Text: H.R.4697 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 4697


To amend the Wyoming Wilderness Act of 1984 to clarify authorized recreational uses in the Palisades, High Lakes, and Shoal Creek Wilderness Study Areas.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 20, 2017

Ms. Cheney introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

To amend the Wyoming Wilderness Act of 1984 to clarify authorized recreational uses in the Palisades, High Lakes, and Shoal Creek Wilderness Study Areas.

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

SECTION 1. Recreational uses; access points for Palisades, High Lakes, and Shoal Creek Wilderness Study Areas.

Section 301(c) of the Wyoming Wilderness Act of 1984 (Public Law 98–550; 98 Stat. 2811) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (3), by striking “; and” and inserting a semicolon;

(2) by amending paragraph (4) to read as follows:

“(4) subject to paragraph (5), all recreational uses occurring within such Wilderness Study Areas on the date before the day of the enactment of this Act, including horseback riding, snowmobiling, dirt bike riding, mountain biking, and helicopter skiing, shall be permitted in such Areas;”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:

“(5) with respect to helicopter skiing in the Palisades Wilderness Study Area, the Secretary shall authorize the number of permitted days of helicopter skiing to be at least the number of days specified in the High Mountain Heli-Skiing Final Environmental Impact Statement for certain national forest districts in Wyoming and Idaho issued on June 30, 2005, by the Forest Service; and

“(6) no recreational access points shall be constructed in such Wilderness Study Areas after the date of the enactment of this paragraph, except by express authorization of Congress.”.