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S. 393 (95th): Montana Wilderness Study Act


The text of the bill below is as of Nov 1, 1977 (Passed Congress).


PUBLIC LAW 95-150—NOV. 1, 1977                                  91 STAT. 1243

Public Law 95-150
95th Congress
                                  An Act
To provide for the study of certain lands to determine their suitability for       Nov. 1. 1977
  designation as wilderness in accordance with the Wilderness Act of 1964, and       [S. 393]
  for other purposes.

  Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may                Montana
be cited as the "Montana Wilderness Study Act of 1977".                          Wilderness Study
  SEC. 2. (a) In furtherance of the purposes of the Wilderness Act               Act of 1977.
                                                                                 16 u s e 1132
(78 Stat. 890; 16 U.S.C. 1132), the Secretary of Agriculture (herein-            note.
after known as the "Secretary") shall, within five years after the date          Land
of enactment of this Act, review certain lands designated by this                     'nations.
section, as to their suitability for preservation as wilderness, and report      review.
his findings to the President, as follows:                                       Report to
        (1) certain lands in the Beaverhead National Forest, Montana,            President.
     which are generally depicted on a map entitled "West Pioneer                16 u s e 1132
     Wilderness Study Area" and dated April 1976, comprising                     note.
     approximately one hundred and fifty-one thousand acres, which
     shall be known as the West Pioneer Wilderness Study Area;
        (2) certain lands in the Beaverhead and Gallatin National
     Forests, Montana, which are generally depicted on a map entitled
     "Taylor-Hilgard Wilderness Study Area" dated April 1976, com-
     prising approximately two hundred and eighty-nine thousand
     acres, which shall be known as the Taylor-Hilgard Wilderness
     Study Area;
        (3) certain lands in the Bitterroot National Forest, Montana,
     which are generally depicted on a map entitled "Bluejoint Wilder-
     ness Study Area" and dated April 1976, comprising approxi-
     mately sixty-one thousand acres, which shall be known as the
     Bluejoint Wilderness Study Area;
        (4) certain lands in the Bitterroot and Deerlodge National
     Forests, Montana, which are generally depicted on a map entitled
     "Sapphire Wilderness Study Area" and dated April 1976, com-
     prismg approximately ninety-four thousand acres, which shall be
     known as the Sapphire Wilderness Study Area;
        (5) certain lands in the Kootenai National Forest, Montana,
     which are generally depicted on a map entitled "Ten Lakes Wil-
     derness Study Area" and dated April 1976, comprising approxi-
     mately thirty-four thousand acres, which shall be known as the
     Ten Lakes Wilderness Study Area;
        (6) certain lands in the Jjcwis and Clark National Forest, Mon-
     tana, which are generally depicted on a map entitled "Middle
     Fork Judith Wilderness Study Area" dated April 1976, compris-
     ing approximately eighty-one thousand acres, which shall be
     known as the Middle Fork Judith Wilderness Study Area;
        (7) certain lands in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, Mon-
     tana, which are generally depicted on a map entitled "Big Snowies
     Wilderness Study Area" and dated April 1976, comprising
     approximately ninety-one thousand acres, which shall be known
     as the Big Snowies Wilderness Study Area;

91 STAT. 1244 PUBLIC LAW 95-150—NOV. 1, 1977 (8) certain lands in the Gallatin National Forest, Montana, which are generally depicted on a map entitled "Hyalite-Porcu- pine-Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area" and dated April 1976, comprising approximately one hundred and fifty-one thousand acres, which shall be known as the Hyalite-Porcupine-Buflfalo Horn Wilderness Study Area; and (9) certain lands in the Kootenai National Forest, Montana, which are generally depicted on a map entitled "Mount Henry Wilderness Study Area" and dated April 1976, comprising approximately twenty-one thousand acres, which shall be known as the Mount Henry Wilderness Study Area. Recommenda- (b) The Secretary shall conduct his review, and the President shall tions, advise the United States Senate and House of Representatives of his Presidential recommendations, in accordance with the provisions of subsections advisement to 8(b) and 3(d) of the Wilderness Act, except that any reference in such Congress. 16 u s e 1132. subsections to areas in the national forests classified as "primitive" shall be deemed to be a reference to the wilderness study areas desig- nated by this Act and except that the President shall advise the Con- gress if his recommendations with respect to such areas within seven Hearings, public years after the date of enactment of this Act: Provided^ however^ That notice. the Secretary shall give at least sixty days' advance public notice of any hearing or other public meeting concerning such areas. Maps, (c) The maps referred to in this section shall be on file and available availability. for public inspection in the office of the Chief of the Forest Service, Department of Agriculture. Administration. SEC. 3. (a) Except as otherwise provided by this section, and subject 16 u s e 1132 to existing private rights, the wilderness study areas designated by this note. Act shall, until Congress determines otherwise, be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture so as to maintain their presently existing wilderness character and potential for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System. (b) Nothing in this Act shall be construed as affecting the jurisdic- tion or responsibilities of the several States with respect to wildlife and fish in the national forests. (c) Nothing herein contained shall (1) limit the President in pro- posing, as part of his recommendation to Congress, the alteration of existing boundaries of any wilderness study area or recommending the addition to any such area of any contiguous area predominantly of wilderness value, or (2) limit the authority of the Secretary of Agri- culture to establish, protect, study, or make recommendations to the President and Congress with respect to additional wilderness study areas within national forests in the State of Montana. Appropriation SEC. 4. There are hereby authorized to be appropriated after Octo- authorization. ber 1,1977, such sums as may be necessary to carry out the provisions 16 u s e 1132 of this Act. note. Approved November 1, 1977. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: HOUSE REPORT No. 95-620 (Gomm. on Interior and Insular Affairs). SENATE REPORT No. 95-163 (eomm. on Energy and Natural Resources). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 123 (1977): May 18, considered and passed Senate. Oct. 18, considered and passed House.