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H.R. 6939 - Restoring Local Input and Access to Public Lands Act of 2018

Sponsor: Liz Cheney (R)
Introduced: 2018-09-27
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6939


    To protect and ensure multiple use and public access to public lands in Wyoming per the request of the respective counties, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 27, 2018

    Ms. Cheney introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

    To protect and ensure multiple use and public access to public lands in Wyoming per the request of the respective counties, 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 “Restoring Local Input and Access to Public Lands Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Removal of Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service Wilderness Study area designations.

(a) Release.—The public lands described in subsection (b) are deemed to have been adequately studied for wilderness designation pursuant to section 603 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 and section 301 of the Wyoming Wilderness Act of 1984 and are no longer subject to the requirements of subsection (c) of each of those sections pertaining to the management of Wilderness Study Areas.

(b) Covered Public Lands.—Subsection (a) shall apply to the following Federal lands in Wyoming:

(1) Wilderness Study Areas, or portions thereof, administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in Lincoln County.

(2) Wilderness Study Areas, or portions thereof, administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Sweetwater County.

(3) Wilderness Study Areas, or portions thereof, administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Bighorn County.

(c) Management of released land.—Federal lands identified in subsection (b) shall be managed according to the respective Federal land agency’s multiple use and sustained yield mandate.

SEC. 3. Prohibition.

No new Wilderness or Wilderness Study Area may be designated in Wyoming except by a Federal statute that—

(1) specifically designates such area; and

(2) is enacted after the date of the enactment of this Act.

SEC. 4. Treatment of land with wilderness characteristics.

(a) In general.—Any Federal land in Wyoming inventoried, before the date of the enactment of this Act, as a “Land with Wilderness Characteristics” or identified as having wilderness characteristics under the planning process of the Bureau of Land Management or the Forest Service shall no longer be inventoried or identified as such. Such lands shall be managed under the respective Federal land agency’s multiple use and sustained yield mandate and the respective Federal land agency is no longer bound to manage the lands according to the non-impairment standard.

(b) Future inventory.—After the date of the enactment of this Act, no Federal land in Wyoming shall be inventoried as a “Land with Wilderness Characteristics” or shall be identified as having wilderness characteristics under the planning process of the Bureau of Land Management or the Forest Service.


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