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H.J.R. 27 Enrolled

                 

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING BEAR RIVER

                 
MIGRATORY BIRD REFUGE SETTLEMENT

                 
2002 GENERAL SESSION

                 
STATE OF UTAH

                 
Sponsor: Ben C. Ferry

                  This joint resolution of the Legislature approves the settlement agreement to be reached
                  between the state of Utah, through the Department of Natural Resources, and the United
                  States Department of the Interior, through the Fish and Wildlife Service, regarding the
                  disposition of lands in question within the boundaries of the Bear River Migratory Bird
                  Refuge.
                  Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
                      WHEREAS, the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, located in the Bear River Bay of the
                  Great Salt Lake, is of great value to the citizens of Utah;
                      WHEREAS, the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge provides essential habitat to millions
                  of birds and other wildlife in fulfillment of international treaty obligations of the United States;
                      WHEREAS, the continued preservation of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is in the
                  interest of the nation and the citizens of Utah;
                      WHEREAS, questions have arisen as to whether the state or the federal government has
                  ownership of lands within the boundaries of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge;
                      WHEREAS, the state claims that much of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge land is
                  state sovereign land;
                      WHEREAS, the lands in question within the boundaries of the expanded Bear River
                  Migratory Bird Refuge amount to approximately 70,000 acres;
                      WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and the
                  citizens of Utah to resolve the issue of ownership of lands within the boundaries of the Bear River
                  Migratory Bird Refuge in a timely manner; and
                      WHEREAS, the Utah Department of Natural Resources and the United States Department
                  of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, are negotiating a settlement agreement regarding the
                  disposition of lands in question within the boundaries of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge:


                      NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah approves
                  the settlement agreement between the state of Utah, through the Department of Natural Resources,
                  and the United States Department of the Interior, through the Fish and Wildlife Service, regarding
                  the disposition of lands in question within the boundaries of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
                  if:
                      (1) the terms of the settlement agreement are consistent with the terms of H.B. 162, "Use of
                  Bear River Bird Refuge Settlement Monies," 2002 General Session, as it is enrolled; and
                      (2) the settlement agreement is fully funded by the federal government.
                      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature approves an immediate effective date
                  for this resolution.

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