Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 114 Part 3.djvu/884

From Wikisource
Jump to: navigation, search
This page needs to be proofread.


114 STAT. 1906 PUBLIC LAW 106-431—NOV. 6, 2000 16 USC 546a-l. SEC. 4. ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT. (a) ADMINISTRATION.—Subject to valid existing rights, the Secretary of Agriculture (in this Act referred to as the "Secretary) shall administer the scenic area in accordance with the laws, rules, and regulations applicable to the National Forest System in furtherance of the purposes of this Act. Deadline. (b) SPECIAL MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS. —Within 3 years of the acquisition of 50 percent of the land authorized for acquisition under section 7, the Secretary shall develop an amendment to the land and resources management plan for the Hiawatha National Forest which will direct management of the scenic area. Such an amendment shall conform to the provisions of this Act. Nothing in this Act shall require the Secretary to revise the land and resource management plan for the Hiawatha National Forest pursuant to section 6 of the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. 1604). In developing a plan for management of the scenic area, the Secretary shall address the following special management considerations: (1) PUBLIC ACCESS.—Alternative means for providing public access from the mainland to the scenic area shall be considered, including any available existing services and facilities, concessionaires, special use permits, or other means of making public access available for the purposes of this Act. (2) ROADS. —After the date of the enactment of this Act, no new permanent roads shall be constructed within the scenic area. (3) VEGETATION MANAGEMENT. —No timber harvest shall be allowed within the scenic area, except as may be necessary in the control of fire, insects, and diseases, and to provide for public safety and trail access. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Secretary may engage in vegetation manipulation practices for maintenance of wildlife habitat and visual quality. Trees cut for these purposes may be utilized, salvaged, or removed from the scenic area as authorized by the Secretary. (4) MOTORIZED TRAVEL.— Motorized travel shall not be permitted within the scenic area, except on the waters of Lake Michigan, and as necessary for administrative use in furtherance of the purposes of this Act. (5) FIRE. —Wildfires shall be suppressed in a manner consistent with the purposes of this Act, using such means as the Secretary deems appropriate. (6) INSECTS AND DISEASE. —Insect and disease outbreaks may be controlled in the scenic area to maintain scenic quality, prevent tree mortality, or to reduce hazards to visitors. (7) DOCKAGE. —The Secretary shall provide through concession, permit, or other means docking facilities consistent with the management plan developed pursuant to this section. (8) SAFETY. —The Secretary shall take reasonable actions to provide for public health and safety and for the protection of the scenic area in the event of fire or infestation of insects or disease. (c) CONSULTATION.—In preparing the management plan, the Secretary shall consult with appropriate State and local government officials, provide for full public participation, and consider the views of all interested parties, organizations, and individuals.