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                                                       Calendar No. 124
115th Congress}                                            { Report
 1st Session  }                                            { 115-94


                  June 8, 2017.--Ordered to be printed


        Ms. Murkowski, from the Committee on Energy and Natural 
                   Resources, submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                         [To accompany S. 117]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, to which was 
referred the bill (S. 117) to designate a mountain peak in the 
State of Montana as ``Alex Diekmann Peak,'' having considered 
the same, reports favorably thereon with an amendment and 
recommends that the bill, as amended, do pass.
    The amendment is as follows:
    Beginning on page 1, strike line 6 and all that follows 
through page 4, line 2, and insert the following:



    The purpose of S. 117 is to designate a mountain peak in 
the State of Montana as ``Alex Diekmann Peak.''

                          BACKGROUND AND NEED

    Alex Diekmann was a renowned conservationist who lived in 
Bozeman, Montana. Mr. Diekmann dedicated his professional life 
to protecting the natural and scenic resources of the Northern 
Rockies. Over the course of his career, Mr. Diekmann was 
responsible for the protection of more than 50 distinct areas 
in the States of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, and the 
conservation of more than 100,000 acres, including mountains 
and valleys, rivers and creeks, ranches and farms, and historic 
sites and open spaces.
    Mr. Diekmann played a central role in securing the future 
of an array of landscapes, including the Devil's Canyon in the 
Craig Thomas Special Management Area in Wyoming and a number of 
other lands across the Crown of the Continent in Montana. These 
include the world-famous Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem; Glacier 
National Park; the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem; recreational trails, 
working forests and ranches; and critical drinking water supply 
for Whitefish. Mr. Diekmann made a particularly profound mark 
on the preservation of the natural wonders in and near the 
Madison Valley and the Madison Range, in Montana, where more 
than 12 miles of the Madison River and much of the world-class 
scenery, fish and wildlife, and recreation opportunities of the 
area have become and shall remain conserved and available to 
the public because of his efforts.
    After inspiring others with his skill, passion, and spirit 
of partnership that brought together communities, landowners, 
sportsmen, and the public at large, Mr. Diekmann lost a heroic 
battle with cancer on February 1, 2016, at the age of 52. He is 
survived by his wife, Lisa, and their two sons, Logan and Liam, 
and leaves a lasting legacy across Montana and the Northern 
Rockies that will benefit all people of the United States today 
and in the generations to follow.
    To honor Mr. Diekmann's legacy, S. 117 designates an 
unnamed peak in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness in Montana as the 
``Alex Diekmann Peak.''

                          LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

    S. 117 was introduced by Senators Daines and Tester on 
January 12, 2017.
    In the 114th Congress, Senators Daines and Tester 
introduced similar legislation, S. 3192, on July 13, 2016. The 
Committee held a hearing on S. 3192 on September 22, 2016.
    A companion bill, H.R. 5778, was introduced by 
Representative Zinke in the House of Representatives on July 
13, 2016.
    The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources met in an 
open business session on March 30, 2017, and ordered S. 117, as 
amended, favorably reported.

                        COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

    The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, in 
open business session on March 30, 2017, by a voice vote of a 
quorum present, recommends that the Senate pass S. 117, as 

                          COMMITTEE AMENDMENT

    During its consideration of S. 117, the Committee adopted 
an amendment to delete the findings.

                      SECTION-BY-SECTION ANALYSIS

Section 1. Short title

    Section 1 provides a short title for the measure.

Section 2. Designation of Alex Deikmann Peak, Montana

    Section 2(a) provides the coordinates and description of 
the peak and designates it as the ``Alex Diekmann Peak.''
    Subsection (b) requires any reference in a law, map, 
regulation, document, record, or other paper of the United 
States to refer to the peak described in section 2(a) as ``Alex 
Diekmann Peak.''


    The following estimate of the costs of this measure has 
been provided by the Congressional Budget Office:

S. 117--Alex Diekmann Peak Designation Act of 2017

    CBO estimates that enacting S. 117 would have no 
significant effect on the federal budget and would not affect 
direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go 
procedures do not apply.
    CBO estimates that enacting the bill would not increase net 
direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four 
consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.
    S. 117 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and 
would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal 
    The CBO staff contact is Jeff LaFave.


    In compliance with paragraph 11(b) of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate, the Committee makes the following 
evaluation of the regulatory impact which would be incurred in 
carrying out S. 117. The bill is not a regulatory measure in 
the sense of imposing Government-established standards or 
significant economic responsibilities on private individuals 
and businesses.
    No personal information would be collected in administering 
the program. Therefore, there would be no impact on personal 
    Little, if any, additional paperwork would result from the 
enactment of S. 117, as ordered reported.


    S. 117, as ordered reported, does not contain any 
congressionally directed spending items, limited tax benefits, 
or limited tariff benefits as defined in rule XLIV of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate.

                        EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS

    Because S. 117 is similar to legislation considered by the 
Committee in the 114th Congress, the Committee did not request 
Executive Agency views. The testimony provided by the U.S. 
Forest Service at the hearing before the Committee on Energy 
and Natural Resources on September 22, 2016, follows:

Statement of Leslie Weldon Deputy Chief, National Forest System Forest 
                 Service U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Madam Chairman and members of the Committee, thank you for 
the opportunity to present the views of the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) regarding S. 346, S. 2991, S. 3192, S. 3203, 
S. 3254, and S. 3273.

      s. 3192, ``the alex diekmann peak designation act of 2016''

    This bill would name a currently unnamed mountain for 
renowned conservationist Alex Diekmann. The 9,765-foot peak is 
located 2.2 miles west-northwest of Finger Mountain on the 
western boundary of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, on the 
Beaverhead National Forest in Montana.
    The Department of Agriculture supports this bill.

                        changes in existing law

    In compliance with paragraph 12 of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate, the Committee notes that no 
changes in existing law are made by the bill as ordered