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S. 2421 (rs) To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of the suitability and feasibility of establishing an Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area in Connecticut and Massachusetts. [Reported in Senate] ...
106th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 2421 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES September 6, 2000 Referred to the Committee on Resources _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of the suitability and feasibility of establishing an Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area in Connecticut and Massachusetts. 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 ``Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area Study Act of 2000''. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (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. SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION OF STUDY. (a) In General.--As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall complete a study of the Study Area. (b) Inclusions.--The study shall determine, through appropriate analysis and documentation, whether the Study Area-- (1) includes an assemblage of natural, historical, and cultural resources that represent distinctive aspects of the heritage of the United States that-- (A) are worthy of recognition, conservation, interpretation, and continued use; and (B) would best be managed-- (i) through partnerships among public and private entities; and (ii) by combining diverse and, in some cases, noncontiguous resources and active communities; (2) reflects traditions, customs, beliefs, and folklife that are a valuable part of the story of the United States; (3) provides outstanding opportunities to conserve natural, historical, cultural, or scenic features; (4) provides outstanding recreational and educational opportunities; (5) contains resources important to any theme of the Study Area that retains a degree of integrity capable of supporting interpretation; (6) includes residents, business interests, nonprofit organizations, and State and local governments that-- (A) are involved in the planning of the Study Area; (B) have developed a conceptual financial plan that outlines the roles of all participants for development and management of the Study Area, including the Federal Government; and (C) have demonstrated support for the concept of a national heritage area; (7) has a potential management entity to work in partnership with residents, business interests, nonprofit organizations, and State and local governments to develop a national heritage area consistent with continued State and local economic activity; and (8) is depicted on a conceptual boundary map that is supported by the public. (c) Consultation.--In conducting the study, the Secretary shall consult with-- (1) State historic preservation officers; (2) State historical societies; and (3) other appropriate organizations. (d) Report.--Not later than 3 fiscal years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report on the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the study. SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There is authorized to be appropriated $300,000 to carry out this Act. Passed the Senate July 27, 2000. Attest: GARY SISCO, Secretary.
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