National Landscape Conservation System Act of 2007

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Proposed by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the National Landscape Conservation System Act (H.R. 2016) would grant congressional authorization to the National Landscape Conservation System. According to a news release on the Web site of Grijalva, this codification of the NCLS within the Bureau of Land Management will not change the management of the NLCS or any of its lands, but it will provide the NLCS with "the permanence and stature that accompany formal Congressional authorization."[1]



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Background

In 2000, the National Landscape Conservation System was created administratively by Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt "to conserve, protect and restore nationally significant landscapes recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological and scientific values."[2] According to the Interior's Bureau of Land Management, the NCLS includes more than 924 federally recognized areas and approximately 27 million acres of protected lands and waters.[2]


House consideration

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) proposed the bill on April 24, 2007, and the House considered the bill in April 2008. On April 9, 2008,

The House considered and approved an amendment from Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) which provides that inclusion within the NCLS would not affect grazing operations on Bureau of Land Management lands.[3]


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Scored vote

Scorecard: League of Conservation Voters 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Nay

Description:

"Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt created the National Landscape Conservation System in June 2000 to recognize the “crown jewels” of public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The 26 million-acre system comprises over 800 individual units; including the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana, and the Headwaters Forest Reserve in northern California.H.R. 2016, the National Landscape Conservation System Act, provides permanent statutory recognition for a system that was created administratively eight years ago to “conserve, protect, and restore these nationally significant landscapes that have outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values for the benefit of current and future generations.” During consideration of H.R. 2016, Representative Steve Pearce (R-NM) introduced an amendment that seeks to enshrine current grazing operations on units within the National Landscape Conservation System regardless of the damage being caused to the land. On April 9, the House approved the amendment by a 214-207 vote (House roll call vote 172). NO is the pro-environment vote."

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.lcv.org/2008-pdf.pdf)

Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

""Assure that inclusion of lands in the National Landscape Conservation System would not affect grazing rights. April 9. (214-207)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cs_20090228_4813.php)


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Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Nay

Description:

"Assure that inclusion of lands in the National Landscape Conservation System would not affect the right to bear arms. April 9. (208-212)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cs_20090228_4813.php)


On April 9, 2008, the House passed the bill by a vote of 278-140.


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Scored vote

Scorecard: League of Conservation Voters 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"On the same day, the House voted 278-140 to pass H.R. 2016 by a 278-140 vote (House roll call vote 174). YES in the pro-environment vote"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.lcv.org/2008-pdf.pdf)

Scored vote

Scorecard: National Journal 2008 House Scorecard

Org. position: Aye

Description:

"Codify the National Landscape Conservation System within the Bureau of Land Management. April 9. (278-140)"

(Original scorecard available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/njmagazine/cs_20090228_4813.php)

Further action

In 2009, the National Landscape Conservation System Act was packaged with more than 160 other bills to create the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (H.R. 146). The bill was passed and signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 30, 2009.[4]

Articles and resources

See also

Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009

References

  1. Rep. Grijalva's statement on "National Landscape Conservation System Act (H.R. 2016)"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Department of the Interior info page on "NLCS"
  3. THOMAS info page on H.AMDT.986 (A007)
  4. OpenCongress info page on Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009

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