H. R. 2259
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
To withdraw certain Federal land and interests in that land from location, entry, and patent under the mining laws and disposition under the mineral and geothermal leasing laws and to preserve existing uses.
This Act may be cited as the
North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2014
In this Act:
Eligible Federal land
The term eligible Federal land means—
any federally owned land or interest in land depicted on the Map as within the North Fork Federal Lands Withdrawal Area; or
any land or interest in land located within the North Fork Federal Lands Withdrawal Area that is acquired by the Federal Government after the date of enactment of this Act.
The term Map means the Bureau of Land Management map entitled
North Fork Federal Lands Withdrawal Area and dated June 9, 2010.
Subject to valid existing rights, the eligible Federal land is withdrawn from—
all forms of location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and
disposition under all laws relating to mineral leasing and geothermal leasing.
Availability of map
Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Map shall be made available to the public at each appropriate office of the Bureau of Land Management.
Effect of section
Nothing in this section violates the rights of existing leaseholders or prohibits the Secretary of the Interior from taking any action necessary to complete any requirement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 ( 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) or the Endangered Species Act of 1973 ( 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) required for permitting surface-disturbing activity to occur on any lease issued before the date of enactment of this Act.
Existing uses not affected
Except with respect to the withdrawal under section 3, nothing in this Act restricts recreational uses, livestock management activities, or forest management activities allowed on the date of the enactment of this Act on the eligible Federal land in accordance with applicable law.
Passed the House of Representatives March 4, 2014.
Karen L. Haas,