|Posted by nationalforestlawblog at 06:03 PM on January 17, 2010|
National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act - H.R. 3692/S. 1738. The bills would identify roadless areas within the National Forest System specified as National Forest Inventoried Roadless Areas, and direct the Secretary of Agriculture to manage those areas to maintain their roadless character. Currently, the House bill was referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forets and Public Lands. Meanwhile, the Senate version was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement Act (Flame Act) - H.R. 1404/S. 561. The bills would create a catastrophic wildlife fund so federal land managers will no longer be forced to divert funds from other activities to pay for wildfire fighting costs. The House version passed with amendments on March 26, 2009. The Senate version remains in the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
America’s Wildlife Heritage Act - H.R. 2807. America’s Wildlife Heritage Act sets requirements for the maintenance of viable populations of existing native and desired non-native species within each planning area in the National Forest and BLM systems. It would direct the agencies to adopt and implement a wildlife monitoring survey program for determining the status and trends of native and desired non-native species populations. It requires agencies to maintain “sustainable” populations of all desired species. On June 15, 2009, the bill was referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands.
Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act - H.R. 980. This controversial bill would designate 23 million acres of land in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming as wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, wildland recovery areas, and biological connecting corridors. The bill was introduced on February 11, 2009 and was referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands.
Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Act of 2009 - H.R. 2888. This bill provide for the designation of the Devil’s Staircase Wilderness area in the State of Oregon as a wilderness area for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System. It would also amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of Wasson and Franklin Creeks as wild rivers and components of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Forest Jobs and Recreation Act - S.1470. The bill would designate 677,000 acres of Forest Service and BLM land in the State of Montana as wilderness. The bill would also mandate some logging and release 76,000 acres of land from Wilderness Study Area status. It also creates 94,000 acre National Recreation Area, which would allow motorized recreation on designated routes. On December 17, 2009, it received a full hearing in the Public Lands & Forests Subcommittee.
Wild Monongahela Act: A National Legacy for West Virginia’s Special Places - H.R. 1109. The bill designates nearly 50,000 acres of National Forest land in the Monongahela National Forest of West Virginia as wilderness. It remains in the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry.
Central Idaho National Forest and Public Land Management Act - H.R. 192. Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to convey specified parcels of federal land back to the State of Idaho, while also designating 301,500 acres in central Idaho to be managed as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands.