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S. 609: Ruby Mountains Protection Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 10, 2022 (Reported by Senate Committee).


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Calendar No. 269

117th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 609

[Report No. 117–70]

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 4, 2021

(for herself and Ms. Rosen) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

February 10, 2022

Reported by , without amendment

A BILL

To withdraw the National Forest System land in the Ruby Mountains subdistrict of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the National Wildlife Refuge System land in Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Elko and White Pine Counties, Nevada, from operation under the mineral leasing laws.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Ruby Mountains Protection Act.

2.

Withdrawal of certain National Forest System land

(a)

Withdrawal

Subject to valid existing rights, the approximately 309,272 acres of Federal land and interests in the land located in the Ruby Mountains subdistrict of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest within the area depicted on the Forest Service map entitled S. 258 Ruby Mountains Protective Act and dated December 5, 2019, as National Forest System Lands are withdrawn from all forms of operation under the mineral leasing laws.

(b)

Application

Any land or interest in land within the boundary of the Ruby Mountains subdistrict of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest that is acquired by the United States after the date of enactment of this Act shall be withdrawn in accordance with subsection (a).

(c)

Availability of map

The map described in subsection (a) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Forest Service.

3.

Withdrawal of certain National Wildlife Refuge System land

(a)

Withdrawal

(1)

In general

Subject to valid existing rights, the approximately 39,926.10 acres of Federal land and interests in the land located in the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge and depicted on the United States Fish and Wildlife Service map entitled S. XXX Ruby Mountains Protection Act and dated February 23, 2021, as Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge are withdrawn from all forms of operation under the mineral leasing laws, subject to paragraph (2).

(2)

Exception

The withdrawal under paragraph (1) shall not apply to noncommercial refuge management activities by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

(b)

Application

Any land or interest in land within the boundary of the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge that is acquired by the United States after the date of enactment of this Act shall be withdrawn in accordance with subsection (a).

(c)

Availability of Map

The map described in subsection (a)(1) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

February 10, 2022

Reported without amendment