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H.R. 3682 (110th): California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act of 2008


The text of the bill below is as of Sep 27, 2007 (Introduced).


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110th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3682

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 27, 2007

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To designate certain Federal lands in Riverside County, California, as wilderness, to designate certain river segments in Riverside County as a wild, scenic, or recreational river, to adjust the boundary of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title; table of contents

(a)

Short title

This Act may be cited as the California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act.

(b)

Table of contents

The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.

Title I—Designation and Expansion of Wilderness Areas

Sec. 101. Definition of Secretary.

Sec. 102. Designation of wilderness, Cleveland and San Bernardino National Forests, Joshua Tree National Park, and Bureau of Land Management land in Riverside County, California.

Sec. 103. Joshua Tree National Park potential wilderness.

Sec. 104. Administration of wilderness.

Title II—Wild and Scenic River Designations

Sec. 201. Wild and scenic river designations, Riverside County, California.

Title III—Additions to Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

Sec. 301. Boundary adjustment, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.

I

Designation and Expansion of Wilderness Areas

101.

Definition of Secretary

In this title, the term Secretary means—

(1)

with respect to land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Agriculture; and

(2)

with respect to land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of the Interior.

102.

Designation of wilderness, Cleveland and San Bernardino National Forests, Joshua Tree National Park, and Bureau of Land Management land in Riverside County, California

(a)

Agua tibia wilderness addition

In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), certain land in the Cleveland National Forest and certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Riverside County, California, together comprising approximately 1,950 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Agua Tibia Proposed Wilderness, Bureau of Land Management and Cleveland National Forest, is designated as wilderness and is incorporated in, and shall be deemed to be a part of, the Agua Tibia Wilderness designated by section 2(a) of Public Law 93–632 (88 Stat. 2154; 16 U.S.C. 1132 note).

(b)

Cahuilla mountain wilderness

In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), certain land in the San Bernardino National Forest, California, comprising approximately 7,131 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Cahuilla Mountain Proposed Wilderness, San Bernardino National Forest, is designated as wilderness and, therefore, as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System, which shall be known as the Cahuilla Mountain Wilderness.

(c)

South fork san jacinto wilderness

In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), certain land in the San Bernardino National Forest, California, comprising approximately 21,540 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled South Fork San Jacinto Proposed Wilderness, San Bernardino National Forest, is designated as wilderness and, therefore, as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System, which shall be known as the South Fork San Jacinto Wilderness.

(d)

Santa rosa wilderness addition

In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), certain land in the San Bernardino National Forest, California, and certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Riverside County, California, comprising approximately 3,300 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Santa Rosa Proposed Wilderness Additions, is designated as wilderness and is incorporated in, and shall be deemed to be a part of, the Santa Rosa Wilderness designated by section 1019(a)(28) of Public Law 98–425 (98 Stat. 1623; 16 U.S.C. 1132 note) and expanded by paragraph (59) of section 102 of Public Law 103–433 (108 Stat. 4472; 16 U.S.C. 1132 note).

(e)

Beauty mountain wilderness

In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Riverside County, California, comprising approximately 16,700 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Beauty Mountain Proposed Wilderness, is designated as wilderness and, therefore, as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System, which shall be known as the Beauty Mountain Wilderness.

(f)

Joshua tree national park wilderness addition

In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), certain land in Joshua Tree National Park, comprising approximately 40,078 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Joshua Tree National Park Proposed Wilderness Additions, is designated as wilderness and is incorporated in, and shall be deemed to be a part of, the Joshua Tree Wilderness designated by section 1(g) of Public Law 94–567 (90 Stat. 2692; 16 U.S.C. 1132 note).

(g)

Orocopia mountains wilderness addition

In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Riverside County, California, comprising approximately 3,760 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Orocopia Mountains Proposed Wilderness Additions, is designated as wilderness and is incorporated in, and shall be deemed to be a part of, the Orocopia Mountains Wilderness as designated by paragraph (44) of section 102 of Public Law 103–433 (108 Stat. 4472; 16 U.S.C. 1132 note).

(h)

Palen/McCoy wilderness additions

In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Riverside County, California, comprising approximately 20,320 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Palen/McCoy Proposed Wilderness Additions, is designated as wilderness and is incorporated in, and shall be deemed to be a part of, the Palen/McCoy Wilderness as designated by paragraph (47) of section 102 of Public Law 103–433 (108 Stat. 4472; 16 U.S.C. 1132 note).

(i)

Pinto Mountains wilderness

In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Riverside County, California, comprising approximately 24,080 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Pinto Mountains Proposed Wilderness, is designated as wilderness and, therefore, as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System, which shall be known as the Pinto Mountains Wilderness.

(j)

Chuckwalla mountains wilderness additions

In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Riverside County, California, comprising approximately 14,480 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Chuckwalla Mountains Proposed Wilderness Additions, is designated as wilderness and is incorporated in, and shall be deemed to be a part of the Chuckwalla Mountains Wilderness as designated by paragraph (12) of section 102 of Public Law 103–433 (108 Stat. 4472; 16 U.S.C. 1132 note).

(k)

Maps and descriptions

(1)

In general

As soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall file a map and legal description of each wilderness area and wilderness addition designated by this section with the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate.

(2)

Force of law

A map and legal description filed under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary may correct errors in the map and legal description.

(3)

Public availability

Each map and legal description filed under paragraph (1) shall be filed and made available for public inspection in the appropriate office of the Secretary.

(l)

Utility facilities and corridors

The wilderness areas and wilderness additions designated by this section are intended to exclude rights of way for existing utility facilities, such as power, gas, and telecommunications lines, and associated structures and access roads, and existing designated utility corridors. Nothing in this section or the Wilderness Act shall be construed to prohibit construction, operation, and maintenance, using standard industry practices, of existing utility facilities located outside of the wilderness areas and wilderness additions designated by this section.

103.

Joshua Tree National Park potential wilderness

(a)

Designation of potential wilderness

Certain land in the Joshua Tree National Park, comprising approximately 41,100 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Joshua Tree National Park Potential Wilderness Addition, is designated potential wilderness and shall be managed by the Secretary of the Interior insofar as practicable as wilderness until such time as the land is designated as wilderness pursuant to subsection (b).

(b)

Designation as wilderness

The land designated potential wilderness by subsection (a) shall be designated as wilderness and incorporated in, and be deemed to be a part of, the Joshua Tree Wilderness designated by section 1(g) of Public Law 94–567 (90 Stat. 2692; 16 U.S.C. 1132 note), effective upon publication by the Secretary of the Interior in the Federal Register of a notice that—

(1)

all uses of the land within the potential wilderness prohibited by the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.) have ceased; or

(2)

sufficient inholdings within the boundaries of the potential wilderness have been acquired to establish a manageable wilderness unit.

(c)

Map and description

(1)

In general

As soon as practicable after the date on which the notice required by subsection (b) is published in the Federal Register, the Secretary shall file a map and legal description of the land designated as wilderness and potential wilderness by this section with the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate.

(2)

Force of law

The map and legal description filed under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary may correct errors in the map and legal description.

(3)

Public availability

Each map and legal description filed under paragraph (1) shall be filed and made available for public inspection in the appropriate office of the Secretary.

104.

Administration of wilderness

(a)

Management

Subject to valid existing rights, the land designated as wilderness or as a wilderness addition by this title shall be administered by the Secretary in accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), except that—

(1)

any reference in that Act to the effective date of that Act shall be deemed to be a reference to—

(A)

the date of the enactment of this Act; or

(B)

in the case of the wilderness addition designated by subsection (b) of section 103, the date on which the notice required by such subsection is published in the Federal Register; and

(2)

any reference in that Act to the Secretary of Agriculture shall be deemed to be a reference to the Secretary that has jurisdiction over the land.

(b)

Incorporation of acquired land and interests

Any land within the boundaries of a wilderness area or wilderness addition designated by this title that is acquired by the United States shall—

(1)

become part of the wilderness area in which the land is located; and

(2)

be managed in accordance with this title, the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), and any other applicable law.

(c)

Withdrawal

Subject to valid rights in existence on the date of enactment of this Act, the land designated as wilderness by this title is withdrawn from all forms of—

(1)

entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws;

(2)

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

(3)

disposition under all laws pertaining to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials.

(d)

Fire management and related activities

(1)

In general

The Secretary may take such measures in a wilderness area or wilderness addition designated by this title as are necessary for the control and prevention of fire, insects, and diseases, including the use of prescribed burning, priority treatments, or fuels reduction, in accordance with section 4(d)(1) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(1)) and House Report 98–40 of the 98th Congress. The designation of wilderness areas and wilderness additions by this title is not intended to alter the priorities afforded the land so designated in allocating funds for fire and related fuels management.

(2)

Revision and development of management plans

Not later than six months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall amend the management plans that apply to the Santa Rosa Mountain Wilderness and Agua Tibia Wilderness, and prepare management plans for the Beauty Mountain Wilderness, Cahuilla Mountain Wilderness, and South Fork San Jacinto Wilderness Area, to authorize the Forest Supervisors of the San Bernardino and Cleveland National Forests and the Field Office Manager of the Palm Springs–South Coast Field Office to take whatever appropriate actions in such wilderness areas under their jurisdiction as are necessary for fire prevention and watershed protection consistent with wilderness values, including best management practices for fire pre-suppression and fire suppression measures and techniques.

(3)

Incorporation into land management planning

Any special provisions contained in the management plans for the wilderness areas referred to in paragraph (2) pursuant to such paragraph shall be incorporated into the applicable management plans for the San Bernardino National Forest, Cleveland National Forest, or Palm Springs–South Coast Field Office, as the case may be.

(4)

State or local agencies

The Secretary may review, and if appropriate, delegate by written agreement primary fire fighting authority and related public safety activities to an appropriate State or local agency.

(e)

Grazing

Grazing of livestock in a wilderness area or wilderness addition designated by this title shall be administered in accordance with the provisions of section 4(d)(4) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(4)) and the guidelines set forth in House Report 96–617 to accompany H.R. 5487 of the 96th Congress.

(f)

Native american uses and interests

(1)

Effect of designation

Nothing in the designation of the Cahuilla Mountain Wilderness by this title affects the unique cultural artifacts and sacred sites of the Indian tribes that are contained within that wilderness area, as identified by Indian tribes and the Forest Service.

(2)

Access and use

The Secretary shall ensure access to the Cahuilla Mountain Wilderness by members of an Indian tribe for traditional cultural and religious purposes. In implementing this requirement, the Secretary, upon the request of an Indian tribe, shall temporarily close to the general public use of one or more specific portions of the wilderness area in order to protect the privacy of traditional cultural and religious activities in such areas by members of the Indian tribe. Any such closure shall be made to affect the smallest practicable area for the minimum period necessary for such purposes. Such access shall be consistent with the purpose and intent of Public Law 95–341 (42 U.S.C. 1996), commonly referred to as the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, and the Wilderness Act (11 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.).

(3)

Indian tribe defined

In this subsection, the term Indian tribe means any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community of Indians which—

(A)

is recognized as eligible by the Secretary of the Interior for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians; and

(B)

is recognized as possessing powers of self-government.

II

Wild and Scenic River Designations

201.

Wild and scenic river designations, Riverside County, California

Section 3(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1274(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:

(_)

North Fork San Jacinto River, California

The following segments of the North Fork San Jacinto River in the State of California, to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture:

(A)

The 2.12-mile segment from the source of the North Fork San Jacinto River at Deer Springs in Mt. San Jacinto State Park to the State Park boundary, as a wild river.

(B)

The 1.66-mile segment from the Mt. San Jacinto State Park boundary to the Lawler Park boundary in section 26, township 4 south, range 2 east, San Bernardino meridian, as a scenic river.

(C)

The 0.68-mile segment from the Lawler Park boundary to its confluence with Fuller Mill Creek, as a recreational river.

(D)

The 2.15-mile segment from its confluence with Fuller Mill Creek to .25 miles upstream of the 5S09 road crossing, as a wild river.

(E)

The 0.6-mile segment from .25 miles upstream of the 5S09 Road crossing to its confluence with Stone Creek, as a scenic river.

(F)

The 2.91-mile segment from the Stone Creek confluence to the northern boundary of section 17, township 5 south, range 2 east, San Bernardino meridian, as a wild river.

(_)

Fuller Mill Creek, California

The following segments of Fuller Mill Creek in the State of California, to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture:

(A)

The 1.2-mile segment from the source of Fuller Mill Creek in the San Jacinto Wilderness to the Pinewood property boundary in section 13, township 4 south, range 2 east, San Bernardino meridian, as a scenic river.

(B)

The 0.9-mile segment in the Pine Wood property, as a recreational river.

(C)

The 1.4-mile segment from the Pinewood property boundary in section 23, township 4 south, range 2 east, San Bernardino meridian, to its confluence with the North Fork San Jacinto River, as a scenic river.

(_)

Palm Canyon Creek, California

The 8.1-mile segment of Palm Canyon Creek in the State of California from the southern boundary of section 6, township 7 south, range 5 east, San Bernardino meridian, to the San Bernardino National Forest boundary in section 1, township 6 south, range 4 east, San Bernardino meridian, to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture as a wild river, through a cooperative management agreement between the Secretary of Agriculture and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

(_)

Bautista Creek, California

The 9.8-mile segment of Bautista Creek in the State of California from the San Bernardino National Forest boundary in section 36, township 6 south, range 2 east, San Bernardino meridian, to the San Bernardino National Forest boundary in section 2, township 6 south, range 1 east, San Bernardino meridian, to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture as a recreational river.

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III

Additions to Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

301.

Boundary adjustment, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

Section 2 of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Act of 2000 (Public Law 106–351; 114 U.S.C. 1362; 16 U.S.C. 431 note) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(e)

Expansion of boundaries

In addition to the land described in subsection (c), the boundaries of the National Monument shall include the lands identified as additions to the National Monument on the following maps:

(1)

The map entitled Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains Addition, Santa Rosa Peak Area.

(2)

The map entitled Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains Addition, Snow Creek Area.

(3)

The map entitled Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains Addition, Tahquitz Peak Area.

(4)

The map entitled Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains Addition, Southeast Boundary Area.

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