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        H.R.468

                       One Hundred Sixth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America


                          AT THE SECOND SESSION

           Begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday,
             the twenty-fourth day of January, two thousand


                                 An Act


 
       To establish the Saint Helena Island National Scenic Area.

    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 ``Saint Helena Island National Scenic 
Area Act''.

SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF SAINT HELENA ISLAND NATIONAL SCENIC AREA, 
              MICHIGAN.

    (a) Purpose.--The purposes of this Act are--
        (1) to preserve and protect for present and future generations 
    the outstanding resources and values of Saint Helena Island in Lake 
    Michigan, Michigan; and
        (2) to provide for the conservation, protection, and 
    enhancement of primitive recreation opportunities, fish and 
    wildlife habitat, vegetation, and historical and cultural resources 
    of the island.
    (b) Establishment.--For the purposes described in subsection (a), 
there shall be established the Saint Helena Island National Scenic Area 
(in this Act referred to as the ``scenic area'').
    (c) Effective Upon Conveyance.--Subsection (b) shall be effective 
upon conveyance of satisfactory title to the United States of the whole 
of Saint Helena Island, except that portion conveyed to the Great Lakes 
Lighthouse Keepers Association pursuant to section 1001 of the Coast 
Guard Authorization Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-324; 110 Stat. 3948).

SEC. 3. BOUNDARIES.

    (a) Saint Helena Island.--The scenic area shall comprise all of 
Saint Helena Island, in Lake Michigan, Michigan, and all associated 
rocks, pinnacles, islands, and islets within one-eighth mile of the 
shore of Saint Helena Island.
    (b) Boundaries of Hiawatha National Forest Extended.--Upon 
establishment of the scenic area, the boundaries of the Hiawatha 
National Forest shall be extended to include all of the lands within 
the scenic area. All such extended boundaries shall be deemed 
boundaries in existence as of January 1, 1965, for the purposes of 
section 8 of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (16 
U.S.C. 460l-9).
    (c) Payments to Local Governments.--Solely for purposes of payments 
to local governments pursuant to section 6902 of title 31, United 
States Code, lands acquired by the United States under this Act shall 
be treated as entitlement lands.

SEC. 4. ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT.

    (a) Administration.--Subject to valid existing rights, the 
Secretary of Agriculture (in this Act referred to as the ``Secretary'') 
shall administer the scenic area in accordance with the laws, rules, 
and regulations applicable to the National Forest System in furtherance 
of the purposes of this Act.
    (b) Special Management Requirements.--Within 3 years of the 
acquisition of 50 percent of the land authorized for acquisition under 
section 7, the Secretary shall develop an amendment to the land and 
resources management plan for the Hiawatha National Forest which will 
direct management of the scenic area. Such an amendment shall conform 
to the provisions of this Act. Nothing in this Act shall require the 
Secretary to revise the land and resource management plan for the 
Hiawatha National Forest pursuant to section 6 of the Forest and 
Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. 1604). In 
developing a plan for management of the scenic area, the Secretary 
shall address the following special management considerations:
        (1) Public access.--Alternative means for providing public 
    access from the mainland to the scenic area shall be considered, 
    including any available existing services and facilities, 
    concessionaires, special use permits, or other means of making 
    public access available for the purposes of this Act.
        (2) Roads.--After the date of the enactment of this Act, no new 
    permanent roads shall be constructed within the scenic area.
        (3) Vegetation management.--No timber harvest shall be allowed 
    within the scenic area, except as may be necessary in the control 
    of fire, insects, and diseases, and to provide for public safety 
    and trail access. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Secretary may 
    engage in vegetation manipulation practices for maintenance of 
    wildlife habitat and visual quality. Trees cut for these purposes 
    may be utilized, salvaged, or removed from the scenic area as 
    authorized by the Secretary.
        (4) Motorized travel.--Motorized travel shall not be permitted 
    within the scenic area, except on the waters of Lake Michigan, and 
    as necessary for administrative use in furtherance of the purposes 
    of this Act.
        (5) Fire.--Wildfires shall be suppressed in a manner consistent 
    with the purposes of this Act, using such means as the Secretary 
    deems appropriate.
        (6) Insects and disease.--Insect and disease outbreaks may be 
    controlled in the scenic area to maintain scenic quality, prevent 
    tree mortality, or to reduce hazards to visitors.
        (7) Dockage.--The Secretary shall provide through concession, 
    permit, or other means docking facilities consistent with the 
    management plan developed pursuant to this section.
        (8) Safety.--The Secretary shall take reasonable actions to 
    provide for public health and safety and for the protection of the 
    scenic area in the event of fire or infestation of insects or 
    disease.
    (c) Consultation.--In preparing the management plan, the Secretary 
shall consult with appropriate State and local government officials, 
provide for full public participation, and consider the views of all 
interested parties, organizations, and individuals.

SEC. 5. FISH AND GAME.

    Nothing in this Act shall be construed as affecting the 
jurisdiction or responsibilities of the State of Michigan with respect 
to fish and wildlife in the scenic area.

SEC. 6. MINERALS.

    Subject to valid existing rights, the lands within the scenic area 
are hereby withdrawn from disposition under all laws pertaining to 
mineral leasing, including all laws pertaining to geothermal leasing. 
Also subject to valid existing rights, the Secretary shall not allow 
any mineral development on federally owned land within the scenic area, 
except that common varieties of mineral materials, such as stone and 
gravel, may be utilized only as authorized by the Secretary to the 
extent necessary for construction and maintenance of roads and 
facilities within the scenic area.

SEC. 7. ACQUISITION.

    (a) Acquisition of Lands Within the Scenic Area.--The Secretary 
shall acquire, by purchase from willing sellers, gift, or exchange, 
lands, waters, structures, or interests therein, including scenic or 
other easements, within the boundaries of the scenic area to further 
the purposes of this Act.
    (b) Acquisition of Other Lands.--The Secretary may acquire, by 
purchase from willing sellers, gift, or exchange, not more than 10 
acres of land, including any improvements thereon, on the mainland to 
provide access to and administrative facilities for the scenic area.

SEC. 8. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    (a) Acquisition of Lands.--There are hereby authorized to be 
appropriated such sums as may be necessary for the acquisition of land, 
interests in land, or structures within the scenic area and on the 
mainland as provided in section 7.
    (b) Other Purposes.--In addition to the amounts authorized to be 
appropriated under subsection (a), there are authorized to be 
appropriated such sums as may be necessary for the development and 
implementation of the management plan under section 4(b).

                               Speaker of the House of Representatives.

                            Vice President of the United States and    
                                               President of the Senate.

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