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Passed House amended (11/03/1993)

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Title I: Amendments to National Fish and Wildlife

Foundation Establishment Act

Title II: Brownsville Wetlands Policy Center

Title III: Walter B. Jones Center for the Sounds at the

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

Title I: Amendments to National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act - National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Improvement Act of 1993 - Amends the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act to include as a purpose of the Foundation the encouragement, acceptance, and administration of private gifts of property for the benefit of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

(Sec. 103) Increases the membership of the Board of Directors of the Foundation and revises certain administrative functions.

(Sec. 104) Authorizes appropriations for FY 1994 through 1998.

(Sec. 105) Conveys to the State of Ohio, without reimbursement, the Senecaville National Fish Hatchery in Senecaville, Ohio, to be used for the Ohio fishery resources management program.

Title II: Brownsville Wetlands Policy Center - Brownsville Wetlands Policy Act of 1993 - Authorizes the establishment, for using grants by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, of the Brownsville Wetlands Policy Center at the Port of Brownsville, Texas. Requires that the Center be operated and maintained by the Port of Brownsville, with programs to be administered by the University of Texas at Brownsville, to protect, restore, and maintain the lagoon ecosystems of the western Gulf of Mexico region. Requires the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, subject to appropriations, to make grants to the Center and authorizes the Director to enter into a long-term lease with the Port for Center use of Port wetlands property. Requires the University to make in-kind contributions for the Center and the Port to make Port property available for Center use. Authorizes appropriations. Prohibits use of funds under this Act to relocate any administrative operations of the Service to the Center from Corpus Christi State University.

Title III: Walter B. Jones Center for the Sounds at the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge - Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to construct and operate the Walter B. Jones Center for the Sounds at the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Tyrrell County, North Carolina, to: (1) provide public opportunities, facilities, and resources to study the natural history and natural resources of northeastern North Carolina; (2) offer a variety of environmental educational programs and interpretive exhibits; (3) foster an awareness and understanding of the interactions among wildlife, estuarine and wetland ecosystems, and human activities; and (4) provide office space and facilities for refuge administration, research, education, and related activities.

(Sec. 303) Directs the Secretary to ensure that the design, size, and location of a facility constructed under this Act are consistent with the cultural and natural history of the area with which the facility will be concerned.

(Sec. 304) Authorizes the Secretary to accept contributions of funds from non-Federal sources to pay the costs of operating and maintaining the facility authorized under this Act. Directs the Secretary to take appropriate steps to obtain such contributions.

(Sec. 305) Sets forth reporting requirements.