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S. 1262: Oregon Recreation Enhancement Act


The text of the bill below is as of Dec 18, 2019 (Reported by Senate Committee).


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Calendar No. 382

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1262

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 1, 2019

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

December 18, 2019

Reported by , with amendments

Omit the part struck through and insert the part printed in italic

A BILL

To designate certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in the State of Oregon as wilderness and national recreation areas, 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 Oregon Recreation Enhancement Act.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Secretary

The term Secretary means—

(A)

the Secretary of the Interior, with respect to public land administered by the Secretary of the Interior; or

(B)

the Secretary of Agriculture, with respect to National Forest System land.

(2)

State

The term State means the State of Oregon.

3.

Rogue Canyon and Molalla Recreation Areas, Oregon

(a)

Designation of rogue canyon and molalla recreation areas

For the purposes of protecting, conserving, and enhancing the unique and nationally important recreational, ecological, scenic, cultural, watershed, and fish and wildlife values of the areas, the following areas in the State are designated as recreation areas for management by the Secretary in accordance with subsection (c):

(1)

Rogue canyon recreation area

The approximately 98,150 acres of Bureau of Land Management land within the boundary generally depicted as the Rogue Canyon Recreation Area on the map entitled Rogue Canyon Recreation Area Wild Rogue Wilderness Additions and dated October 10, 2018dated November 19, 2019, which is designated as the Rogue Canyon Recreation Area.

(2)

Molalla recreation area

The approximately 29,884 acres of Bureau of Land Management land within the boundary generally depicted on the map entitled Molalla Recreation Area and dated September 26, 2018, which is designated as the Molalla Recreation Area.

(b)

Maps and legal descriptions

(1)

In general

As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall prepare a map and legal description of each recreation area designated by subsection (a).

(2)

Effect

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

(3)

Public availability

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

(c)

Administration

(1)

Applicable law

The Secretary shall administer each recreation area designated by subsection (a)—

(A)

in a manner that conserves, protects, and enhances the purposes for which the recreation area is established; and

(B)

in accordance with—

(i)

this section;

(ii)

the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); and

(iii)

other applicable laws.

(2)

Uses

The Secretary shall only allow those uses of a recreation area designated by subsection (a) that are consistent with the purposes for which the recreation area is established.

(3)

Road construction

(A)

In general

Except as the Secretary determines necessary for public safety, no new permanent or temporary roads shall be constructed (other than the repair and maintenance of existing roads) within a recreation area designated by subsection (a).

(B)

Effect

Nothing in this paragraph affects the administration by the Secretary of the Molalla Forest Road in accordance with applicable resource management plans.

(4)

Vegetation management

Nothing in this section prohibits the Secretary from conducting vegetation management projects (including wildfire resiliency and forest health projects) within a recreation area designated by subsection (a) to the extent consistent with the purposes of the recreation area.

(5)

Wildfire management

Nothing in this section alters the authority of the Secretary (in cooperation with other Federal, State, and local agencies, as appropriate) to conduct wildland fire operations within a recreation area designated by subsection (a), consistent with the purposes of this Act.

(6)

Withdrawal

Subject to valid existing rights, all Federal surface and subsurface land within a recreation area designated by subsection (a) is withdrawn from all forms of—

(A)

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

(B)

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

(C)

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

(3)

Wildfire risk assessment

Not later than 280 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with the Oregon Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response, shall conduct a wildfire risk assessment that covers—

(A)

the recreation areas designated by subsection (a);

(B)

the Wild Rogue Wilderness; and

(C)

any Federal land adjacent to an area described in subparagraph (A) or (B).

(4)

Wildfire mitigation plan

(A)

In general

Not later than 1 year after the date on which the wildfire risk assessment is conducted under paragraph (3), the Secretary shall develop a wildfire mitigation plan, based on the wildfire risk assessment, that identifies, evaluates, and prioritizes treatments and other management activities that can be implemented on the Federal land covered by the wildfire risk assessment (other than Federal land designated as a unit of the National Wilderness Preservation System) to mitigate wildfire risk to communities located near the applicable Federal land.

(B)

Plan components

The wildfire mitigation plan developed under subparagraph (A) shall include—

(i)

vegetation management projects (including mechanical treatments to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health and resiliency);

(ii)

evacuation routes for communities located near the applicable Federal land, which shall be developed in consultation with State and local fire agencies; and

(iii)

strategies for public dissemination of emergency evacuation plans and routes.

(C)

Applicable law

The wildfire mitigation plan under subparagraph (A) shall be developed in accordance with—

(i)

this section; and

(ii)

any other applicable law.

(5)

Road construction

(A)

In general

Except as provided in subparagraph (B) or as the Secretary determines necessary for public safety, no new permanent or temporary roads shall be constructed (other than the repair and maintenance of existing roads) within a recreation area designated by subsection (a).

(B)

Temporary roads

Consistent with the purposes of this Act, the Secretary may construct temporary roads within a recreation area designated by subsection (a) to implement the wildfire mitigation plan developed under paragraph (4), unless the temporary road would be within an area designated as a unit of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

(C)

Effect

Nothing in this paragraph affects the administration by the Secretary of the Molalla Forest Road in accordance with applicable resource management plans.

(6)

Effect on wildfire management

Nothing in this section alters the authority of the Secretary (in cooperation with other Federal, State, and local agencies, as appropriate) to conduct wildland fire operations within a recreation area designated by subsection (a), consistent with the purposes of this Act.

(7)

Withdrawal

Subject to valid existing rights, all Federal surface and subsurface land within a recreation area designated by subsection (a) is withdrawn from all forms of—

(A)

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

(B)

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

(C)

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

(8)

No effect on wilderness areas

Any wilderness area located within a recreation area designated by subsection (a) shall be administered in accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.).

(d)

Adjacent management

Nothing in this section creates any protective perimeter or buffer zone around a recreation area designated by subsection (a).

4.

Expansion of Wild Rogue Wilderness Area

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Map

The term map means the map entitled Rogue Canyon Recreation Area Wild Rogue Wilderness Additions and dated October 10, 2018dated November 19, 2019.

(2)

Wilderness additions

The term Wilderness additions means the land added to the Wild Rogue Wilderness under subsection (b)(1).

(b)

Expansion of wild rogue wilderness area

(1)

Expansion

The approximately 59,512 acres of Federal land in the State generally depicted on the map as Proposed Wilderness shall be added to and administered as part of the Wild Rogue Wilderness in accordance with the Endangered American Wilderness Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 1132 note; Public Law 95–237), except that—

(A)

the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture shall administer the Federal land under their respective jurisdiction; and

(B)

any reference in that Act to the Secretary of Agriculture shall be considered to be a reference to the Secretary of Agriculture or the Secretary of the Interior, as applicable.

(2)

Map; legal description

(A)

In general

As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall prepare a map and legal description of the wilderness area designated by paragraph (1).

(B)

Force of law

The map and legal description filed under subparagraph (A) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this section, except that the Secretary may correct typographical errors in the map and legal description.

(C)

Public availability

The map and legal description filed under subparagraph (A) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service.

(3)

Fire, insects, and disease

The Secretary may take such measures within the Wilderness additions as the Secretary determines to be necessary for the control of fire, insects, and disease, in accordance with section 4(d)(1) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131(d)(1)16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(1)).

(4)

Withdrawal

Subject to valid existing rights, the Wilderness additions are withdrawn from all forms of—

(A)

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

(B)

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

(C)

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

(5)

Tribal rights

Nothing in this subsection alters, modifies, enlarges, diminishes, or abrogates the treaty rights of any Indian Tribe.

5.

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

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(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 and dated January 12, 2015; and

(B)

the Bureau of Land Management map entitled Rough and Ready and Baldface Creeks Mineral Withdrawal Proposal and dated January 12, 2015.

(b)

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.

(c)

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.

(d)

Existing uses not affected

Except with respect to the withdrawal under subsection (b), nothing in this section 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.

December 18, 2019

Reported with amendments