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H.R. 4670 (114th): Mojave National Preserve Boundary Adjustment Act of 2016

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 2, 2016 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

I

114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4670

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 2, 2016

(for himself, Mr. Hardy, and Mr. Amodei) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To adjust the boundary of the Mojave National Preserve.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Mojave National Preserve Boundary Adjustment Act of 2016.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Director

The term Director means the Director of the National Park Service.

(2)

Preserve

The term Preserve means the Mojave National Preserve established under section 502 of the California Desert Protection Act of 1994 (16 U.S.C. 410aaa–42).

(3)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

3.

Boundary adjustment of the Mojave National Preserve

(a)

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.

(b)

Land acquisition

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).

(c)

Boundary adjustment

(1)

Donated land

The land acquired under subsection (b) shall be part of the Preserve.

(2)

Transferred land

The boundary of the Preserve shall be adjusted to reflect the acquisition and transfer of administrative jurisdiction over the land under subsection (a).

(d)

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.

(e)

Administration of acquired land

(1)

In general

The land acquired under subsection (b) shall be administered by the Director—

(A)

as part of the Preserve; and

(B)

in accordance with all applicable laws (including regulations).

(2)

Grazing

(A)

In general

The Secretary shall permit cattle grazing on the land acquired under subsection (b), in accordance with applicable National Park Service laws and policies—

(i)

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

(ii)

to the same extent permitted on the land referred to in subsection (b) on the day before the date of enactment of this Act.

(B)

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.

(f)

Administration of transferred land

(1)

Withdrawal

Subject to valid existing rights, the land transferred under subsection (a) remains withdrawn from—

(A)

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

(B)

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

(C)

the mining leases, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws.

(2)

Right-of-way permits

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).