S. 352, Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Act of 2013

Cost Estimate
April 9, 2013

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 14, 2013

S. 352 would designate about 30,540 acres of federal land in Oregon as the Devil’s Staircase Wilderness. The bill also would designate about 15 miles of creeks in the area as wild rivers under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Based on information provided by the agencies that administer those areas and assuming the appropriation of the necessary amounts, CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost less than $300,000 over the 2014-2018 period. Enacting S. 352 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

CBO estimates that completing a management plan for the waterways to be added by S. 352 to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System would cost about $250,000 within two years. We estimate that any costs to revise brochures, maps, and signs to reflect the new designations would be minimal because most such revisions would take place in conjunction with scheduled reprinting and routine maintenance.

The lands that would be designated as wilderness under the bill are already managed for conservation purposes and produce no income from commercial activities. Therefore, CBO estimates that enacting S. 352 would have no effect on offsetting receipts.

S. 352 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.