H. R. 4670
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 2, 2016
Mr. Heck of Nevada (for himself, Mr. Hardy, and Mr. Amodei) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
To adjust the boundary of the Mojave National Preserve.
This Act may be cited as the
Mojave National Preserve Boundary Adjustment Act of 2016.
In this Act:
Director means the Director of the National Park Service.
Preserve means the Mojave National Preserve established under section 502 of the California Desert Protection Act of 1994 (16 U.S.C. 410aaa–42).
Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
Boundary adjustment of the Mojave National Preserve
Transfer of jurisdiction
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall transfer from the Director to the Director of the Bureau of Land Management administrative jurisdiction over approximately 520 acres of Federal land, as generally depicted on the map entitled
Mojave National Preserve-Proposed Boundary Adjustment, numbered 170/120,846–B, and dated December 2013.
The Secretary may acquire by donation up to 4 acres of land identified in the land protection plan of the Preserve as suitable for acquisition to be used for mitigation for every 1 acre of land removed from the Preserve under subsection (a).
The land acquired under subsection (b) shall be part of the Preserve.
The boundary of the Preserve shall be adjusted to reflect the acquisition and transfer of administrative jurisdiction over the land under subsection (a).
Availability of map
The map described in subsection (a) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service.
Administration of acquired land
The land acquired under subsection (b) shall be administered by the Director—
as part of the Preserve; and
in accordance with all applicable laws (including regulations).
The Secretary shall permit cattle grazing on the land acquired under subsection (b), in accordance with applicable National Park Service laws and policies—
except as provided in subparagraph (B), during the period beginning on the date on which the land is acquired and ending on the date that is 25 years after the date on which the land is acquired; and
to the same extent permitted on the land referred to in subsection (b) on the day before the date of enactment of this Act.
Permanent termination of grazing
The authority of the Secretary granted under subparagraph (A) terminates on the day on which the period described in clause (i) of that subparagraph expires.
Administration of transferred land
Subject to valid existing rights, the land transferred under subsection (a) remains withdrawn from—
entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws;
location, entry, and patent under the general mining laws; and
the mining leases, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws.
Nothing in this Act affects the authority of the Secretary to issue or renew right-of-way permits under title V of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1761 et seq.) for the land transferred under subsection (a).