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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 Jan 5, 2017.
California Desert Protection and Recreation Act of 2017
This bill amends the California Desert Protection Act of 1994 to, among other things:
establish or designate wilderness areas, a special management area, off-highway vehicle recreation areas, and a national scenic area; release specified wilderness study areas; adjust national park and preserve boundaries; and specify land withdrawals and conveyances.Specified federal land shall be taken into trust for the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Tribe.
Lands and interests in land, including improvements, outside the boundary of Joshua Tree National Park in California may be acquired for the purpose of operating a visitor center.
The bill makes amendments to the California Desert Protection Act of 1994 regarding the California State School lands.
The bill amends the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate specified segments of rivers and creeks as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
The bill establishes the Renewable Energy Resource Conservation Fund for use in regions impacted by the development of wind or solar energy.