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H.R. 150 (rfs) To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to convey National Forest System lands for use for educational purposes, and for other purposes. [Referred in Senate] ...
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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