Summary: H.R.4275 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (07/25/2000)

Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area and Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Act of 2000 - Establishes the Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area, consisting of specified public land in Colorado and Utah.

Designates certain lands in Mesa County, Colorado, and Grand County, Utah, as wilderness and designates such area as the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness.

Requires the Secretary of the Interior to manage both the Conservation Area and the Wilderness. Withdraws all lands within the Conservation Area and Wilderness from all forms of entry under the public land laws, including mining laws and mineral and geothermal leasing laws.

Directs the Secretary to develop a comprehensive plan for the long-range protection and management of the Conservation Area and the Wilderness. States that Congress does not intend for the establishment of buffer zones around such lands.

Authorizes the Secretary to establish minimal interpretive sites in cooperation with other public or private entities.

States that neither the Conservation Area nor the Wilderness shall include any part of the Colorado River to the 100-year high water mark. Withdraws all Federal lands between such marks on each shore from all forms of entry under the public land laws, including mining laws and mineral and geothermal leasing laws.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) establish the Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area Advisory Council; and (2) continue to allow certain public and private access to the Conservation Area and Wilderness.