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S. 1240 (114th): Cerros del Norte Conservation Act

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Sep 9, 2015.

Cerros del Norte Conservation Act

(Sec. 3) Designates the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness (comprising approximately 13,420 acres) and Rio San Antonio Wilderness (comprising approximately 8,120 acres) within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico as wilderness and as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Sets forth requirements for the management of the wilderness areas regarding: (1) livestock grazing, (2) the creation of protective perimeters and buffer zones, and (3) the jurisdiction of the state of New Mexico respecting fish and wildlife located on public land in New Mexico.

Releases specified public land within the San Antonio Wilderness Study Area not designated as wilderness by this Act from further study for such a designation.

Requires the wilderness areas to be administered as components of the National Landscape Conservation System.

Withdraws any federal land within the wilderness areas, including any acquired land or interest, 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.

Denies that anything in this Act enlarges, diminishes, or otherwise modifies any treaty rights.