John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act


The John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act of 2019 is an omnibus lands act that protected public lands and modified management provisions. The bill designated more than 1,300,000 acres (5,300 km2) of wilderness area, expanded several national parks and other areas of the National Park System, and established four new national monuments while redesignating others.[1][2] Other provisions included making the Land and Water Conservation Fund permanent, protecting a number of rivers and historic sites, and withdrawing land near Yellowstone National Park and North Cascades National Park from mining.[3]

John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act
Great Seal of the United States
Long titleAn act to provide for the management of the natural resources of the United States, and for other purposes.
Enacted bythe 116th United States Congress
Public law116-9
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the Senate as S. 47 by Lisa Murkowski (RAK) on January 8, 2019
  • Passed the Senate on February 12, 2019 (92–8)
  • Passed the House of Representatives on February 26, 2019 (363–62)
  • Signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 12, 2019

Passage of the bill was hailed as a rare bipartisan environmental victory.[1]

Legislative historyEdit

Signing of the Act in the Oval Office, March 12, 2019

The last major bill passed regarding public lands was the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. Since then many bills had been introduced but never passed; the Act incorporates more than 100 pieces of legislation, collectively introduced by some 50 senators and a range of representatives.[4][5]

S. 47, initially the Natural Resources Management Act, was sponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Maria Cantwell of Washington, the chair and former ranking member of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The Senate voted for the bill 92–8 on February 12, 2019, and the House of Representatives passed it 363–62 on February 26. President Donald Trump signed it into law on March 12, 2019, as P.L. 116-9.[6]

Following initial passage, an addendum named the bill for John Dingell, Jr. to honor the recently deceased former Congressperson who had sponsored multiple landmark conservation laws during his lengthy tenure, and was known as being an avid outdoorsman and conservationist.[7][8]

The Congressional Budget Office estimated the bill would save $9 million in direct spending over 10 years and would generate substantial additional revenue.[9]


The law is divided into nine titles, each containing a number of provisions.[10] Selected major provisions are listed.

Title IEdit

Subtitle AEdit

Subtitle A authorizes land exchanges with and conveyances to local governments and private landowners.

Subtitle BEdit

Subtitle B addresses management of public lands and the National Forest System.

Subtitle CEdit

Subtitle C designates new wilderness areas and other protected areas, in total expanding designated wilderness area by 1,300,000 acres (5,300 km2) across four states.[1]

Nearly a 250,000 acres (1,000 km2) of the Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks National Monument was protected as wilderness area as a result of the Act
The Rogue River in Oregon, part of nearly 300 miles (480 km) miles of river added to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System
  • In Utah:
    • 18,192 acres (73.62 km2) as Big Wild Horse Mesa Wilderness
    • 11,001 acres (44.52 km2) as Cold Wash Wilderness
    • 142,995 acres (578.68 km2) as Desolation Canyon Wilderness
    • 8,675 acres (35.11 km2) as Devil's Canyon Wilderness
    • 13,832 acres (55.98 km2) as Eagle Canyon Wilderness
    • 12,201 acres (49.38 km2) as Horse Valley Wilderness
    • 54,643 acres (221.13 km2) as Labyrinth Canyon Wilderness
    • 20,660 acres (83.6 km2) as Little Ocean Draw Wilderness
    • 5,479 acres (22.17 km2) as Little Wild Horse Canyon Wilderness
    • 19,338 acres (78.26 km2) as Lower Last Chance Wilderness
    • 76,413 acres (309.23 km2) as Mexican Mountain Wilderness
    • 16,343 acres (66.14 km2) as Middle Wild Horse Mesa Wilderness
    • 98,023 acres (396.69 km2) as Muddy Creek Wilderness
    • 7,433 acres (30.08 km2) as Nelson Mountain Wilderness
    • 17,353 acres (70.23 km2) as Red's Canyon Wilderness
    • 60,442 acres (244.60 km2) as San Rafael Reef Wilderness
    • 49,130 acres (198.8 km2) as Sid's Mountain Wilderness
    • 29,029 acres (117.48 km2) as Turtle Canyon Wilderness
    • The Green River is added to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System
  • Jurassic National Monument (2,453 acres (9.93 km2)) is established in Utah, managed by the Bureau of Land Management
  • Rivers in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are added to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System (225 miles)
  • In California:
    • 89,500 acres (362 km2) as Avawatz Mountains Wilderness
    • 7,810 acres (31.6 km2) as Great Falls Basin Wilderness
    • 80,090 acres (324.1 km2) as Soda Mountains Wilderness
    • 17,250 acres (69.8 km2) as Milpitas Wash Wildernes
    • 11,840 acres (47.9 km2) as Buzzards Peak Wilderness
    • 1,250 acres (5.1 km2) added to Golden Valley Wilderness
    • 52,410 acres (212.1 km2) added to Kingston Range Wilderness
    • 9,350 acres (37.8 km2) added to Palo Verde Mountains Wilderness
    • 10,860 acres (43.9 km2) added to Indian Pass Mountains Wilderness
    • 88,044 acres (356.30 km2) added to Death Valley National Park Wilderness
    • 7,141 acres (28.90 km2) added to San Gorgonio Wilderness (San Bernardino National Forest)
  • 35,929 acres (145.40 km2) are added to Death Valley National Park
  • 4,518 acres (18.28 km2) are added to Joshua Tree National Park
  • Alabama Hills National Scenic Area is established in California

Title IIEdit

Subtitle AEdit


Subtitle A calls for special resource studies of the President James K. Polk Home & Museum in Tennessee, the Thurgood Marshall School in Maryland, President Street Station in Maryland, Granada War Relocation Center in Colorado, and the George W. Bush Childhood Home in Texas for consideration of inclusion in the National Park System.

Subtitle BEdit

Subtitle B adjusts the boundaries of:

Subtitle CEdit

Subtitle C redesignates several NPS areas:

Subtitle DEdit

Subtitle D establishes new units of the National Park System:[12]

Subtitle EEdit

Subtitle E amends miscellaneous management provisions.

Subtitle FEdit

Subtitle F relates to the National Trails System.

Title IIIEdit

Title III reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund indefinitely. At least 40% of the funds, derived from offshore drilling royalties, are to be used for federal lands, and at least 40% are allocated to the states.[8][a]

Title IVEdit

Title IV states that public land managed by the Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management is open to hunting, fishing, and shooting, unless closed under certain procedures.

Title VEdit

Title V establishes a National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System under the United States Geological Survey and reauthorizes the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992.

Title VIEdit

Title VI designates new National Heritage Areas:

It also lays out procedures for planning and management of national heritage areas.

Title VIIEdit

Title VII concerns wildlife management.

Title VIIIEdit

Title VIII concerns water and power and the Bureau of Reclamation. Among its provisions, it reauthorizes the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, with the purpose of promoting water conservation, water supply, habitat, and stream enhancement improvements in the Yakima River basin.[10][15]

Title IXEdit

Title IX has miscellaneous provisions:


  1. ^ Prior to the indefinite re-authorization, the Land and Water Conservation Fund had been expired for a period of five months.[8] It had been funded through temporary measures before eventually being discontinued in September 2018.[15]


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