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H.R. 2075 - Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act

Sponsor: Greg Walden (R)
Introduced: 2018-07-12
Bill Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
 

Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act

(Sec. 3) This bill requires the Department of the Interior to adjust the eastern boundary of the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area and the Deschutes Canyon Wilderness Study Area in Oregon to exclude approximately 832 acres, as depicted on the map entitled " "Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area" dated April 6, 2017, to facilitate fire prevention and response activities on the excluded public lands and adjacent private property.

The public lands to be excluded from such wilderness study areas are no longer subject to requirements under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 regarding the status of public lands during the period they are being reviewed for designation as wilderness.

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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 2075


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 12, 2018

    Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


AN ACT

    To adjust the eastern boundary of the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls and Deschutes Canyon Wilderness Study Areas in the State of Oregon to facilitate fire prevention and response activities to protect private property, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

Congress finds the following:

(1) The Crooked River Ranch is an unincorporated community with a population of 5,000 residents.

(2) The current lands located adjacent to Crooked River Ranch are managed by the Bureau of Land Management and are classified as a Wilderness Study Area.

(3) There is currently only one entrance/exit to the Crooked River Ranch.

(4) Jefferson County and Crooked River Ranch have determined that the Wilderness Study Area lands are in the highest risk category for exposure to devastating wildfire due to overstocked juniper stands under the federally mandated and locally promulgated Jefferson County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

(5) The current Wilderness Study Area classification prevents mechanical fire prevention activities within the overstocked juniper stands.

(6) Advancing this proposed legislation will greatly enhance the life and safety of people and property by reducing the extreme fire threat to these lands.

SEC. 3. Boundary adjustment, Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls and Deschutes Canyon Wilderness Study Areas, Oregon.

(a) Boundary adjustment required.—The Secretary of the Interior shall adjust the eastern boundary of the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area and the Deschutes Canyon Wilderness Study Area in the State of Oregon to exclude approximately 832 acres, as depicted on the map entitled “Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area” and dated April 6, 2017, in order to facilitate fire prevention and response activities on the excluded public lands and adjacent private property.

(b) Effect of exclusion.—Effective on the date of the enactment of this Act, the public lands to be excluded from the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area and the Deschutes Canyon Wilderness Study Area pursuant to subsection (a) are no longer subject to section 603(c) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1782(c)).

Passed the House of Representatives July 11, 2018.

    Attest:karen l. haas,   
    Clerk.

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