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H.R. 2489 (113th): Oregon Caves Revitalization Act of 2013

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 25, 2013 (Introduced).


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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2489

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 25, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Schrader, and Ms. Bonamici) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To modify the boundary of the Oregon Caves National Monument, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Oregon Caves Revitalization Act of 2013 .

2.

Purpose

The purpose of this Act is to add surrounding land to the Monument—

(1)

to enhance the protection of the resources associated with the Monument; and

(2)

to increase public recreation opportunities.

3.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Map

The term map means the map titled Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve numbered 150/80,023, and dated May 2010.

(2)

Monument

The term Monument means the Oregon Caves National Monument established by Presidential Proclamation Number 876 (36 Stat. 2497), dated July 12, 1909.

(3)

National Preserve

The term National Preserve means the National Preserve designated by section 4(a).

(4)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

(5)

Secretary concerned

The term Secretary concerned means—

(A)

the Secretary of Agriculture (acting through the Chief of the Forest Service), with respect to National Forest System land; and

(B)

the Secretary of the Interior, with respect to land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

(6)

State

The term State means the State of Oregon.

4.

Designation; land transfer; boundary adjustment

(a)

In general

The Monument shall be known and designated as the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve. The land identified on the map as Proposed Addition Lands shall be designated as a National Preserve.

(b)

Land transfer

The Secretary of Agriculture shall—

(1)

transfer approximately 4,070 acres of land identified on the map as the Proposed Addition Lands to the Secretary to be administered as part of the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve; and

(2)

adjust the boundary of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest to exclude the land transferred under paragraph (1).

(c)

Boundary adjustment

The boundary of the National Monument is modified to exclude approximately 4 acres of land—

(1)

located in the City of Cave Junction; and

(2)

identified on the map as the Cave Junction Unit, as depicted on the map.

(d)

Availability of map

The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service.

(e)

References

Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to the Monument shall be considered to be a reference to the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve.

5.

Administration

(a)

In general

The Secretary, acting through the Director of the National Park Service, shall administer the National Monument and Preserve in accordance with—

(1)

this Act;

(2)

Presidential Proclamation Number 876 (36 Stat. 2497), dated July 12, 1909; and

(3)

any law (including regulations) generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including the National Park Service Organic Act ( 16 U.S.C. 1 et seq. ).

(b)

Fire management

As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, in accordance with subsection (a), the Secretary shall revise the fire management plan for the Monument to include the National Preserve and, in accordance with the revised plan, carry out hazardous fuel management activities within the boundaries of the National Monument and Preserve.

(c)

Existing forest service contracts

The Secretary shall allow for the completion of existing Forest Service stewardship and service contracts executed as of the date of enactment of this Act and shall recognize the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture for the purpose of administering the existing Forest Service contracts through their completion. All terms and conditions of existing Forest Service contracts shall remain in place for the duration of those contracts. Any such liability existing at the time of enactment of this Act shall be that of the Forest Service.

(d)

Grazing

The Secretary may allow the grazing of livestock within the preserve to continue where authorized under permits or leases in existence as of the date of enactment of this Act. Grazing shall be at no more than the current level, as measured in Animal Unit Months, and subject to applicable laws and National Park Service regulations.

6.

Voluntary grazing lease or permit donation program

(a)

Donation of lease or permit

(1)

Acceptance by Secretary concerned

The Secretary concerned shall accept the donation of a grazing lease or permit from a lessee or permittee for—

(A)

the Big Grayback Grazing Allotment located in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest; and

(B)

the Billy Mountain Grazing Allotment located on a parcel of land that is managed by the Secretary (acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management).

(2)

Termination

With respect to each permit or lease donated under subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall—

(A)

terminate the grazing permit or lease; and

(B)

ensure a permanent end to grazing on the land covered by the permit or lease.

(b)

Effect of donation

A lessee or permittee that donates a grazing lease or grazing permit (or a portion of a grazing lease or grazing permit) under this section shall be considered to have waived any claim to any range improvement on the associated grazing allotment or portion of the associated grazing allotment, as applicable.

7.

Hunting, fishing, and trapping

(a)

In general

Except as provided in subsection (b), the Secretary shall permit hunting, fishing, and trapping on land and water within the National Preserve in accordance with each applicable law (including regulations) of the Federal Government and the State.

(b)

Administrative exceptions

In accordance with subsection (c), the Secretary may designate areas in which, and establish limited periods during which, no hunting, fishing, or trapping may be permitted within the National Preserve due to concerns relating to—

(1)

public safety;

(2)

the administration of the National Preserve; or

(3)

the compliance by the Secretary with any applicable law (including regulations).

(c)

Consultation with appropriate State agency

Except to respond to a situation that the Secretary determines to be an emergency, the Secretary shall consult with the appropriate agency of the State before taking any act to close any area within the National Preserve to hunting, fishing, or trapping.

8.

Effect

Nothing in this Act affects the authority or responsibility of the State to carry out any law or duty of the State relating to fish and wildlife on areas located within the National Preserve.

9.

Wild and scenic river designation, River Styx, Oregon

Section 3(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act ( 16 U.S.C. 1274(a) ) is amended by inserting the following paragraph:

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River Styx, Oregon

The subterranean segment of Cave Creek, known as the River Styx, to be administered by the Secretary of the Interior as a scenic river.

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10.

Wild and scenic river designation for study

Section 5(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act ( 16 U.S.C. 1276(a) ) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(__)

Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, Oregon

(A)

Cave Creek, Oregon

The 2.6-mile segment of Cave Creek from the headwaters at the River Styx to the boundary of the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest.

(B)

Lake Creek, Oregon

The 3.6-mile segment of Lake Creek from the headwaters at Bigelow Lakes to the confluence with Cave Creek.

(C)

No Name Creek, Oregon

The 0.6-mile segment of No Name Creek from the headwaters to the confluence with Cave Creek.

(D)

Panther Creek

The 0.8-mile segment of Panther Creek from the headwaters to the confluence with Lake Creek.

(E)

Upper Cave Creek

The segment of Upper Cave Creek from the headwaters to the confluence with River Styx.

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11.

Study and report

Section 5(b) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act ( 16 U.S.C. 1276(b) ) is amended by adding at the end the following:

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Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, Oregon

Not later than 3 years after funds are made available to carry out this paragraph, the Secretary shall complete the study of the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve segments designated for study in subsection (a), and shall submit to Congress a report containing the results of the study.

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