Summary: H.R.1437 — 98th Congress (1983-1984)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (08/09/1984)

(Measure passed Senate, amended)

California Wilderness Act of 1984 - Title I- Designates as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System the following lands in the State of California: (1) the Caribou Wilderness Additions in the Lassen National Forest; (2) the Carson - Iceberg Wilderness in the Stanislaus and Toiyabe National Forests; (3) the Castle Crags Wilderness in the Shasta Trinity National Forest; (4) the Chanchelulla Wilderness in the Shasta Trinity National Forest; (5) the Cucamonga Wilderness Additions in the Angeles National Forest; (6) the Dick Smith Wilderness in the Los Padres National Forest; (7) the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness in the Sierra National Forest; (8) the Domeland Wilderness Additions in the Sequoia National Forest; (9) the Emigrant Wilderness Additions in the Stanislaus National Forest; (10) the Granite Chief Wilderness in the Tahoe National Forest; (11) the Hauser Wilderness in the Cleveland National Forest; (12) the Ishi Wilderness in and adjacent to the Lassen National Forest; (13) the John Muir Wilderness Additions in the Sierra National Forests; (14) the Marble Mountain Wilderness Additions in the Klamath National Forest; (15) the Minarets Wilderness Additions in the Sierra and Inyo National Forests, provided that the existing Minarets Wilderness and additions to it shall be known as the Ansel Adams Wilderness; (16) the Mokelumne Wilderness Additions in the Eldorado, Stanislaus, and Toiyabe National Forests; (17) the Monarch Wilderness in the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests; (18) the Mt. Shasta Wilderness in the Shasta Trinity National Forest; (19) the North Fork Wilderness in the Six Rivers National Forest; (20) the Pine Creek Wilderness in the Cleveland National Forest; (21) The Red Buttes Wilderness Additions in the Rogue River National Forest in California and Oregon; (22) the Russian Wilderness in the Klamath National Forest; (23) the San Gorgonio Wilderness Additions in the San Bernardino National Forest; (24) the San Jacinto Wilderness Additions in the San Bernardino National Forest; (25) the San Joaquin Wilderness in the Sierra and Inyo National Forests and the Devils Postpile National Monument; (26) the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness in the Cleveland National Forest; (27) the San Rafael Wilderness Additions in the Los Padres National Forest; (28) the Santa Rosa Wilderness in the San Bernardino National Forest; (29) the Sheep Mountain Wilderness in the Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests; (30) the Siskiyou Wilderness in the Six Rivers, Klamath, and Siskiyou National Forests; (31) the Snow Mountain Wilderness in the Mendocino National Forest; (32) the South Sierra Wilderness in the Sequoia and Inyo National Forests; (33) the South Warner Wilderness Additions in the Modoc National Forest; (34) the Trinity Alps Wilderness in and adjacent to the Klamath, Shasta Trinity, and Six Rivers National Forests; (35) the Ventana Wilderness Addition in the Los Padres National Forests; (36) the Yolla-Bolly Middle Eel Additions in and adjacent to the Six Rivers and Mendocino National Forests; (37) the Machesna Mountain Wilderness in and adjacent to the Los Padres National Forest; (38) the Bucks Lake Wilderness in the Plumas National Forest; and (39) the Jennie Lakes Wilderness in the Sequoia National Forest.

Abolishes the previous classifications of the High Sierra Primitive Area, the Emigrant Basin Primitive Area, and the Salmon - Trinity Alps Primitive Area.

Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to review and report to the President on the suitability for preservation as wilderness of the: (1) Carson-Iceberg Planning Area in the Stanislaus and Toiyabe National Forests; (2) Hoover Wilderness Additions Planning in the Toiyabe National Forest; and (3) Pyramid Peak Planning Area in the San Bernadino National Forest. Requires the Secretary to maintain the wilderness character of those planning areas for four years.

Directs the Secretary to acquire any privately owned lands within the national forest wilderness areas designated by this title. Sets forth time limits for acquiring such lands.

Adds the following lands to the National Park System: (1) the Jennie Lakes Additions in the Sequoia National Forest (to be incorporated into Kings Canyon National Park); and (2) the McCauley Ranch Addition (to be incorporated into Yosemite National Park). Requires the Secretary of the Interior to study, and make recommendations to Congress on, the possible designation of such lands as national park wilderness. Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to transfer to the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior specified land in the Stanislaus National Forest for administration as part of Yosemite National Park. Direct the Secretary of the Interior to transfer to the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture specified land in the Sierra National Forest.

Designates the following lands as wilderness: (1) the Yosemite Wilderness into Yosemite National Park; and (2) the Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness in the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park.

Requires the lands which have been added to the National Park System by this Act and which represent potential wilderness additions to be designated wilderness upon notice that all uses thereon prohibited by the Wilderness Act have ceased.

Provides that cobalt mining operations within the North Fork Smith roadless area in the Six Rivers National Forest, California, shall be subject only to Federal laws and regulations generally applicable to national forest lands designated as nonwilderness.

Provides that the RARE II (second roadless area review and evaluation) Final Environmental Statement (dated January 1979) with respect to national forest system lands in California shall not be subject to judicial review. Provides that the injunction issued in State of California v. Bergland (483 F. Supp. 465 (1980)) shall no longer be in force. Releases national forest system lands in California which were reviewed in the RARE II program and other specified national forest system lands in California from further review by the Department of Agriculture prior to the revision of initial national forest management plans. Requires the Department of Agriculture to review the wilderness option when the plans are revised. Requires such lands to be managed for multiple use. Provides that areas not recommended for wilderness designation need not be managed for the purpose of protecting their suitability for wilderness designation. Prohibits the Department of Agriculture from conducting any further statewide roadless area review and evaluation of national forest system lands in California without express congressional authorization. Lists national forest system roadless lands in California to which the above provisions apply; and also applies such provisions to national forest system roadless lands in California which are less than 5,000 acres in size.

Title II - Amends the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a certain part of the Tuolumne River, California, as a component of the National Wild and Scenic River System. Authorizes appropriations.

Title III - Establishes the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area in the Inyo National Forest in California. Extends the boundary of the Inyo National Forest to include the Scenic Area. Authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to acquire all lands and interests in lands within the boundary of the Scenic Area except that: (1) any lands or interests in lands within the Scenic Area which are owned by California or a political subdivision of California may be acquired only by donation or exchange; and (2) lands or interests in lands within the Scenic Area which are not owned by California or a political subdivision of California may be acquired only with the consent of the owner unless the Secretary of Agriculture determines that the property is being developed in a manner incompatible with the purposes of this title. Sets forth provisions governing the administration of the Scenic Area. Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into a contract within 180 days of enactment of this title with the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a scientific study of the ecology of the Scenic Area. Establishes the Scenic Area Advisory Board which the Secretary shall consult on: (1) the administration of the Scenic Area; (2) the preparation and implementation of the comprehensive management plan; and (3) the location of the visitor center. Terminates the Board ten years after its first meeting. Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to insure nonexclusive access to Scenic Area lands by Indian people for traditional cultural and religious purposes. Authorizes appropriations.