The text of the bill below is as of Nov 16, 2004 (Referred to House Committee). The bill was not enacted into law.
S 2334 RFH
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 16, 2004
November 16, 2004
Referred to the Committee on Resources
To designate certain National Forest System land in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System.
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 ‘Caribbean National Forest Act of 2004’.
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
In this Act:
(1) MAP- The term ‘map’ means the map dated April 13, 2004 and entitled ‘El Toro Proposed Wilderness Area’.
(2) SECRETARY- The term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of Agriculture.
SEC. 3. WILDERNESS DESIGNATION, CARIBBEAN NATIONAL FOREST, PUERTO RICO.
(a) EL TORO WILDERNESS-
(1) IN GENERAL- In furtherance of the purposes of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1113 et seq.), the approximately 10,000 acres of land in the Caribbean National Forest/Luquillo Experimental Forest in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico described in the map are designated as wilderness and as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System.
(2) DESIGNATION- The land designated in paragraph (1) shall be known as the El Toro Wilderness.
(3) WILDERNESS BOUNDARIES- The El Toro Wilderness shall consist of the land described in the map.
(b) MAP AND BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION-
(1) IN GENERAL- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall--
(A) prepare a boundary description of the El Toro Wilderness; and
(B) submit the map and the boundary description to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Resources of the House of Representatives.
(2) PUBLIC INSPECTION AND TREATMENT- The map and the boundary description prepared under paragraph (1)(A)--
(A) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the office of the Chief of the Forest Service; and
(B) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act.
(3) ERRORS- The Secretary may correct clerical and typographical errors in the map and the boundary description prepared under paragraph (1)(A).
(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to valid existing rights, the Secretary shall administer the El Toro Wilderness in accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.) and this Act.
(2) EFFECTIVE DATE OF WILDERNESS ACT- With respect to the El Toro Wilderness, any reference in the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.) to the effective date of that Act shall be deemed to be a reference to the date of the enactment of this Act.
(d) SPECIAL MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS- Consistent with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), nothing in this Act precludes the installation and maintenance of hydrologic, meteorological, climatological, or atmospheric data collection and remote transmission facilities, or any combination of those facilities, in any case in which the Secretary determines that the facilities are essential to the scientific research purposes of the Luquillo Experimental Forest.
Passed the Senate October 10, 2004.
EMILY J. REYNOLDS,