEMENT- Any payment made by the Secretary under subparagraph (A)(ii) shall be subject to an agreement that the conversion, use, or disposal of the project for purposes that are inconsistent with the purposes of this section, as determined by the Secretary, shall result in a right of the United States to reimbursement of the greater of-- (i) the amount provided by the Secretary to the project under subparagraph (A)(ii); or (ii) an amount equal to the increase in the value of the project that is attributable to the funds, as determined by the Secretary at the time of the conversion, use, or disposal. (D) PUBLIC ACCESS- Any cooperative agreement entered into under this paragraph shall provide for reasonable public access to the resources covered by the cooperative agreement. (e) Dedication; Memorial- (1) IN GENERAL- Congress dedicates the Park to John H. Chafee, the former United States Senator from Rhode Island, in recognition of-- (A) the role of John H. Chafee in the preservation of the resources of the Blackstone River Valley and the heritage corridor that bears the name of John H. Chafee; and (B) the decades of the service of John H. Chafee to the people of Rhode Island and the United States. (2) MEMORIAL- The Secretary shall display a memorial at an appropriate location in the Park that recognizes the role of John H. Chafee in preserving the resources of the Blackstone River Valley for the people of the United States. SEC. 5. JOHN H. CHAFEE BLACKSTONE RIVER VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR AMENDMENTS. Public Law 99-647 (16 U.S.C. 461 note; 100 Stat. 3625) is amended-- (1) in the first sentence of section 2 (110 Stat. 4202), by striking `the map entitled `Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Boundary Map', numbered BRV-80-80,011, and dated May 2, 1993' and inserting `the map entitled `John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor--Proposed Boundary', numbered 022/111530, and dated November 10, 2011'; (2) in section 7 (120 Stat. 1858, 125 Stat. 155)-- (A) in the section heading, by striking `termination of commission' and inserting `termination of commission; designation of local coordinating entity'; (B) by striking `The Commission' and inserting the following: `(a) In General- The Commission'; and (C) by adding at the end the following: `(b) Local Coordinating Entity- `(1) DESIGNATION- The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc., shall be the local coordinating entity for the Corridor (referred to in this section as the `local coordinating entity'). `(2) IMPLEMENTATION OF MANAGEMENT PLAN- The local coordinating entity shall assume the duties of the Commission for the implementation of the Cultural Heritage and Land Management Plan developed and approved under section 6. `(c) Use of Funds- For the purposes of carrying out the management plan, the local coordinating entity may use amounts made available under this Act-- `(1) to make grants to the States of Massachusetts and Rhode Island (referred to in this section as the `States'), political subdivisions of the States, nonprofit organizations, and other persons; `(2) to enter into cooperative agreements with or provide technical assistance to the States, political subdivisions of the States, nonprofit organizations, Federal agencies, and other interested parties; `(3) to hire and compensate staff, including individuals with expertise in-- `(A) natural, historical, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resource conservation; `(B) economic and community development; or `(C) heritage planning; `(4) to obtain funds or services from any source, including funds and services provided under any other Federal law or program; `(5) to contract for goods or services; and `(6) to support activities of partners and any other activities that further the purposes of the Corridor and are consistent with the approved management plan.'; (3) in section 8 (120 Stat. 1858)-- (A) in subsection (b)-- (i) by striking `The Secretary' and inserting the following: `(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary'; and (ii) by adding at the end the following: `(2) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS- Notwithstanding chapter 63 of title 31, United States Code, the Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with the local coordinating entity designated by paragraph (1) and other public or private entities for the purpose of-- `(A) providing technical assistance; or `(B) implementing the plan under section 6(c).'; and (B) by striking subsection (d) and inserting the following: `(d) Transition Memorandum of Understanding- The Secretary shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the local coordinating entity to ensure-- `(1) the appropriate transition of management of the Corridor from the Commission to the local coordinating entity; and `(2) coordination regarding the implementation of the Cultural Heritage and Land Management Plan.'; (4) in section 10 (104 Stat. 1018, 120 Stat. 1858)-- (A) in subsection (a), by striking `in which the Commission is in existence' and inserting `until September 30, 2016'; and (B) by striking subsection (c); and (5) by adding at the end the following: `SEC. 11. REFERENCES TO THE CORRIDOR, INC. `For purposes of sections 6, 8 (other than section 8(d)(1)), 9, and 10, a reference to the `Commission' shall be considered to be a reference to the local coordinating entity.'. SEC. 6. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out sections 2 through 4.
S.368 Feb-14-13
STATUS: February 14,2013.--Introduced. May 16, 2013.--Full committee markup; ordered to be reported with an amendment favorably. May 20, 2013.--Mr. Heinrich added as cosponsor. May 20, 2013.--Mr. Crapo added as cosponsor. June 27, 2013.--Reported to Senate with an amendment. S. Rept. 113-61. June 27, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 115]. S.368 Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act Reauthorization of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 368 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 368 To reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 14, 2013 Mr. HEINRICH (for himself, Mr. HELLER, Mr. BAUCUS, Mr. BENNET, Mr. TESTER, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Mr. UDALL of New Mexico, and Mr. WYDEN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act, 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 `Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act Reauthorization of 2013'. SEC. 2. FEDERAL LAND TRANSACTION FACILITATION ACT. The Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act is amended-- (1) in section 203(2) (43 U.S.C. 2302(2)), by striking `on the date of enactment of this Act was' and inserting `is'; (2) in section 205 (43 U.S.C. 2304)-- (A) in subsection (a), by striking `this Act' and inserting `the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act Reauthorization of 2013'; and (B) in subsection (d), by striking `11' and inserting `21'; (3) in section 206 (43 U.S.C. 2305), by striking subsection (f); and (4) in section 207(b) (43 U.S.C. 2306(b))-- (A) in paragraph (1)-- (i) by striking `96-568' and inserting `96-586'; and (ii) by striking `; or' and inserting a semicolon; (B) in paragraph (2)-- (i) by inserting `Public Law 105-263;' before `112 Stat.'; and (ii) by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and (C) by adding at the end the following: `(3) the White Pine County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-432; 120 Stat. 3028); `(4) the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-424; 118 Stat. 2403); `(5) subtitle F of title I of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (16 U.S.C. 1132 note; Public Law 111-11); `(6) subtitle O of title I of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (16 U.S.C. 460www note, 1132 note; Public Law 111-11); `(7) section 2601 of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11; 123 Stat. 1108); or `(8) section 2606 of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11; 123 Stat. 1121).'.
S.364 Feb-14-13
STATUS: February 14, 2013: Introduced. November 21, 2013.--Committee Markup. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably March 5, 2014.--Mr. Walsh added as cosponsor. June 2, 2014.--Reported without amendment. S. Rpt. 113-177. June 2, 2014.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 404]. S.364 Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 364 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 364 To establish the Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Management Area, to designate certain Federal land as wilderness, and to improve the management of noxious weeds in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES February 14, 2013 Mr. BAUCUS (for himself and Mr. TESTER) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish the Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Management Area, to designate certain Federal land as wilderness, and to improve the management of noxious weeds in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, 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 `Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT AREA- The term `Conservation Management Area' means the Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Management Area established by section 3(a)(1). (2) DECOMMISSION- The term `decommission' means-- (A) to reestablish vegetation on a road; and (B) to restore any natural drainage, watershed function, or other ecological processes that are disrupted or adversely impacted by the road by removing or hydrologically disconnecting the road prism. (3) DISTRICT- The term `district' means the Rocky Mountain Ranger District of the Lewis and Clark National Forest. (4) MAP- The term `map' means the map entitled `Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act' and dated October 27, 2011. (5) NONMOTORIZED RECREATION TRAIL- The term `nonmotorized recreation trail' means a trail designed for hiking, bicycling, or equestrian use. (6) 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. (7) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Montana. SEC. 3. ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT AREA. (a) Establishment- (1) IN GENERAL- There is established the Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Management Area in the State. (2) AREA INCLUDED- The Conservation Management Area shall consist of approximately 195,073 acres of Federal land managed by the Forest Service and 13,087 acres of Federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the State, as generally depicted on the map. (3) INCORPORATION OF ACQUIRED LAND AND INTERESTS- Any land or interest in land that is located in the Conservation Management Area and is acquired by the United States from a willing seller shall-- (A) become part of the Conservation Management Area; and (B) be managed in accordance with-- (i) in the case of land managed by the Forest Service-- (I) the Act of March 1, 1911 (commonly known as the `Weeks Law') (16 U.S.C. 552 et seq.); and (II) any laws (including regulations) applicable to the National Forest System; (ii) in the case of land managed, by the Bureau of Land Management, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); (iii) this section; and (iv) any other applicable law (including regulations). (b) Purposes- The purposes of the Conservation Management Area are to conserve, protect, and enhance for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations the recreational, scenic, historical, cultural, fish, wildlife, roadless, and ecological values of the Conservation Management Area. (c) Management- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall manage the Conservation Management Area-- (A) in a manner that conserves, protects, and enhances the resources of the Conservation Management Area; and (B) in accordance with-- (i) the laws (including regulations) and rules applicable to the National Forest System for land managed by the Forest Service; (ii) the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) for land managed by the Bureau of Land Management; (iii) this section; and (iv) any other applicable law (including regulations). (2) USES- (A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall only allow such uses of the Conservation Management Area that the Secretary determines would further the purposes described in subsection (b). (B) MOTORIZED VEHICLES- (i) IN GENERAL- The use of motorized vehicles in the Conservation Management Area shall be permitted only on existing roads, trails, and areas designated for use by such vehicles as of the date of enactment of this Act. (ii) NEW OR TEMPORARY ROADS- Except as provided in clause (iii), no new or temporary roads shall be constructed within the Conservation Management Area. (iii) EXCEPTIONS- Nothing in clause (i) or (ii) prevents the Secretary from-- (I) rerouting or closing an existing road or trail to protect natural resources from degradation, as determined to be appropriate by the Secretary; (II) constructing a temporary road on which motorized vehicles are permitted as part of a vegetation management project in any portion of the Conservation Management Area located not more than 1/4 mile from the Teton Road, South Teton Road, Sun River Road, Beaver Willow Road, or Benchmark Road; (III) authorizing the use of motorized vehicles for administrative purposes (including noxious weed eradication or grazing management); or (IV) responding to an emergency. (iv) DECOMMISSIONING OF TEMPORARY ROADS- The Secretary shall decommission any temporary road constructed under clause (iii)(II) not later than 3 years after the date on which the applicable vegetation management project is completed. (C) GRAZING- The Secretary shall permit grazing within the Conservation Management Area, if established on the date of enactment of this Act-- (i) subject to-- (I) such reasonable regulations, policies, and practices as the Secretary determines appropriate; and (II) all applicable laws; and (ii) in a manner consistent with-- (I) the purposes described in subsection (b); and (II) the guidelines set forth in the report of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the House of Representatives accompanying H.R. 5487 of the 96th Congress (H. Rept. 96-617). (D) VEGETATION MANAGEMENT- Nothing in this Act prevents the Secretary from conducting vegetation management projects within the Conservation Management Area-- (i) subject to-- (I) such reasonable regulations, policies, and practices as the Secretary determines appropriate; and (II) all applicable laws (including regulations); and (ii) in a manner consistent with the purposes described in subsection (b). SEC. 4. DESIGNATION OF WILDERNESS ADDITIONS. (a) In General- In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the following Federal land in the State is designated as wilderness and as additions to existing components of the National Wilderness Preservation System: (1) BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS- Certain land in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, comprising approximately 50,401 acres, as generally depicted on the map, which shall be added to and administered as part of the Bob Marshall Wilderness designated under section 3 of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1132). (2) SCAPEGOAT WILDERNESS- Certain land in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, comprising approximately 16,711 acres, as generally depicted on the map, which shall be added to and administered as part of the Scapegoat Wilderness designated by the first section of Public Law 92-395 (16 U.S.C. 1132 note). (b) Management of Wilderness Additions- Subject to valid existing rights, the land designated as wilderness additions by subsection (a) shall be administered by the Secretary in accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), except that any reference in that Act to the effective date of that Act shall be deemed to be a reference to the date of the enactment of this Act. (c) Livestock- The grazing of livestock and the maintenance of existing facilities relating to grazing in the wilderness additions designated by this section, if established before the date of enactment of this Act, shall be permitted to continue in accordance with-- (1) section 4(d)(4) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(4)); and (2) the guidelines set forth in the report of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the House of Representatives accompanying H.R. 5487 of the 96th Congress (H. Rept. 96-617). (d) Wildfire, Insect, and Disease Management- In accordance with section 4(d)(1) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(1)), within the wilderness additions designated by this section, the Secretary may take any measures that the Secretary determines to be necessary to control fire, insects, and diseases, including, as the Secretary determines appropriate, the coordination of those activities with a State or local agency. (e) Adjacent Management- (1) IN GENERAL- The designation of a wilderness addition by this section shall not create any protective perimeter or buffer zone around the wilderness area. (2) NONWILDERNESS ACTIVITIES- The fact that nonwilderness activities or uses can be seen or heard from areas within a wilderness addition designated by this section shall not preclude the conduct of those activities or uses outside the boundary of the wilderness area. SEC. 5. MAPS AND LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS. (a) In General- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall prepare maps and legal descriptions of the Conservation Management Area and the wilderness additions designated by sections 3 and 4, respectively. (b) Force of Law- The maps and legal descriptions prepared under subsection (a) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary may correct typographical errors in the map and legal descriptions. (c) Public Availability- The maps and legal descriptions prepared under subsection (a) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. SEC. 6. NOXIOUS WEED MANAGEMENT. (a) In General- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture shall prepare a comprehensive management strategy for preventing, controlling, and eradicating noxious weeds in the district. (b) Contents- The management strategy shall-- (1) include recommendations to protect wildlife, forage, and other natural resources in the district from noxious weeds; (2) identify opportunities to coordinate noxious weed prevention, control, and eradication efforts in the district with State and local agencies, Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations, and others; (3) identify existing resources for preventing, controlling, and eradicating noxious weeds in the district; (4) identify additional resources that are appropriate to effectively prevent, control, or eradicate noxious weeds in the district; and (5) identify opportunities to coordinate with county weed districts in Glacier, Pondera, Teton, and Lewis and Clark Counties in the State to apply for grants and enter into agreements for noxious weed control and eradication projects under the Noxious Weed Control and Eradication Act of 2004 (7 U.S.C. 7781 et seq.). (c) Consultation- In developing the management strategy required under subsection (a), the Secretary shall consult with-- (1) the Secretary of the Interior; (2) appropriate State, tribal, and local governmental entities; and (3) members of the public. SEC. 7. NONMOTORIZED RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES. Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with interested parties, shall conduct a study to improve nonmotorized recreation trail opportunities (including mountain bicycling) on land not designated as wilderness within the district. SEC. 8. MANAGEMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE; HUNTING AND FISHING. Nothing in this Act affects the jurisdiction of the State with respect to fish and wildlife management (including the regulation of hunting and fishing) on public land in the State. SEC. 9. OVERFLIGHTS. (a) Jurisdiction of the Federal Aviation Administration- Nothing in this Act affects the jurisdiction of the Federal Aviation Administration with respect to the airspace above the wilderness or the Conservation Management Area. (b) Benchmark Airstrip- Nothing in this Act affects the continued use, maintenance, and repair of the Benchmark (3U7) airstrip. SEC. 10. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this Act.