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Text of the Colorado Wilderness Act of 2009

This bill was introduced on December 11, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Dec 11, 2009 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4289

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 11, 2009

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

A BILL

To designate certain lands in the State of Colorado as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title and definition

(a)

Short Title

This Act may be cited as the Colorado Wilderness Act of 2009.

(b)

Secretary Defined

As used in this Act, the term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture, as appropriate.

2.

Additions to National Wilderness Preservation System in the State of Colorado

(a)

Additions

The following lands in the State of Colorado administered by the Bureau of Land Management or the United States Forest Service are hereby designated as wilderness and, therefore, as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System:

(1)

The following areas managed by the Glenwood Springs Field Office:

(A)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 15,155 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Bull Gulch Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Bull Gulch Wilderness.

(B)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 16,263 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Castle Peak Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Castle Peak Wilderness.

(C)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 316 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Maroon Bells Snowmass Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Maroon Bells Wilderness.

(D)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 11,701 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Grand Hogback Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Grand Hogback Wilderness.

(2)

The following areas managed by the Glenwood Springs Field Office or located in the White River National Forest:

(A)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 16,427 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Flat Tops Addition Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, and which are hereby incorporated in and shall be deemed to be a part of the Flat Tops Wilderness designated by Public Law 94–146.

(B)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 25,285 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Thompson Creek Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Thompson Creek Wilderness.

(3)

The following areas managed by the Grand Junction Field Office:

(A)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 21,110 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Bangs Canyon Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Bangs Canyon Wilderness.

(B)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 25,881 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Demaree Canyon Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Demaree Canyon Wilderness.

(C)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 14,089 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Granite Creek Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Granite Creek Wilderness.

(D)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 30,557 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Little Bookcliffs Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Little Bookcliffs Wilderness.

(E)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 26,914 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled The Palisade Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Palisade Wilderness.

(F)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 27,569 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled South Shale Ridge Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the South Shale Ridge Wilderness.

(4)

Certain lands managed by the Grand Junction Field Office or located in the Uncompahgre National Forest, which comprise approximately 39,392 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Unaweep Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Unaweep Wilderness.

(5)

Certain lands managed by the Grand Junction Field Office and San Juan Field Office and in the Manti-LaSal National Forest which comprise approximately 65,448 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Sewemup Mesa Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Sewemup Mesa Wilderness.

(6)

The following areas managed by Gunnison Field Office:

(A)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 3,306 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Powderhorn Additions Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, and which are hereby incorporated in and shall be deemed to be a part of the Powderhorn Wilderness designated by Public Law 103–77.

(B)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 38,594 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Redcloud Peak Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Redcloud Peak Wilderness.

(C)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 6,878 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled West Elk Addition Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, and which are hereby incorporated in and shall be deemed to be a part of the West Elk Wilderness designated by Public Law 88–577.

(7)

Certain lands managed by the Gunnison Field Office or located in the Gunnison National Forest and Rio Grande National Forest which comprise approximately 72,397 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Handies Peak Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Handies Peak Wilderness.

(8)

Certain lands managed by the Kremmling Field Office which comprise approximately 33 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Platte River Addition Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, and which are hereby incorporated in and shall be deemed to be part of the Platte River Wilderness designated by Public Law 98–550.

(9)

The following areas managed by the Uncompahgre Field Office or located in the Uncompahgre National Forest:

(A)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 22,604 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Roubideau Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Roubideau Wilderness.

(B)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 13,288 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Norwood Canyon Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Norwood Canyon Wilderness.

(10)

The following areas managed by the San Juan Field Office:

(A)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 25,947 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Cross Canyon Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Cross Canyon Wilderness.

(B)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 33,467 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled McKenna Peak Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the McKenna Peak Wilderness.

(C)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 14,598 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Weber-Menefee Mountain Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Weber-Menefee Mountain Wilderness.

(11)

Certain lands managed by the Uncompahgre and San Juan Field Offices which comprise approximately 41,133 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Dolores River Canyon Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Dolores River Canyon Wilderness.

(12)

The following areas managed by the Royal Gorge Field Office:

(A)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 17,318 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled McIntyre Hills Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the McIntyre Wilderness.

(B)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 27,888 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Table Mountain Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Table Mountain Wilderness.

(13)

The following areas managed by the Royal Gorge Field Office or located in the Pike National Forest:

(A)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 38,378 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Beaver Creek Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Beaver Creek Wilderness.

(B)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 25,229 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Badger Creek Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Badger Creek Wilderness.

(C)

Certain lands which comprise approximately 20,025 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Browns Canyon Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Browns Canyon Wilderness.

(14)

Certain lands managed by the Royal Gorge Resource Area or located in the San Isabel National Forest which comprise approximately 44,372 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Grape Creek Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Grape Creek Wilderness.

(15)

Certain lands managed by the San Juan Field Office or located in the San Juan National Forest which comprise approximately 32,050 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Snaggletooth Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Snaggletooth Wilderness.

(b)

Maps and Descriptions

As soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall file a map and a boundary description of each area designated as 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. Each map and boundary description shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary may correct clerical and typographical errors in the map or boundary description. The maps and boundary descriptions shall be on file and available for public inspection in the Office of the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, and in the Office of the Chief of the Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, as appropriate.

(c)

State and Private Lands

Lands within the exterior boundaries of any wilderness area designated under this section that are owned by the State of Colorado or by a private entity shall be included within such wilderness area if such lands are acquired by the United States. Such lands may be acquired by the United States only as provided in the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.).

3.

Administrative provisions

(a)

In General

Subject to valid existing rights, lands designated as wilderness by this Act shall be managed by the Secretary in accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.) and this Act, except that, with respect to any wilderness areas designated by this Act, any reference in the Wilderness Act to the effective date of the Wilderness Act shall be deemed to be a reference to the date of enactment of this Act.

(b)

Grazing

Grazing of livestock in wilderness areas designated by this Act shall be administered in accordance with the provisions of section 4(d)(4) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(4)), as further interpreted by section 108 of Public Law 96–560, and the guidelines set forth in Appendix A of House Report 101–405 of the 101st Congress.

(c)

State Jurisdiction

As provided in section 4(d)(7) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(7)), nothing in this Act shall be construed as affecting the jurisdiction or responsibilities of the State of Colorado with respect to wildlife and fish in Colorado.

(d)

Water

(1)

In general

With respect to each wilderness and potential wilderness area designated by this Act, the Secretary shall obtain and exercise any water rights required to fulfill the purposes of the wilderness in accordance with the following provisions:

(A)

Such water rights shall be appropriated, adjudicated, changed, and administered pursuant to the procedural requirements and priority system of the laws of the State of Colorado.

(B)

The purposes and other substantive characteristics of such water rights shall be established pursuant to State law, except that the Secretary is specifically authorized to appropriate water under this Act exclusively for the purpose of maintaining groundwater levels, surface water levels, and streamflows on, across, and under the wilderness in order to accomplish the purposes of the wilderness and to protect wilderness uses.

(C)

Such water rights shall be established and used without interfering with any exercise of a water right in existence on the date of the enactment of this Act for a non-Federal purpose.

(2)

Protecting rights

The Secretary and all other officers of the United States shall take steps necessary to protect the rights established under paragraph (1), including the filing by the Secretary of a claim for the quantification of such rights in any present or future appropriate stream adjudication in the courts of the State of Colorado in which the United States is or may be joined and which is conducted in accordance with section 208 of the Department of Justice Appropriation Act, 1953 (43 U.S.C. 666; commonly known as the McCarran Amendment).

(3)

Relinquishment or reduction

Nothing in this Act shall be construed as a relinquishment or reduction of any water rights reserved or appropriated by the United States in the State of Colorado on or before the date of the enactment of this Act.

(4)

Water resource facility

With respect to each wilderness and potential wilderness area designated by this Act, notwithstanding any other provision of law, on and after the date of the enactment of this Act, neither the President nor any other officer, employee, or agent of the United States shall fund, assist, authorize, or issue a license or permit for development of any new irrigation and pumping facility, reservoir, water conservation work, aqueduct, canal, ditch, pipeline, well, hydropower project, transmission, other ancillary facility, or other water diversion, storage, or carriage structure.

(e)

Aerial Navigation Training Exercises

(1)

In general

The Colorado Army National Guard, through the High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site, may conduct aerial navigation training maneuver exercises over and upon the lands designated as potential wilderness by this Act in a manner—

(A)

consistent with the memorandum of understanding dated August 4, 1987, among the Colorado Army National Guard, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Forest Service; and

(B)

minimizing the impact to wilderness character, natural features, and a visitor’s sense of solitude.

(2)

Review of the memorandum of understanding

The parties to the memorandum of understanding referred to in paragraph (1)(A) shall review the memorandum and associated annual operating plan not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, and annually thereafter so long as the Colorado Army National Guard conducts activity described in paragraph (1). The review shall include consideration of alternative locations for activities identified in the memorandum of understanding. Such alternative locations must be over and upon National Forest System lands and lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, other than lands designated as wilderness or as potential wilderness.

(3)

Modification of the memorandum of understanding

The memorandum of understanding referred to in paragraph (1)(A) may be modified, subject to the agreement of all parties thereto, if the Colorado Army National Guard, in consultation with the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service, identifies an alternative location as described in paragraph (2) that meets its aerial training needs.

(f)

Potential Wilderness Designations

(1)

In general

The following lands are designated as potential wilderness areas:

(A)

Certain lands managed by the Glenwood Springs Field Office or located in the White River National Forest which comprise approximately 20,843 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Deep Creek Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Deep Creek Wilderness.

(B)

Certain lands managed by the Glenwood Springs Field Office which comprise approximately 15,679 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled Pisgah Mountain Proposed Wilderness Area, dated September 17, 2007, which shall be known as the Pisgah Mountain Wilderness.

(2)

Designation as wilderness

Lands described in paragraph (1) shall be designated as wilderness upon the Secretary publishing in the Federal Register a notice that all nonconforming uses of those lands provided for under subsection (e) that would be prohibited in wilderness by the Wilderness Act have ceased. Such publication in the Federal Register by the Secretary and subsequent designation as wilderness shall occur as the nonconforming use ceases in any of the individual areas identified and shall not be dependent on cessation of the nonconforming uses in all the potential wilderness areas identified.

(3)

Management

Except for activities provided for under subsection (e), lands described in paragraph (1) shall be managed by the Secretary in accordance with the Wilderness Act as wilderness until those lands are designated as wilderness under this subsection.