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H.R. 2546 – Protecting America’s Wilderness Act (Rep. DeGette – Natural Resources)
This bill permanently protects public lands and waters in Colorado, California, and Washington by designating approximately 1.3 million acres of wilderness and incorporating more than 1,000 river miles into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System (NWSRS).
Click here for a fact sheet from the House Natural Resources Committee.
The Rule, which was adopted yesterday, provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
Makes changes to Title I – Colorado Wilderness and designates an additional 60,000 acres of wilderness.
McClintock Amendment #2
Authorizes local counties to veto Congressionally approved wilderness designations.
McClintock Amendment #3
Allows the Secretary of Agriculture or the Secretary of the Interior to veto wilderness and wild and scenic river designations authorized by Congress under this Act if the areas do not meet the definition of wilderness in the Wilderness Actor the criteria for designation under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
Encourages the Secretary of Interior and Secretary of Agriculture to ensure servicemember and veteran access to public lands.
States that the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture may manage for fire, insects, and diseases in wilderness areas designated by this Act.
Westerman Amendment #6
Allows the Secretary of Agriculture or Secretary of the Interior to exempt from wilderness designations under the Act any area determined by the Secretary to be at high risk of wildfire.
Westerman Amendment #7
Strikes all designations of “potential” wilderness under the bill.
Ensures that military aircraft overflights, units of special air space, and flight training routes are allowed over wilderness areas designated by this Act.
Tipton Amendment #9
Strikes wilderness additions in the 3rd Congressional District of Colorado.
Tipton Amendment #10
Requires the Department of Defense to conduct a study on the impacts that the expansion of wilderness designations in the Western United States would have on the readiness of our armed forces with respect to aviation training.
Clarifies that the Washington State Department of Natural Resources retains the authority to manage all lands currently owned by the state of Washington. Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to satisfy the requirements of section 3(d) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1274(d)) for new Wild and Scenic Rivers designated on the Olympic Peninsula through an updated land management plan for the Olympic National Forest.
Requires GAO to conduct a study on how the preservation of wilderness lands can help reduce the risk of flooding in residential areas.