Summary: H.R.3176 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House with amendment(s) (10/04/2004)

Ojito Wilderness Act - (Sec. 3) Designates certain public land known as the Ojito Wilderness in New Mexico (Wilderness) as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Requires that the map and a legal description of the Wilderness be filed by the Secretary of the Interior with the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the House Committee on Resources, and be made available for public inspection in offices of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Requires that the Wilderness by managed by the Secretary in accordance with the Wilderness Act. Provides for the addition of specified land in New Mexico to the Wilderness if such land is acquired by the Federal Government.

Permits grazing of livestock in the Wilderness where grazing rights were established before the enactment of this Act. Provides that nothing in this Act affects: (1) the jurisdiction or responsibilities of New Mexico with respect to fish and wildlife in the State; or (2) any existing valid water right.

Directs the Secretary to seek an exchange for State land within the boundaries of the Wilderness within three years after enactment of this Act.

(Sec. 4) Requires the Secretary to hold in trust certain public lands for the Pueblo of Zia (Pueblo) and include such lands as part of the Pueblo's Reservation. Requires the Pueblo to pay the Secretary the fair market value (determined by an appraisal) of such public lands placed in trust. Authorizes the Secretary to use funds paid by the Pueblo to acquire non Federal lands in New Mexico.

Preserves public access to Pueblo trust lands for recreational, scenic, scientific, educational, paleontological, and conservation uses. Authorizes a civil action in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico to enforce right of public access.

Preserves existing rights-of-way in the trust lands. Requires the Pueblo to grant any reasonable request for rights-of-way for utilities and pipelines in the such lands.