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S. 2749 (rs) To establish the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nevada, to facilitate the interpretation of the history of development and use of trails in the settling of the western portion of the United States. [Reported in Senate] %%Filena...
106th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 2749 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES October 6, 2000 Referred to the Committee on Resources _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To establish the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nevada, to facilitate the interpretation of the history of development and use of trails in the settling of the western portion of the United States. 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 ``California Trail Interpretive Act''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) Findings.--Congress finds that-- (1) the nineteenth century westward movement in the United States over the California National Historic Trail, which occurred from 1840 until the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869, was an important cultural and historical event in-- (A) the development of the western land of the United States; and (B) the prevention of colonization of the west coast by Russia and the British Empire; (2) the movement over the California Trail was completed by over 300,000 settlers, many of whom left records or stories of their journeys; and (3) additional recognition and interpretation of the movement over the California Trail is appropriate in light of-- (A) the national scope of nineteenth century westward movement in the United States; and (B) the strong interest expressed by people of the United States in understanding their history and heritage. (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are-- (1) to recognize the California Trail, including the Hastings Cutoff and the trail of the ill-fated Donner-Reed Party, for its national, historical, and cultural significance; and (2) to provide the public with an interpretive facility devoted to the vital role of trails in the West in the development of the United States. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) California trail.--The term ``California Trail'' means the California National Historic Trail, established under section 5(a)(18) of the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1244(a)(18)). (2) Center.--The term ``Center'' means the California Trail Interpretive Center established under section 4(a). (3) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management. (4) State.--The term ``State'' means the State of Nevada. SEC. 4. CALIFORNIA TRAIL INTERPRETIVE CENTER. (a) Establishment.-- (1) In general.--In furtherance of the purposes of section 7(c) of the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1246(c)), the Secretary may establish an interpretation center to be known as the ``California Trail Interpretive Center'', near the city of Elko, Nevada. (2) Purpose.--The Center shall be established for the purpose of interpreting the history of development and use of the California Trail in the settling of the West. (b) Master Plan Study.--To carry out subsection (a), the Secretary shall-- (1) consider the findings of the master plan study for the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nevada, as authorized by page 15 of Senate Report 106-99; and (2) initiate a plan for the development of the Center that includes-- (A) a detailed description of the design of the Center; (B) a description of the site on which the Center is to be located; (C) a description of the method and estimated cost of acquisition of the site on which the Center is to be located; (D) the estimated cost of construction of the Center; (E) the cost of operation and maintenance of the Center; and (F) a description of the manner and extent to which non-Federal entities shall participate in the acquisition and construction of the Center. (c) Implementation.--To carry out subsection (a), the Secretary may-- (1) acquire land and interests in land for the construction of the Center by-- (A) donation; (B) purchase with donated or appropriated funds; or (C) exchange; (2) provide for local review of and input concerning the development and operation of the Center by the Advisory Board for the National Historic California Emigrant Trails Interpretive Center of the city of Elko, Nevada; (3) periodically prepare a budget and funding request that allows a Federal agency to carry out the maintenance and operation of the Center; (4) enter into a cooperative agreement with-- (A) the State, to provide assistance in-- (i) removal of snow from roads; (ii) rescue, firefighting, and law enforcement services; and (iii) coordination of activities of nearby law enforcement and firefighting departments or agencies; and (B) a Federal, State, or local agency to develop or operate facilities and services to carry out this Act; and (5) notwithstanding any other provision of law, accept donations of funds, property, or services from an individual, foundation, corporation, or public entity to provide a service or facility that is consistent with this Act, as determined by the Secretary, including 1-time contributions for the Center (to be payable during construction funding periods for the Center after the date of enactment of this Act) from-- (A) the State, in the amount of $3,000,000; (B) Elko County, Nevada, in the amount of $1,000,000; and (C) the city of Elko, Nevada, in the amount of $2,000,000. SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $12,000,000. Passed the Senate October 5 (legislative day, September 22), 2000. Attest: GARY SISCO, Secretary.
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