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S. 2086 (rs) To revise the boundaries of the George Washington Birthplace National Monument. ...

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                                S. 2086



                            October 8, 1998

                 Referred to the Committee on Resources


                                 AN ACT

 To revise the boundaries of the George Washington Birthplace National 

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


    (a) Addition.--The boundaries of the George Washington Birthplace 
National Monument are modified to include the property generally know 
as George Washington's Boyhood Home, Ferry Farm, located in Stafford 
County, Virginia, across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg, 
Virginia, comprising approximately 8 acres. The boundary modification 
is generally depicted on the map entitled ``George Washington 
Birthplace National Monument Boundary Map'', numbered 322/80, 020 and 
dated April 1998. The Secretary of the Interior shall keep the map on 
file and available for public inspection in appropriate offices of the 
National Park Service.
    (b) Acquisition of Easement.--After the enactment of this Act, the 
Secretary of the Interior may acquire a conservation easement for the 
property described in subsection (a) to ensure the preservation of this 
important cultural and natural resource associated with Ferry Farm.


    (a) In General.--Not later than 18 months after the date on which 
funds are made available to carry out this section, the Secretary of 
the Interior shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural 
Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Resources of the House of 
Representatives a resource study of the property described in section 
    (b) Contents.--The study under subsection (a) shall--
            (1) identify the full range of resources and historic 
        themes associated with Ferry Farm, including those associated 
        with George Washington's tenure at the property described in 
        section 1(a) and those associated with the Civil War period;
            (2) identify alternatives for further National Park Service 
        involvement at the property described in section 1(a) beyond 
        those that may be provided for in the acquisition authorized 
        under section 1(b); and
            (3) include cost estimates for any necessary acquisition, 
        development, interpretation, operation, and maintenance 
        associated with the alternatives identified.


    Upon completion of the resource study under section 2, the 
Secretary of the Interior may enter into agreements with the owner of 
the property described in section 1(a) or other entities for the 
purpose of providing programs, services, facilities, or technical 
assistance that further the preservation and public use of the 

            Passed the Senate October 7 (legislative day, October 2), 


                                                    GARY SISCO,


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