[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 120, 109th Congress, 2nd Session]
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120 STAT. 2673

Public Law 109-382
109th Congress

An Act


 
To designate certain land in New England as wilderness for inclusion in
the National Wilderness Preservation system and certain land as a
National Recreation Area, and for other purposes.  NOTE: Dec. 1,
2006 -  [S. 4001]

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,  NOTE: New England
Wilderness Act of 2006.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

(a) Short Title.--This  NOTE: 16 USC 460ttt note.  Act may be
cited as the ``New England Wilderness Act of 2006''.

(b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents of this Act is as
follows:

Section 1. Short title; table of contents.
Sec. 2. Definition  NOTE: 16 USC 460ttt note.  of Secretary.

TITLE I--NEW HAMPSHIRE

Sec. 101. Definition of State.
Sec. 102. Designation of wilderness areas.
Sec. 103. Map and description.
Sec. 104. Administration.

TITLE II--VERMONT

Sec. 201. Definitions.

Subtitle A--Designation of Wilderness Areas

Sec. 211. Designation.
Sec. 212. Map and description.
Sec. 213. Administration.

Subtitle B--Moosalamoo National Recreation Area

Sec. 221. Designation.
Sec. 222. Map and description.
Sec. 223. Administration of National Recreation Area.

SEC. 2.  NOTE: 16 USC 460ttt note.  DEFINITION OF SECRETARY.

In this Act, the term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of
Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service.

TITLE I--NEW HAMPSHIRE

SEC. 101. DEFINITION OF STATE.

In this title, the term ``State'' means the State of New Hampshire.

SEC. 102. DESIGNATION OF WILDERNESS AREAS.

In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the
following Federal land in the State is designated as

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wilderness and as components of the National Wilderness Preservation
System:
(1)  NOTE: 16 USC 1132 note.  Certain Federal land managed
by the Forest Service, comprising approximately 23,700 acres, as
generally depicted on the map entitled ``Proposed Wild River
Wilderness--White Mountain National Forest'', dated February 6,
2006, which shall be known as the ``Wild River Wilderness''.
(2) Certain  NOTE: 16 USC 1132 note.  Federal land managed
by the Forest Service, comprising approximately 10,800 acres, as
generally depicted on the map entitled ``Proposed Sandwich Range
Wilderness Additions--White Mountain National Forest'', dated
February 6, 2006, and which are incorporated in the Sandwich
Range Wilderness, as designated by the New Hampshire Wilderness
Act of 1984 (Public Law 98-323; 98 Stat. 259).

SEC. 103. MAP AND DESCRIPTION.

(a) In General.--As soon as practicable after the date of enactment
of this Act, the Secretary shall file a map and a legal description of
each wilderness area designated by section 102 with the committees of
appropriate jurisdiction in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
(b) Force and Effect.--A map and legal description filed under
subsection (a) 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 legal description.
(c) Public Availability.--Each map and legal description filed under
subsection (a) shall be filed and made available for public inspection
in the Office of the Chief of the Forest Service.

SEC. 104. ADMINISTRATION.

(a) Administration.--Subject to valid existing rights, each
wilderness area designated under this title shall be administered by the
Secretary in accordance with--
(1) the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43
U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); and
(2) the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.).

(b) Effective Date of Wilderness Act.--With respect to any
wilderness area designated by this title, any reference in the
Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.) to the effective date of the
Wilderness Act shall be deemed to be a reference to the date of
enactment of this Act.
(c) Fish and Wildlife.--As provided in section 4(d)(7) of the
Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(7)), nothing in this title affects any
jurisdiction or responsibility of the State with respect to wildlife and
fish in the State.
(d) Withdrawal.--Subject to valid existing rights, all Federal land
in the wilderness areas designated by section 102 are withdrawn from--
(1) all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the
public land laws;
(2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and
(3) disposition under the mineral leasing laws (including
geothermal leasing laws).

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TITLE II--VERMONT

SEC. 201.  NOTE: 16 USC 460ttt note.  DEFINITIONS.

In this title:
(1) Management plan.--The term ``Management Plan'' means the
Green Mountain National Forest Land and Resource Management
Plan.
(2) State.--The term ``State'' means the State of Vermont.

Subtitle A--Designation of Wilderness Areas

SEC. 211. DESIGNATION.

In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the
following areas in the State are designated as wilderness areas and as
components of the National Wilderness Preservation System:
(1)  NOTE: 16 USC 1132 note.  Certain Federal land managed
by the United States Forest Service, comprising approximately
22,425 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled
``Glastenbury Wilderness--Proposed'', dated September 2006,
which shall be known as the ``Glastenbury Wilderness''.
(2)  NOTE: 16 USC 1132 note.  Certain Federal land managed
by the United States Forest Service, comprising approximately
12,333 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled ``Joseph
Battell Wilderness--Proposed'', dated September 2006, which
shall be known as the ``Joseph Battell Wilderness''.
(3)  NOTE: 16 USC 1132 note.  Certain Federal land managed
by the United States Forest Service, comprising approximately
3,757 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled
``Breadloaf Wilderness Additions--Proposed'', dated September
2006, which shall be known as the ``Breadloaf Wilderness''.
(4)  NOTE: 16 USC 1132 note.  Certain Federal land managed
by the United States Forest Service, comprising approximately
2,338 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled ``Lye
Brook Wilderness Additions--Proposed'', dated September 2006,
which shall be known as the ``Lye Brook Wilderness''.
(5)  NOTE: 16 USC 1132 note.  Certain Federal land managed
by the United States Forest Service, comprising approximately
752 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled ``Peru Peak
Wilderness Additions--Proposed'', dated September 2006, which
shall be known as the ``Peru Peak Wilderness''.
(6)  NOTE: 16 USC 1132 note.  Certain Federal land managed
by the United States Forest Service, comprising approximately 47
acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled ``Big Branch
Wilderness Additions--Proposed'', dated September 2006, which
shall be known as the ``Big Branch Wilderness''.

SEC. 212. MAP AND DESCRIPTION.

(a) In General.--As soon as practicable after the date of enactment
of this Act, the Secretary shall file a map and a legal description of
each wilderness area designated by section 211 with--
(1) the Committee on Resources of the House of
Representatives;

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(2) the Committee on Agriculture of the House of
Representatives; and
(3) the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of
the Senate.

(b) Force of Law.--A map and legal description filed under
subsection (a) 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 legal description.
(c) Public Availability.--Each map and legal description filed under
subsection (a) shall be filed and made available for public inspection
in the Office of the Chief of the Forest Service.

SEC. 213. ADMINISTRATION.

(a) Administration.--Subject to valid rights in existence on the
date of enactment of this Act, each wilderness area designated under
this subtitle and in the Green Mountain National Forest (as of the date
of enactment of this Act) shall be administered by the Secretary in
accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.).
(b) Fish and Wildlife.--Nothing in this subtitle affects the
jurisdiction of the State with respect to wildlife and fish on the
public land located in the State, including the stocking of fish in
rivers and streams in the State to support the Connecticut River
Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program.
(c) Trails.--The Forest Service shall allow the continuance of--
(1) the Appalachian National Scenic Trail;
(2) the Long Trail;
(3) the Catamount Trail; and
(4) the marking and maintenance of associated trails and
trail structures of the Trails referred to in this subsection,
consistent with the management direction (including objectives,
standards, guidelines, and agreements with partners) established
for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Long Trail, and
Catamount Trail under the Management Plan.

Subtitle B--Moosalamoo National Recreation Area

SEC. 221.  NOTE: 16 USC 460ttt.  DESIGNATION.

Certain Federal land managed by the United States Forest Service,
comprising approximately 15,857 acres, as generally depicted on the map
entitled ``Moosalamoo National Recreation Area--Proposed'', dated
September 2006, is designated as the ``Moosalamoo National Recreation
Area''.

SEC. 222.  NOTE: 16 USC 460ttt-1.  MAP AND DESCRIPTION.

(a) In General.--As soon as practicable after the date of enactment
of this Act, the Secretary shall file a map and a legal description of
the national recreation area designated by section 221 with--
(1) the Committee on Resources of the House of
Representatives;
(2) the Committee on Agriculture of the House of
Representatives; and
(3) the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of
the Senate.

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(b) Force of Law.--A map and legal description filed under
subsection (a) shall have the same force and effect as if included in
this subtitle, except that the Secretary may correct clerical and
typographical errors in the map and legal description.
(c) Public Availability.--Each map and legal description filed under
subsection (a) shall be filed and made available for public inspection
in the Office of the Chief of the Forest Service.

SEC. 223.  NOTE: 16 USC 460ttt-2.  ADMINISTRATION OF NATIONAL
RECREATION AREA.

(a) In General.--Subject to valid rights existing on the date of
enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall administer the Moosalamoo
National Recreation Area in accordance with--
(1) laws (including rules and regulations) applicable to
units of the National Forest System; and
(2) the management direction (including objectives,
standards, and guidelines) established for the Moosalamoo
Recreation and Education Management Area under the Management
Plan.

(b) Fish and Wildlife.--Nothing in this subtitle affects the
jurisdiction of the State with respect to wildlife and fish on the
public land located in the State.
(c) Escarpment and Ecological Areas.--Nothing in this subtitle
prevents the Secretary from managing the Green Mountain Escarpment
Management Area and the Ecological Special Areas, as described in the
Management Plan.

Approved December 1, 2006.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 4001:
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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 152 (2006):
Sept. 29, considered and passed Senate.
Nov. 15, considered and passed House.