VALLE VIDAL PROTECTION ACT OF 2005 -- (House of Representatives - July 24, 2006)
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Mr. WALDEN of Oregon. Madam Speaker, I yield my such time as I may consume.
H.R. 3817, introduced by New Mexico Representative TOM UDALL, would withdraw roughly 101,000 acres, known as the Valle Vidal Unit, from mineral exploration or development. This includes patent under mining claims and mineral leases for geothermal or mining materials. Any valid existing rights would continue to be recognized; but if those rights were relinquished or bought out, that area would also be withdrawn from the mining laws.
This area is known for its recreation, namely, horseback riding and hiking, livestock grazing and wildlife habitat. Currently, the Forest Service is revising its management plan for the Carson National Forest and is likely, through public comment and collaboration, to withdraw mineral development in this area independent of the legislation. The area in question is entirely within Mr. Udall's district.
Madam Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.