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  • AMENDMENT TO H.R. 2406, AS REPORTED

    OFFERED BY MR. LOWENTHAL OF CALIFORNIA

    At the end of the bill, add the following new title:

    TITLE XVII—AMERICA’S RED 1 ROCK WILDERNESS 2

    SEC. 1701. SHORT TITLE. 3

    This title may be cited as the ‘‘America’s Red Rock 4

    Wilderness Act’’. 5

    SEC. 1702. DEFINITIONS. 6

    In this title: 7

    (1) SECRETARY.—The term ‘‘Secretary’’ means 8

    the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bu-9

    reau of Land Management. 10

    (2) STATE.—The term ‘‘State’’ means the State 11

    of Utah. 12

    Subtitle A—Designation of 13 Wilderness Areas 14

    SEC. 1711. GREAT BASIN WILDERNESS AREAS. 15

    (a) FINDINGS.—Congress finds that— 16

    (1) the Great Basin region of western Utah is 17

    comprised of starkly beautiful mountain ranges that 18

    rise as islands from the desert floor; 19

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    (2) the Wah Wah Mountains in the Great 1

    Basin region are arid and austere, with massive cliff 2

    faces and leathery slopes speckled with piñon and ju-3

    niper; 4

    (3) the Pilot Range and Stansbury Mountains 5

    in the Great Basin region are high enough to draw 6

    moisture from passing clouds and support eco-7

    systems found nowhere else on earth; 8

    (4) from bristlecone pine, the world’s oldest liv-9

    ing organism, to newly flowered mountain meadows, 10

    mountains of the Great Basin region are islands of 11

    nature that— 12

    (A) support remarkable biological diversity; 13

    and 14

    (B) provide opportunities to experience the 15

    colossal silence of the Great Basin; and 16

    (5) the Great Basin region of western Utah 17

    should be protected and managed to ensure the pres-18

    ervation of the natural conditions of the region. 19

    (b) DESIGNATION.—In accordance with the Wilder-20

    ness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the following areas in 21

    the State are designated as wilderness areas and as com-22

    ponents of the National Wilderness Preservation System: 23

    (1) Antelope Range (approximately 17,000 24

    acres). 25

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    (2) Barn Hills (approximately 20,000 acres). 1

    (3) Black Hills (approximately 9,000 acres). 2

    (4) Bullgrass Knoll (approximately 15,000 3

    acres). 4

    (5) Burbank Hills/Tunnel Spring (approxi-5

    mately 92,000 acres). 6

    (6) Conger Mountains (approximately 21,000 7

    acres). 8

    (7) Crater Bench (approximately 35,000 acres). 9

    (8) Crater and Silver Island Mountains (ap-10

    proximately 121,000 acres). 11

    (9) Cricket Mountains Cluster (approximately 12

    62,000 acres). 13

    (10) Deep Creek Mountains (approximately 14

    126,000 acres). 15

    (11) Drum Mountains (approximately 39,000 16

    acres). 17

    (12) Dugway Mountains (approximately 24,000 18

    acres). 19

    (13) Essex Canyon (approximately 1,300 20

    acres). 21

    (14) Fish Springs Range (approximately 22

    64,000 acres). 23

    (15) Granite Peak (approximately 19,000 24

    acres). 25

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    (16) Grassy Mountains (approximately 23,000 1

    acres). 2

    (17) Grouse Creek Mountains (approximately 3

    15,000 acres). 4

    (18) House Range (approximately 201,000 5

    acres). 6

    (19) Keg Mountains (approximately 38,000 7

    acres). 8

    (20) Kern Mountains (approximately 15,000 9

    acres). 10

    (21) King Top (approximately 110,000 acres). 11

    (22) Ledger Canyon (approximately 9,000 12

    acres). 13

    (23) Little Goose Creek (approximately 1,200 14

    acres). 15

    (24) Middle/Granite Mountains (approximately 16

    80,000 acres). 17

    (25) Mount Escalante (approximately 18,000 18

    acres). 19

    (26) Mountain Home Range (approximately 20

    90,000 acres). 21

    (27) Newfoundland Mountains (approximately 22

    22,000 acres). 23

    (28) Ochre Mountain (approximately 13,000 24

    acres). 25

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    (29) Oquirrh Mountains (approximately 9,000 1

    acres). 2

    (30) Painted Rock Mountain (approximately 3

    26,000 acres). 4

    (31) Paradise/Steamboat Mountains (approxi-5

    mately 144,000 acres). 6

    (32) Pilot Range (approximately 45,000 acres). 7

    (33) Red Tops (approximately 28,000 acres). 8

    (34) Rockwell-Little Sahara (approximately 9

    21,000 acres). 10

    (35) San Francisco Mountains (approximately 11

    39,000 acres). 12

    (36) Sand Ridge (approximately 73,000 acres). 13

    (37) Simpson Mountains (approximately 42,000 14

    acres). 15

    (38) Snake Valley (approximately 100,000 16

    acres). 17

    (39) Spring Creek Canyon (approximately 18

    4,000 acres). 19

    (40) Stansbury Island (approximately 10,000 20

    acres). 21

    (41) Stansbury Mountains (approximately 22

    24,000 acres). 23

    (42) Thomas Range (approximately 36,000 24

    acres). 25

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    (43) Tule Valley (approximately 159,000 1

    acres). 2

    (44) Wah Wah Mountains (approximately 3

    167,000 acres). 4

    (45) Wasatch/Sevier Plateaus (approximately 5

    29,000 acres). 6

    (46) White Rock Range (approximately 5,200 7

    acres). 8

    SEC. 1712. GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE WILDERNESS 9

    AREAS. 10

    (a) GRAND STAIRCASE AREA.— 11

    (1) FINDINGS.—Congress finds that— 12

    (A) the area known as the Grand Staircase 13

    rises more than 6,000 feet in a series of great 14

    cliffs and plateaus from the depths of the 15

    Grand Canyon to the forested rim of Bryce 16

    Canyon; 17

    (B) the Grand Staircase— 18

    (i) spans 6 major life zones, from the 19

    lower Sonoran Desert to the alpine forest; 20

    and 21

    (ii) encompasses geologic formations 22

    that display 3,000,000,000 years of 23

    Earth’s history; 24

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    (C) land managed by the Secretary lines 1

    the intricate canyon system of the Paria River 2

    and forms a vital natural corridor connection to 3

    the deserts and forests of those national parks; 4

    (D) land described in paragraph (2) (other 5

    than East of Bryce, Upper Kanab Creek, 6

    Moquith Mountain, Bunting Point, and 7

    Vermillion Cliffs) is located within the Grand 8

    Staircase-Escalante National Monument; and 9

    (E) the Grand Staircase in Utah should be 10

    protected and managed as a wilderness area. 11

    (2) DESIGNATION.—In accordance with the 12

    Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the fol-13

    lowing areas in the State are designated as wilder-14

    ness areas and as components of the National Wil-15

    derness Preservation System: 16

    (A) Bryce View (approximately 4,500 17

    acres). 18

    (B) Bunting Point (approximately 11,000 19

    acres). 20

    (C) Canaan Mountain (approximately 21

    16,000 acres in Kane County). 22

    (D) Canaan Peak Slopes (approximately 23

    2,300 acres). 24

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    (E) East of Bryce (approximately 750 1

    acres). 2

    (F) Glass Eye Canyon (approximately 3

    24,000 acres). 4

    (G) Ladder Canyon (approximately 14,000 5

    acres). 6

    (H) Moquith Mountain (approximately 7

    16,000 acres). 8

    (I) Nephi Point (approximately 14,000 9

    acres). 10

    (J) Ordervil