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Public Law No: 108-424 (11/30/2004)

(Sec. 1) Authorizes appropriations.

Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 - Title I: Land Disposal - (Sec. 102) Directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct sales of certain acreage of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed public land in Lincoln County, Nevada. Requires bidders for such land to certify that they have agreed to comply with county and city zoning ordinances and any master plan for the land. Requires that the sale of such land be through a competitive process and for not less than fair market value. Withdraws such land from: (1) all forms of entry, appropriation, and disposal under the public land laws, including the mining laws, with a specified exception; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) operation of the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws.

(Sec. 103) Requires certain percentages of the proceeds from the sale of such land to be disbursed as follows: (1) to the State of Nevada for general education (five percent); (2) to Lincoln County for fire protection, law enforcement, public safety, housing, social services, and transportation (ten percent); and (3) remaining amounts to the Treasury for land management activities.

Title II: Wilderness Areas - (Sec. 203) Designates the following land in Nevada as wilderness and as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System: (1) Mormon Mountains Wilderness; (2) Meadow Valley Range Wilderness; (3) Delamar Mountains Wilderness; (4) Clover Mountains Wilderness; (5) South Pahroc Range Wilderness; (6) Worthington Mountains Wilderness; (7) Weepah Spring Wilderness; (8) Parsnip Peak Wilderness; (9) White Rock Range Wilderness; (10) Fortification Range Wilderness; (11) Far South Egans Wilderness; (12) Tunnel Spring Wilderness; (13) Big Rocks Wilderness; and (14) Mt. Irish Wilderness.

Directs the Secretary to file a map and legal description of each designated wilderness area with the House Committee on Resources and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Requires each map and legal description to be on file and be made available for public inspection.

Withdraws such wilderness areas from: (1) all forms of entry, appropriation, and disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) operation of the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws.

(Sec. 204) Requires each designated wilderness area to be administered by the Secretary in accordance with the Wilderness Act. Permits the continuation of livestock grazing in designated wilderness areas.

Sets forth principles of statutory construction relating to water rights in designated wilderness areas. Requires the Secretary to follow Nevada law to obtain or hold any water rights in the designated wilderness areas not in existence as of the date of enactment of this Act.

Prohibits the President or any other federal officer, agent, or employee, after the date of enactment of this Act, from developing any new water resource facility within the wilderness areas.

(Sec. 205) Declares that Congress does not intend for the designation of wilderness to lead to the creation of protective perimeters or buffer zones around such wilderness. Permits nonwilderness activities outside the boundary of a wilderness zone even if such activities can be seen or heard from within the wilderness zone.

(Sec. 206) States that nothing in this title restricts or precludes military overflights, flight testing and evaluation, or the designation or creation of new units of special use airspace, or the establishment of military flight training routes, over the wilderness areas.

(Sec. 207) States that nothing in this title shall be construed to diminish the rights of any Indian tribe or access to Federal land for tribal activities.

(Sec. 208) Declares that the following areas have been adequately studied for wilderness designation: (1) the Table Mountain Wilderness Study Area; (2) Evergreen A, B, and C Wilderness Study Areas; and (3) certain other lands in Lincoln County, Nevada.

(Sec. 209) Permits certain Federal and State wildlife management activities in the wilderness areas under a cooperative agreement between the Department of the Interior and the State of Nevada. Authorizes the Secretary to ban hunting, fishing, and trapping in the wilderness areas for public safety reasons.

(Sec. 210) Permits certain governmental wildfire management operations in the wilderness area.

(Sec. 211) Permits the installation and maintenance of essential hydrologic, meteorologic, or climatological collection devices in the wilderness areas

Title III: Utility Corridors - (Sec. 301) Directs the Secretary to: (1) establish on public land a 2,640-foot wide corridor for utilities in Lincoln and Clark Counties, Nevada; and (2) grant certain nonexclusive rights-of-way to the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Lincoln County Water District for the construction and operation of a water conveyance system; (3) conduct a study of water resources in White Pine and Lincoln Counties, Nevada, and in adjacent areas in Utah. Authorizes funding for such water resources study.

Withdraws such utility corridors from: (1) all forms of entry, appropriation, and disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) operation of the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws.

(Sec. 302) Directs the Secretary to relinquish and relocate rights-of-way and utility corridors located in Clark and Lincoln Counties in Nevada.

Title IV: Silver State Off-Highway Vehicle Trail - (Sec. 401) Designates certain trails in Lincoln County, Nevada, as the Silver State Off-Highway Vehicle Trail (Trail). Directs the Secretary to manage the Trail and complete a management plan for the Trail within three years after the enactment of this Act. Authorizes the Secretary to temporarily close or permanently reroute a portion of the Trail for public safety and other environmental reasons.

Title V: Open Space Parks - Directs the Secretary to convey to Lincoln County, Nevada, and the State of Nevada, certain public land for conservation of natural resources or for public parks.

Title VI: Jurisdiction Transfer - Transfers administrative jurisdiction over certain public land in Lincoln County, Nevada, from the BLM to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.