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S. 346 (114th): Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 3, 2015 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 346

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 3, 2015

(for himself and Mr. Merkley) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A BILL

To withdraw certain land located in Curry County and Josephine County, Oregon, from all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws, location, entry, and patent under the mining laws, and operation under the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act of 2015.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Eligible Federal land

The term eligible Federal land means—

(A)

any federally owned land or interest in land depicted on the Maps as within the Hunter Creek and Pistol River Headwaters Withdrawal Proposal or the Rough and Ready and Baldface Creeks Mineral Withdrawal Proposal; or

(B)

any land or interest in land located within such withdrawal proposals that is acquired by the Federal Government after the date of enactment of this Act.

(2)

Maps

The term Maps means—

(A)

the Bureau of Land Management map entitled Hunter Creek and Pistol River Headwaters Withdrawal Proposal dated June 25, 2014; and

(B)

the Bureau of Land Management map entitled Rough and Ready and Baldface Creeks Mineral Withdrawal Proposal dated June 12, 2014.

3.

Withdrawal of Federal land, Curry County and Josephine County, Oregon

(a)

Withdrawal

Subject to valid existing rights, the eligible Federal land is withdrawn from all forms of—

(1)

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

(2)

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

(3)

operation under the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws.

(b)

Availability of maps

Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Maps shall be made available to the public at each appropriate office of the Bureau of Land Management.

4.

Existing uses not affected

Except with respect to the withdrawal under section 3, nothing in this Act restricts recreational uses, hunting, fishing, forest management activities, or other authorized uses allowed on the date of enactment of this Act on the eligible Federal land in accordance with applicable law.

5.

Technical corrections to Wild and Scenic Rivers Act relating to the Chetco River, Oregon

Paragraph (69) of section 3(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1274(a)) is amended to read as follows:

(69)

Chetco, Oregon

(A)

Designations

The 44.5-mile segment from its headwaters to the Siskiyou National Forest boundary; to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture in the following classes:

(i)

The 27.5-mile segment from its headwaters to Mislatnah Creek as a wild river.

(ii)

The 7.5-mile segment from Mislatnah Creek to Eagle Creek as a scenic river.

(iii)

The 9.5-mile segment from Eagle Creek to the Siskiyou National Forest boundary, one mile below Wilson Creek, as a recreational river.

(B)

Withdrawal

Subject to valid rights, the Federal land within the boundaries of the river segments designated by subparagraph (A), is withdrawn from all forms of—

(i)

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

(ii)

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

(iii)

operation under the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws.

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