16 U.S. Code § 410fff–5 - Establishment of the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area
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(a) In general
(1) There is established the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area, consisting of approximately 57,725 acres as generally depicted on the Map.
(b) Management of Conservation Area
The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, shall manage the Conservation Area to protect the resources of the Conservation Area in accordance with—
Subject to valid existing rights, all Federal lands within the Conservation Area are hereby withdrawn from all forms of entry, appropriation or disposal under the public land laws; from location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and from disposition under all laws relating to mineral and geothermal leasing, and all amendments thereto.
(d) Hunting, trapping, and fishing
(1) In general
The Secretary shall permit hunting, trapping, and fishing within the Conservation Area in accordance with applicable laws (including regulations) of the United States and the State of Colorado.
The Secretary, after consultation with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, may issue regulations designating zones where and establishing periods when no hunting or trapping shall be permitted for reasons concerning—
(e) Use of motorized vehicles
In addition to the use of motorized vehicles on established roadways, the use of motorized vehicles in the Conservation Area shall be allowed to the extent the use is compatible with off-highway vehicle designations as described in the management plan in effect on October 21, 1999.
(f) Conservation Area management plan
(1) In general
Not later than 4 years after October 21, 1999, the Secretary shall—
(A) develop a comprehensive plan for the long-range protection and management of the Conservation Area; and
(2) Contents of plan
(A) shall describe the appropriate uses and management of the Conservation Area in accordance with this subchapter;
(B) may incorporate appropriate decisions contained in any management or activity plan for the area completed prior to October 21, 1999;
(C) may incorporate appropriate wildlife habitat management plans or other plans prepared for the land within or adjacent to the Conservation Area prior to October 21, 1999;
(D) shall be prepared in close consultation with appropriate Federal, State, county, and local agencies; and
Source(Pub. L. 106–76, § 7,Oct. 21, 1999, 113 Stat. 1129; Pub. L. 108–128, § 3,Nov. 17, 2003, 117 Stat. 1356.)
References in Text
The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, referred to in subsec. (b)(2), is Pub. L. 94–579, Oct. 21, 1976, 90 Stat. 2743, which is classified principally to chapter 35 (§ 1701 et seq.) of Title 43, Public Lands. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 1701 of Title 43 and Tables.
2003—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 108–128designated existing provisions as par. (1) and added par. (2).
Change of Name
Committee on Resources of House of Representatives changed to Committee on Natural Resources of House of Representatives by House Resolution No. 6, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Jan. 5, 2007.
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