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Introduced in House (03/01/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5148


To release certain wilderness study areas in the State of Montana.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 1, 2018

Mr. Gianforte introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

To release certain wilderness study areas in the State of Montana.

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 “Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act”.

SEC. 2. Release of certain wilderness study areas in the State of Montana.

(a) Finding.—Congress finds that, for the purposes of section 3(a) of the Montana Wilderness Study Act of 1977 (Public Law 95–150; 91 Stat. 1244), the land in the State of Montana described in subsection (c) has been adequately studied for wilderness designation.

(b) Release.—The land described in subsection (c) is no longer subject to section 3(a) of the Montana Wilderness Study Act of 1977 (Public Law 95–150; 91 Stat. 1244).

(c) Description of Land.—The land referred to in subsections (a) and (b) is—

(1) the approximately 151,000 acres of land comprising the West Pioneer Wilderness Study Area;

(2) the approximately 32,500 acres of land within the Blue Joint Wilderness Study Area not recommended for wilderness classification in the record of decision prepared by the Forest Service entitled “Bitterroot National Forest Plan” and dated September 1987;

(3) the approximately 94,000 acres of land comprising the Sapphire Wilderness Study Area;

(4) the approximately 81,000 acres of land comprising the Middle Fork Judith Wilderness Study Area; and

(5) the approximately 91,000 acres of land comprising the Big Snowies Wilderness Study Area.