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Senate Committee Advances 96-Bill Lands Package

Senate Committee Advances 96-Bill Lands Package

June 30th, 2008

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bingaman introduced a new bill that is a bipartisan collection of more than 90 individual bills which have been reported by the Senate Energy Committee. This legislation follows enactment of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act, which was signed into law last month. That Act was successful in packaging dozens of bills which were not able to pass the Senate individually. Sen. Bingaman hopes that the Omnibus Public Land Management Act (S. 3213) will similarly facilitate the passage of the remaining resources bills which have been reported by Senate ENR during this Congress. Here’s what’s in S. 3213:

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Status of Wilderness Legislation in the 110th Congress

Status of Wilderness Legislation in the 110th Congress

Here is a quick refresher on the basics of how a bill becomes a law. An elected member of Congress introduces a bill in his or her chamber (House or Senate). The bill is referred to the appropriate committee, which reviews it, amends it, and approves it. The full chamber then debates it, possibly amends it again, approves it and forwards it to the other chamber, which does the same. If there are differences between the two versions, those differences are resolved, both chambers (if changes have been made) approve the final version, and send it to the White House. The President signs it, and it becomes law.

The following is a description of the wilderness bills that have been introduced to date in the 110th Congress and a summary of where each measure stands in the legislative progress. To read the full text of any of these wilderness bills, visit the Library of Congress at: http://thomas.loc.gov

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Update of Wilderness Legislation in the 110th Congress

Update of Wilderness Legislation in the 110th Congress

Following is a description of the wilderness bills that have been introduced to date in the 110th Congress and a summary of where each measure stands in the legislative process.

ALASKA: Alaska Rainforest Conservation Act (H.R. 3757)

Introduced on 10/4/07 by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), this bill proposes to designate wilderness on the Tongass National Forest. The bill, which has been referred to House Committee on Natural Resources, currently has 43 co-sponsors.

ALASKA: Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act (H.R. 39/S.2316)
The Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act would designate the 1.5 million-acre coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as Wilderness. Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the measure in the House on 1/4/07. The bill, which has been referred to House subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, currently has 146 co-sponsors. On 11/8/07, Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) introduced the Senate version of this bill, which has 25 co-sponsors. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

ARIZONA: Tumacacori Highlands Wilderness Act of 2007 (H.R. 3287)
On 8/1/07, Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced in the House legislation to expand southern Arizona’s Pajarita Wilderness and designate the Tumacacori Highlands in the Coronado National Forest as wilderness. The proposed wilderness would total 83,300 acres. The bill had a hearing in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands on 11/13/07.

CALIFORNIA: California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act (H.R. 3682 / S. 2109)
On 9/27/07, Representative Mary Bono (R-CA) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act. The legislation proposes to designate over 190,000 acres of wilderness, add new areas to the Santa Rosa National Monument, and designate 31 miles of Wild and Scenic River. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing on the legislation on 11/13/07.

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WILDERNESS LEGISLATION PASSED IN THE 109TH CONGRESS (2005 – 2006)

WILDERNESS LEGISLATION PASSED IN THE 109TH CONGRESS (2005 – 2006)

Below is a list of the Wilderness legislation passed by the 109th Congress and signed into law by the President. The 109th Congress approved six bills adding approximately 1,030,500 acres of public land to the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Ojito Wilderness Act (New Mexico)
(Public Law No. 109-94)
The measure designated the approximately 11,000-acre Ojito Wilderness Study Area northwest of Albuquerque as Wilderness and allowed certain adjacent land managed by the BLM to be purchased by the Pueblo of Zia as open space. The measure was sponsored by Representatives Tom Udall (D-NM) and Heather Wilson (R-NM) and Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Pete Domenici (R-NM).

Caribbean National Forest Wilderness Act (Puerto Rico)
(Public Law No. 109-118)
Congressman Luis Fortuno (R-PR) and Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) sponsored House and Senate versions of this bill. The measure designated the 10,000-acre El Toro Wilderness area in the Caribbean National Forest in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico creating the first tropical rainforest wilderness on National Forest land in the National Wilderness Preservation System.

National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2006 (Utah)
(Public Law No. 109-163)
Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT) sponsored the Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) Protection Act which would prevented high-level nuclear waste storage in Utah’s West Desert, preserved military training capabilities via UTTR, and designated 100,000 acres of magnificent, desert land known as the Cedar Mountains as Wilderness. The measure, co-sponsored by Utah Reps. Chris Cannon (R-UT) and Jim Matheson (D-UT), was included in the final version of the Defense Authorization Act signed into law by President Bush in January 2006.

Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act (California)
(Public Law No. 109-362)
This measure designated 275,000 acres of Wilderness and 21 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers in California’s Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino, Lake, and Napa Counties. The proposed wilderness areas and rivers encompassed in the bill are found in the congressional district of Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) who was the House sponsor of the bill. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) sponsored the legislation in the Senate.

New England Wilderness Act of 2006 (New Hampshire & Vermont)
(Public Law No: 109-382)
The New England Wilderness Act of 2006 increased the number of designated wilderness areas in both Vermont and New Hampshire. The bill combined two separate bills introduced in the 109th Congress, the Vermont Wilderness Act and the New Hampshire Wilderness Act and designated 42,000 acres of wilderness in six different parcels in Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest and two areas totaling 34,500 acres in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. The measure also creates the Mount Moosalamoo National Recreation Area in Vermont, a 15,857-acre tract south and east of Middlebury, Vermont.

White Pine County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act (Nevada)
(Public Law No. 109-432)
Senator John Ensign (R-NV) and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) sponsored the White Pine County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act which designated 12 new Wilderness areas, totaling approximately 558,000 acres managed by the US Forest Service and the BLM in White Pine County along with two significant additions to existing Wilderness areas. The legislation contained nine different titles that address a number of public land issues including wilderness designation, release of portions of wilderness study areas, land disposal, public purpose conveyances, land transfers from Forest Service to Bureau of Land Management (BLM), authorization for a study of an ORV trail, land transfers to the Ely Shoshone Tribe, authorization for restoration projects, amendments to the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act, and establishment of the Great Basin Heritage Route.

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WILDERNESS LEGISLATION PASSED IN THE 108TH CONGRESS (2003 – 2004)

WILDERNESS LAWS PASSED IN THE 108TH CONGRESS (2003 – 2004)

Below is a list of the Wilderness legislation passed by the 108th Congress and signed into law by the President. The 108th Congress approved two bills adding over 800,000 acres of public land to the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act (Nevada)
(Public Law 108-424)
This Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act was sponsored in the House by Reps. Jim Gibbons (R-NV), Jon Porter (R-NV) and Shelly Berkley (D-NV) and in the Senate by Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and John Ensign (R-NV). This omnibus public lands measure contained six separate titles. The titles deal with wilderness designation and release, land disposal, utility corridors, the designation of an off-highway vehicle trail, conveyances for county and state parks, and a transfer of jurisdiction of two 8,000-acre parcels of land to and from the Fish and Wildlife Service. The wilderness title designated 14 Wilderness areas totaling approximately 768,000 acres and releases approximately 245,000 acres from Wilderness Study Area status. There are several controversial public land issues in various titles of the bill. For example, the environmental community was united in opposition to provisions in the bill that grant rights of way for pipelines that could transport rural Nevada’s water to Las Vegas.

Gaylord Nelson Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Wilderness (Wisconsin)
(Public Law 108-447)
This measure grants permanent wilderness protection to 33,500 acres (or approximately 80 percent) of wild land found in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on the waters of Lake Superior in Wisconsin. Known as the ancestral home of the Ojibwe people, the Apostle Islands include remarkable cliff formations, sea caves and some of the most pristine sandscapes remaining in the Great Lakes region. The "Gaylord A. Nelson National Wilderness" was signed into law as part of the year-end omnibus appropriations package in December 2004. Gaylord A. Nelson is a former U.S. Senator and governor from Wisconsin. He is well known as the founder of Earth Day.

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WILDERNESS LEGISLATION PASSED IN THE 107TH CONGRESS (2001 – 2002)

WILDERNESS LEGISLATION PASSED IN THE 107TH CONGRESS (2001 – 2002)

Below is a list of the Wilderness legislation passed by the 107th Congress and signed into law by the President. The 107th Congress approved a total of four bills adding more than a half a million acres of public land to the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Big Sur Wilderness (California)
(Public Law No: 107-370)
The Big Sur Wilderness and Conservation Act of 2002 made significant additions to the Ventana, Silver Peak, and Pinnacles Wilderness Areas in California. In total, the measure added 56,880 acres of public land to the National Wilderness Preservation System. These areas are located in the Big Sur/Monterey congressional district represented by Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA) who sponsored the bill.

James Peak Wilderness and Protection Area (Colorado)
(Public Law No: 107-216)
The bill designated the 14,000 acre James Peak Wilderness and adjacent “protection area” in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in Colorado. The bill also made a 3,000-acre addition to the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. The measure was sponsored in the House by Rep. Mark Udall (D-CO) and in the Senate by Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO).

Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002 (Nevada)
(Public Law No: 107-282)
This measure designated more than 440,000 acres of Wilderness in southern Nevada’s Mojave Desert region. This bill also included provisions dealing with a range of recreation, development, and conservation issues on public lands in Nevada’s Clark County. The measure was sponsored by Nevada Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and John Ensign (R-NV) and in the House by Jim Gibbons (R-NV).

Black Elk Wilderness Addition (South Dakota)
(Public Law No: 107-206)
As part of the 2002 Emergency Supplemental Defense Appropriations Act, Congress approved a 3,600-acre addition to the existing Black Elk Wilderness in South Dakota. The wilderness addition was part of a larger settlement agreement included in the legislation allowing some fuel reduction treatments on approximately 8,000 acres of the 1.2 million-acre Black Hills National Forest, among other provisions.

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