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H.R. 6676 - Douglas County Economic Development and Conservation Act

Introduced: 2018-08-24
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6676


    To promote conservation, improve public land, and provide for sensible development in Douglas County, Nevada, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 24, 2018

    Mr. Amodei introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

    To promote conservation, improve public land, and provide for sensible development in Douglas County, Nevada, 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; table of contents.

(a) Short title.—This Act may be cited as the “Douglas County Economic Development and Conservation Act”.

(b) Table of contents.—The table of contents of this Act is as follows:


TITLE I—LAND CONVEYANCES AND SALES


TITLE II—TRIBAL CULTURAL RESOURCES


TITLE III—RESOLUTION OF BURBANK CANYONS WILDERNESS STUDY AREA


TITLE IV—TRANSFER OF ADMINISTRATIVE JURISDICTION OVER FOREST SERVICE LAND

SEC. 2. Definitions.

In this Act:

(1) COUNTY.—The term “County” means Douglas County, Nevada.

(2) MAP.—The term “Map” means the map entitled “Douglas County Economic Development and Conservation Act” and dated May 22, 2018.

(3) PUBLIC LAND.—The term “public land” has the meaning given the term “public lands” in section 103 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1702).

(4) SECRETARY CONCERNED.—The term “Secretary concerned” means—

(A) with respect to National Forest System land, the Secretary of Agriculture (acting through the Chief of the Forest Service); and

(B) with respect to land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, including land held for the benefit of the Tribe, the Secretary of the Interior.

(5) STATE.—The term “State” means the State of Nevada.

(6) TRIBE.—The term “Tribe” means the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.

(7) WILDERNESS.—The term “Wilderness” means the Burbank Canyons Wilderness designated by section 301(a).

TITLE ILAND CONVEYANCES AND SALES

SEC. 101. Conveyance to State of Nevada.

(a) Conveyance.—Subject to valid existing rights, the Secretary concerned shall convey to the State without consideration, all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the parcel of land described in subsection (b).

(b) Description of land.—The parcel of land to be conveyed under subsection (a) is the approximately 67-acre parcel of Forest Service land generally depicted as “Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park” on the Map.

(c) Costs.—As a condition for the conveyance under subsection (a), all costs associated with such conveyance shall be paid by the State.

(d) Use of land.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The land conveyed to the State under subsection (a) shall be used by the State only for—

(A) the conservation of wildlife or natural resources; or

(B) a public park.

(2) FACILITIES.—Any facility on the land conveyed under subsection (a) shall be constructed and managed in a manner consistent with the uses described in paragraph (1).

(e) Reversion.—If any portion of the land conveyed under subsection (a) is used in a manner that is inconsistent with the uses described in subsection (d), the land shall, at the discretion of the Secretary concerned, revert to the United States.

SEC. 102. Concessionaires at Zephyr Shoals management area.

(a) Expanded permit boundary.—Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, subject to acceptance by the holder of the Zephyr Cove Resort permit, the Secretary of Agriculture shall modify such permit to include the approximately 44.7 acres of National Forest System land generally depicted as “Zephyr Shoals” on the Map.

(b) Prospectus.—On the date on which the permit for Zephyr Cove Resort expires, the Secretary of Agriculture shall issue a prospectus for issuance of a new permit for the Zephyr Cove Resort that includes both the Zephyr Cove Resort and the approximately 44.7 acres of National Forest System land generally depicted as “Zephyr Shoals” on the Map.

(c) Exclusion.—This section shall not apply to any land or portion of land described in subsection (a) for which a concessionaire has a contract to operate under a special use permit issued before the date of enactment of this Act.

(d) Consultation.—In carrying out this section, the Secretary of Agriculture shall consult with the State, County, Tribe, and other interested parties—

(1) to satisfy any requirement under section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332); and

(2) to prepare for any transition of operation of the land described in subsection (a).

(e) Treatment of proceeds.—Any fees received pursuant to a permit under subsection (a) or (b) shall remain available to the Forest Service, until expended, without further appropriations, for use within the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit under the authorities provided by section 2(d) of Public Law 96–586 (94 Stat. 3382) (commonly known as the Santini-Burton Act).

(f) Transfer of administrative jurisdiction.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—If the Secretary of Agriculture has not entered into a concession contract for a permit for the land described in subsection (a) by the date that is 2 years after the date on which the prospectus is published under subsection (b), consistent with section 3(a) of Public Law 96–586 (94 Stat. 3383) (commonly known as the Santini-Burton Act), the Secretary of Agriculture shall transfer to the County, without consideration, administrative jurisdiction over the land for a period of 99 years.

(2) COSTS.—Any costs relating to a transfer under paragraph (1), including any costs for surveys and other administrative costs, shall be paid by the County.

(3) USE OF LAND.—Any land transferred to the County under paragraph (1) shall—

(A) be managed by the County—

(i) to maintain undeveloped open space;

(ii) to preserve the natural characteristics of the land in perpetuity; and

(iii) to protect and enhance water quality, stream environment zones, and important wildlife habitat; and

(B) be used for public purposes consistent with the Act of June 14, 1926 (commonly known as the Recreation and Public Purposes Act) (43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.).

(4) REVERSION.—If any land or portion of land transferred under this section is used in a manner that is inconsistent with this section, the land shall, at the discretion of the Secretary of Agriculture, revert to the United States.

SEC. 103. Conveyance to Douglas County, Nevada.

(a) Definition of Federal land.—In this section, the term “Federal land” means the approximately 7,951 acres of Federal land located in the County that is identified as “Douglas County Conveyances” on the Map.

(b) Authorization of conveyance.—Subject to valid existing rights and notwithstanding the land use planning requirements of section 202 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1712), not later than 180 days after the date on which the Secretary concerned receives a request from the County for the conveyance of the Federal land, the Secretary concerned shall convey to the County, without consideration, all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the Federal land.

(c) Costs.—Any costs relating to the conveyance authorized under subsection (b), including any costs for surveys and other administrative costs, shall be paid by the County.

(d) Use of Federal land.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Federal land conveyed under subsection (b)—

(A) may be used by the County for flood control or any other public purpose consistent with the Act of June 14, 1926 (commonly known as the “Recreation and Public Purposes Act”; 43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.); and

(B) shall not be disposed of by the County.

(2) REVERSION.—If the Federal land conveyed under subsection (b) is used in a manner inconsistent with paragraph (1), the Federal land shall, at the discretion of the Secretary concerned, revert to the United States.

(e) Acquisition of Federal reversionary interest.—

(1) REQUEST.—The County may submit to the Secretary concerned a request to acquire the Federal reversionary interest in all or any portion of the Federal land conveyed under this section.

(2) APPRAISAL.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 180 days after the date of receipt of a request under paragraph (1), the Secretary concerned shall complete an appraisal of the Federal reversionary interest in the Federal land requested by the County.

(B) REQUIREMENT.—The appraisal under subparagraph (A) shall be completed in accordance with—

(i) the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions; and

(ii) the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.

(3) CONVEYANCE REQUIRED.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—If, by the date that is 1 year after the date of completion of the appraisal under paragraph (2), the County submits to the Secretary concerned an offer to acquire the Federal reversionary interest requested under paragraph (1), the Secretary concerned, by not later than the date that is 30 days after the date on which the offer is submitted, shall convey to the County that reversionary interest.

(B) CONSIDERATION.—As consideration for the conveyance of the Federal reversionary interest under subparagraph (A), the County shall pay to the Secretary concerned an amount equal to the appraised value of the Federal reversionary interest, as determined under paragraph (2).

(C) COSTS OF CONVEYANCE.—Any costs relating to the conveyance under subparagraph (A), including any costs for surveys and other administrative costs, shall be paid by the Secretary concerned.

(4) DISPOSITION OF PROCEEDS.—Any amounts collected under this subsection shall be disposed of in accordance with section 105(i).

(f) Revocation of orders.—Any public land order that withdraws any of the land described in subsection (a) from appropriation or disposal under a public land law shall be revoked to the extent necessary to permit disposal of that land.

SEC. 104. Tahoe Rim Trail.

(a) In general.—The Secretary of Agriculture, in consultation with the County and other stakeholders, shall develop and implement a cooperative management agreement for the parcel of land described in subsection (b) to—

(1) improve the quality of recreation access by providing additional amenities as agreed on by the Secretary and the County; and

(2) conserve the natural resources values.

(b) Description of land.—The parcel of land described in this subsection is the approximately 13-acre parcel generally depicted as “Tahoe Rim Trail North Parcel” on the Map.

SEC. 105. Sale of certain Federal land.

(a) In general.—Notwithstanding sections 202 and 203 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1712, 1713), the Secretary concerned shall, in accordance with the other provisions of that Act and any other applicable law, and subject to valid existing rights, conduct 1 or more sales of the Federal land described in subsection (b) to qualified bidders.

(b) Description of land.—The Federal land referred to in subsection (a) consists of—

(1) the approximately 59.5 acres of public land generally depicted as “Lands for Disposal” on the Map; and

(2) not more than 10,000 acres of land in the County that—

(A) is not segregated or withdrawn on or after the date of enactment of this Act, unless the land is withdrawn in accordance with subsection (g); and

(B) is identified for disposal by the Secretary concerned through—

(i) the Carson City Consolidated Resource Management Plan; or

(ii) any subsequent amendment to the management plan that is undertaken with full public involvement.

(c) Joint selection required.—The Secretary concerned and the County shall jointly select which parcels of the Federal land described in subsection (b)(2) to offer for sale under subsection (a).

(d) Compliance with local planning and zoning laws.—Before carrying out a sale of Federal land under subsection (a), the County shall submit to the Secretary concerned a certification that qualified bidders have agreed to comply with—

(1) County zoning ordinances; and

(2) any master plan for the area approved by the County.

(e) Method of sale; consideration.—The sale of Federal land under subsection (a) shall be—

(1) through a competitive bidding process, unless otherwise determined by the Secretary concerned; and

(2) for not less than fair market value.

(f) Recreation and Public Purposes Act conveyances.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 30 days before any land described in subsection (b) is offered for sale under subsection (a), the State or County may elect to obtain the land for public purposes in accordance with the Act of June 14, 1926 (commonly known as the Recreation and Public Purposes Act) (43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.).

(2) RETENTION.—Pursuant to an election made under paragraph (1), the Secretary concerned shall retain the elected land for conveyance to the State or County in accordance with the Act of June 14, 1926 (commonly known as the Recreation and Public Purposes Act) (43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.).

(g) Withdrawal.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Subject to valid existing rights and except as provided in paragraph (2), the Federal land described in subsection (b) is withdrawn from—

(A) all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws;

(B) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and

(C) disposition under all laws relating to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials.

(2) TERMINATION.—The withdrawal under paragraph (1) shall be terminated—

(A) on the date of sale or conveyance of title to the land described in subsection (b) pursuant to this Act; or

(B) with respect to any land described in subsection (b) that is not sold or exchanged, not later than 1 year after the date on which the land was offered for sale under this Act.

(3) EXCEPTION.—Paragraph (1)(A) shall not apply to a sale made consistent with this section or an election by the County or the State to obtain the land described in subsection (b) for public purposes under the Act of June 14, 1926 (commonly known as the Recreation and Public Purposes Act) (43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.).

(h) Deadline for sale.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in paragraph (2), not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, if there is a qualified bidder for the land described in subsection (b), the Secretary concerned shall offer the land for sale to the qualified bidder.

(2) POSTPONEMENT; EXCLUSION FROM SALE.—At the request of the County, the Secretary concerned may temporarily postpone or exclude from the sale under paragraph (1) all or a portion of the land described in subsection (b).

(i) Disposition of proceeds.—Of the proceeds from the sale under this section—

(1) 5 percent shall be disbursed to the State for use by the State for general education programs of the State;

(2) 10 percent shall be disbursed to the County for use by the County for general budgeting purposes; and

(3) 85 percent shall be deposited in a special account in the Treasury of the United States, to be known as the Douglas County Special Account, which shall be available to the Secretary concerned until expended, without further appropriation—

(A) to reimburse costs incurred by the Secretary concerned in preparing for the sale of the land described in subsection (b), including—

(i) the costs of surveys and appraisals; and

(ii) the costs of compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and sections 202 and 203 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1712, 1713);

(B) to reimburse costs incurred by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in preparing for and carrying out the transfers of land to be held in trust by the United States under title II; and

(C) to acquire environmentally sensitive land or an interest in environmentally sensitive land in the County—

(i) pursuant to the Douglas County Open Space and Agricultural Lands Preservation Implementation Plan, or any subsequent amendment to the plan that is undertaken with full public involvement; and

(ii) for flood control purposes.

(j) Availability of funds.—Section 4(e) of the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act of 1998 (Public Law 105–263) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (3)(A)—

(A) by striking clause (iv) and inserting the following:

“(iv) development of parks, trails, and natural areas in Clark, Lincoln, and White Pine Counties, Washoe County (subject to paragraph (4)), Carson City (subject to paragraph (5)), and Douglas County (subject to paragraph (6)), Nevada, pursuant to a cooperative agreement with a unit of local government or regional governmental entity;”; and

(B) in clause (v), by striking “Clark, Lincoln, and White Pine Counties and Carson City (subject to paragraph (5))” and inserting “Clark, Lincoln, and White Pine Counties, Washoe County (subject to paragraph (4)), Carson City (subject to paragraph (5)), and Douglas County (subject to paragraph (6))”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

“(6) LIMITATION FOR DOUGLAS COUNTY.—Douglas County shall be eligible to nominate for expenditure amounts to acquire land or an interest in land for parks, trails, or natural areas and for conservation initiatives—

“(A) within the Carson River watershed;

“(B) within the Walker River watershed; or

“(C) for the conservation of sage-grouse habitat.”.

(k) Revocation of orders.—Any public land order that withdraws any of the land described in subsection (b) from appropriation or disposal under a public land law shall be revoked to the extent necessary to permit disposal of that land.

TITLE IITRIBAL CULTURAL RESOURCES

SEC. 201. Transfer of land to be held in trust for Tribe.

(a) In general.—Subject to valid existing rights, all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the land described in subsection (b) shall be—

(1) held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the Tribe; and

(2) part of the reservation of the Tribe.

(b) Description of land.—The land referred to in subsection (a) is—

(1) the approximately 1,945 acres of Federal land generally depicted as “Washoe Tribe Conveyances” on the Map; and

(2) any land administered on the date of enactment of this Act by the Bureau of Land Management or the Forest Service and generally depicted as “Section 5 lands”.

(c) Survey.—Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary concerned shall complete a survey of the boundary lines to establish the boundaries of the land taken into trust under subsection (a).

(d) Use of trust land.—

(1) GAMING.—Land taken into trust under this section shall not be eligible, or considered to have been taken into trust, for class II gaming or class III gaming (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (25 U.S.C. 2703)).

(2) THINNING; LANDSCAPE RESTORATION.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary concerned, in consultation and coordination with the Tribe, may carry out any fuel reduction and other landscape restoration activities on the land taken into trust under subsection (a) (including land that includes threatened and endangered species habitat), that are beneficial to—

(i) the Tribe; and

(ii)(I) the Bureau of Land Management; or

(II) the Forest Service.

(B) CONSERVATION BENEFITS.—Activities carried out under subparagraph (A) include activities that provide conservation benefits to a species that—

(i) is not listed as endangered or threatened under section 4(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1533(c)); and

(ii) is—

(I) listed by a State as a threatened or endangered species;

(II) a species of concern; or

(III) a candidate for a listing as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

(e) Water rights.—Nothing in this section affects the allocation, ownership, interest, or control, as in existence on the date of enactment of this Act, of any water, water right, or any other valid existing right held by the United States, an Indian tribe, a State, or a person.

SEC. 202. Dance Hill Management Agreement.

(a) In general.—The Secretary of Agriculture shall manage the land described in subsection (b) pursuant to the interlocal agreement entered into between the Tribe and County—

(1) to preserve cultural resources;

(2) to ensure regular access by members of the Tribe and the community across National Forest System land for cultural and religious purposes; and

(3) to protect recreational uses.

(b) Description of land.—The land referred to in subsection (a) consists of the approximately 1,811 acres of land generally depicted as “Dance Hill Management Agreement Area” on the Map.

TITLE IIIRESOLUTION OF BURBANK CANYONS WILDERNESS STUDY AREA

SEC. 301. Addition to National Wilderness Preservation System.

(a) Designation.—In furtherance of the purposes of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the approximately 12,330 acres of Federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, as generally depicted on the map as “Burbank Canyons Wilderness” and dated May 22, 2018, is designated as wilderness and as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System, to be known as the “Burbank Canyons Wilderness”.

(b) Boundary.—The boundary of any portion of the Wilderness that is bordered by a road shall be not less than 100 feet from the centerline of the road to allow public access.

(c) Map and legal description.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary concerned shall prepare a map and legal description of the Wilderness.

(2) EFFECT.—The map and legal description prepared under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary concerned may correct any minor error in the map or legal description.

(3) AVAILABILITY.—A copy of the map and legal description prepared under paragraph (1) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management.

(d) Withdrawal.—Subject to valid existing rights, the Wilderness is withdrawn from—

(1) all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws;

(2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and

(3) disposition under all laws relating to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials.

SEC. 302. Administration.

(a) Management.—Subject to valid existing rights, the Wilderness shall be administered by the Secretary concerned in accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), except that—

(1) any reference in that Act to the effective date shall be considered to be a reference to the date of enactment of this Act; and

(2) any reference in that Act to the Secretary of Agriculture shall be considered to be a reference to the Secretary of the Interior.

(b) Livestock.—The grazing of livestock in the Wilderness, if established before the date of enactment of this Act, shall be allowed to continue, subject to such reasonable regulations, policies, and practices as the Secretary concerned considers to be necessary in accordance with—

(1) section 4(d)(4) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(4)); and

(2) the guidelines set forth in Appendix A of the report of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the House of Representatives accompanying H.R. 2570 of the 101st Congress (House Report 101–405).

(c) Incorporation of acquired land and interests.—Any land or interest in land within the boundaries of the Wilderness that is acquired by the United States after the date of enactment of this Act shall be added to and administered as part of the Wilderness.

(d) Adjacent management.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The designation of the Wilderness shall not be construed to create a protective perimeter or buffer zone around the Wilderness.

(2) NONWILDERNESS ACTIVITIES.—The fact that nonwilderness activities or uses can be seen or heard from areas within the Wilderness shall not preclude the conduct of the activities or uses outside the boundary of the Wilderness.

(e) Military overflights.—Nothing in this Act restricts or precludes—

(1) low-level overflights of military aircraft over the Wilderness, including military overflights that can be seen or heard within the wilderness area;

(2) flight testing and evaluation; or

(3) the designation or creation of new units of special use airspace, or the establishment of military flight training routes, over the Wilderness.

(f) Existing airstrips.—Nothing in this Act restricts or precludes low-level overflights by aircraft utilizing airstrips in existence on the date of enactment of this Act that are located within 5 miles of the proposed boundary of the Wilderness.

(g) Wildfire, insect, and disease management.—In accordance with section 4(d)(1) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(1)), the Secretary concerned may take any measures in the Wilderness that the Secretary concerned determines to be necessary for the control of fire, insects, and diseases, including, as the Secretary concerned determines to be appropriate, the coordination of the activities with the State or a local agency.

(h) Data collection.—In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.) and subject to such terms and conditions as the Secretary concerned may prescribe, the Secretary concerned may authorize the installation and maintenance of hydrologic, meteorologic, or climatological collection devices in the Wilderness if the Secretary concerned determines that the facilities and access to the facilities are essential to flood warning, flood control, or water reservoir operation activities.

(i) Water rights.—

(1) FINDINGS.—Congress finds that—

(A) the Wilderness is located—

(i) in the semiarid region of the Great Basin; and

(ii) at the headwaters for the streams and rivers on land with respect to which there are few, if any—

(I) actual or proposed water resource facilities located upstream; and

(II) opportunities for diversion, storage, or other uses of water occurring outside the land that would adversely affect the wilderness values of the land;

(B) the Wilderness is generally not suitable for use or development of new water resource facilities; and

(C) because of the unique nature of the Wilderness, it is possible to provide for proper management and protection of the wilderness and other values of land by means different from the means used in other laws.

(2) PURPOSE.—The purpose of this section is to protect the wilderness values of the Wilderness by means other than a federally reserved water right.

(3) STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in this Act—

(A) constitutes an express or implied reservation by the United States of any water or water rights with respect to the Wilderness;

(B) affects any water rights in the State (including any water rights held by the United States) in existence on the date of enactment of this Act;

(C) establishes a precedent with regard to any future wilderness designations;

(D) affects the interpretation of, or any designation made under, any other Act; or

(E) limits, alters, modifies, or amends any interstate compact or equitable apportionment decree that apportions water among and between the State and other States.

(4) NEVADA WATER LAW.—The Secretary concerned shall follow the procedural and substantive requirements of State law in order to obtain and hold any water rights not in existence on the date of enactment of this Act with respect to the Wilderness.

(5) NEW PROJECTS.—

(A) DEFINITION OF WATER RESOURCE FACILITY.—

(i) IN GENERAL.—In this paragraph, the term “water resource facility” means irrigation and pumping facilities, reservoirs, water conservation works, aqueducts, canals, ditches, pipelines, wells, hydropower projects, transmission and other ancillary facilities, and other water diversion, storage, and carriage structures.

(ii) EXCLUSION.—In this paragraph, the term “water resource facility” does not include wildlife guzzlers.

(B) RESTRICTION ON NEW WATER RESOURCE FACILITIES.—Except as otherwise provided in this Act, on or after the date of enactment of this Act, neither the President nor any other officer, employee, or agent of the United States shall fund, assist, authorize, or issue a license or permit for the development of any new water resource facility within any wilderness area, including a portion of a wilderness area, that is located in the County.

SEC. 303. Fish and wildlife management.

(a) In general.—In accordance with section 4(d)(7) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(7)), nothing in this Act affects or diminishes the jurisdiction of the State with respect to fish and wildlife management, including the regulation of hunting, fishing, and trapping, in the Wilderness.

(b) Management activities.—In furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the Secretary concerned may conduct any management activities in the Wilderness that are necessary to maintain or restore fish and wildlife populations and the habitats to support the populations, if the activities are carried out—

(1) in a manner that is consistent with relevant wilderness management plans; and

(2) in accordance with—

(A) the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.); and

(B) appropriate policies, such as those set forth in Appendix B of the report of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the House of Representatives accompanying H.R. 2570 of the 101st Congress (House Report 101–405), including the occasional and temporary use of motorized vehicles and aircraft if the use, as determined by the Secretary concerned, would promote healthy, viable, and more naturally distributed wildlife populations that would enhance wilderness values with the minimal impact necessary to reasonably accomplish those tasks.

(c) Existing activities.—Consistent with section 4(d)(1) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(1)) and in accordance with appropriate policies such as those set forth in Appendix B of the report of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the House of Representatives accompanying H.R. 2570 of the 101st Congress (House Report 101–405), the State may continue to use aircraft, including helicopters, to survey, capture, transplant, monitor, and provide water for wildlife populations in the Wilderness.

(d) Hunting, fishing, and trapping.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary concerned may designate areas in which, and establish periods during which, for reasons of public safety, administration, or compliance with applicable laws, no hunting, fishing, or trapping will be permitted in the Wilderness.

(2) CONSULTATION.—Except in emergencies, the Secretary concerned shall consult with the appropriate State agency and notify the public before making any designation under paragraph (1).

(e) Cooperative agreement.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The State (including a designee of the State) may conduct wildlife management activities in the Wilderness—

(A) in accordance with the terms and conditions specified in the cooperative agreement between the Secretary of the Interior and the State entitled “Memorandum of Understanding between the Bureau of Land Management and the Nevada Department of Wildlife Supplement No. 9” and signed November and December 2003, including any amendments to the cooperative agreement agreed to by the Secretary of the Interior and the State; and

(B) subject to all applicable laws (including regulations).

(2) REFERENCES; CLARK COUNTY.—For the purposes of this subsection, any reference to Clark County in the cooperative agreement described in paragraph (1)(A) shall be considered to be a reference to the Wilderness.

SEC. 304. Release of wilderness study area.

(a) Finding.—Congress finds that, for the purposes of section 603(c) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1782(c)), the portion of the Burbank Canyons Wilderness study area located in the County that is not designated as wilderness by section 301 has been adequately studied for wilderness designation.

(b) Release.—Any public land described in subsection (a) that is not designated as wilderness by this title—

(1) is no longer subject to section 603(c) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1782(c)); and

(2) shall be managed in accordance with—

(A) land management plans adopted under section 202 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1712); and

(B) cooperative conservation agreements in existence on the date of enactment of this Act.

SEC. 305. Native American cultural and religious uses.

Nothing in this title alters or diminishes the treaty rights of any Indian tribe (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)).

TITLE IVTRANSFER OF ADMINISTRATIVE JURISDICTION OVER FOREST SERVICE LAND

SEC. 401. Authority of Forest Service to transfer administrative jurisdiction to State or County for public purposes.

(a) In general.—Subject to valid existing rights, on receipt of a request by the State or County and subject to such terms and conditions as are satisfactory to the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary may convey to the State or County without consideration all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to a parcel of land described in subsection (b).

(b) Description of land.—The land authorized to be conveyed under subsection (a) is any parcel of Forest Service land that is located within the boundaries of the area acquired under Public Law 96–586 (94 Stat. 3381; commonly known as the Santini-Burton Act) that the Secretary of Agriculture determines is—

(1) unsuitable to be administered by the Forest Service; or

(2) necessary for a public purpose.

(c) Use of land.—A parcel of land conveyed pursuant to subsection (a) shall—

(1) be managed by the State or County, as applicable—

(A) to maintain undeveloped open space and to preserve the natural characteristics of such land; and

(B) to protect and enhance water quality, stream environment zones, and important wildlife habitat; and

(2) be used by the State or County, as applicable, only for recreation or other public purposes including trails, fuel reduction, control, and other infrastructure consistent with the Act of June 14, 1926 (43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.).

(d) Reversion.—If any portion of a parcel of land conveyed pursuant to subsection (a) is used in a manner that is inconsistent with subsection (c), the parcel of land shall, at the discretion of the Secretary of Agriculture, revert to the United States.


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