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H.R. 2199: Central Coast Heritage Protection Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 10, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2199

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 10, 2019

(for himself, Ms. Brownley of California, Mr. Panetta, Ms. Judy Chu of California, Mr. Huffman, and Ms. Hill of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To designate certain Federal land in the State of California as wilderness, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title; table of contents

(a)

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act.

(b)

Table of contents

The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.

Sec. 2. Definitions.

Sec. 3. Designation of wilderness.

Sec. 4. Designation of the Machesna Mountain Potential Wilderness.

Sec. 5. Administration of wilderness.

Sec. 6. Designation of wild and scenic rivers.

Sec. 7. Designation of the Fox Mountain Potential Wilderness.

Sec. 8. Designation of scenic areas.

Sec. 9. Condor National Scenic Trail.

Sec. 10. Forest service study.

Sec. 11. Nonmotorized recreation opportunities.

Sec. 12. Use by members of Tribes.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Scenic areas

The term scenic area means a scenic area designated by section 8(a).

(2)

Secretary

The term Secretary means—

(A)

with respect to land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Secretary of the Interior; and

(B)

with respect to land managed by the Forest Service, the Secretary of Agriculture.

(3)

State

The term State means the State of California.

(4)

Wilderness area

The term wilderness area means a wilderness area or wilderness addition designated by section 3(a).

3.

Designation of wilderness

(a)

In general

In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the following areas in the State are designated as wilderness areas and as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System:

(1)

Certain land in the Bakersfield Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management comprising approximately 35,619 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Caliente Mountain Wilderness Area—Proposed and dated March 29, 2019, which shall be known as the Caliente Mountain Wilderness.

(2)

Certain land in the Bakersfield Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management comprising approximately 13,332 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Soda Lake Wilderness Area—Proposed and dated March 29, 2019, which shall be known as the Soda Lake Wilderness.

(3)

Certain land in the Bakersfield Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management comprising approximately 12,585 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Temblor Range Wilderness Area—Proposed and dated March 29, 2019, which shall be known as the Temblor Range Wilderness.

(4)

Certain land in the Los Padres National Forest comprising approximately 23,670 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Chumash Wilderness Area Additions—Proposed and dated March 29, 2019, which shall be incorporated into and managed as part of the Chumash Wilderness as designated by the Los Padres Condor Range and River Protection Act (Public Law 102–301; 106 Stat. 242).

(5)

Certain land in the Los Padres National Forest comprising approximately 54,053 acres, as generally depicted on the maps entitled Dick Smith Wilderness Area Additions—Proposed Map 1 of 2 (Bear Canyon and Cuyama Peak Units) and Dick Smith Wilderness Area Additions—Proposed Map 2 of 2 (Buckhorn and Mono Units) and dated March 29, 2019, which shall be incorporated into and managed as part of the Dick Smith Wilderness as designated by the California Wilderness Act of 1984 (Public Law 98–425; 16 U.S.C. 1132 note).

(6)

Certain land in the Los Padres National Forest and the Bakersfield Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management comprising approximately 7,289 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Garcia Wilderness Area Additions—Proposed and dated March 29, 2019, which shall be incorporated into and managed as part of the Garcia Wilderness as designated by the Los Padres Condor Range and River Protection Act (Public Law 102–301; 106 Stat. 242).

(7)

Certain land in the Los Padres National Forest and the Bakersfield Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management comprising approximately 8,671 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Machesna Mountain Wilderness Area Additions—Proposed and dated March 29, 2019, which shall be incorporated into and managed as part of the Machesna Mountain Wilderness as designated by the California Wilderness Act of 1984 (Public Law 98–425; 16 U.S.C. 1132 note).

(8)

Certain land in the Los Padres National Forest comprising approximately 30,184 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Matilija Wilderness Area Additions—Proposed and dated March 29, 2019, which shall be incorporated into and managed as part of the Matilija Wilderness as designated by the Los Padres Condor Range and River Protection Act (Public Law 102–301; 106 Stat. 242).

(9)

Certain land in the Los Padres National Forest comprising approximately 23,969 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled San Rafael Wilderness Area Additions—Proposed and dated March 29, 2019, which shall be incorporated into and managed as part of the San Rafael Wilderness as designated by Public Law 90–271 (82 Stat. 51), the California Wilderness Act of 1984 (Public Law 98–425; 16 U.S.C. 1132 note), and the Los Padres Condor Range and River Protection Act (Public Law 102–301; 106 Stat. 242).

(10)

Certain land in the Los Padres National Forest comprising approximately 2,921 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Santa Lucia Wilderness Area Additions—Proposed and dated March 29, 2019, which shall be incorporated into and managed as part of the Santa Lucia Wilderness as designated by the Endangered American Wilderness Act of 1978 (Public Law 95–237; 16 U.S.C. 1132 note).

(11)

Certain land in the Los Padres National Forest comprising approximately 14,313 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Sespe Wilderness Area Additions—Proposed and dated March 29, 2019, which shall be incorporated into and managed as part of the Sespe Wilderness as designated by the Los Padres Condor Range and River Protection Act (Public Law 102–301; 106 Stat. 242).

(12)

Certain land in the Los Padres National Forest comprising approximately 17,870 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Diablo Caliente Wilderness Area—Proposed and dated March 29, 2019, which shall be known as the Diablo Caliente Wilderness.

(b)

Maps and legal descriptions

(1)

In general

As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall file maps and legal descriptions of the wilderness areas with—

(A)

the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and

(B)

the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives.

(2)

Force of law

The maps and legal descriptions filed under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary may correct any clerical and typographical errors in the maps and legal descriptions.

(3)

Public availability

The maps and legal descriptions filed under paragraph (1) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

4.

Designation of the Machesna Mountain Potential Wilderness

(a)

Designation

In furtherance of the purposes of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), certain land in the Los Padres National Forest comprising approximately 2,359 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Machesna Mountain Potential Wilderness Area and dated March 29, 2019, is designated as the Machesna Mountain Potential Wilderness Area.

(b)

Map and legal description

(1)

In general

As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall file a map and legal description of the Machesna Mountain Potential Wilderness Area (referred to in this section as the potential wilderness area) with—

(A)

the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and

(B)

the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives.

(2)

Force of law

The map and legal description filed under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary may correct any clerical and typographical errors in the map and legal description.

(3)

Public availability

The map and legal description filed under paragraph (1) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Forest Service.

(c)

Management

Except as provided in subsection (d) and subject to valid existing rights, the Secretary shall manage the potential wilderness area in accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.).

(d)

Trail use, construction, reconstruction, and realignment

(1)

In general

In accordance with paragraph (2), the Secretary may reconstruct, realign, or reroute the Pine Mountain Trail.

(2)

Requirement

In carrying out the reconstruction, realignment, or rerouting under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall—

(A)

comply with all existing laws (including regulations); and

(B)

to the maximum extent practicable, use the minimum tool or administrative practice necessary to accomplish the reconstruction, realignment, or rerouting with the least amount of adverse impact on wilderness character and resources.

(3)

Motorized vehicles and machinery

In accordance with paragraph (2), the Secretary may use motorized vehicles and machinery to carry out the trail reconstruction, realignment, or rerouting authorized by this subsection.

(4)

Motorized and mechanized vehicles

The Secretary may permit the use of motorized and mechanized vehicles on the existing Pine Mountain Trail in accordance with existing law (including regulations) and this subsection until such date as the potential wilderness area is designated as wilderness in accordance with subsection (h).

(e)

Withdrawal

Subject to valid existing rights, the Federal land in the potential wilderness area 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)

disposition under all laws pertaining to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials.

(f)

Cooperative agreements

In carrying out this section, the Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with State, Tribal, and local governmental entities and private entities to complete the trail reconstruction, realignment, or rerouting authorized by subsection (d).

(g)

Boundaries

The Secretary shall modify the boundary of the potential wilderness area to exclude any area within 150 feet of the centerline of the new location of any trail that has been reconstructed, realigned, or rerouted under subsection (d).

(h)

Wilderness designation

(1)

In general

The potential wilderness area, as modified under subsection (g), shall be designated as wilderness and as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System on the earlier of—

(A)

the date on which the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register notice that the trail reconstruction, realignment, or rerouting authorized by subsection (d) has been completed; and

(B)

the date that is 20 years after the date of enactment of this Act.

(2)

Administration of wilderness

On designation as wilderness under this section, the potential wilderness area shall be—

(A)

incorporated into the Machesna Mountain Wilderness Area, as designated by the California Wilderness Act of 1984 (Public Law 98–425; 16 U.S.C. 1132 note) and expanded by section 3; and

(B)

administered in accordance with section 5 and the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.).

5.

Administration of wilderness

(a)

In general

Subject to valid existing rights, the wilderness areas shall be administered by the Secretary in accordance with this Act and the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), except that—

(1)

any reference in the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.) to the effective date of that Act shall be considered to be a reference to the date of enactment of this Act; and

(2)

any reference in the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.) to the Secretary of Agriculture shall be considered to be a reference to the Secretary that has jurisdiction over the wilderness area.

(b)

Fire management and related activities

(1)

In general

The Secretary may take any measures in a wilderness area as are necessary for the control of fire, insects, and diseases in accordance with section 4(d)(1) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(1)) and House Report 98–40 of the 98th Congress.

(2)

Funding priorities

Nothing in this Act limits funding for fire and fuels management in the wilderness areas.

(3)

Revision and development of local fire management plans

As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall amend the local information in the Fire Management Reference System or individual operational plans that apply to the land designated as a wilderness area.

(4)

Administration

Consistent with paragraph (1) and other applicable Federal law, to ensure a timely and efficient response to fire emergencies in the wilderness areas, the Secretary shall enter into agreements with appropriate State or local firefighting agencies.

(c)

Grazing

The grazing of livestock in the wilderness areas, if established before the date of enactment of this Act, shall be permitted to continue, subject to any reasonable regulations as the Secretary considers necessary in accordance with—

(1)

section 4(d)(4) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(4));

(2)

the guidelines set forth in Appendix A of House Report 101–405, accompanying H.R. 2570 of the 101st Congress for land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior;

(3)

the guidelines set forth in House Report 96–617, accompanying H.R. 5487 of the 96th Congress for land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture; and

(4)

all other laws governing livestock grazing on Federal public land.

(d)

Fish and wildlife

(1)

In general

In accordance with section 4(d)(7) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(7)), nothing in this Act affects the jurisdiction or responsibilities of the State with respect to fish and wildlife on public land in the State.

(2)

Management activities

In furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the Secretary may conduct any management activities that are necessary to maintain or restore fish and wildlife populations and habitats in the wilderness areas, if the management activities are—

(A)

consistent with relevant wilderness management plans;

(B)

conducted in accordance with appropriate policies, such as the policies established in Appendix B of House Report 101–405; and

(C)

in accordance with memoranda of understanding between the Federal agencies and the State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

(e)

Buffer zones

(1)

In general

Congress does not intend for the designation of wilderness areas by this Act to lead to the creation of protective perimeters or buffer zones around each wilderness area.

(2)

Activities or uses up to boundaries

The fact that nonwilderness activities or uses can be seen or heard from within a wilderness area shall not, of itself, preclude the activities or uses up to the boundary of the wilderness area.

(f)

Military activities

Nothing in this Act precludes—

(1)

low-level overflights of military aircraft over the wilderness areas;

(2)

the designation of new units of special airspace over the wilderness areas; or

(3)

the use or establishment of military flight training routes over wilderness areas.

(g)

Horses

Nothing in this Act precludes horseback riding in, or the entry of recreational saddle or pack stock into, a wilderness area—

(1)

in accordance with section 4(d)(5) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(5)); and

(2)

subject to any terms and conditions determined to be necessary by the Secretary.

(h)

Withdrawal

Subject to valid existing rights, the wilderness areas are withdrawn from—

(1)

all forms of entry, appropriation, and disposal under the public land laws;

(2)

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

(3)

disposition under all laws pertaining to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials.

(i)

Incorporation of acquired land and interests

Any land within the boundary of a wilderness area that is acquired by the United States shall—

(1)

become part of the wilderness area in which the land is located; and

(2)

be managed in accordance with—

(A)

this section;

(B)

the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.); and

(C)

any other applicable law.

(j)

Treatment of existing water diversions in the San Rafael Wilderness Additions

(1)

Authorization for continued use

The Secretary of Agriculture may issue a special use authorization to the owners of the 2 existing water transport or diversion facilities, including administrative access roads (in this subsection referred to as a facility), located on National Forest System land in the San Rafael Wilderness Additions in the Moon Canyon unit (T. 11 N., R. 30 W., secs. 13 and 14) and the Peak Mountain unit (T. 10 N., R. 28 W., secs. 23 and 26) for the continued operation, maintenance, and reconstruction of the facility if the Secretary determines that—

(A)

the facility was in existence on the date on which the land on which the facility is located was designated as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System (in this subsection referred to as the date of designation);

(B)

the facility has been in substantially continuous use to deliver water for the beneficial use on the non-Federal land of the owner since the date of designation;

(C)

the owner of the facility holds a valid water right for use of the water on the non-Federal land of the owner under State law, with a priority date that predates the date of designation; and

(D)

it is not practicable or feasible to relocate the facility to land outside of the wilderness and continue the beneficial use of water on the non-Federal land recognized under State law.

(2)

Terms and conditions

(A)

Required terms and conditions

In a special use authorization issued under paragraph (1), the Secretary may—

(i)

allow use of motorized equipment and mechanized transport for operation, maintenance, or reconstruction of a facility, if the Secretary determines that—

(I)

the use is the minimum necessary to allow the facility to continue delivery of water to the non-Federal land for the beneficial uses recognized by the water right held under State law; and

(II)

the use of nonmotorized equipment and nonmechanized transport is impracticable or infeasible; and

(ii)

preclude use of the facility for the diversion or transport of water in excess of the water right recognized by the State on the date of designation.

(B)

Discretionary terms and conditions

In a special use authorization issued under paragraph (1), the Secretary may require or allow modification or relocation of the facility in the wilderness, as the Secretary determines necessary, to reduce impacts to wilderness values set forth in section 2 of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131) if the beneficial use of water on the non-Federal land is not diminished.

(k)

Treatment of Existing Electrical Distribution Line in the San Rafael Wilderness Additions

(1)

Authorization for continued use

The Secretary of Agriculture may issue a special use authorization to the owners of the existing electrical distribution line to the Plowshare Peak communication site (in this subsection referred to as a facility) located on National Forest System land in the San Rafael Wilderness Additions in the Moon Canyon unit (T. 11 N., R. 30 W., secs. 2, 3 and 4) for the continued operation, maintenance, and reconstruction of the facility if the Secretary determines that—

(A)

the facility was in existence on the date on which the land on which the facility is located was designated as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System (in this subsection referred to as the date of designation);

(B)

the facility has been in substantially continuous use to deliver electricity to the communication site; and

(C)

it is not practicable or feasible to relocate the distribution line to land outside of the wilderness.

(2)

Terms and conditions

(A)

Required terms and conditions

In a special use authorization issued under paragraph (1), the Secretary may allow use of motorized equipment and mechanized transport for operation, maintenance, or reconstruction of the electrical distribution line, if the Secretary determines that the use of nonmotorized equipment and nonmechanized transport is impracticable or infeasible.

(B)

Discretionary terms and conditions

In a special use authorization issued under paragraph (1), the Secretary may require or allow modification or relocation of the facility in the wilderness, as the Secretary determines necessary, to reduce impacts to wilderness values set forth in section 2 of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131).

(l)

Climatological data collection

In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.) and subject to terms and conditions as the Secretary may prescribe, the Secretary may authorize the installation and maintenance of hydrologic, meteorologic, or climatological collection devices in the wilderness areas if the Secretary determines that the facilities and access to the facilities are essential to flood warning, flood control, or water reservoir operation activities.

6.

Designation of wild and scenic rivers

(a)

Indian Creek, Mono Creek, and Matilija Creek, California

Section 3(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1274(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(213)

Indian Creek, California

The following segments of Indian Creek in the State of California, to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture:

(A)

The 9.5-mile segment of Indian Creek from its source in sec. 19, T. 7 N., R. 26 W., to the Dick Smith Wilderness boundary, as a wild river.

(B)

The 1-mile segment of Indian Creek from the Dick Smith Wilderness boundary to 0.25 miles downstream of Road 6N24, as a scenic river.

(C)

The 3.9-mile segment of Indian Creek from 0.25 miles downstream of Road 6N24 to the southern boundary of sec. 32, T. 6 N., R. 26 W., as a wild river.

(214)

Mono Creek, California

The following segments of Mono Creek in the State of California, to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture:

(A)

The 4.2-mile segment of Mono Creek from its source in sec. 1, T. 7 N., R. 26 W., to 0.25 miles upstream of Don Victor Fire Road in sec. 28, T. 7 N., R. 25 W., as a wild river.

(B)

The 2.1-mile segment of Mono Creek from 0.25 miles upstream of the Don Victor Fire Road in sec. 28, T. 7 N., R. 25 W., to 0.25 miles downstream of Don Victor Fire Road in sec. 34, T7N, R25W, as a recreational river.

(C)

The 14.7-mile segment of Mono Creek from 0.25 miles downstream of Don Victor Fire Road in sec. 34, T. 7 N., R. 25 W., to the Ogilvy Ranch private property boundary in sec. 22, R. 26 W., T. 6 N., as a wild river.

(D)

The 3.5-mile segment of Mono Creek from the Ogilvy Ranch private property boundary to the southern boundary of sec. 33, T. 6 N., R. 26 N., as a recreational river.

(215)

Matilija Creek, California

The following segments of Matilija Creek in the State of California, to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture:

(A)

The 7.2-mile segment of the Matilija Creek from its source in sec. 25, T. 6 N., R. 25 W., to the private property boundary in sec. 9, T. 5 N., R. 24 W., as a wild river.

(B)

The 7.25-mile segment of the Upper North Fork Matilija Creek from its source in sec. 36, T. 6 N., R. 24 W., to the Matilija Wilderness boundary, as a wild river.

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(b)

Sespe Creek, California

Section 3(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1274(a)) is amended by striking paragraph (142) and inserting the following:

(142)

Sespe Creek, California

The following segments of Sespe Creek in the State of California, to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture:

(A)

The 2.7-mile segment of Sespe Creek from the private property boundary in sec. 10, T. 6 N., R. 24 W., to the Hartman Ranch private property boundary in sec. 14, T. 6 N., R. 24 W., as a wild river.

(B)

The 15-mile segment of Sespe Creek from the Hartman Ranch private property boundary in sec. 14, T. 6 N., R. 24 W., to the western boundary of sec. 6, T. 5 N., R. 22 W., as a recreational river.

(C)

The 6.1-mile segment of Sespe Creek from the western boundary of sec. 6, T. 5 N., R. 22 W., to the confluence with Trout Creek, as a scenic river.

(D)

The 28.6-mile segment of Sespe Creek from the confluence with Trout Creek to the southern boundary of sec. 35, T. 5 N., R. 20 W., as a wild river.

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(c)

Sisquoc River, California

Section 3(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1274(a)) is amended by striking paragraph (143) and inserting the following:

(143)

Sisquoc River, California

The following segments of the Sisquoc River and its tributaries in the State of California, to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture:

(A)

The 33-mile segment of the main stem of the Sisquoc River extending from its origin downstream to the Los Padres Forest boundary, as a wild river.

(B)

The 4.2-mile segment of the South Fork Sisquoc River from its source northeast of San Rafael Mountain in sec. 2, T. 7 N., R. 28 W., to its confluence with the Sisquoc River, as a wild river.

(C)

The 10.4-mile segment of Manzana Creek from its source west of San Rafael Peak in sec. 4, T. 7 N., R. 28 W., to the San Rafael Wilderness boundary upstream of Nira Campground, as a wild river.

(D)

The 0.6-mile segment of Manzana Creek from the San Rafael Wilderness boundary upstream of the Nira Campground to the San Rafael Wilderness boundary downstream of the confluence of Davy Brown Creek, as a recreational river.

(E)

The 5.8-mile segment of Manzana Creek from the San Rafael Wilderness boundary downstream of the confluence of Davy Brown Creek to the private property boundary in sec. 1, T. 8 N., R. 30 W., as a wild river.

(F)

The 3.8-mile segment of Manzana Creek from the private property boundary in sec. 1, T. 8 N., R. 30 W., to the confluence of the Sisquoc River, as a recreational river.

(G)

The 3.4-mile segment of Davy Brown Creek from its source west of Ranger Peak in sec. 32, T. 8 N., R. 29 W., to 300 feet upstream of its confluence with Munch Canyon, as a wild river.

(H)

The 1.4-mile segment of Davy Brown Creek from 300 feet upstream of its confluence with Munch Canyon to its confluence with Manzana Creek, as a recreational river.

(I)

The 2-mile segment of Munch Canyon from its source north of Ranger Peak in sec. 33, T. 8 N., R. 29 W., to 300 feet upstream of its confluence with Sunset Valley Creek, as a wild river.

(J)

The 0.5-mile segment of Munch Canyon from 300 feet upstream of its confluence with Sunset Valley Creek to its confluence with Davy Brown Creek, as a recreational river.

(K)

The 2.6-mile segment of Fish Creek from 500 feet downstream of Sunset Valley Road to its confluence with Manzana Creek, as a wild river.

(L)

The 1.5-mile segment of East Fork Fish Creek from its source in sec. 26, T. 8 N., R. 29 W., to its confluence with Fish Creek, as a wild river.

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(d)

Piru Creek, California

Section 3(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1274(a)) is amended by striking paragraph (199) and inserting the following:

(199)

Piru Creek, California

The following segments of Piru Creek in the State of California, to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture:

(A)

The 9.1-mile segment of Piru Creek from its source in sec. 3, T. 6 N., R. 22 W., to the private property boundary in sec. 4, T. 6 N., R. 21 W., as a wild river.

(B)

The 17.2-mile segment of Piru Creek from the private property boundary in sec. 4, T. 6 N., R. 21 W., to 0.25 miles downstream of the Gold Hill Road, as a scenic river.

(C)

The 4.1-mile segment of Piru Creek from 0.25 miles downstream of Gold Hill Road to the confluence with Trail Canyon, as a wild river.

(D)

The 7.25-mile segment of Piru Creek from the confluence with Trail Canyon to the confluence with Buck Creek, as a scenic river.

(E)

The 3-mile segment of Piru Creek from 0.5 miles downstream of Pyramid Dam at the first bridge crossing to the boundary of the Sespe Wilderness, as a recreational river.

(F)

The 13-mile segment of Piru Creek from the boundary of the Sespe Wilderness to the boundary of the Sespe Wilderness, as a wild river.

(G)

The 2.2-mile segment of Piru Creek from the boundary of the Sespe Wilderness to the upper limit of Piru Reservoir, as a recreational river.

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(e)

Effect

The designation of additional miles of Piru Creek under subsection (d) shall not affect valid water rights in existence on the date of enactment of this Act.

(f)

Motorized use of trails

Nothing in this section (including the amendments made by this section) affects the motorized use of trails designated by the Forest Service for motorized use that are located adjacent to and crossing upper Piru Creek, if the use is consistent with the protection and enhancement of river values under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1271 et seq.).

7.

Designation of the Fox Mountain Potential Wilderness

(a)

Designation

In furtherance of the purposes of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), certain land in the Los Padres National Forest comprising approximately 41,837 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Fox Mountain Potential Wilderness Area and dated March 29, 2019, is designated as the Fox Mountain Potential Wilderness Area.

(b)

Map and legal description

(1)

In general

As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture shall file a map and a legal description of the Fox Mountain Potential Wilderness Area (referred to in this section as the potential wilderness area) with—

(A)

the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and

(B)

the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives.

(2)

Force of law

The map and legal description filed under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary of Agriculture may correct any clerical and typographical errors in the map and legal description.

(3)

Public availability

The map and legal description filed under paragraph (1) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Forest Service.

(c)

Management

Except as provided in subsection (d) and subject to valid existing rights, the Secretary shall manage the potential wilderness area in accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.).

(d)

Trail use construction, reconstruction, and realignment

(1)

In general

In accordance with paragraph (2), the Secretary of Agriculture may—

(A)

construct a new trail for use by hikers, equestrians, and mechanized vehicles that connects the Aliso Park Campground to the Bull Ridge Trail; and

(B)

reconstruct or realign—

(i)

the Bull Ridge Trail; and

(ii)

the Rocky Ridge Trail.

(2)

Requirement

In carrying out the construction, reconstruction, or alignment under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall—

(A)

comply with all existing laws (including regulations); and

(B)

to the maximum extent practicable, use the minimum tool or administrative practice necessary to accomplish the construction, reconstruction, or alignment with the least amount of adverse impact on wilderness character and resources.

(3)

Motorized vehicles and machinery

In accordance with paragraph (2), the Secretary may use motorized vehicles and machinery to carry out the trail construction, reconstruction, or realignment authorized by this subsection.

(4)

Mechanized vehicles

The Secretary may permit the use of mechanized vehicles on the existing Bull Ridge Trail and Rocky Ridge Trail in accordance with existing law (including regulations) and this subsection until such date as the potential wilderness area is designated as wilderness in accordance with subsection (h).

(e)

Withdrawal

Subject to valid existing rights, the Federal land in the potential wilderness area 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)

disposition under all laws pertaining to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials.

(f)

Cooperative agreements

In carrying out this section, the Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with State, Tribal, and local governmental entities and private entities to complete the trail construction, reconstruction, and realignment authorized by subsection (d).

(g)

Boundaries

The Secretary shall modify the boundary of the potential wilderness area to exclude any area within 50 feet of the centerline of the new location of any trail that has been constructed, reconstructed, or realigned under subsection (d).

(h)

Wilderness designation

(1)

In general

The potential wilderness area, as modified under subsection (g), shall be designated as wilderness and as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System on the earlier of—

(A)

the date on which the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register notice that the trail construction, reconstruction, or alignment authorized by subsection (d) has been completed; and

(B)

the date that is 20 years after the date of enactment of this Act.

(2)

Administration of wilderness

On designation as wilderness under this section, the potential wilderness area shall be—

(A)

incorporated into the San Rafael Wilderness, as designated by Public Law 90–271 (82 Stat. 51), the California Wilderness Act of 1984 (Public Law 98–425; 16 U.S.C. 1132 note), and the Los Padres Condor Range and River Protection Act (Public Law 102–301; 106 Stat. 242), and section 3; and

(B)

administered in accordance with section 5 and the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.).

8.

Designation of scenic areas

(a)

In general

Subject to valid existing rights, there are established the following scenic areas:

(1)

Condor Ridge Scenic Area

Certain land in the Los Padres National Forest comprising approximately 18,666 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Condor Ridge Scenic Area—Proposed and dated March 29, 2019, which shall be known as the Condor Ridge Scenic Area.

(2)

Black Mountain Scenic Area

Certain land in the Los Padres National Forest and the Bakersfield Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management comprising approximately 16,216 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled Black Mountain Scenic Area—Proposed and dated March 29, 2019, which shall be known as the Black Mountain Scenic Area.

(b)

Maps and legal descriptions

(1)

In general

As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture shall file a map and legal description of the Condor Ridge Scenic Area and Black Mountain Scenic Area with—

(A)

the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and

(B)

the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives.

(2)

Force of law

The maps and legal descriptions filed under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary of Agriculture may correct any clerical and typographical errors in the maps and legal descriptions.

(3)

Public availability

The maps and legal descriptions filed under paragraph (1) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

(c)

Purpose

The purpose of the scenic areas is to conserve, protect, and enhance for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations the ecological, scenic, wildlife, recreational, cultural, historical, natural, educational, and scientific resources of the scenic areas.

(d)

Management

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall administer the scenic areas—

(A)

in a manner that conserves, protects, and enhances the resources of the scenic areas, and in particular the scenic character attributes of the scenic areas; and

(B)

in accordance with—

(i)

this section;

(ii)

the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) for land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior;

(iii)

any laws (including regulations) relating to the National Forest System, for land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture; and

(iv)

any other applicable law (including regulations).

(2)

Uses

The Secretary shall only allow those uses of the scenic areas that the Secretary determines would further the purposes described in subsection (c).

(e)

Withdrawal

Subject to valid existing rights, the Federal land in the scenic areas 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)

disposition under all laws pertaining to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials.

(f)

Prohibited uses

The following shall be prohibited on the Federal land within the scenic areas:

(1)

Permanent roads.

(2)

Permanent structures.

(3)

Timber harvesting except when necessary for the purposes described in subsection (g).

(4)

Transmission lines.

(5)

Except as necessary to meet the minimum requirements for the administration of the scenic areas and to protect public health and safety—

(A)

the use of motorized vehicles; or

(B)

the establishment of temporary roads.

(6)

Commercial enterprises, except as necessary for realizing the purposes of the scenic areas.

(g)

Wildfire, insect, and disease management

Consistent with this section, the Secretary may take any measures in the scenic areas that the Secretary determines to be necessary to control fire, insects, and diseases, including, as the Secretary determines to be appropriate, the coordination of those activities with the State or a local agency.

(h)

Adjacent management

The fact that an otherwise authorized activity or use can be seen or heard within a scenic area shall not preclude the activity or use outside the boundary of the scenic area.

9.

Condor National Scenic Trail

(a)

Findings

Congress finds that—

(1)

the Condor National Scenic Trail is named after the California Condor, a critically endangered bird species which lives along the extent of the Condor National Recreation Scenic Trail within the Los Padres National Forest; and

(2)

the Condor National Scenic Trail will traverse a diversity of geography and communities through the southern and northern sections of the Los Padres National Forest.

(b)

Purpose

The purpose of the Condor National Scenic Trail is to provide a continual extended hiking corridor spanning the entire length of the Los Padres National Forest along the coastal mountains of Southern and Central California, and for the conservation and enjoyment of the nationally significant scenic, historic, natural, and cultural qualities of the Los Padres National Forest.

(c)

Amendment

Section 5(a) of the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1244(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(31)

Condor national recreation trail

(A)

In general

After completion of the study under subparagraph (E), the Secretary shall designate the Condor National Scenic Trail, extending from Lake Piru to the Botchers Gap Campground in the Monterey County corridor.

(B)

Administration

The Condor National Scenic Trail (referred to in this paragraph as the trail) shall be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with—

(i)

other Federal, State, Tribal, regional, and local agencies;

(ii)

private landowners; and

(iii)

other interested organizations.

(C)

Continual route

In building new connectors, and realigning existing trails, the Secretary shall—

(i)

provide for a continual route through the southern and northern Los Padres National Forest;

(ii)

promote recreational, scenic, wilderness and cultural values;

(iii)

enhance connectivity with the overall National Forest trail system;

(iv)

emphasize safe and continuous public access, dispersal from high-use areas, and suitable water sources; and

(v)

to the extent practicable, provide all-year use.

(D)

Private property rights

(i)

In general

No portions of the trail may be located on non-Federal land without the written consent of the landowner and without obtaining a permanent easement or right-of-way.

(ii)

Prohibition

The Secretary shall not acquire for the trail any land or interest in land outside the exterior boundary of any federally managed area without the consent of the owner of land or interest in land.

(iii)

Effect

Nothing in this paragraph—

(I)

requires any private property owner to allow public access (including Federal, State, or local government access) to private property; or

(II)

modifies any provision of Federal, State, or local law with respect to public access to or use of private land.

(E)

Study

(i)

Study required

Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this paragraph, the Secretary of Article shall submit a study pursuant to subsection (b), including a detailed map, that describes the entire route, and specifically addresses the feasibility of, and alternatives for, connecting the northern and southern portions of the Los Padres National Forest using a trail corridor across the applicable portions of the Northern and Southern Santa Lucia Mountains of the Southern California Coastal Range to—

(I)

the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and

(II)

the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives.

(ii)

Additional requirement

In completing the study required by clause (i), the Secretary of Agriculture shall consult with—

(I)

appropriate Federal, State, Tribal, regional, and local agencies;

(II)

private landowners;

(III)

nongovernmental organizations; and

(IV)

members of the public.

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(F)

Map

The map referred to in subparagraph (E)(i) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Forest Service.

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(d)

Cooperative agreements

In carrying out this section (including the amendments made by this section), the Secretary of Agriculture may enter into cooperative agreements with State, Tribal, and local government entities and private entities to complete needed trail construction, reconstruction, and realignment projects authorized by this section (including the amendments made by this section).

10.

Forest service study

Not later than 6 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture (acting through the Chief of the Forest Service) shall study the feasibility of opening a new trail, for vehicles measuring 50 inches or less, connecting Forest Service Highway 95 to the existing off-highway vehicle trail system in the Ballinger Canyon off-highway vehicle area.

11.

Nonmotorized recreation opportunities

Not later than 6 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with interested parties, shall conduct a study to improve nonmotorized recreation trail opportunities (including mountain bicycling) on land not designated as wilderness within the Santa Barbara, Ojai, and Mt. Pinos ranger districts.

12.

Use by members of Tribes

(a)

Access

The Secretary shall ensure that Tribes have access, in accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), to the wilderness areas, scenic areas, and potential wilderness areas designated by this Act for traditional cultural and religious purposes.

(b)

Temporary closures

(1)

In general

In carrying out this section, the Secretary, on request of a Tribe, may temporarily close to the general public one or more specific portions of a wilderness area, scenic area, or potential wilderness area designated by this Act to protect the privacy of the members of the Tribe in the conduct of traditional cultural and religious activities.

(2)

Requirement

Any closure under paragraph (1) shall be—

(A)

made in such a manner as to affect the smallest practicable area for the minimum period of time necessary for the activity to be carried out; and

(B)

be consistent with the purpose and intent of Public Law 95–341 (commonly known as the American Indian Religious Freedom Act) (42 U.S.C. 1996) and the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.).