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H.R. 5494 (ih) To ensure that certain property which was taken into trust by the United States for the benefit of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama to protect such land from development shall not be used for gaming. [Introduced in House] %%Filen...
106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 5493 To improve the ability of local communities to participate in Federal land management planning conducted by the Forest Service and agencies of the Department of the Interior and to respond to the local impacts of the heavy public use of the Federal lands administered by these agencies. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES October 18, 2000 Mr. Radanovich introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To improve the ability of local communities to participate in Federal land management planning conducted by the Forest Service and agencies of the Department of the Interior and to respond to the local impacts of the heavy public use of the Federal lands administered by these agencies. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Gateway Communities Cooperation Act of 2000''. SEC. 2. IMPROVED RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FEDERAL LAND MANAGERS AND GATEWAY COMMUNITIES TO SUPPORT COMPATIBLE LAND MANAGEMENT OF BOTH FEDERAL AND ADJACENT LANDS. (a) Findings.--The Congress finds the following: (1) Communities that are adjacent to or near significant parcels of the Federal lands, such as units of the National Park System, units of the National Wildlife Refuge System, units of the National Forest System, and lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, are often affected by the management and public use of these Federal lands. (2) These nearby communities, commonly known as gateway communities, have social and economic links to these Federal lands and can also affect the activities occurring on these Federal lands. (3) Gateway communities often serve as a starting point for persons who visit these Federal lands and are an ideal place for establishment of visitor services, including lodging, food service, fuel, and auto repairs. (4) Development in these gateway communities can benefit or adversely affect the management and protection of these Federal lands, depending on the extent to which advance planning for the local development is coordinated between the communities and Federal land managers. (5) The management decisions of Federal land managers can have unintended consequences for gateway communities, when the decisions are not adequately communicated to, or coordinated with, the elected officials and residents of gateway communities. (6) Experts in land management planning are available to Federal land managers, but persons with technical planning skills are often not readily available to gateway communities, particularly small gateway communities. (b) Policy.--It is the policy of the Federal Government that Federal land managers should make every effort to support, and communicate, coordinate, and cooperate with, gateway communities in order to-- (1) improve the relationship between Federal land managers and elected officials and residents of gateway communities; (2) enhance the facilities and services in gateway communities that, while compatible with the management of Federal lands, are available to visitors to Federal lands; and (3) result in better land use decisions. (c) Definitions.--In this Act: (1) Federal land manager.--The term ``Federal land manager'' means the superintendent of a unit of the National Park System, the manager of a national wildlife refuge, the resource area manager of a Bureau of Land Management area, or the supervisor of a unit of the National Forest System. (2) Gateway community.--The term ``gateway community'' means a community that-- (A) is located adjacent to or near Federal lands administered by a Federal land manager; (B) provides identifiable visitor services to persons using these Federal lands; (C) has identifiable social and economic links to these Federal lands; and (D) contains lands, the use of which could either benefit or adversely affect lands, waters, or other resources of these Federal lands. (3) Certified gateway community.--The term ``certified gateway community'' means a gateway community that voluntarily requests the technical assistance of a Federal land manager on matters of land use coordination and planning for, and the appropriate siting of development in, the gateway community. (d) Participate in Federal Planning.--Whenever a Federal land manager undertakes land management planning regarding Federal lands administered by the Federal land manager, the Federal land manager shall-- (1) seek the active involvement of elected officials, businesses, civic organizations, and other interested persons in neighboring gateway communities in the planning process; and (2) provide these persons with a meaningful opportunity to participate in the development and implementation of the resulting land management decisions. (e) Coordination of Land Use.--A Federal land manager may enter into a cooperative agreement with the local government of a certified gateway community for the purpose of mutual coordination of land management and development plans. At a minimum, such an agreement shall provide for the involvement of persons referred to in subsection (d)(1) in the Federal planning process and for the Federal land manager to be involved in land management planning conducted by the certified gateway community. (f) Grants To Assist Certified Gateway Communities.--Using funds appropriated or otherwise made available to a Federal land manager to carry out this section, the Federal land manager may make grants to a certified gateway community-- (1) to enable persons referred to in subsection (d)(1) to participate in the Federal land use planning process; (2) to enable the local government of a certified gateway community to obtain professional land use planning assistance; (3) to address public infrastructure impacts that are identified through this process as a likely result of the Federal land management decisions and for which sufficient funds are not otherwise available; and (4) to address other aspects of local economic development that may affect land use decisions, including programs to educate visitors to the Federal lands about these lands or about the gateway community. <all>
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