H.R. 2016 (110th): National Landscape Conservation System Act

110th Congress, 2007–2009. Text as of Apr 10, 2008 (Placed on Calendar in the Senate).

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HR 2016 PCS

Calendar No. 634

110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 2016

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 10, 2008

Received; read twice and placed on the calendar


AN ACT

To establish the National Landscape Conservation 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 `National Landscape Conservation System Act'.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:

      (1) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior.

      (2) SYSTEM- The term `system' means the National Landscape Conservation System established by section 3(a).

SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION SYSTEM.

    (a) Establishment- In order to conserve, protect, and restore nationally significant landscapes that have outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values for the benefit of current and future generations, there is established in the Bureau of Land Management the National Landscape Conservation System.

    (b) Components- The system shall include each of the following areas administered by the Bureau of Land Management:

      (1) Each area that is designated as--

        (A) a national monument;

        (B) a national conservation area;

        (C) a wilderness study area;

        (D) a National Scenic Trail or National Historic Trail designated as a component of the National Trails System;

        (E) a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System; or

        (F) a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

      (2) Any area designated by Congress to be administered for conservation purposes, including--

        (A) the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area, as designated under section 101(a) of the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 460nnn-11(a));

        (B) the Headwaters Forest Reserve;

        (C) the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area; and

        (D) any additional area designated by Congress for inclusion in the system.

    (c) Management- The Secretary shall manage the system--

      (1) in accordance with each applicable law (including regulations) relating to each component of the system included under subsection (b); and

      (2) in a manner that protects the values for which the components of the system were designated.

SEC. 4. STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION.

    Nothing in this Act shall be construed to enhance, diminish, or modify any law or proclamation (or regulations related to such law or proclamation) under which the components of the system identified in section 3(b) were established, or are managed, including, but not limited to, the Alaska National Interest Land Conservation Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1271 et seq.), the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1241 et seq.), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.). In addition, nothing in this Act creates a Federal cause of action based on inclusion within the National Landscape Conservation System. Moreover, nothing in this Act is intended to additionally restrict or hinder energy development within the system. Nothing in this Act shall be construed as affecting the authority, jurisdiction, or responsibility of the several States to manage, control, or regulate fish and resident wildlife under State law or regulations, including the regulation of hunting, fishing, trapping, and recreational shooting on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Nothing in this Act shall be construed as limiting access for hunting, fishing, trapping, or recreational shooting. Specifically, inclusion in the National Landscape Conservation System shall not affect current grazing rights or operations.

SEC. 5. BORDER SECURITY.

    Nothing in this Act shall impede any efforts by the Department of Homeland Security to secure the borders of the United States.

Passed the House of Representatives April 9, 2008.

Attest:

LORRAINE C. MILLER,

Clerk.

Calendar No. 634

110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 2016

AN ACT

To establish the National Landscape Conservation System, and for other purposes.


April 10, 2008

Received; read twice and placed on the calendar