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S. 1054 (113th): Gold Butte National Conservation Area Act


The text of the bill below is as of May 23, 2013 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


II

113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1054

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 23, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A BILL

To establish the Gold Butte National Conservation Area in Clark County, Nevada in order to conserve, protect, and enhance the cultural, archaeological, natural, wilderness, scientific, geological, historical, biological, wildlife, educational, and scenic resources of the area, to designate wilderness areas, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title; table of contents

(a)

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Gold Butte National Conservation Area Act .

(b)

Table of contents

The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.

Sec. 2. Findings.

Sec. 3. Definitions.

TITLE I—Gold Butte National Conservation Area

Sec. 101. Establishment of Gold Butte National Conservation Area.

Sec. 102. Management of Conservation Area.

Sec. 103. General provisions.

Sec. 104. Gold Butte National Conservation Area Advisory Council.

TITLE II—Designation of wilderness areas in Clark County, Nevada

Sec. 201. Findings.

Sec. 202. Additions to National Wilderness Preservation System.

Sec. 203. Administration.

Sec. 204. Adjacent management.

Sec. 205. Military, law enforcement, and emergency overflights.

Sec. 206. Release of wilderness study areas.

Sec. 207. Native American cultural and religious uses.

Sec. 208. Wildlife management.

Sec. 209. Wildfire, insect, and disease management.

Sec. 210. Climatological data collection.

Sec. 211. National Park System land.

TITLE III—General provisions

Sec. 301. Relationship to Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan.

Sec. 302. Visitor center, research, and interpretation.

Sec. 303. Termination of withdrawal of Bureau of Land Management land.

2.

Findings

Congress finds that—

(1)

the public land in southeastern Nevada generally known as Gold Butte is recognized for outstanding—

(A)

scenic values;

(B)

natural resources, including critical habitat, sensitive species, wildlife, desert tortoise habitat, and geology;

(C)

historic resources, including historic mining, ranching and other western cultures, and pioneer activities; and

(D)

cultural resources, including evidence of prehistoric habitation and rock art;

(2)

Gold Butte has become a destination for diverse recreation opportunities, including camping, hiking, hunting, motorized recreation, and sightseeing;

(3)

Gold Butte draws visitors from throughout the United States;

(4)

Gold Butte provides important economic benefits to Mesquite and other nearby communities;

(5)

inclusion of the Gold Butte National Conservation Area in the National Landscape Conservation System would provide increased opportunities for—

(A)

interpretation of the diverse values of the area for the visiting public; and

(B)

education and community outreach in the region; and

(6)

designation of Gold Butte as a National Conservation Area will permanently protect the scenic, biological, natural, historical, scientific, paleontological, recreational, ecological, wilderness, and cultural resources within the area.

3.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Advisory council

The term Advisory Council means the Gold Butte National Conservation Area Advisory Council established under section 104(a).

(2)

Conservation area

The term Conservation Area means the Gold Butte National Conservation Area established by section 101(a).

(3)

County

The term County means Clark County, Nevada.

(4)

Designated route

The term designated route means a road that is designated as open by the Route Designations for Selected Areas of Critical Environmental Concern Located in the Northeast Portion of the Las Vegas BLM District Environmental Assessment, NV–052–2006–0433.

(5)

Management plan

The term management plan means the management plan for the Conservation Area developed under section 102(b).

(6)

Map

The term Map means the map entitled Gold Butte National Conservation Area and dated May 23, 2013.

(7)

Public land

The term public land has the meaning given the term public lands in section 103 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 ( 43 U.S.C. 1702 ).

(8)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

(9)

State

The term State means the State of Nevada.

(10)

Wilderness area

The term wilderness area means a wilderness areas designated by section 202(a).

I

Gold Butte National Conservation Area

101.

Establishment of Gold Butte National Conservation Area

(a)

Establishment

There is established the Gold Butte National Conservation Area in the State.

(b)

Area included

The Conservation Area shall consist of approximately 348,515 acres of public land administered by the Bureau of Land Management in the County, as generally depicted on the Map.

(c)

Map and legal description

(1)

In general

As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall file a map and legal description of the Conservation Area with the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate.

(2)

Effect

The map and legal description prepared under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this title, except that the Secretary may correct minor errors in the map or legal description.

(3)

Public availability

A copy of the map and legal description shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service.

102.

Management of Conservation Area

(a)

Purposes

In accordance with this title, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 ( 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq. ), and other applicable laws, the Secretary shall manage the Conservation Area in a manner that conserves, protects, and enhances the scenic, biological, natural, historical, scientific, paleontological, recreational, ecological, wilderness, and cultural resources of the Conservation Area.

(b)

Management plan

(1)

Plan required

Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall develop a management plan for the long-term protection and management of the Conservation Area.

(2)

Consultation

The Secretary shall prepare the management plan in consultation with the State, local and tribal government entities, the Advisory Council, and the public.

(3)

Requirements

The management plan shall—

(A)

describe the appropriate uses and management of the Conservation Area; and

(B)

include a recommendation on interpretive and educational materials regarding the cultural and biological resources of the region within which the Conservation Area is located.

(4)

Incorporation of route designations

The management plan shall incorporate the decisions in the Route Designations for Selected Areas of Critical Environmental Concern Located in the Northeast Portion of the Las Vegas BLM District Environmental Assessment, NV–052–2006–0433.

(c)

Uses

The Secretary shall allow only such uses of the Conservation Area that the Secretary determines would further the purpose of the Conservation Area described in subsection (a).

(d)

Incorporation of acquired land and interests

Any land or interests in land located within the boundary of the Conservation Area that is acquired by the United States after the date of enactment of this Act shall become part of the Conservation Area and be managed as provided in subsection (a).

(e)

Motorized vehicles

(1)

In general

Except in cases in which motorized vehicles are needed for administrative purposes or to respond to an emergency, the use of motorized vehicles shall be permitted only on designated routes.

(2)

Monitoring and evaluation

The Secretary shall annually—

(A)

assess the effects of the use of motorized vehicles on designated routes; and

(B)

in consultation with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, assess the effects of designated routes on wildlife and wildlife habitat to minimize environmental impacts and prevent damage to cultural and historical resources from the use of designated routes.

(3)

Management

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall manage designated routes in a manner that—

(i)

is consistent with motorized and mechanized use of the designated routes that is authorized on the date of the enactment of this Act;

(ii)

ensures the safety of the people that use the designated routes;

(iii)

does not damage sensitive habitat or cultural or historical resources; and

(iv)

provides for adaptive management of resources and restoration of damaged habitat or resources.

(B)

Rerouting

(i)

In general

A designated route may be temporarily closed or rerouted if the Secretary, in consultation with the State, the County, and the Advisory Council, subject to subparagraph (C), determines that—

(I)

the designated route is having an adverse impact on—

(aa)

sensitive habitat;

(bb)

natural resources;

(cc)

cultural resources; or

(dd)

historical resources;

(II)

the designated route threatens public safety;

(III)

temporary closure of the designated route is necessary to repair—

(aa)

the designated route; or

(bb)

resource damage; or

(IV)

modification of the designated route would not significantly affect access within the Conservation Area.

(ii)

Priority

If the Secretary determines that the rerouting of a designated route is necessary under clause (i), the Secretary may give priority to existing roads designated as closed.

(iii)

Duration

A designated route that is temporarily closed under clause (i) shall remain closed only until the date on which the resource or public safety issue that led to the temporary closure has been resolved.

(C)

Notice

The Secretary shall provide information to the public regarding any designated routes that are open, have been rerouted, or are temporarily closed through—

(i)

use of appropriate signage within the Conservation Area; and

(ii)

the distribution of maps, safety education materials, law enforcement, and other information considered to be appropriate by the Secretary.

(4)

No effect on non-Federal land or interests in non-Federal land

Nothing in this section affects ownership, management, or other rights relating to non-Federal land or interests in non-Federal land.

(5)

Map on file

The Secretary shall keep a current map on file at the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management.

(6)

Road construction

Except as necessary for administrative purposes or to respond to an emergency, the Secretary shall not construct any permanent or temporary road within the Conservation Area after the date of enactment of this Act.

(f)

National landscape conservation system

The Conservation Area shall be administered as a component of the National Landscape Conservation System.

(g)

Hunting, fishing, and trapping

Nothing in this title affects the jurisdiction of the State with respect to fish and wildlife, including hunting, fishing, and trapping in the Conservation Area.

103.

General provisions

(a)

No buffer zones

(1)

In general

The establishment of the Conservation Area shall not create an express or implied protective perimeter or buffer zone around the Conservation Area.

(2)

Private land

If the use of, or conduct of an activity on, private land that shares a boundary with the Conservation Area is consistent with applicable law, nothing in this title concerning the establishment of the Conservation Area prohibits or limits the use or conduct of the activity.

(b)

Withdrawals

Subject to valid existing rights, all public land within the Conservation Area, including any land or interest in land that is acquired by the United States within the Conservation Area after the date of enactment of this Act, is withdrawn from—

(1)

entry, appropriation or disposal under the public land laws;

(2)

location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and

(3)

operation of the mineral leasing, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws.

(c)

Special management areas

(1)

In general

The establishment of the Conservation Area shall not affect the management status of any area within the boundary of the Conservation Area that is protected under the Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan.

(2)

Conflict of laws

If there is a conflict between the laws applicable to an area described in paragraph (1) and this title, the more restrictive provision shall control.

104.

Gold Butte National Conservation Area Advisory Council

(a)

Establishment

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish an advisory council, to be known as the Gold Butte National Conservation Area Advisory Council .

(b)

Duties

The Advisory Council shall advise the Secretary with respect to the preparation and implementation of the management plan.

(c)

Applicable law

The Advisory Council shall be subject to—

(1)

the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.); and

(2)

the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 ( 43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq. ).

(d)

Members

(1)

In general

The Advisory Council shall include 13 members to be appointed by the Secretary, of whom, to the extent practicable—

(A)

4 members shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Mesquite, Nevada, City Council;

(B)

1 member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Bunkerville, Nevada, Town Advisory Board;

(C)

1 member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Moapa Valley, Nevada, Town Advisory Board;

(D)

1 member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Moapa, Nevada, Town Advisory Board;

(E)

1 member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribal Council; and

(F)

5 at-large members from the County shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the County Commission.

(2)

Special appointment considerations

The at-large members appointed under paragraph (1)(F) shall have backgrounds that reflect—

(A)

the purposes for which the Conservation Area was established; and

(B)

the interests of persons affected by the planning and management of the Conservation Area.

(3)

Representation

The Secretary shall ensure that the membership of the Advisory Council is fairly balanced in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed by the Advisory Council.

(4)

Initial appointment

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall appoint the initial members of the Advisory Council in accordance with paragraph (1).

(e)

Duties of the advisory council

The Advisory Council shall advise the Secretary with respect to the preparation and implementation of the management plan, including budgetary matters relating to the Conservation Area.

(f)

Compensation

Members of the Advisory Council shall receive no compensation for serving on the Advisory Council.

(g)

Chairperson

(1)

In general

The Advisory Council shall elect a Chairperson from among the members of the Advisory Council.

(2)

Term

The term of the Chairperson shall be 3 years.

(h)

Term of members

(1)

In general

The term of a member of the Advisory Council shall be 3 years.

(2)

Successors

Notwithstanding the expiration of a 3-year term of a member of the Advisory Council, a member may continue to serve on the Advisory Council until a successor is appointed.

(i)

Vacancies

(1)

In general

A vacancy on the Advisory Council shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made.

(2)

Appointment for remainder of term

A member appointed to fill a vacancy on the Advisory Council shall serve for the remainder of the term for which the predecessor was appointed.

(j)

Termination

The Advisory Council shall terminate not later than 3 years after the date on which the final version of the management plan is published.

II

Designation of wilderness areas in Clark County, Nevada

201.

Findings

Congress finds that—

(1)

public land administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and National Park Service in the County contains unique and spectacular natural, cultural, and historical resources, including—

(A)

priceless habitat for numerous species of plants and wildlife;

(B)

thousands of acres of land that remain in a natural state; and

(C)

numerous sites containing significant cultural and historical artifacts; and

(2)

continued preservation of the public land would benefit the County and all of the United States by—

(A)

ensuring the conservation of ecologically diverse habitat;

(B)

protecting prehistoric cultural resources;

(C)

conserving primitive recreational resources; and

(D)

protecting air and water quality.

202.

Additions to National Wilderness Preservation System

(a)

Additions

In furtherance of the Wilderness Act ( 16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq. ), the following public land administered by the National Park Service or the Bureau of Land Management in the County is designated as wilderness and as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System:

(1)

Virgin peak wilderness

Certain public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, comprising approximately 18,296 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the Virgin Peak Wilderness.

(2)

Black ridge wilderness

Certain public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, comprising approximately 18,192 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the Black Ridge Wilderness.

(3)

Bitter ridge north wilderness

Certain public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management comprising approximately 15,114 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the Bitter Ridge North Wilderness.

(4)

Bitter ridge south wilderness

Certain public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, comprising approximately 12,646 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the Bitter Ridge Wilderness.

(5)

Billy goat peak wilderness

Certain public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, comprising approximately 30,460 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the Billy Goat Peak Wilderness.

(6)

Million hills wilderness

Certain public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, comprising approximately 24,818 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the Million Hills Wilderness.

(7)

Overton wilderness

Certain Federal land within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, comprising approximately 23,227 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the Overton Wilderness.

(8)

Twin springs wilderness

Certain Federal land within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, comprising approximately 9,684 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the Twin Springs Wilderness.

(9)

Scanlon wash wilderness

Certain Federal land within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, comprising approximately 22,826 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the Scanlon Wash Wilderness.

(10)

Hiller mountains wilderness

Certain Federal land within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, comprising approximately 14,832 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the Hiller Mountains Wilderness.

(11)

Hell's kitchen wilderness

Certain Federal land within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, comprising approximately 12,439 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the Hell's Kitchen Wilderness.

(12)

Indian hills wilderness

Certain Federal land within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, comprising approximately 8,955 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the Indian Hills Wilderness.

(13)

Lime canyon wilderness additions

Certain public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, comprising approximately 10,069 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which is incorporated in, and shall be managed as part of, the Lime Canyon Wilderness designated by section 202(a)(9) of the Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002 (16 U.S.C. 1132 note; Public Law 107–282 ).

(b)

National landscape conservation system

The wilderness areas administered by the Bureau of Land Management shall be administered as components of the National Landscape Conservation System.

(c)

Road offset

The boundary of any portion of a wilderness area that is bordered by a road shall be at least 100 feet away from the centerline of the road so as not to interfere with public access.

(d)

Lake offset

The boundary of any portion of a wilderness area that is bordered by Lake Mead or the Colorado River shall be 300 feet inland from the high water line.

(e)

Map and legal description

(1)

In general

As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall file a map and legal description of each wilderness area with the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate.

(2)

Effect

Each map and legal description under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this title, except that the Secretary may correct clerical and typographical errors in the map or legal description.

(3)

Availability

Each map and legal description under paragraph (1) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service.

203.

Administration

(a)

Management

Subject to valid existing rights, the wilderness areas shall be administered by the Secretary in accordance with the Wilderness Act ( 16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq. ), except that—

(1)

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; and

(2)

any reference in that Act to the Secretary of Agriculture shall be considered to be a reference to the Secretary.

(b)

Incorporation of acquired land and interests

Any land or interest in land within the boundaries of a wilderness area that is acquired by the United States after the date of enactment of this Act shall be added to, and administered as part of, the wilderness area within which the acquired land or interest is located.

(c)

Water rights

(1)

Findings

Congress finds that—

(A)

the land designated as a wilderness area—

(i)

is within the Mojave Desert;

(ii)

is arid in nature; and

(iii)

includes ephemeral streams;

(B)

the hydrology of the land designated as a wilderness area is locally characterized by complex flow patterns and alluvial fans with impermanent channels;

(C)

the subsurface hydrogeology of the region within which the land designated as a wilderness area is located is characterized by ground water subject to local and regional flow gradients and artesian aquifers;

(D)

the land designated as a wilderness area is generally not suitable for use or development of new water resource facilities;

(E)

there are no actual or proposed water resource facilities and no opportunities for diversion, storage, or other uses of water occurring outside the land designated as a wilderness area that would adversely affect the wilderness or other values of the land; and

(F)

because of the unique nature and hydrology of the desert land designated as a wilderness area and the existence of the Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan, it is possible to provide for proper management and protection of the wilderness, perennial springs, and other values of the land in ways different than the methods used in other laws.

(2)

Statutory construction

(A)

No reservation

Nothing in this title constitutes an express or implied reservation by the United States of any water or water rights with respect to the land designated as a wilderness area.

(B)

State rights

Nothing in this title affects any water rights in the State existing on the date of enactment of this Act, including any water rights held by the United States.

(C)

No precedent

Nothing in this subsection establishes a precedent with regard to any future wilderness designations.

(D)

No effect on compacts

Nothing in this title limits, alters, modifies, or amends any of the interstate compacts or equitable apportionment decrees that apportion water among and between the State and other States.

(E)

Clark county multi-species habitat conservation plan

Nothing in this title limits, alters, modifies, or amends the Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan with respect to the land designated as a wilderness area, including specific management actions for the conservation of perennial springs.

(3)

Nevada water law

The Secretary shall follow the procedural and substantive requirements of State law in order to obtain and hold any water rights not in existence on the date of enactment of this Act with respect to the land designated as a wilderness area.

(4)

New projects

(A)

Definition

(i)

In general

In this paragraph, the term water resource facility means irrigation and pumping facilities, reservoirs, water conservation works, aqueducts, canals, ditches, pipelines, wells, hydropower projects, and transmission and other ancillary facilities, and other water diversion, storage, and carriage structures.

(ii)

Exclusion

In this paragraph, the term water resource facility does not include wildlife guzzlers.

(B)

No licenses or permits

Except as otherwise provided in this title, on and after the date of 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 the development of any new water resource facility within the land designated as a wilderness area.

(d)

Withdrawal

Subject to valid existing rights, any Federal land within the wilderness areas, including any land or interest in land that is acquired by the United States within the Conservation Area after the date of enactment of this Act, is withdrawn from—

(1)

entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws;

(2)

location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and

(3)

operation of the mineral leasing, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws.

204.

Adjacent management

(a)

No buffer zones

Congress does not intend for the designation of land as wilderness areas to lead to the creation of protective perimeters or buffer zones around the wilderness areas.

(b)

Nonwilderness activities

The fact that nonwilderness activities or uses can be seen or heard from areas within a wilderness area shall not preclude the conduct of those activities or uses outside the boundary of the wilderness area.

205.

Military, law enforcement, and emergency overflights

Nothing in this Act restricts or precludes—

(1)

low-level overflights of military, law enforcement, or emergency medical services aircraft over the area designated as wilderness by this Act, including military, law enforcement, or emergency medical services overflights that can be seen or heard within the wilderness area;

(2)

flight testing and evaluation; or

(3)

the designation or creation of new units of special use airspace, or the establishment of military, law enforcement, or emergency medical services flight training routes, over the wilderness area.

206.

Release of wilderness study areas

(a)

Finding

Congress finds that, for the purposes of section 603 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 ( 43 U.S.C. 1782 ), the Bureau of Land Management land in any portion of the wilderness study areas located within the Conservation Area not designated as a wilderness area has been adequately studied for wilderness designation.

(b)

Release

Any Bureau of Land Management land described in subsection (a) that is not designated as a wilderness area—

(1)

is no longer subject to section 603(c) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 ( 43 U.S.C. 1782(c) );

(2)

shall be managed in accordance with—

(A)

the land management plans adopted under section 202 of that Act ( 43 U.S.C. 1712 ); and

(B)

cooperative conservation agreements in existence on the date of enactment of this Act; and

(3)

shall be subject to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 ( 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. ).

207.

Native American cultural and religious uses

Nothing in this title diminishes—

(1)

the rights of any Indian tribe; or

(2)

tribal rights regarding access to Federal land for tribal activities, including spiritual, cultural, and traditional food-gathering activities.

208.

Wildlife management

(a)

In general

In accordance with section 4(d)(7) of the Wilderness Act ( 16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(7) ), nothing in this title affects or diminishes the jurisdiction of the State with respect to fish and wildlife management, including the regulation of hunting, fishing, and trapping, in the wilderness areas.

(b)

Management activities

(1)

In general

In furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Wilderness Act ( 16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq. ), management activities to maintain or restore fish and wildlife populations and the habitats to support the populations may be carried out within the wilderness areas, if the activities—

(A)

are consistent with relevant wilderness management plans; and

(B)

are carried out in accordance with appropriate policies, such as those set forth in Appendix B of House Report 101–405.

(2)

Use of motorized vehicles

The management activities under paragraph (1) may include the occasional and temporary use of motorized vehicles, if the use, as determined by the Secretary, would—

(A)

promote healthy, viable, and more naturally distributed wildlife populations that would enhance wilderness values; and

(B)

accomplish the purposes described in subparagraph (A) with the minimum impact necessary to reasonably accomplish the task.

(c)

Existing activities

Consistent with section 4(d)(1) of the Wilderness Act ( 16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(1) ) and in accordance with appropriate policies such as those set forth in Appendix B of House Report 101–405, the State may continue to use aircraft (including helicopters) to survey, capture, transplant, monitor, and provide water for wildlife populations, including bighorn sheep, and feral stock, horses, and burros.

(d)

Wildlife water development projects

Subject to subsection (f), the Secretary shall authorize structures and facilities, including existing structures and facilities, for wildlife water development projects, including guzzlers, in the wilderness areas if—

(1)

the structures and facilities will, as determined by the Secretary, enhance wilderness values by promoting healthy, viable and more naturally distributed wildlife populations; and

(2)

the visual impacts of the structures and facilities on the wilderness areas can reasonably be minimized.

(e)

Hunting, fishing, and trapping

(1)

In general

The Secretary may designate, by regulation, areas in which, and establish periods during which, for reasons of public safety, administration, or compliance with applicable laws, no hunting, fishing, or trapping will be permitted in the wilderness areas.

(2)

Consultation

Except in emergencies, the Secretary shall consult with the appropriate State agency before promulgating regulations under paragraph (1).

(f)

Cooperative agreement

The State, including a designee of the State, may conduct wildlife management activities in the wilderness areas—

(1)

in accordance with the terms and conditions specified in the cooperative agreement between the Secretary and the State entitled Memorandum of Understanding between the Bureau of Land Management and the Nevada Department of Wildlife Supplement No. 9 and signed November and December 2003, including any amendments to the cooperative agreement agreed to by the Secretary and the State; and

(2)

subject to all applicable laws (including regulations).

209.

Wildfire, insect, and disease management

(a)

In general

In accordance with section 4(d)(1) of the Wilderness Act ( 16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(1) ), the Secretary may take such measures in each wilderness area as the Secretary determines to be necessary for the control of fire, insects, and diseases (including, as the Secretary determines to be appropriate, the coordination of the activities with a State or local agency).

(b)

Effect

Nothing in this Act precludes a Federal, State, or local agency from conducting wildfire management operations (including operations using aircraft or mechanized equipment) in accordance with section 4(d)(1) of the Wilderness Act ( 16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(1) ).

210.

Climatological data collection

Subject to such terms and conditions as the Secretary may require, nothing in this title precludes the installation and maintenance of hydrologic, meteorologic, or climatological collection devices in the wilderness areas if the facilities and access to the facilities are essential to flood warning, flood control, and water reservoir operation activities.

211.

National Park System land

To the extent any of the provisions of this title are in conflict with laws (including regulations) or management policies applicable to Federal land within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area designated as a wilderness area, the laws (including regulations) or policies shall control.

III

General provisions

301.

Relationship to Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan

(a)

In general

Nothing in this Act limits, alters, modifies, or amends the Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan with respect to the Conservation Area and the wilderness areas, including the specific management actions contained in the Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan for the conservation of perennial springs.

(b)

Conservation management areas

The Secretary shall credit the Conservation Area and the wilderness areas as Conservation Management Areas, as may be required by the Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan (including amendments to the plan).

(c)

Management plan

In developing the management plan, to the extent consistent with this section, the Secretary may incorporate any provision of the Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan.

302.

Visitor center, research, and interpretation

(a)

In general

The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, may establish, in cooperation with any other public or private entities that the Secretary may determine to be appropriate, a visitor center and field office in Mesquite, Nevada—

(1)

to serve visitors; and

(2)

to assist in fulfilling the purposes of—

(A)

the Lake Mead National Recreation Area;

(B)

the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument; and

(C)

the Conservation Area.

(b)

Requirements

The Secretary shall ensure that the visitor center authorized under subsection (a) is designed—

(1)

to interpret the scenic, biological, natural, historical, scientific, paleontological, recreational, ecological, wilderness, and cultural resources of each of the areas described in that subsection; and

(2)

to serve as an interagency field office for each of the areas described in that subsection.

(c)

Cooperative agreements

The Secretary may, in a manner consistent with this Act, enter into cooperative agreements with the State, the State of Arizona, and any other appropriate institutions and organizations to carry out the purposes of this section.

303.

Termination of withdrawal of Bureau of Land Management land

(a)

Termination of withdrawal

The withdrawal of the parcels of Bureau of Land Management land described in subsection (b) for use by the Bureau of Reclamation is terminated.

(b)

Description of land

The parcels of land referred to in subsection (a) consist of the Bureau of Land Management land identified on the Map as Transfer from BOR to BLM.

(c)

Map and legal description

(1)

In general

As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall finalize the legal description of the land reverting to the Bureau of Land Management under subsection (a).

(2)

Minor errors

The Secretary may correct any minor error in—

(A)

the Map; or

(B)

the legal description.

(3)

Availability

The Map and legal description shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation.