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H.R. 3113: Modernizing Access to Our Public Land Act


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 15, 2022 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 200

117th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3113

[Report No. 117–272, Part I]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 11, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Fulcher, Mr. Neguse, and Ms. Schrier) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, and Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

March 15, 2022

Additional sponsors: Mr. Simpson, Mr. Case, Mrs. Lee of Nevada, Mr. Obernolte, Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Thompson of California, Mr. Crow, and Miss Rice of New York

March 15, 2022

Reported from the Committee on Natural Resources with an amendment

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic


March 15, 2022

Committees on Agriculture and Transportation and Infrastructure discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on May 11, 2021

A BILL

To require the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works to digitize and make publicly available geographic information system mapping data relating to public access to Federal land and waters for outdoor recreation, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Modernizing Access to our Public Land Act, or MAPLand Act.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Federal land

The term Federal land means any land or water managed by a Federal land management agency.

(2)

Federal land management agency

The term Federal land management agency means—

(A)

the Bureau of Reclamation;

(B)

the National Park Service;

(C)

the Bureau of Land Management;

(D)

the United States Fish and Wildlife Service;

(E)

the Forest Service; and

(F)

the Corps of Engineers.

(3)

Secretaries

The term Secretaries means—

(A)

the Secretary of Agriculture;

(B)

the Secretary of the Interior; and

(C)

the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.

3.

Interagency data standardization

Not later than 30 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretaries shall jointly develop and adopt interagency standards to ensure compatibility and interoperability among applicable Federal databases with respect to the collection and dissemination of outdoor recreation data relating to Federal land.

4.

Data consolidation, digitization, and publication

(a)

In general

Not later than 4 years after the date of enactment of this Act, each of the Secretaries, to the maximum extent practicable, shall digitize and make publicly available on the website of the Department of the Interior, the Forest Service, and the Corps of Engineers, as applicable, geographic information system mapping data that includes, with respect to the Federal land administered by the relevant Secretary—

(1)

all Federal interests, including easements, reservations, and rights-of-way, in private land—

(A)

to which the Federal Government does not have a fee title interest; and

(B)

that are open to public recreational use;

(2)

status information with respect to whether Roads and Trails on the Federal land are open or closed;

(3)

the dates on which Roads and Trails on the Federal land are seasonally opened and closed;

(4)

the types of vehicles and recreational uses that are allowed on each segment of the Roads and Trails on the Federal land, including the permissibility of—

(A)

non-mechanized transportation;

(B)

off-highway vehicles;

(C)

motorcycles;

(D)

non-motorized bicycles;

(E)

electric bicycles; and

(F)

passing vehicles;

(5)

the boundaries of areas where hunting, weapon discharge, or recreational shooting is regulated or closed on the Federal land; and

(6)

the boundaries of any portion of a body of water on the Federal land that—

(A)

is closed to entry;

(B)

is closed to watercraft;

(C)

has horsepower limitations or gasoline motor restrictions for watercraft; or

(D)

nothing in this subpart requires the Federal land management agency to collect and compile information on watercraft restrictions imposed by other entities.

(b)

Updates

(1)

In general

The Secretaries shall biennially update the data described in subsection (a).

(2)

Public evaluation of accuracy

The Secretaries shall include on each website referred to in subsection (a), as applicable, a point of contact to allow members of the public to confirm or dispute the accuracy of the information described in that subsection.

(3)

Effect

Geographic information system data made publicly available pursuant to this section should not disclose information regarding the location, character, and ownership of historic resources and the nature and location of archaeological resources, consistent with the National Historic Preservation Act, (54 U.S.C. 307103), and the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, (16 U.S.C. 470hh).

5.

Reports

On an annual basis—

(1)

each of the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives a report on the progress made by the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture, respectively, toward meeting the requirements of section 5; and

(2)

the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, shall submit to the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives a report on the progress made by the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, toward meeting the requirements of section 5.

6.

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated—

(1)

to the Secretary of the Interior to carry out this Act—

(A)

$2,500,000 for fiscal year 2022; and

(B)

$5,500,000 for each of fiscal years 2023, 2024, and 2025;

(2)

to the Secretary of Agriculture to carry out this Act—

(A)

$2,500,000 for fiscal year 2022; and

(B)

$5,500,000 for each of fiscal years 2023, 2024, and 2025; and

(3)

to the Secretary of the Army to carry out this Act—

(A)

$1,500,000 for fiscal year 2022; and

(B)

$2,500,000 for each of fiscal years 2023 and 2024.

7.

Savings

Under this Act, the Secretaries shall not publicize or make available information on unauthorized or illegal Roads and Trails.

March 15, 2022

Reported from the Committee on Natural Resources with an amendment

March 15, 2022

Committees on Agriculture and Transportation and Infrastructure discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed