Chief Sponsor: John Knotwell

Senate Sponsor: Howard A. Stephenson


8     General Description:
9          This bill establishes the West Traverse Sentinel Landscape Act.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     creates the West Traverse Sentinel Landscape Coordinating Committee;
13          ▸     provides for membership of the committee;
14          ▸     describes the purpose of the committee as facilitating a buffer zone around Camp
15     Williams in order to maintain the mission of the base;
16          ▸     requires an annual report to the governor and Legislature; and
17          ▸     creates the West Traverse Sentinel Landscape Fund.
18     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
19          None
20     Other Special Clauses:
21          None
22     Utah Code Sections Affected:
23     ENACTS:
24          39-10-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
25          39-10-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
26          39-10-103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
27          39-10-104, Utah Code Annotated 1953
28          39-10-105, Utah Code Annotated 1953


30     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31          Section 1. Section 39-10-101 is enacted to read:

33          39-10-101. Title -- West Traverse Sentinel Landscape Act -- Purpose.
34          (1) This chapter is known as "West Traverse Sentinel Landscape Act."
35          (2) The purpose of this act is to:
36          (a) identify lands adjacent to Camp Williams that are important to the nation's defense
37     mission;
38          (b) preserve and enhance the relationship between adjacent landowners and Camp
39     Williams; and
40          (c) create incentives to encourage adjacent landowners to adopt land management
41     practices consistent with Camp Williams's military mission.
42          Section 2. Section 39-10-102 is enacted to read:
43          39-10-102. Area designation -- West Traverse Sentinel Landscape.
44          (1) The compatible use buffer area surrounding Camp Williams shall be known as the
45     West Traverse Sentinel Landscape.
46          (2) Lands designated by the committee established in Section 39-10-103 and lands
47     acquired or encumbered through the Camp Williams Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB)
48     Program shall be added to the buffer area.
49          Section 3. Section 39-10-103 is enacted to read:
50          39-10-103. West Traverse Sentinel Landscape Coordinating Committee.
51          (1) There is created the West Traverse Sentinel Landscape Coordinating Committee.
52          (2) The committee shall be composed of the following members:
53          (a) the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard or another senior officer appointed
54     by the adjutant general;
55          (b) the executive director of the Department of Veterans and Military Affairs or the

56     director's designee;
57          (c) a landowner, selected by the chair, who owns property within the sentinel landscape
58     area;
59          (d) a representative from a land conservation organization in Utah recognized as
60     accredited under the standards and practices of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission;
61          (e) a representative from each municipality adjacent to Camp Williams, at the
62     discretion of the municipality;
63          (f) one representative each from Salt Lake, Utah, and Tooele counties, at the discretion
64     of the county governing body;
65          (g) a representative from a nongovernmental land management organization; and
66          (h) one member selected from a state agency that participates in land management
67     activities.
68          (3) Committee members shall be selected and serve in accordance with this Subsection
69     (3).
70          (a) The committee member representing Subsection (2)(c) shall be selected by the chair
71     from a list of nominees presented by local officials.
72          (b) The committee members representing Subsections (2)(d) and (g) shall be invited to
73     participate by the chair with the approval of a majority of the committee.
74          (c) Each incorporated municipality bordering Camp Williams shall, at its discretion no
75     later than July 1 of each year, provide the chair with the name of the individual who will
76     represent the municipality on the committee, as provided in Subsection (2)(e). If the
77     municipality declines to be represented on the committee, it shall send a letter to the chair on
78     the municipality's letterhead stating that no individual will be appointed.
79          (d) If a county, as provided in Subsection (2)(f), declines to be represented on the
80     committee, it shall send a letter to the chair on the county's letterhead not later than July 1 of
81     each year stating that no individual will be appointed.
82          (e) The committee chair shall request the appointment of members representing

83     Subsection (2)(h) from:
84          (i) the governor if the request is for a member from a state agency; or
85          (ii) the mayor or governing body of a local government entity if the request is for a
86     member from a local government agency.
87          (4) The adjutant general or his appointee shall serve as chair of the committee.
88          (5) The committee shall meet at the call of the chair, but not less than twice each
89     calendar year.
90          (6) A member may not receive compensation or benefits for the member's service but
91     may receive per diem and travel expenses in accordance with:
92          (a) Section 63A-3-106;
93          (b) Section 63A-3-107; and
94          (c) rules made by the Division of Finance pursuant to Sections 63A-3-106 and
95     63A-3-107.
96          (7) The Utah National Guard shall provide staff support for the committee.
97          Section 4. Section 39-10-104 is enacted to read:
98          39-10-104. Committee responsibilities.
99          (1) The committee shall:
100          (a) identify lands to be included in the designated sentinel landscape;
101          (b) develop strategies and recommendations to encourage landowners within the
102     sentinel landscape to voluntarily participate in and begin or continue land uses compatible with
103     Camp Williams's military mission; and
104          (c) publish any policies and procedures as administrative rules in accordance with Title
105     63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.
106          (2) In designating sentinel lands, the coordinating committee shall include all working
107     or natural lands that the coordinating committee believes contribute to the long-term
108     sustainability of the military missions conducted at Camp Williams.
109          (3) The committee shall determine the appropriate level of state resources required to

110     adequately protect Camp Williams's military mission and may apply for grants from the LeRay
111     McAllister Critical Lands Conservation Program to aid in securing those resources.
112          (4) In determining lands to designate, the coordinating committee shall seek input
113     from:
114          (a) the director of the Department of Defense Readiness and Environmental Protection
115     Integration Program; and
116          (b) the director of the National Guard Bureau Army Compatible Use Buffer Program,
117     as authorized under 10 U.S.C. Sec. 2684(a).
118          (5) The committee shall provide a written report of its activities if state funds are
119     expended during the previous calendar year no later than July 31 annually to:
120          (a) the governor;
121          (b) the Government Operations Interim Committee; and
122          (c) the Executive Appropriations Committee.
123          Section 5. Section 39-10-105 is enacted to read:
124          39-10-105. West Traverse Sentinel Landscape Fund.
125          (1) As used in this section:
126          (a) "Committee" means the West Traverse Sentinel Landscape Coordinating
127     Committee created in Section 39-10-103.
128          (b) "Fund" means the West Traverse Sentinel Landscape Fund.
129          (2) There is created a restricted account within the General Fund known as the West
130     Traverse Sentinel Landscape Fund.
131          (3) The fund shall consist of:
132          (a) appropriations from the Legislature; and
133          (b) grants or donations from other public or private sources.
134          (4) The fund shall be administered by the Utah National Guard and the committee.
135          (5) The purpose of the fund shall be to provide:
136          (a) matching funds for established federal funding programs concerning sentinel

137     landscapes;
138          (b) matching funds for local and private funding programs that assist with sentinel
139     landscape designations; and
140          (c) incentives for landowners who voluntarily participate in land management practices
141     that are consistent with Camp Williams's military missions.
142          (6) The committee may make an appropriation request through the Utah National
143     Guard to the Legislature for necessary funds to carry out the committee's purpose.
144          (7) Upon appropriation, funds may only be used for landscapes that qualify under:
145          (a) the Army Compatible Use Buffer Program guidelines or similar regulations as a
146     federal program whose purpose is to secure landscapes that serve to buffer military
147     installations;
148          (b) Internal Revenue Code guidelines in 26 U.S.C. Sec. 170(h); or
149          (c) local municipal or county guidelines established through the committee and
150     consistent with Camp Williams's military mission.
151          (8) Funds used for projects with matching federal funding may not exceed a 25%
152     match with federal funds.