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                management entity for the Civil War battlefields 
                consisting of a unit of government or a private 
                nonprofit organization that--
                            (i) administers and manages the Civil War 
                        battlefields; and
                            (ii) possesses the legal authority to--
                                    (I) receive Federal funds and funds 
                                from other units of government or other 
                                organizations for use in managing the 
                                Civil War battlefields;
                                    (II) disburse Federal funds to 
                                other units of government or other 
                                nonprofit organizations for use in 
                                managing the Civil War battlefields;
                                    (III) enter into agreements with 
                                the Federal Government, State 
                                governments, or other units of 
                                government and nonprofit organizations; 
                                and
                                    (IV) acquire land or interests in 
                                land by gift or devise, by purchase 
                                from a willing seller using donated or 
                                appropriated funds, or by donation;
                    (C) make recommendations to the Campaign Trail 
                States for the management, preservation, and 
                interpretation of the natural, cultural, and historical 
                resources of the Civil War battlefields;
                    (D) identify appropriate partnerships among 
                Federal, State, and local governments, regional 
                entities, and the private sector, including nonprofit 
                organizations and the organization known as ``Friends 
                of the Vicksburg Campaign and Historic Trail'', in 
                furtherance of the purposes of this section; and
                    (E) recommend methods of ensuring continued local 
                involvement and participation in the management, 
                protection, and development of the Civil War 
                battlefields.
    (e) Report.--Not later than 60 days after the date of completion of 
the study under this section, the Secretary shall submit a report 
describing the findings of the study to--
            (1) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the 
        Senate; and
            (2) the Committee on Resources of the House of 
        Representatives.
    (f) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be 
appropriated to carry out this section $1,500,000.

SEC. 502. MIAMI CIRCLE SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDY.

    (a) Findings and Purposes.--
            (1) Findings.--Congress finds that--
                    (A) the Tequesta Indians were one of the earliest 
                groups to establish permanent villages in southeast 
                Florida;
                    (B) the Tequestas had one of only two North 
                American civilizations that thrived and developed into 
                a complex social chiefdom without an agricultural base;
                    (C) the Tequesta sites that remain preserved today 
                are rare;
                    (D) the discovery of the Miami Circle, occupied by 
                the Tequesta approximately 2,000 years ago, presents a 
                valuable new opportunity to learn more about the 
                Tequesta culture; and
                    (E) Biscayne National Park also contains and 
                protects several prehistoric Tequesta sites.
            (2) Purpose.--The purpose of this section is to direct the 
        Secretary to conduct a special resource study to determine the 
        national significance of the Miami Circle site as well as the 
        suitability and feasibility of its inclusion in the National 
        Park System as part of Biscayne National Park.
    (b) Definitions.--In this section:
            (1) Miami circle.--The term ``Miami Circle'' means the 
        property in Miami-Dade County of the State of Florida 
        consisting of the three parcels described in Exhibit A in the 
        appendix to the summons to show cause and notice of eminent 
        domain proceedings, filed February 18, 1999, in Miami-Dade 
        County v. Brickell Point, Ltd., in the circuit court of the 
        11th judicial circuit of Florida in and for Miami-Dade County.
            (2) Park.--The term ``Park'' means Biscayne National Park 
        in the State of Florida.
            (3) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
        of the Interior, acting through the Director of the National 
        Park Service.
    (c) Special Resource Study.--
            (1) In general.--Not later than one year after the date 
        funds are made available, the Secretary shall conduct a special 
        resource study as described in paragraph (2). In conducting the 
        study, the Secretary shall consult with the appropriate 
        American Indian tribes and other interested groups and 
        organizations.
            (2) Components.--In addition to a determination of national 
        significance, feasibility, and suitability, the special 
        resource study shall include the analysis and recommendations 
        of the Secretary with respect to--
                    (A) which, if any, particular areas of or 
                surrounding the Miami Circle should be included in the 
                Park;
                    (B) whether any additional staff, facilities, or 
                other resources would be necessary to administer the 
                Miami Circle as a unit of the Park; and
                    (C) any impact on the local area that would result 
                from the inclusion of Miami Circle in the Park.
    (c) Report.--Not later than 30 days after completion of the study, 
the Secretary shall submit a report describing the findings and 
recommendations of the study to the Committee on Energy and Natural 
Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Resources of the United 
States House of Representatives.
    (d) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be 
appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this section.

SEC. 503. APOSTLE ISLANDS WILDERNESS STUDY.

    (a) Short Title.--This section may be cited as the ``Gaylord Nelson 
Apostle Islands Stewardship Act of 2000''.
    (b) Declarations.--Congress declares that--
            (1) the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a national 
        and a Wisconsin treasure;
            (2) the State of Wisconsin is particularly indebted to 
        former Senator Gaylord Nelson for his leadership in the 
        creation of the Lakeshore;
            (3) after more than 28 years of enjoyment, some issues 
        critical to maintaining the overall ecological, recreational, 
        and cultural vision of the Lakeshore need additional attention;
            (4) the general management planning process for the 
        Lakeshore has identified a need for a formal wilderness study;
            (5) all land within the Lakeshore that might be suitable 
        for designation as wilderness are zoned and managed to protect 
        wilderness characteristics pending completion of such a study;
            (6) several historic lighthouses within the Lakeshore are 
        in danger of structural damage due to severe erosion;
            (7) the Secretary of the Interior has been unable to take 
        full advantage of cooperative agreements with Federal, State, 
        local, and tribal governmental agencies, institutions of higher 
        education, and other nonprofit organizations that could assist 
        the National Park Service by contributing to the management of 
        the Lakeshore;
            (8) because of competing needs in other units of the 
        National Park System, the standard authorizing and budgetary 
        process has not resulted in updated legislative authority and 
        necessary funding for improvements to the Lakeshore; and
            (9) the need for improvements to the Lakeshore and 
        completion of a wilderness study should be accorded a high 
        priority among National Park Service activities.
    (c) Definitions.--In this section:
            (1) Lakeshore.--The term ``Lakeshore'' means the Apostle 
        Islands National Lakeshore.
            (2) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
        of the Interior, acting through the Director of the National 
        Park Service.
    (d) Wilderness Study.--In fulfillment of the responsibilities of 
the Secretary under the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.) and of 
applicable agency policy, the Secretary shall evaluate areas of land 
within the Lakeshore for inclusion in the National Wilderness System.
    (e) Apostle Islands Lighthouses.--The Secretary shall undertake 
appropriate action (including protection of the bluff toe beneath the 
lighthouses, stabilization of the bank face, and dewatering of the area 
immediately shoreward of the bluffs) to protect the lighthouse 
structures at Raspberry Lighthouse and Outer Island Lighthouse on the 
Lakeshore.
    (f) Cooperative Agreements.--Section 6 of Public Law 91-424 (16 
U.S.C. 460w-5) is amended--
            (1) by striking ``Sec. 6. The lakeshore'' and inserting the 
        following:

``SEC. 6. MANAGEMENT.

    ``(a) In General.--The lakeshore''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following:
    ``(b) Cooperative Agreements.--The Secretary may enter into a 
cooperative agreement with a Federal, State, tribal, or local 
government agency or a nonprofit private entity if the Secretary 
determines that a cooperative agreement would be beneficial in carrying 
out section 7.''.
    (g) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be 
appropriated--
            (1) $200,000 to carry out subsection (d); and
            (2) $3,900,000 to carry out subsection (e).

SEC. 504. HARRIET TUBMAN SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDY.

    (a) Short Title.--This section may be cited as the ``Harriet Tubman 
Special Resource Study Act''.
    (b) Findings.--Congress finds that--
            (1) Harriet Tubman was born into slavery on a plantation in 
        Dorchester County, Maryland, in 1821;
            (2) in 1849, Harriet Tubman escaped the plantation on foot, 
        using the North Star for direction and following a route 
        through Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania to Philadelphia, 
        where she gained her freedom;
            (3) Harriet Tubman is an important figure in the history of 
        the United States, and is most famous for her role as a 
        ``conductor'' on the Underground Railroad, in which, as a 
        fugitive slave, she helped hundreds of enslaved individuals to 
        escape to freedom before and during the Civil War;
            (4) during the Civil War, Harriet Tubman served the Union 
        Army as a guide, spy, and nurse;
            (5) after the Civil War, Harriet Tubman was an advocate for 
        the education of black children;
            (6) Harriet Tubman settled in Auburn, New York, in 1857, 
        and lived there until 1913;
            (7) while in Auburn, Harriet Tubman dedicated her life to 
        caring selflessly and tirelessly for people who could not care 
        for themselves, was an influential member of the community and 
        an active member of the Thompson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, 
        and established a home for the elderly;
            (8) Harriet Tubman was a friend of William Henry Seward, 
        who served as the Governor of and a Senator from the State of 
        New York and as Secretary of State under President Abraham 
        Lincoln;
            (9) 4 sites in Auburn that directly relate to Harriet 
        Tubman and are listed on the National Register of Historic 
        Places are--
                    (A) Harriet Tubman's home;
                    (B) the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged;
                    (C) the Thompson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church; and
                    (D) Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged and William 
                Henry Seward's home in Auburn are national historic 
                landmarks.
    (c) Special Resources Study of Sites Associated With Harriet 
Tubman.--
            (1) In general.--The Secretary of the Interior shall 
        conduct a special resource study of the national significance, 
        feasibility of long-term preservation, and public use of the 
        following sites associated with Harriet Tubman:
                    (A) Harriet Tubman's birthplace, located on 
                Greenbriar Road, off of Route 50, in Dorchester County, 
                Maryland.
                    (B) Bazel Church, located 1 mile south of 
                Greenbriar Road in Cambridge, Maryland.
                    (C) Harriet Tubman's home, located at 182 South 
                Street, Auburn, New York.
                    (D) The Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged, located 
                at 180 South Street, Auburn, New York.
                    (E) The Thompson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, 
                located at 33 Parker Street, Auburn, New York.
                    (F) Harriet Tubman's grave at Fort Hill Cemetery, 
                located at 19 Fort Street, Auburn, New York.
                    (G) William Henry Seward's home, located at 33 
                South Street, Auburn, New York.
            (2) Inclusion of sites in the national park system.--The 
        study under subsection (a) shall include an analysis and any 
        recommendations of the Secretary concerning the suitability and 
        feasibility of--
                    (A) designating one or more of the sites specified 
                in paragraph (1) as units of the National Park System; 
                and
                    (B) establishing a national heritage corridor that 
                incorporates the sites specified in paragraph (1) and 
                any other sites associated with Harriet Tubman.
    (d) Study Guidelines.--In conducting the study authorized by this 
section, the Secretary shall use the criteria for the study of areas 
for potential inclusion in the National Park System contained in 
section 8 of Public Law 91-383, as amended by section 303 of the 
National Park Omnibus Management Act ((P.L. 105-391), 112 Stat. 3501).
    (e) Consultation.--In preparing and conducting the study under 
subsection (c), the Secretary shall consult with--
            (1) the Governors of the States of Maryland and New York;
            (2) a member of the Board of County Commissioners of 
        Dorchester County, Maryland;
            (3) the Mayor of the city of Auburn, New York;
            (4) the owner of the sites specified in subsection (c); and
            (5) the appropriate representatives of--
                    (A) the Thompson Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church;
                    (B) the Bazel Church;
                    (C) the Harriet Tubman Foundation; and
                    (D) the Harriet Tubman Organization, Inc.
    (f) Report.--Not later than 2 years after the date on which funds 
are made available for the study under subsection (c), the Secretary 
shall submit to Congress a report describing the results of the study.

SEC. 505. CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO CANAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK 
              COMMISSION.

    Section 6(g) of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act (16 
U.S.C. 410y-4(g)) is amended by striking ``thirty'' and inserting 
``40''.

SEC. 506. UPPER HOUSATIONIC VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA STUDY.

    (a) Short Title.--This section may be cited as the ``Upper 
Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area Study Act of 2000''.
    (b) Definitions.--In this section:
            (1) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
        of the Interior.
            (2) Study area.--The term ``Study Area'' means the Upper 
        Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, comprised of--
                    (A) the part of the watershed of the Housatonic 
                River, extending 60 miles from Lanesboro, 
                Massachusetts, to Kent, Connecticut;
                    (B) the towns of Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, Norfolk, 
                North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, and Warren, 
                Connecticut; and
                    (C) the towns of Alford, Dalton, Egremont, Great 
                Barrington, Hinsdale, Lanesboro, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, 
                Mount Washington, New Marlboro, Pittsfield, Richmond, 
                Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, Washington, and West 
                Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
    (c) Authorization of Study.--
            (1) In general.--As soon as practicable after the date of 
        enactment of this section, the Secretary shall complete a study 

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