S. 721 (111th): Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act

111th Congress, 2009–2010. Text as of Mar 26, 2009 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 721

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 26, 2009

(for herself and Ms. Cantwell) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A BILL

To expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the State of Washington, to designate the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and Pratt River as wild and scenic rivers, and for other purposes.

1.

Short Title

This Act may be cited as the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act.

2.

Expansion of Alpine Lakes Wilderness

(a)

In General

There is designated as wilderness and as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System certain Federal land in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in the State of Washington comprising approximately 22,100 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Proposed Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and dated March 23, 2009, which is incorporated in and shall be considered to be a part of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

(b)

Administration

(1)

Management

Subject to valid existing rights, the land designated as wilderness by subsection (a) shall be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture (referred to in this section as the Secretary), in accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), except that any reference in that Act to the effective date of that Act shall be considered to be a reference to the date of enactment of this Act.

(2)

Map and Description

(A)

In General

As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall file a map and a legal description of each wilderness area designated by subsection (a) with—

(i)

the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives; and

(ii)

the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate.

(B)

Force of Law

A map and legal description filed under subparagraph (A) 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.

(C)

Public Availability

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

(c)

Incorporation of Acquired Land and Interest

Any land within the boundary of the land designated as wilderness by subsection (a) that is acquired by the United States shall—

(1)

become part of the wilderness area; and

(2)

be managed in accordance with subsection (b)(1).

3.

Wild and Scenic River Designations

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:

(171)

Middle Fork Snoqualmie, Washington

The 27.4-mile segment from the headwaters of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River near La Bohn Gap in NE 1/4 sec. 20, T. 24 N., R. 13 E., to the northern boundary of sec. 11, T. 23 N., R. 9 E., to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture in the following classifications:

(A)

The approximately 6.4-mile segment from the headwaters of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River near La Bohn Gap in NE 1/4 sec. 20, T. 24 N., R. 13 E., to the west section line of sec. 3, T. 23 N., R. 12 E., as a wild river.

(B)

The approximately 21-mile segment from the west section line of sec. 3, T. 23 N., R. 12 E., to the northern boundary of sec. 11, T. 23 N., R. 9 E., as a scenic river.

(172)

Pratt River, Washington

The entirety of the Pratt River in the State of Washington, located in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture as a wild river.

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