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                                                 Union Calendar No. 215
  1st Session
                                H. R. 1798

                          [Report No. 108-365]

To establish the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area in the 
  State of Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and for 
                            other purposes.



                             April 11, 2003

Mrs. Johnson of Connecticut (for herself and Mr. Olver) introduced the 
    following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources

                           November 17, 2003

            Additional sponsor: Mr. Peterson of Pennsylvania

                           November 17, 2003

  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 April 
                               11, 2003]


                                 A BILL

To establish the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area in the 
  State of Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and for 
                            other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the ``Upper Housatonic Valley National 
Heritage Area Act''.


    (a) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
            (1) The upper Housatonic Valley, encompassing 29 towns in 
        the hilly terrain of western Massachusetts and northwestern 
        Connecticut, is a singular geographical and cultural region 
        that has made significant national contributions through its 
        literary, artistic, musical, and architectural achievements, 
        its iron, paper, and electrical equipment industries, and its 
        scenic beautification and environmental conservation efforts.
            (2) The upper Housatonic Valley has 139 properties and 
        historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic 
        Places including--
                    (A) five National Historic Landmarks--
                            (i) Edith Wharton's home, The Mount, Lenox, 
                            (ii) Herman Melville's home, Arrowhead, 
                        Pittsfield, Massachusetts;
                            (iii) W.E.B. DuBois' Boyhood Homesite, 
                        Great Barrington, Massachusetts;
                            (iv) Mission House, Stockbridge, 
                        Massachusetts; and
                            (v) Crane and Company Old Stone Mill Rag 
                        Room, Dalton, Massachusetts; and
                    (B) four National Natural Landmarks--
                            (i) Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield, 
                        Massachusetts, and Salisbury, Connecticut;
                            (ii) Beckley Bog, Norfolk, Connecticut;
                            (iii) Bingham Bog, Salisbury, Connecticut; 
                            (iv) Cathedral Pines, Cornwall, 
            (3) Writers, artists, musicians, and vacationers have 
        visited the region for more than 150 years to enjoy its scenic 
        wonders, making it one of the country's leading cultural 
            (4) The upper Housatonic Valley has made significant 
        national cultural contributions through such writers as Herman 
        Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edith Wharton, and W.E.B. 
        DuBois, artists Daniel Chester French and Norman Rockwell, and 
        the performing arts centers of Tanglewood, Music Mountain, 
        Norfolk (Connecticut) Chamber Music Festival, Jacob's Pillow, 
        and Shakespeare & Company.
            (5) The upper Housatonic Valley is noted for its pioneering 
        achievements in the iron, paper, and electrical generation 
        industries and has cultural resources to interpret those 
            (6) The region became a national leader in scenic 
        beautification and environmental conservation efforts following 
        the era of industrialization and deforestation and maintains a 
        fabric of significant conservation areas including the 
        meandering Housatonic River.
            (7) Important historical events related to the American 
        Revolution, Shays' Rebellion, and early civil rights took place 
        in the upper Housatonic Valley.
            (8) The region had an American Indian presence going back 
        10,000 years and Mohicans had a formative role in contact with 
        Europeans during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
            (9) The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area has 
        been proposed in order to heighten appreciation of the region, 
        preserve its natural and historical resources, and improve the 
        quality of life and economy of the area.
    (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are as follows:
            (1) To establish the Upper Housatonic Valley National 
        Heritage Area in the State of Connecticut and the Commonwealth 
        of Massachusetts.
            (2) To implement the national heritage area alternative as 
        described in the document entitled ``Upper Housatonic Valley 
        National Heritage Area Feasibility Study, 2003''.
            (3) To provide a management framework to foster a close 
        working relationship with all levels of government, the private 
        sector, and the local communities in the upper Housatonic 
        Valley region to conserve the region's heritage while 
        continuing to pursue compatible economic opportunities.
            (4) To assist communities, organizations, and citizens in 
        the State of Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
        in identifying, preserving, interpreting, and developing the 
        historical, cultural, scenic, and natural resources of the 
        region for the educational and inspirational benefit of current 
        and future generations.


    In this Act:
            (1) Heritage area.--The term ``Heritage Area'' means the 
        Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, established in 
        section 4.
            (2) Management entity.--The term ``Management Entity'' 
        means the management entity for the Heritage Area designated by 
        section 4(d).
            (3) Management plan.--The term ``Management Plan'' means 
        the management plan for the Heritage Area specified in section 
            (4) Map.--The term ``map'' means the map entitled 
        ``Boundary Map Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage 
        Area'', numbered P17/80,000, and dated February 2003.
            (5) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
        of the Interior.
            (6) State.--The term ``State'' means the State of 
        Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


    (a) Establishment.--There is established the Upper Housatonic 
Valley National Heritage Area.
    (b) Boundaries.--The Heritage Area shall be comprised of--
            (1) part of the Housatonic River's watershed, which extends 
        60 miles from Lanesboro, Massachusetts to Kent, Connecticut;
            (2) the towns of Canaan, Colebrook, Cornwall, Kent, 
        Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, and Warren in 
        Connecticut; and
            (3) the towns of Alford, Becket, Dalton, Egremont, Great 
        Barrington, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesboro, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, 
        Mount Washington, New Marlboro, Pittsfield, Richmond, 
        Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, Washington, and West 
        Stockbridge in Massachusetts.
    (c) Availability of Map.--The map shall be on file and available 
for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park 
Service, Department of the Interior.
    (d) Management Entity.--The Upper Housatonic Valley National 
Heritage Area, Inc. shall be the management entity for the Heritage 


    (a) Duties of the Management Entity.--To further the purposes of 
the Heritage Area, the management entity shall--
            (1) prepare and submit a management plan for the Heritage 
        Area to the Secretary in accordance with section 6;
            (2) assist units of local government, regional planning 
        organizations, and nonprofit organizations in implementing the 
        approved management plan by--
                    (A) carrying out programs and projects that 
                recognize, protect and enhance important resource 
                values within the Heritage Area;
                    (B) establishing and maintaining interpretive 
                exhibits and programs within the Heritage Area;
                    (C) developing recreational and educational 
                opportunities in the Heritage Area;
                    (D) increasing public awareness of and appreciation 
                for natural, historical, scenic, and cultural resources 
                of the Heritage Area;
                    (E) protecting and restoring historic sites and 
                buildings in the Heritage Area that are consistent with 
                heritage area themes;
                    (F) ensuring that signs identifying points of 
                public access and sites of interest are posted 
                throughout the Heritage Area; and
                    (G) promoting a wide range of partnerships among 
                governments, organizations and individuals to further 
                the purposes of the Heritage Area;
            (3) consider the interests of diverse units of government, 
        businesses, organizations and individuals in the Heritage Area 
        in the preparation and implementation of the management plan;
            (4) conduct meetings open to the public at least semi-
        annually regarding the development and implementation of the 
        management plan;
            (5) submit an annual report to the Secretary for any fiscal 
        year in which the management entity receives Federal funds 
        under this Act, setting forth its accomplishments, expenses, 
        and income, including grants to any other entities during the 
        year for which the report is made;
            (6) make available for audit for any fiscal year in which 
        it receives Federal funds under this Act, all information 
        pertaining to the expenditure of such funds and any matching 
        funds, and require in all agreements authorizing expenditures 
        of Federal funds by other organizations, that the receiving 
        organizations make available for such audit all records and 
        other information pertaining to the expenditure of such funds; 
            (7) encourage by appropriate means economic development 
        that is consistent with the purposes of the Heritage Area.
    (b) Authorities.--The management entity may, for the purposes of 
preparing and implementing the management plan for the Heritage Area, 
use Federal funds made available through this Act to--
            (1) make grants to the State of Connecticut and the 
        Commonwealth of Massachusetts, their political subdivisions, 
        nonprofit organizations and other persons;
            (2) enter into cooperative agreements with or provide 
        technical assistance to the State of Connecticut and the 
        Commonwealth of Massachusetts, their subdivisions, nonprofit 
        organizations, and other interested parties;
            (3) hire and compensate staff, which shall include 
        individuals with expertise in natural, cultural, and historical 
        resources protection, and heritage programming;
            (4) obtain money or services from any source including any 
        that are provided under any other Federal law or program;
            (5) contract for goods or services; and
            (6) undertake to be a catalyst for any other activity that 
        furthers the purposes of the Heritage Area and is consistent 
        with the approved management plan.
    (c) Prohibitions on the Acquisition of Real Property.--The 
management entity may not use Federal funds received under this Act to 
acquire real property, but may use any other source of funding, 
including other Federal funding outside this authority, intended for 
the acquisition of real property.


    (a) In General.--The management plan for the Heritage Area shall--
            (1) include comprehensive policies, strategies and 
        recommendations for conservation, funding, management and 
        development of the Heritage Area;
            (2) take into consideration existing State, county, and 
        local plans in the development of the management plan and its 
            (3) include a description of actions that governments, 
        private organizations, and individuals have agreed to take to 
        protect the natural, historical and cultural resources of the 
        Heritage Area;
            (4) specify the existing and potential sources of funding 
        to protect, manage, and develop the Heritage Area in the first 
        5 years of implementation;
            (5) include an inventory of the natural, historical, 
        cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of 
        the Heritage Area related to the themes of the Heritage Area 
        that should be preserved, restored, managed, developed, or 
            (6) describe a program of implementation for the management 
        plan including plans for resource protection, restoration, 
        construction, and specific commitments for implementation that 
        have been made by the management entity or any government, 
        organization, or individual for the first 5 years of 
        implementation; and
            (7) include an interpretive plan for the Heritage Area.
    (b) Deadline and Termination of Funding.--
            (1) Deadline.--The management entity shall submit the 
        management plan to the Secretary for approval within 3 years 
        after funds are made available for this Act.
            (2) Termination of funding.--If the management plan is not 
        submitted to the Secretary in accordance with this subsection, 
        the management entity shall not qualify for Federal funding 
        under this Act until such time as the management plan is 
        submitted to the Secretary.


    (a) Technical and Financial Assistance.--The Secretary may, upon 
the request of the management entity, provide technical assistance on a 
reimbursable or non-reimbursable basis and financial assistance to the 
Heritage Area to develop and implement the approved management plan. 
The Secretary is authorized to enter into cooperative agreements with 
the management entity and other public or private entities for this 
purpose. In assisting the Heritage Area, the Secretary shall give 
priority to actions that in general assist in--
            (1) conserving the significant natural, historical, 

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