H.R. 4283, To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to maintain or replace certain facilities and structures for commercial recreation services at Smith Gulch in Idaho

H.R. 4283

To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to maintain or replace certain facilities and structures for commercial recreation services at Smith Gulch in Idaho

Date
September 8, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

On Monday, September 8, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4283, a bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to maintain or replace certain facilities and structures for commercial recreation services at Smith Gulch in Idaho, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 4283 was introduced on March 21, 2014 by Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) and was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill was marked up on June 19, 2014 and was ordered reported, as amended, by unanimous consent.[1]

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[1] House Committee Report 113-533.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4283 amends the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to maintain or replace certain commercial recreation facilities at Smith Gulch in Idaho.

Background

“Smith Gulch is located within the main Salmon Wild River corridor in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. Both the Wild River and Wilderness were designated as such by the Central Idaho Wilderness Act of 1980 (16 U.S.C. 1132). The Act mandates that the main Salmon River corridor be managed according to the requirements of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.”[2]

“In 2004, Congress amended the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1271 et seq.) to direct the Forest Service to continue the established use and occupancy of three commercial recreation services including the services at Smith Gulch (Public Law 108–447). Currently, the Forest Service believes it does not have the authority to allow the Lodge at Smith Gulch to use power equipment such as gas generators, mowers, and other equipment needed for routine maintenance or for new improvements such as an in-stream hydroelectric water wheel for renewable energy. H.R. 4283 would authorize limited use of such maintenance equipment for the general upkeep of the Lodge.”[3]

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[2] Id. at 2.
[3] Id.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 4283 would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.