H.R. 1922 (110th): Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area Act of 2008

110th Congress, 2007–2009. Text as of Mar 04, 2008 (Passed the House (Engrossed)).

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110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 1922

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To designate the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and the surrounding Federal land in the State of Florida as an Outstanding Natural Area and as a unit of the National Landscape Conservation System, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area Act of 2008.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Commandant

The term Commandant means the Commandant of the Coast Guard.

(2)

Lighthouse

The term Lighthouse means the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse located in Palm Beach County, Florida.

(3)

Local partners

The term Local Partners includes—

(A)

Palm Beach County, Florida;

(B)

the Town of Jupiter, Florida;

(C)

the Village of Tequesta, Florida; and

(D)

the Loxahatchee River Historical Society.

(4)

Management plan

The term management plan means the management plan developed under section 4(a).

(5)

Map

The term map means the map entitled Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse: Outstanding Natural Area and dated October 29, 2007.

(6)

Outstanding natural area

The term Outstanding Natural Area means the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area established by section 3(a).

(7)

Public land

The term public land has the meaning given the term public lands in section 103(e) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1702(e)).

(8)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

(9)

State

The term State means the State of Florida.

3.

Establishment of the jupiter inlet lighthouse outstanding natural area

(a)

Establishment

Subject to valid existing rights, there is established for the purposes described in subsection (b) the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area, the boundaries of which are depicted on the map.

(b)

Purposes

The purposes of the Outstanding Natural Area are to protect, conserve, and enhance the unique and nationally important historic, natural, cultural, scientific, educational, scenic, and recreational values of the Federal land surrounding the Lighthouse for the benefit of present generations and future generations of people in the United States, while—

(1)

allowing certain recreational and research activities to continue in the Outstanding Natural Area; and

(2)

ensuring that Coast Guard operations and activities are unimpeded within the boundaries of the Outstanding Natural Area.

(c)

Availability of map

The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in—

(1)

the Office of the Director of the Bureau of Land Management; and

(2)

the Eastern States Office of the Bureau of Land Management in the State of Virginia.

(d)

Withdrawal

(1)

In general

Subject to valid existing rights, section 6, and any existing withdrawals under the Executive orders and public land order described in paragraph (2), the Federal land and any interests in the Federal land included in the Outstanding Natural Area are withdrawn from—

(A)

all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws;

(B)

location, entry, and patent under the public land mining laws; and

(C)

operation of the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws and the mineral materials laws.

(2)

Description of executive orders

The Executive orders and public land order described in paragraph (1) are—

(A)

the Executive order dated October 22, 1854;

(B)

Executive Order No. 4254 (June 12, 1925); and

(C)

Public Land Order No. 7202 (61 Fed. Reg. 29758).

4.

Management plan

(a)

In general

Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with the Commandant, shall develop a comprehensive management plan in accordance with section 202 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1712) to—

(1)

provide long-term management guidance for the public land in the Outstanding Natural Area; and

(2)

ensure that the Outstanding Natural Area fulfills the purposes for which the Outstanding Natural Area is established.

(b)

Consultation; public participation

The management plan shall be developed—

(1)

in consultation with appropriate Federal, State, county, and local government agencies, the Commandant, the Local Partners, the Loxahatchee River Historical Society, and other partners; and

(2)

in a manner that ensures full public participation.

(c)

Existing plans

The management plan shall, to the maximum extent practicable, be consistent with existing resource plans, policies, and programs.

(d)

Inclusions

The management plan shall include—

(1)

objectives and provisions to ensure—

(A)

the protection and conservation of the resource values of the Outstanding Natural Area; and

(B)

the restoration of native plant communities and estuaries in the Outstanding Natural Area, with an emphasis on the conservation and enhancement of healthy, functioning ecological systems in perpetuity;

(2)

objectives and provisions to maintain or recreate historic structures;

(3)

an implementation plan for a program of interpretation and public education about the natural and cultural resources of the Lighthouse, the public land surrounding the Lighthouse, and associated structures;

(4)

a proposal for administrative and public facilities to be developed or improved that—

(A)

are compatible with achieving the resource objectives for the Outstanding Natural Area described in section 5(a)(1)(B); and

(B)

would accommodate visitors to the Outstanding Natural Area;

(5)

natural and cultural resource management strategies for the Outstanding Natural Area, to be developed in consultation with appropriate departments of the State, the Local Partners, and the Commandant, with an emphasis on resource conservation in the Outstanding Natural Area and the interpretive, educational, and long-term scientific uses of the resources; and

(6)

recreational use strategies for the Outstanding Natural Area, to be prepared in consultation with the Local Partners, appropriate departments of the State, and the Coast Guard, with an emphasis on passive recreation.

(e)

Interim plan

Until a management plan is adopted for the Outstanding Natural Area, the Jupiter Inlet Coordinated Resource Management Plan (including any updates or amendments to the Jupiter Inlet Coordinated Resource Management Plan) shall be in effect.

5.

Management of the jupiter inlet lighthouse outstanding natural area

(a)

Management

(1)

In general

The Secretary, in consultation with the Local Partners and the Commandant, shall manage the Outstanding Natural Area—

(A)

as part of the National Landscape Conservation System; and

(B)

in a manner that conserves, protects, and enhances the unique and nationally important historical, natural, cultural, scientific, educational, scenic, and recreational values of the Outstanding Natural Area, including an emphasis on the restoration of native ecological systems.

(2)

Limitation

In managing the Outstanding Natural Area, the Secretary shall not take any action that precludes, prohibits, or otherwise affects the conduct of ongoing or future Coast Guard operations or activities on lots 16 and 18, as depicted on the map.

(b)

Uses

Subject to valid existing rights and section 6, the Secretary shall only allow uses of the Outstanding Natural Area that the Secretary, in consultation with the Commandant and Local Partners, determines would likely further—

(1)

the purposes for which the Outstanding Natural Area is established;

(2)

the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); and

(3)

other applicable laws.

(c)

Cooperative agreements

To facilitate implementation of the management plan and to continue the successful partnerships with local communities and other partners, the Secretary shall, in accordance with section 307(b) of the Federal Land Management Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1737(b)), enter into cooperative agreements with the appropriate Federal, State, county, other local government agencies, and other partners (including the Loxahatchee River Historical Society) for the long-term management of the Outstanding Natural Area.

(d)

Research activities

To continue successful research partnerships, pursue future research partnerships, and assist in the development and implementation of the management plan, the Secretary may, in accordance with section 307(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1737(a)), authorize the conduct of appropriate research activities in the Outstanding Natural Area for the purposes described in section 3(b).

(e)

Acquisition of land

(1)

In general

Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary may acquire for inclusion in the Outstanding Natural Area any State or private land or any interest in State or private land that is—

(A)

adjacent to the Outstanding Natural Area; and

(B)

identified in the management plan as appropriate for acquisition.

(2)

Means of acquisition

Land or an interest in land may be acquired under paragraph (1) only by—

(A)

donation;

(B)

exchange with a willing party; or

(C)

purchase from a willing seller.

(3)

Additions to the Outstanding Natural Area

Any land or interest in land adjacent to the Outstanding Natural Area acquired by the United States after the date of enactment of this Act under paragraph (1) shall be added to, and administered as part of, the Outstanding Natural Area.

(f)

Law enforcement activities

Nothing in this Act, the management plan, or the Jupiter Inlet Coordinated Resource Management Plan (including any updates or amendments to the Jupiter Inlet Coordinated Resource Management Plan) precludes, prohibits, or otherwise affects—

(1)

any maritime security, maritime safety, or environmental protection mission or activity of the Coast Guard;

(2)

any border security operation or law enforcement activity by the Department of Homeland Security or the Department of Justice; or

(3)

any law enforcement activity of any Federal, State, or local law enforcement agency in the Outstanding Natural Area.

(g)

Future disposition of coast guard facilities

If the Commandant determines, after the date of enactment of this Act, that Coast Guard facilities within the Outstanding Natural Area exceed the needs of the Coast Guard, the Commandant may relinquish the facilities to the Secretary without removal, subject only to any environmental remediation that may be required by law.

6.

Effect on ongoing and future coast guard operations

Nothing in this Act, the management plan, or the Jupiter Inlet Coordinated Resource Management Plan (including updates or amendments to the Jupiter Inlet Coordinated Resource Management Plan) precludes, prohibits, or otherwise affects ongoing or future Coast Guard operations or activities in the Outstanding Natural Area, including—

(1)

the continued and future operation of, access to, maintenance of, and, as may be necessitated for Coast Guard missions, the expansion, enhancement, or replacement of, the Coast Guard High Frequency antenna site on lot 16;

(2)

the continued and future operation of, access to, maintenance of, and, as may be necessitated for Coast Guard missions, the expansion, enhancement, or replacement of, the military family housing area on lot 18;

(3)

the continued and future use of, access to, maintenance of, and, as may be necessitated for Coast Guard missions, the expansion, enhancement, or replacement of, the pier on lot 18;

(4)

the existing lease of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse on lot 18 from the Coast Guard to the Loxahatchee River Historical Society; or

(5)

any easements or other less-than-fee interests in property appurtenant to existing Coast Guard facilities on lots 16 and 18.

7.

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this Act.

Passed the House of Representatives March 4, 2008.

Lorraine C. Miller,

Clerk.