S.1573 - Theodore Roosevelt-Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge Act of 2003108th Congress (2003-2004)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Breaux, John B. [D-LA] (Introduced 09/02/2003)|
|Committees:||Senate - Environment and Public Works|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 09/02/2003 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in Senate (09/02/2003)
[Congressional Bills 108th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S. 1573 Introduced in Senate (IS)] 108th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 1573 To redesignate the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in the State of Louisiana as the ``Theodore Roosevelt-Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge''. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES September 2, 2003 Mr. Breaux introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To redesignate the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in the State of Louisiana as the ``Theodore Roosevelt-Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge''. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Theodore Roosevelt-Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge Act of 2003''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, located in Madison, Tensas, and Franklin Parishes, Louisiana-- (A) was established in 1980; and (B) consists of 64,012 acres; (2) the refuge is in the upper basin of the Tensas River in northeast Louisiana, the last documented home of the ivory- billed woodpecker; (3) the refuge is home to 1 of the last concentrations of the threatened Louisiana black bear; (4) in 1907, Teddy Roosevelt hunted bear just north of the refuge boundary and the ``Teddy Bear'' was introduced as a result of an incident during the hunt; (5) the refuge supports-- (A) several rookeries; and (B) concentrations of ducks, geese, raptors, wading birds, and shorebirds; (6) the refuge was established to-- (A) preserve and develop environmental resources; (B) conserve the diversity of fish and wildlife (including fish and wildlife habitat); and (C) develop outdoor recreation opportunities and interpretive education; (7) the refuge uses several management tools to accomplish the purposes for which it was established, including-- (A) water management for waterfowl, wading birds, and shorebirds; (B) cooperative farming to provide habitat for migratory birds and Louisiana black bears; (C) forest habitat management for bears, neotropical birds, and other forest dwelling species; (D) education and interpretation; (E) deer management with public hunting; (F) law enforcement for the protection of the public and the resources of the Refuge; and (G) partnerships to make programs ecosystem in scope; and (8) the refuge provides several public use opportunities, including trails, an auto tour route, fishing, 2 observation towers, wildlife observation, photography, and hunting (including youth hunts). SEC. 3. THEODORE ROOSEVELT-TENSAS RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. (a) Designation.--The Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, located in Tensas, Franklin, and Madison Parishes, Louisiana, shall be known and designated as the ``Theodore Roosevelt-Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge''. (b) References.--Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other document of the United States to the refuge referred to in subsection (a) shall be deemed to be a reference to the Theodore Roosevelt-Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge. <all>