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H.R.5101 - Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2010
To expand the science and stewardship of America's most important wildlife corridors.
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Mr. HOLT (for himself, Mr. POLIS of Colorado, Mr. HINCHEY, and Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concernedCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. NATIONAL FISH AND WILDLIFE HABITAT AND CORRIDORS INFORMATION PROGRAM.
(a) Establishment- Within 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior, in cooperation with the States and Indian tribes, shall establish a National Fish and Wildlife Habitat and Corridors Information Program in accordance with the requirements of this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) support States and Indian tribes in the development of a geographic information system database of fish and wildlife habitat and corridors that would inform planning and development decisions within each State and Indian tribe, enable each State and Indian tribe to model climate impacts and adaptation, and provide geographically specific enhancements of State and tribal wildlife action plans;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) ensure the collaborative development, with the States and Indian tribes, of a comprehensive, national geographic information system database of maps, models, data, surveys, informational products, and other geospatial information regarding fish and wildlife habitat and corridors, that--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(ii) existing databases, analytical tools, metadata activities, and other information products available through the National Biological Information Infrastructure maintained by the Secretary and nongovernmental organizations; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) facilitate the use of such databases by Federal, State, local, and tribal decisionmakers to incorporate qualitative and quantitative information on fish and wildlife habitat and corridors at the earliest possible stage to--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) avoid, minimize, and mitigate the impacts on fish and wildlife habitat and corridors in siting energy development, water, transmission, transportation, and other land use projects;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(D) develop management strategies to enhance the ability of native fish, wildlife, and plant species to migrate or respond to shifting habitats within existing habitats and corridors.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) have been developed by Federal agencies, State wildlife agencies and natural heritage programs, Indian tribes, local governments, nongovernmental organizations, and industry; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(ii) to assess the impacts of proposed energy development, water, transmission, transportation, and other land use projects and avoid, minimize, and mitigate those impacts on habitats and corridors;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(iv) to develop management strategies to enhance the ability of fish, wildlife, and plant species to migrate or respond to shifting habitats within existing habitats and corridors;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(D) establish a coordinated process for updating maps and other information as landscapes, habitats, corridors, and wildlife populations change or as other information becomes available;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(E) encourage the development of collaborative plans by Federal and State agencies and Indian tribes to monitor and evaluate the efficacy of the System to meet the needs of decisionmakers;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(F) identify gaps in habitat and corridor information, mapping, and research that should be addressed to fully understand and assess current data and metadata, and to prioritize research and future data collection activities for use in updating the System and provide support for those activities;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(G) include mechanisms to support collaborative research, mapping, and planning of habitats and corridors by Federal and State agencies, Indian tribes, and other interested stakeholders;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(H) incorporate biological and geospatial data on species and corridors affected by energy development and transmission plans, including renewable energy initiatives, transportation, and other land use plans;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(J) identify, prioritize, and describe key parcels of non-Federal land located within the boundaries of units of the National Park System, National Wildlife Refuge System, National Forest System, or National Grassland System that are critical to maintenance of wildlife habitat and migration corridors.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Financial and Other Support- The Secretary may provide support to the States and Indian tribes, including financial and technical assistance, for activities that support the development and implementation of the System.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Coordination- The Secretary, in cooperation with the States and Indian tribes, shall make recommendations on how the information developed in the System may be incorporated into existing relevant State and Federal plans affecting fish and wildlife, including land management plans, the State Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategies, and appropriate tribal conservation plans, to ensure that they--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) promote the landscape connectivity necessary to allow wildlife to move as necessary to meet biological needs, adjust to shifts in habitat, and adapt to climate change; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) GEOSPATIAL INTEROPERABILITY FRAMEWORK- The term ‘Geospatial Interoperability Framework’ means the strategy utilized by the National Biological Information Infrastructure that is based upon accepted standards, specifications, and protocols adopted through the International Standards Organization, the Open Geospatial Consortium, and the Federal Geographic Data Committee, to manage, archive, integrate, analyze, and make accessible geospatial and biological data and metadata.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS REGARDING INDIAN TRIBES.
(b) Exemption From FOIA- Information received by a Federal agency pursuant to this Act relating to the location, character, or ownership of human remains of a person of Indian ancestry; or resources, cultural items, uses, or activities identified by an Indian tribe as traditional or cultural because of the long-established significance or ceremonial nature to the Indian tribe; shall not be subject to disclosure under
SEC. 4. WILDLIFE CORRIDORS STEWARDSHIP AND PROTECTION PROGRAM.
(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary of the Interior shall transfer amounts in the Wildlife Corridors Stewardship and Protection Fund established by this section, without further Act of appropriation, to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for use by the Foundation to establish and implement a Wildlife Corridors Stewardship and Protection Grant Program in accordance with this section to fund projects to advance important wildlife corridor stewardship and protection.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES- The Secretary of the Interior may transfer funds to the Foundation under this subsection in advance, without regard to when expenses are incurred. The funds transferred shall be subject to the provisions of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act, excluding subsection (a) of section 10 of that Act (
(c) Project Selection- The Foundation, in consultation with the Secretary, shall select for funding under the Program projects that will have the most significant on-the-ground impact for wildlife species of greatest conservation need by--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Cost Sharing- The Federal share of the cost of each project funded under the Program shall be not greater than 50 percent, and the non-Federal share required for such a project shall not be derived from any Federal grant program and may be paid in cash or in kind.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Administrative Expenses- Of amounts transferred to the Foundation under this section each fiscal year, the Foundation may expend not more than 5 percent or $100,000, whichever is greater, to pay the administrative expenses necessary to administer the Program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) ESTABLISHMENT- There is established in the Treasury a separate account, which shall be known as the ‘Wildlife Corridors Stewardship and Protection Fund’. The Secretary of the Treasury shall deposit into the Fund--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. WILDLIFE CORRIDOR MANAGEMENT ON PUBLIC LANDS.
(a) Finding- Section 102(a)(8) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (
(b) Definition of Areas of Critical Environmental Concern- Section 103(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C.1702(a)) is amended by inserting ‘(including important wildlife corridors)’ after ‘fish and wildlife resources’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM RESOURCE PLANNING.
Section 6(e)(1) of the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Act of 1974 (
SEC. 7. TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS.
(a) Accommodation of Wildlife Movement- As a condition for the receipt of Federal assistance for a highway construction project under title 23, United States Code, the Secretary of Transportation may ensure that a State or other recipient of such assistance gives the accommodation of wildlife movement full consideration during the development and construction of the project, as it relates to--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) considers incorporating wildlife crossings in any highway construction project carried out using such assistance, and incorporates wildlife crossings in the project, if appropriate;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) provides to the Secretary a statement of reasons explaining the extent of wildlife crossings to be included in such highway construction projects or why wildlife crossings are not appropriate; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 8. AGRICULTURAL CONSERVATION PROGRAMS.
‘(3) SPECIAL RULE INVOLVING PAYMENTS FOR FOREGONE INCOME- In determining the amount and rate of payments under paragraph (2)(B), the Secretary may accord great significance to a practice that, as determined by the Secretary, promotes--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Encouragement of Pollinator Development and Protection or Important Wildlife Corridor Stewardship and Protection- Section 1244(h) of the Food Security Act of 1985 (
‘(h) Encouragement of Pollinator Development and Protection or Important Wildlife Corridor Stewardship and Protection- In carrying out any conservation program administered by the Secretary, the Secretary may, as appropriate, encourage--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
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