Public Law 112-128

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    112TH UNITED STATES CONGRESS
    1ST SESSION


    An Act
    To direct the Secretary of the Interior to issue commercial use authorizations to commercial stock operators for operations in designated wilderness within the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and for other purposes.


    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    Section 1. Short title.[edit]

    This Act may be cited as the “Sequoia and King Canyon National Parks Backcountry Access Act”.

    Sec. 2. Commercial services authorizations in wilderness within the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.[edit]

    (a) Continuation Of Authority.—
    Until the date on which the Secretary of the Interior (referred to in this Act as the “Secretary”) completes any analysis and determination required under the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the Secretary shall continue to issue authorizations to provide commercial services for commercial stock operations (including commercial use authorizations and concession contracts) within any area designated as wilderness in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (referred to in this section as the “Parks”) at use levels determined by the Secretary to be appropriate and subject to any terms and conditions that the Secretary determines to be appropriate.
    (b) Wilderness Stewardship Plan.—
    Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall complete a wilderness stewardship plan with respect to the Parks.
    (c) Termination Of Authority.—
    The authority of the Secretary to issue authorizations under subsection (a) shall terminate on the earlier of—
    (1) the date on which the Secretary begins to issue authorizations to provide commercial services for commercial stock operations within any areas designated as wilderness in the Parks, as provided in a record of decision issued in accordance with a wilderness stewardship plan completed under subsection (b); or
    (2) the date that is 4 years after the date of enactment of this Act.

    Approved June 5, 2011.

    Legislative History[edit]

    • CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 158 (2012)
      • April 27, considered and passed House without objection.
      • May 17, considered and passed Senate with amendment by Unanimous Consent.
      • May 18, House agreed to the Senate amendment without objection.