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The Weekly Preview - House Committee on Natural Resources (Jun 9-13)

The Weekly Preview - House Committee on Natural Resources
June 9 – 13, 2008
On the House Floor:

On Monday, the House of Representatives is expected to consider under suspension of the rules the following 5 bills under the jurisdiction of the House Natural Resources Committee:
-- H.R. 3022 (Costa): To designate the John Krebs Wilderness in the State of California, to add certain land to the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park Wilderness, and for other purposes.
-- H.R. 2632 (T. Udall): To establish the Sabinoso Wilderness Area in San Miguel County, New Mexico, and for other purposes.
-- H.R. 3682 (Bono Mack): To designate certain Federal lands in Riverside County, California, as wilderness, to designate certain river segments in Riverside County as a wild, scenic, or recreational river, to adjust the boundary of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, and for other purposes.
-- H.Res. 1158 (Boozman): Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas.
-- H.R. 5680 (Grijalva): To amend certain laws relating to Native Americans, and for others purposes.

This Week’s Hearings:

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The Weekly Preview - U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources

The Weekly Preview - U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources

June 3 – 6, 2008

Can’t make it to our hearings or markups in person? Stay connected with our live video and audio webcasts, available at http://resourcescommittee.house.gov.

On the House Floor:On Wednesday, the House of Representatives is expected to consider under suspension of the rules the following bill under the jurisdiction of the House Natural Resources Committee:- H.R. 3058 (DeFazio): Public Land Communities Transition Act of 2007· Later in the week, the House of Representatives is expected to consider under a rule the following bill under the jurisdiction of the House Natural Resources Committee:- H.R. 5540 (Sarbanes): Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Continuing Authorization ActThis Week’s Hearings:On Wednesday, the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans will hold a legislative hearing to receive testimony on the following 4 bills:

- H.R. 2964 (E.B. Johnson): To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to treat nonhuman primates as prohibited wildlife species under that Act, to make corrections in the provisions relating to captive wildlife offenses under that Act, and for other purposes. (Captive Primate Safety Act)

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Committee Moves 45 Bills, 2 Nominees

Committee Moves 45 Bills, 2 NomineesMay 7th, 2008

In a mark up today, Senate Energy Committee reported 45 public lands, forests, parks and water bills.  Of those, 31 had amendments which were adopted en bloc after being worked out and cleared by staff on both sides.  The committee also reported the nominations of Jeffrey Kupfer to be Deputy Secretary of Energy and Kameran Onley to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior.

S. 27 – To authorize the implementation of the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement.S. 570 – To designate additional National Forest System lands in the State of Virginia as wilderness or a wilderness study area, to designate the Kimberling Creek Potential Wilderness Area for eventual incorporation in the Kimberling Creek Wilderness, to establish the Seng Mountain and Bear Creek Scenic Areas, to provide for the development of trail plans for the wilderness areas and scenic areas, and for other purposes.S. 617 – To make the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass available at a discount to certain veterans.S. 662 – To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate resources at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Brunswick, Maine, to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the site as a unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes.S. 783 – To adjust the boundary of the Barataria Preserve Unit of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in the State of Louisiana, and for other purposes.S. 827 – To establish the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area in the States of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and for other purposes.S. 832 – To provide for the sale of approximately 25 acres of public land to the Turnabout Ranch, Escalante, Utah, at fair market value.S. 868 – To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the Taunton River in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.S. 900 – To authorize the Boy Scouts of America to exchange certain land in the State of Utah acquired under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act.S. 1171 – To amend the Colorado River Storage Protect Act and Public Law 87-483 to authorize the construction and rehabilitation of water infrastructure in Northwestern New Mexico, to authorize the use of the reclamation fund to fund the Reclamation Water Settlements Fund, to authorize the conveyance of certain Reclamation land and infrastructure, to authorize the Commissioner of Reclamation to provide for the delivery of water, and or other purposes.S. 1281 – To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate certain rivers and streams of the headwaters of the Snake River System as additions to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.S. 1380 – To designate as wilderness certain land within the Rocky Mountain National Park and to adjust the boundaries of the Indian Peaks Wilderness and the Arapaho National Recreation Area of the Arapaho National Forest in the State of Colorado.S. 1633 - To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of including the battlefield and related sites of the Battle of Shepherdstown in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, as part of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park or Antietam National Battlefield, and for other purposes.S. 1929 – To authorize the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation, to conduct a feasibility study of water augmentation alternatives in the Sierra Vista Subwatershed.S. 2124 – To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain land in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Montana, to Jefferson County, Montana, for use as a cemetery.S. 2207 – To direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating Green McAdoo School in Clinton, Tennessee as a unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes.S. 2229 – To withdraw certain Federal land in the Wyoming Range from leasing and provide an opportunity to require certain leases in the Wyoming Range.S. 2254 – To establish the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area in the State of Mississippi, and for other purposes.S. 2262 – To authorize the Preserve America Program and Save America’s Treasures Program, and for other purposes.S. 2370 - To clear title to certain real property in New Mexico associated with the Middle Rio Grande Project, and for other purposes.S. 2379 – To authorize the Secretary of Interior to cancel certain grazing leases on land in Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument that are voluntarily waived by the lessees, to provide for the exchange of certain Monument land in exchange for private land, to designate certain Monument land as wilderness, and for other purposes.S. 2512 – To establish the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area in the State of Mississippi, and for other purposes.S. 2513 – To modify the boundary of the Minute Man National Historical Park, and for other purposes.S. 2593 – To establish a program at the Forest Service and the Department of the Interior to carry out collaborative ecological restoration treatments for priority forest landscapes on public land, and for other purposes.S. 2604 – To establish the Baltimore National Heritage Area in the State of Maryland, and for other purposes.S. 2804 – To adjust the boundary of the Everglades National Park, and for other purposes.S. 2814 – To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide financial assistance to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority for the planning, design, and construction of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, and for other purposes.S. 2833 – To provide for the management of certain public land in Owyhee County, Idaho, and for other purposes.H.R. 123 – To authorize appropriations for the San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund.H.R. 189 – To establish the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park in the State of New Jersey and for other purposes.H.R. 356 – To remove certain restrictions on the Mammoth Community Water District’s ability to use certain property acquired by that District from the United States.H.R. 523 – To require the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain public land located wholly or partially within the boundaries of the Wells Hydroelectric Project of Public Utility District No. 1 of Douglas County, Washington, to the utility district.H.R. 1285 – To provide for the conveyance of a parcel of National Forest System land in Kittitas County, Washington, to facilitate the construction of a new fire and rescue station, and for other purposes.H.R. 1311 – To provide for the conveyance of the Alta-Hualapai Site to the Nevada Cancer Institute, and for other purposes.H.R. 1483 – To amend the Onmibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to extend the authorization for certain national heritage areas, and for other purposes.H.R. 1528 – To amend the National Trails System Act to designate the New England National Scenic Trail, and for other purposes.H.R. 1725 – To amend  the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the Rancho California Water District Southern Riverside County Recycle/Non-Potable Distribution Facilities and Demineralization/Desalination Recycled Water Treatment Facility Project.H.R. 1855 – To authorize the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Reclamation to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Madera Irrigation District for purposes of supporting the Madera Water Supply Enhancement Project.H.R. 2085 – To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the McGee Creek Authority certain facilities of the McGee Creek Project, Oklahoma , and for other purposes.H.R. 2197 – To modify the boundary of the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in the State of Ohio, and for other purposes.H.R. 2515 – To authorize appropriations for the Bureau of Reclamation to carry out the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program in the States of Arizona, California, and Nevada, and for other purposes.H.R. 2627 – To establish the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in the State of New Jersey as the successor to the Edison National Historic Site.H.R. 3332 – To provide for the establishment of a memorial within Kalaupapa National Historical Park located on the island of Molokai, in the State of Hawaii, to honor and perpetuate the memory of those individuals who were forcibly relocated to the Kalaupapa Peninsula from 1866 to 1969, and for other purposes.H.R. 3998 – To establish a National Commission on the Infrastructure of the United States.H.R. 5151 – To designate as wilderness additional National Forest System Lands in the Monongahela National Forest in the State of West Virginia, and for other purposes.
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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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House Natural Resources Committee - April

House Natural Resources Committee Markup Session Scheduled

The House Natural Resources Committee, led by Chairman Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), will meet in open markup session to mark up the following wilderness proposal bills:

H.R. 3513 (DeFazio): To amend the Oregon Wilderness Act of 1984 to designate the Copper Salmon Wilderness and to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the North and South Forks of the Elk River in the State of Oregon as wild or scenic rivers, and for other purposes. "Copper Salmon Wilderness Act"H.R. 5151 (Rahall): To designate as wilderness additional National Forest System lands in the Monongahela National Forest in the State of West Virginia, and for other purposes. "Wild Monongahela Act: A National Legacy for West Virginia's Special Places"H.R. 831 (D. Young): To provide for the conveyance of certain Forest Service land to the city of Coffman Cove, Alaska. "Coffman Cove Administrative Site Conveyance Act"H.R. 3734 (Simpson): To rename the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area in the State of Idaho as the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area in honor of the late Morley Nelson, an international authority on birds of prey, who was instrumental in the establishment of this National Conservation Area, and for other purposes. "Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Act"

Subject: House Natural Resources Committee Full Committee Markup When: Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. Where: Room 1324 Longworth House Office Building The markup will be webcast live on the Committee's Web site at: http://resourcescommittee.house.gov.

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S. 1941 - Wolf House Study Act of 2008

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE February 26, 2008

S. 1941 - Wolf House Study Act of 2008

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 30, 2008 S. 1941 would require the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a study to determine the feasibility and suitability of designating the Wolf House in Arkansas as a unit of the National Park System. The bill would require the NPS to report its findings and recommendations to the appropriate Congressional committees within three years of receiving funding for the study. Assuming the availability of appropriated funds, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would cost $300,000 over the next three years. Enacting this legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues. S. 1941 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments. The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Deborah Reis. The estimate was approved by Theresa Gullo, Deputy Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.

Click here to review S. 1941 - Wolf House Study Act of 2008 status.

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