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H.R. 4646 (106th): To designate certain National Forest System lands within the boundaries of the State of Virginia as wilderness areas, and for other purposes.

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 13, 2000 (Introduced).


HR 4646 IH

106th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4646

To designate certain National Forest System lands within the boundaries of the State of Virginia as wilderness areas, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 13, 2000

Mr. GOODE introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To designate certain National Forest System lands within the boundaries of the State of Virginia as wilderness areas, 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. DESIGNATION OF WILDERNESS AREAS.

    (a) DESIGNATION- Section 1 of the Act entitled ‘An Act to designate certain National Forest System lands in the States of Virginia and West Virginia as wilderness areas’, approved June 7, 1988 (102 Stat. 584) is amended--

      (1) in paragraph (5), by striking ‘and’ at the end;

      (2) in paragraph (6), by striking the period and inserting a semicolon; and

      (3) by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:

      ‘(7) certain lands in the George Washington National Forest, which comprise approximately 6,500 acres, as generally depicted on a map entitled ‘The Priest Wilderness Study Area’, dated June 6, 2000, and which shall be known as the Priest Wilderness Area; and

      ‘(8) certain lands in the George Washington National Forest, which comprise approximately 4,800 acres, as generally depicted on a map entitled ‘The Three Ridges Wilderness Study Area’, dated June 6, 2000, and which shall be known as the Three Ridges Wilderness Area.’.

    (b) ADMINISTRATION OF WILDERNESS AREAS- Section 2 of the Act entitled ‘An Act to designate certain national forest system lands in the States of Virginia and West Virginia as wilderness areas’, approved June 7, 1988 (102 Stat. 584) is amended--

      (1) by striking ‘Subject’ and inserting ‘(a) IN GENERAL- Subject’; and

      (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ‘(b) EXCEPTION- Notwithstanding subsection (a), the designations made by paragraphs (7) and (8) of section 1 shall not prevent the fire fighting companies and rescue squads and crews of Nelson County, Virginia, or any other county in Virginia, from cutting trees or other plant life or from using any type of motorized equipment or vehicle in the course of fighting fires or responding to emergencies in the Priest Wilderness Area, the Three Ridges Wilderness Area, or any unit of the National Forest System that is adjacent to those wilderness areas.’.