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H.R. 4275 (rs) To establish the Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area and the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness, and for other purposes. [Reported in Senate] ...

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        the Colorado River to the 100-year high water mark.
            (B) Nothing in this Act shall affect the authority that the 
        Secretary may or may not have to manage recreational uses on 
        the Colorado River, except as such authority may be affected by 
        compliance with paragraph (3). Nothing in this Act shall be 
        construed to affect the authority of the Secretary to manage 
        the public lands between the boundary of the Conservation Area 
        and the edge of the Colorado River.
            (C) Subject to valid existing rights, all lands owned by 
        the Federal Government between the 100-year high water mark on 
        each shore of the Colorado River, as designated on the Map from 
        the line labeled ``Line A'' on the east to the boundary between 
        the States of Colorado and Utah on the west, are hereby 
        withdrawn from--
                    (i) all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal 
                under the public land laws;
                    (ii) location, entry, and patent under the mining 
                laws; and
                    (iii) the operation of the mineral leasing, mineral 
                materials, and geothermal leasing laws.


    (a) In General.--As soon as practicable after the date of the 
enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a copy of 
the Map and a legal description of the Conservation Area and of the 
    (b) Force and Effect.--The Map and legal descriptions shall have 
the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the 
Secretary may correct clerical and typographical errors in the Map and 
the legal descriptions.
    (c) Public Availability.--Copies of the Map and the legal 
descriptions shall be on file and available for public inspection in--
            (1) the Office of the Director of the Bureau of Land 
            (2) the Grand Junction District Office of the Bureau of 
        Land Management in Colorado;
            (3) the appropriate office of the Bureau of Land Management 
        in Colorado, if the Grand Junction District Office is not 
        deemed the appropriate office; and
            (4) the appropriate office of the Bureau of Land Management 
        in Utah.
    (d) Map Controlling.--Subject to section 6(l)(3), in the case of a 
discrepancy between the Map and the descriptions, the Map shall 


    (a) Establishment.--Not later than 6 months after the date of the 
enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish an advisory 
council to be known as the ``Colorado Canyons National Conservation 
Area Advisory Council''.
    (b) Duty.--The Council shall advise the Secretary with respect to 
preparation and implementation of the management plan, including 
budgetary matters, for the Conservation Area and the Wilderness.
    (c) Applicable Law.--The Council shall be subject to--
            (1) the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.); and
            (2) the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 
        U.S.C. 1701 et seq.).
    (d) Members.--The Council shall consist of 10 members to be 
appointed by the Secretary including, to the extent practicable:
            (1) A member of or nominated by the Mesa County Commission.
            (2) A member nominated by the permittees holding grazing 
        allotments within the Conservation Area or the Wilderness.
            (3) A member of or nominated by the Northwest Resource 
        Advisory Council.
            (4) Seven members residing in, or within reasonable 
        proximity to, Mesa County, Colorado, with recognized 
        backgrounds reflecting--
                    (A) the purposes for which the Conservation Area or 
                Wilderness was established; and
                    (B) the interests of the stakeholders that are 
                affected by the planning and management of the 
                Conservation Area and the Wilderness.


    (a) In General.--The Secretary shall continue to allow private 
landowners reasonable access to inholdings in the Conservation Area and 
    (b) Glade Park.--The Secretary shall continue to allow public right 
of access, including commercial vehicles, to Glade Park, Colorado, in 
accordance with the decision in Board of County Commissioners of Mesa 
County v. Watt (634 F. Supp. 1265 (D.Colo.; May 2, 1986)).

            Passed the House of Representatives July 25, 2000.


                                                 JEFF TRANDAHL,


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