H. R. 1808
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 26, 2013
Mr. Michaud(for himself andMs. Pingree of Maine) introduced the following bill; which was referred to theCommittee on Natural Resources
To designate certain Federal lands within the Cross Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge, part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex, in Lincoln County, Hancock County, and Washington County, Maine, as wilderness.
This Act may be cited as the
Maine Coastal Islands Wilderness Act
In this Act:
The termhigh-water markmeans the point on the bank or shore up to which the water, by its presence and action or flow, leaves a distinct mark indicated by erosion, destruction of or change in vegetation, or other easily recognizable characteristic.
The termSecretarymeans the Secretary of the Interior.
Additions to the National Wilderness Preservation System
In furtherance of the purposes of the Wilderness Act( 16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq. ), and subject tosubsection (c), the following Federal lands in the State of Maine are hereby designated as wilderness and as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System:
Certain lands in
the Cross Island National Wildlife Refuge, comprising approximately 1,703
acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled
Cross Island National
Wildlife Refuge: Islands Wilderness Proposaland dated May, 2010, which
shall be known as the
Cross Island Wilderness. Cross Island
Wilderness includes six islands in a geographic cluster in Washington County
distributed over the following:
Cross Island: 1,654 acres.
Inner Double Head Shot Island: 8 acres.
Outer Double Head Shot Island: 14 acres.
Mink Island: 11 acres.
Scotch Island: 10 acres.
Old Man Island: 6 acres.
Certain lands in
the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge, comprising approximately 1,553 acres,
as generally depicted on the maps entitled
Petit Manan National Wildlife
Refuge: Islands Wilderness Proposaland dated May, 2010, which shall be
known as the
Maine Coastal Islands Wilderness. Maine Coastal
Islands Wilderness includes seven islands distributed over the
Outer Heron Island (Lincoln County): 66 acres.
Outer White Island (Lincoln County): 16 acres.
Little Marshall Island (Hancock County): 14 acres.
John’s Island (Hancock County): 43 acres.
Bois Bubert Island (Washington County): 1,321 acres.
Inner Sand Island (Washington County): 18 acres.
Halifax Island (Washington County): 75 acres.
Maps and descriptions
Filing and availability
As soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act, theSecretaryshall file a map and legal description of each wilderness area designated bysubsection (a)with theCommittee on Natural Resources of the House of Representativesand theCommittee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate. The maps and legal descriptions filed shall be filed and made available for public inspection by theSecretaryin the office of theDirector of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
Force and effect
A map and legal description filed underparagraph (1)shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that theSecretarymay correct errors in the map and legal description.
Seaward boundary of wilderness areas
The seaward boundary of each wilderness area designated by this section shall be the high-water mark.
Subject to valid existing rights, lands designated as wilderness by this Act shall be managed by theSecretaryin 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 theWilderness Actto the effective date of theWilderness Actis deemed to be a reference to the date of enactment of this Act.
Incorporation of acquired land and interest
Any land within the boundary of the land designated as wilderness bysection 3that is acquired by the United States shall—
become part of the wilderness area; and
be managed in accordance with this section.
Fish and wildlife
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 Maine with respect to wildlife and fish.
Congressdoes not intend for the designation of wilderness areas in the State under this section to lead to the creation of protective perimeters or buffer zones around any wilderness area.
Activities or uses up to boundaries
The fact that nonwilderness activities or uses can be seen or heard from within a wilderness designated by this Act shall not, of itself, preclude the activities or uses up to the boundary of the wilderness area.
Consistent with the purpose of theWilderness Act, theSecretarymay authorize the installation of navigational devices in any wilderness area designated by this Act for the purpose of improving public health and safety.
Landing of watercraft
Nothing in this Act shall be construed as prohibiting the landing of a watercraft on an island on which is located any area designated as a wilderness area by this Act.