Summary: H.R.5622 — 94th Congress (1975-1976)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (03/26/1975)

National Resource Lands Organic Act - Defines the term "national resource lands" to mean all lands and interests in lands now or hereafter administered by the Secretary through the Bureau of Land Management, except the Outer Continental Shelf.

Directs the Secretary of the Interior to manage the national resource lands under principles of multiple use and sustained yield, in accordance with specified considerations. Directs the Secretary to submit an annual report to Congress on his activities under this Act.

Authorizes to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out the purposes and provisions of this Act.

Title I: General Management Authority - Directs the Secretary to prepare and maintain on a continuing basis an inventory of all national resources lands, and their resource and other values, giving priority to areas of critical environmental concern.

Directs the Secretary to, with public participation, develop land use plans for the national resource lands consistent with the terms and conditions of this Act and coordinated so far as he finds feasible and proper, or as may be required by law.

Title II: Conveyance and Acquisition Authorities - Authorizes the Secretary to sell national resource lands, if he determines that the sale of such tract will not cause needless degradation of the environment. Provides that sales of land under this Act shall be conducted under competitive bidding procedures to be established by the Secretary. Provides that all conveyance of title issued by the Secretary under this Act shall reserve to the United States all minerals in the lands, together with the right to prospect for, mine, and remove the minerals under applicable law and such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, except in prescribed circumstances.

Provides that the Secretary shall insert in any patent or other documents of conveyance he issues under this Act such terms, covenants, and conditions as he deems necessary to insure proper land use and protection of the public interest. Authorizes the Secretary to acquire by purchase, exchange, donation, or otherwise lands or interests therein needed for the management of the national resource lands including, but not limited to, lands needed to provide access by the general public to national resource lands.

Title III: Management Implementing Authority - Authorizes the Secretary to conduct investigations, studies, and experiments involving the management, protection, development, acquisition, and conveying of the national resource lands.

Authorizes the Secretary to enter into contracts or cooperative agreements involving the management, protection, development, acquisition, and conveying of the national resource lands.

Establishes a working capital fund for the mangement of national resource lands. Authorizes up to $3,000,000 to be appropriated to the fund as initial capital.

Authorizes the imposition of civil and criminal penalties against those violating management regulations issued by the Secretary pursuant to this Act.

Directs the Secretary to prepare and implement a comprehensive long-range plan for the management, use, and protection of the national resource lands within the California desert conservation area in accordance with principles of multiple use and maintenance of environmental quality. Provides that such plan shall be completed and implementation thereof initiated on or before June 30, 1979.

Directs the Secretary, within 60 days of enactment of this Act, to establish a California Desert Conservation Area Advisory Commission making the function of the Commission to advise the Secretary with respect to the preparation of the long-range program and plan for the management, use, and protection of the California desert.

Authorizes to be appropriated for fiscal years 1976 through 1980 not to exceed $40,000,000 for such purposes.

Title IV: Authority to Grant Rights-of-Way - Authorizes the Secretary to grant, issue, or renew rights-of-way over, upon, or through the national resource lands for specified facilities. Specifies the terms and conditions of such rights- of-ways.

Title V: Construction of Law, Preservation of Valid Existing Rights, and Repeal of Laws - Provides that all actions by the Secretary under this Act shall be subject to valid existing rights.

Repeals specified laws relating to the disposal of national resource lands, the administration of national resource lands, and to rights-of-way.