Text: H.R.5361 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (11/16/2004)


108th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5361


To require the Secretary of the Interior to provide public access to Navassa National Wildlife Refuge and Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 16, 2004

Mr. Rahall (for himself and Mr. Pombo) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources


A BILL

To require the Secretary of the Interior to provide public access to Navassa National Wildlife Refuge and Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Access to Navassa and Desecheo National Wildlife Refuges.

(a) Access, generally.—The Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (in this section referred to as the “Secretary”), shall provide public access to, use of, and recreational opportunities at the Navassa National Wildlife Refuge and Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge under special use permits issued under the first section of Public Law 87–714 (16 U.S.C. 460k), popularly known as the Refuge Recreation Act, section 4 of the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd), and regulations issued under this section.

(b) Time limitations.—The Secretary—

(1) subject to paragraph (2), may limit access to such refuges to specific time periods in any year; and

(2) shall provide access to each refuge during at least one period each year.

(c) Priority.—In issuing special use permits under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to consideration of permit applications that do not negatively impact opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation.

(d) Conditions.—The Secretary may include in any permit issued under this section conditions that the Secretary determines are necessary to protect fish and wildlife populations and their habitat or public health and safety.

(e) Regulations.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue regulations governing the issuance of special use permits under this section.

(2) CONTENTS.—Regulations under this subsection shall establish for each of the Navassa National Wildlife Refuge and Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge—

(A) the dates for which access may be provided;

(B) the process for submitting an application for a special use permit; and

(C) the minimum information required to be included in a permit application.