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H.R. 1091 (rs) To improve the National Park System in the Commonwealth of Virginia. [Reported in Senate] ...
Union Calendar No. 87 104th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 1091 [Report No. 104-176] _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To improve the National Park System in the Commonwealth of Virginia. _______________________________________________________________________ July 11, 1995 Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed Union Calendar No. 87 104th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 1091 [Report No. 104-176] To improve the National Park System in the Commonwealth of Virginia. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES March 1, 1995 Mr. Bliley (for himself, Mr. Goodlatte, Mr. Bateman, and Mr. Wolf) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources July 11, 1995 Additional sponsors: Mr. Boucher, Mr. Scott, and Mr. Leach July 11, 1995 Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed [Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic] [For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on March 1, 1995] _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To improve the National Park System in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, TITLE I--RICHMOND NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD PARK SEC. 101. MODIFICATION OF BOUNDARY. The first section of the Act of March 2, 1936 (Chapter 113; 49 Stat. 1155), is amended to read as follows: ``Section 1. (a) In order to preserve the site of the 1862 Peninsula Campaign and the 1864-65 battle of Richmond, in the vicinity of Richmond, Virginia, as a national battlefield park for the benefit and inspiration of the people of the United States, there is hereby established, subject to existing rights, the Richmond National Battlefield Park (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the `Park'). ``(b) The Park shall consist of-- ``(1) lands, waters, and interests therein within the area generally depicted on the map entitled `Richmond National Battlefield Park, Land Status Map', numbered 367/92,000, and dated September 1993; and ``(2) upon donation of title acceptable to the Secretary of the Interior (and acceptance by the Secretary), the following tracts: a tract of 750 acres at Malvern Hill, a tract of 15 acres at Beaver Dam Creek, a tract of 100 acres at Cold Harbor, and a tract of 42 acres at Bethesda Church. ``(c) As soon as practicable, the Secretary of the Interior shall complete a boundary map (including tracts referred to in subsection (b)(2)) for the Park. The map required by this subsection and the map referred to in subsection (b)(1) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the office of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. ``(d) The Congress recognizes the national significance of the Battle of New Market Heights and declares it to be in the public interest to ensure the preservation of the New Market Heights Battlefield so that an important aspect of American history can be interpreted to the public. The Congress directs the Secretary to work cooperatively with the Commonwealth of Virginia, the county of Henrico, Virginia, and property owners within or impacted by the battlefield area to develop alternatives to ensure implementation of these goals. The Secretary shall submit a report outlining such alternatives to the Committee on Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate no later than June 1, 1996.''. SEC. 102. REPEAL OF PROVISION REGARDING PROPERTY ACQUISITION. The Act of March 2, 1936 (Chapter 113; 49 Stat. 1155), is amended by striking section 2. SEC. 103. ADMINISTRATION. Section 3 of the Act of March 2, 1936 (Chapter 113; 49 Stat. 1156), is redesignated as section 2 and is amended by striking the period and inserting ``, and the Act of August 21, 1935 (49 Stat. 666; 16 U.S.C. 461-467).''. TITLE II--SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK SEC. 201. MODIFICATION OF BOUNDARY. (a) In General.--The boundary of Shenandoah National Park is hereby modified to include only those lands and interests therein that, on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act, were in Federal ownership and were administered by the Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter in this title referred to as the ``Secretary'') as part of the park. So much of the Act of May 22, 1926 (Chapter 363; 44 Stat. 616) as is inconsistent herewith is hereby repealed. (b) Minor Boundary Adjustments and Land Acquisition.-- (1) Minor boundary adjustments.--The Secretary is authorized to make minor adjustments to the boundary of Shenandoah National Park, as modified by this title, to make essential improvements to facilitate access to trailheads to the park that exist on the day before the date of the enactment of this title, in cases in which there are no practicable alternatives to such adjustments. (2) Limitations on land acquisition.-- (A) In general.--Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the Secretary may acquire lands and interests therein under this subsection only by donation. (B) Additional restrictions.--When acting under this subsection-- (i) the Secretary may add to the Shenandoah National Park only lands and interests therein that are contiguous with Federal lands administered by the Secretary as part of the park; (ii) prior to accepting title to any lands or interests therein, the Secretary shall hold a public meeting in the county in which such lands and interests are located; (iii) the Secretary shall not alter the primary means of access of any private landowner to the lands owned by such landowner; and (iv) the Secretary shall not cause any property owned by a private individual, or any group of adjacent properties owned by private individuals, to be surrounded on all sides by land administered by the Secretary as part of the park. (c) Mitigation of Impacts at Access Points.--The Secretary shall take all reasonable actions to mitigate the impacts associated with visitor use at trailheads around the perimeter of Shenandoah National Park. The Secretary shall enlist the cooperation of the State and local jurisdictions, as appropriate, in carrying out this subsection. SEC. 202. REQUIREMENT OF TRANSFER OF COUNTY ROAD CORRIDORS. (a) Statement of Purpose.--It is the purpose of this section to permit the Commonwealth of Virginia to maintain and provide for safe public use of certain roads that the Commonwealth donated to the Federal Government at the time of the establishment of Shenandoah National Park. (b) Requirement of Transfer.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall transfer to the Commonwealth of Virginia, without consideration or reimbursement, all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to all county road corridors that were located within the Shenandoah National Park on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act and are removed from such Park by the boundary modification made by section 201. (c) Reversion.--Each transfer pursuant to this section shall be made subject to the condition that if, at any time, any county road corridor so transferred is no longer used as a public roadway, all right, title, and interest in the county road corridor shall revert to the United States. (d) Definitions.--For purposes of this section: (1) County road corridor.--The term ``county road corridor'' means a corridor that is comprised of any Shenandoah county road together with an amount of land, which is contiguous with the road and which is selected by the Secretary of the Interior in consultation with the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, such that the total width of the corridor is 50 feet. (2) Shenandoah county road.--The term ``Shenandoah county road'' means any portion of a road that is open to public vehicle usage and that, on the date of the enactment of this Act, constitutes part of-- (A) Madison County Route 600; (B) Rockingham County Route 624; (C) Rockingham County Route 625; (D) Rockingham County Route 626; (E) Warren County Route 604; (F) Page County Route 759; (G) Page County Route 611; (H) Page County Route 682; (I) Page County Route 662; (J) Augusta County Route 611; (K) Augusta County Route 619; (L) Albemarle County Route 614; (M) Augusta County Route 661; (N) Rockingham County Route 663; (O) Rockingham County Route 659; (P) Page County Route 669; (Q) Rockingham County Route 661; (R) Criser Road (to Town of Front Royal); or (S) the government-owned parcel connecting Criser Road to the Warren County School Board parcel. TITLE III--COLONIAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK SEC. 301. MODIFICATION OF BOUNDARY. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Act of June 28, 1938 (52 Stat. 1208; 16 U.S.C. 81b, 81d), limiting the average width of the Colonial Parkway, the Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter in this title referred to as the ``Secretary'') is authorized to include within the Colonial National Historical Park, and to acquire by donation or exchange, lands and interests in lands (with or without improvements) within the areas depicted on the map dated August 1993, numbered 333/ 80031A, and entitled ``Page Landing Addition to Colonial National Historical Park''. Such map shall be on file and available for inspection in the offices of the National Park Service at Colonial National Historical Park and in Washington, District of Columbia. SEC. 302. TRANSFER OF SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM AND RIGHTS-OF-WAY. (a) In General.--The Secretary is authorized to transfer, without reimbursement (except as provided in subsection (c)), to York County, Virginia, any portion of the existing sewage disposal system, including related improvements and structures, that is owned by the United States and located within the Colonial National Historical Park, together with such rights-of-way as the Secretary determines to be necessary to maintain and operate such system. (b) Repair and Rehabilitation of System.--The Secretary is authorized to enter into a cooperative agreement with York County, Virginia, under which the Secretary will pay a portion, not to exceed $110,000, of the costs of repair and rehabilitation of the sewage disposal system referred to in subsection (a). (c) Effect of Agreement on Charges, Impact, and Alterations.--In consideration for the rights-of-way granted under subsection (a), in recognition of the contribution authorized under subsection (b), and as a condition of the transfer authorized by subsection (a), the cooperative agreement under subsection (b) shall provide for a reduction in, or the elimination of, the amounts charged to the National Park Service for its sewage disposal with respect to the Colonial National Historical Park, shall provide for minimizing the impact of the park's sewage disposal system on the park and its resources, and shall provide that such system may not be enlarged or substantially altered without the concurrence of the director of the National Park Service. SEC. 303. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this title. TITLE IV--SHENANDOAH VALLEY BATTLEFIELDS SEC. 401. SHORT TITLE. This title may be cited as the ``Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Partnership Act of 1995''. SEC. 402. CONGRESSIONAL FINDINGS. The Congress finds that-- (1) there are situated in the Shenandoah Valley in the Commonwealth of Virginia the sites of several key Civil War battles; (2) certain sites, battlefields, structures, and districts in the Shenandoah Valley are collectively of national significance in the history of the Civil War; (3) in 1990, the Congress enacted legislation directing the Secretary of the Interior to prepare a comprehensive study of significant sites and structures associated with Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley; (4) the study, which was completed in 1992, found that many
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