H.R.2961 - To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to construct and operate the Walter B. Jones Center for the Sounds at the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.103rd Congress (1993-1994)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Lancaster, H. Martin [D-NC-3] (Introduced 08/06/1993)|
|Committees:||House - Merchant Marine and Fisheries | Senate - Environment and Public Works|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 09/22/1993 Received in the Senate and read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. (All Actions)|
|Roll Call Votes:||There has been 1 roll call vote|
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Referred in Senate (09/22/1993)
[Congressional Bills 103th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 2961 Referred in Senate (RFS)] 103d CONGRESS 1st Session H.R. 2961 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES September 22 (legislative day, September 7), 1993 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to construct and operate the Walter B. Jones Center for the Sounds at the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. FINDINGS. The Congress finds the following: (1) The Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, located in northeastern North Carolina, provides unique opportunities for observing and interpreting the biological richness of the region's estuaries and wetlands. (2) Although there are 10 national wildlife refuges in eastern North Carolina, not one has an educational or interpretative center for visitors. (3) The State of North Carolina, Tyrrell County, the town of Columbia, the Conservation Fund, and private citizens have proposed to enter into a partnership with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to establish an educational and interpretative facility to be known as the Center for the Sounds. (4) Establishment of the Center for the Sounds would bestow economic benefits upon Tyrrell County and the town of Columbia. (5) The Federal Government has designated the Albemarle- Pamlico estuary system of northeastern North Carolina as an estuary of national concern. SEC. 2. FURTHER FINDINGS. The Congress further finds and declares the following: (1) Throughout his congressional career, the Honorable Walter B. Jones was a strong supporter of the National Wildlife Refuge System. (2) During his years of service in the House of Representatives, Walter B. Jones supported the establishment and expansion of National Wildlife Refuges in eastern North Carolina; these include 6 new National Wildlife Refuges established in his district, including the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, which are respectively the third largest and fifth largest National Wildlife Refuges east of the Mississippi River. (3) Walter B. Jones helped increase refuge acreage in his district by over 303,000 acres, thus ensuring the protection of these lands for wildlife habitat and public recreation. (4) Walter B. Jones' support for reintroducing endangered red wolves into the wild at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge was a major factor in securing public acceptance of, and support for, this first successful effort to reintroduce endangered predators into formerly occupied habitat. (5) Walter B. Jones devoted much of his congressional career, including his years as Chairman of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, to the conservation of fish and wildlife, for the benefit of the Nation and the people of North Carolina. (6) Walter B. Jones should most appropriately be recognized for his work on behalf of fish and wildlife conservation by having the Center for the Sounds at the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge System named in his honor. SEC. 3. AUTHORITY TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE FACILITY. (a) In General.--The Secretary of the Interior may, subject to the availability of appropriations, construct and operate the Walter B. Jones Center for the Sounds at the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Tyrrell County, North Carolina, for the following purposes: (1) Providing public opportunities, facilities, and resources to study the natural history and natural resources of northeastern North Carolina. (2) Offering a variety of environmental educational programs and interpretive exhibits. (3) Fostering an awareness and understanding of the interactions among wildlife, estuarine and wetland ecosystems, and human activities. (4) Providing office space and facilities for refuge administration, research, education, and related activities. SEC. 4. DESIGN. The Secretary of the Interior shall 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. 5. COST SHARING. The Secretary of the Interior may accept contributions of funds from non-Federal sources to pay the costs of operating and maintaining the facility authorized under this Act, and shall take appropriate steps to seek to obtain such contributions. SEC. 6. REPORT. Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall submit a report to the Congress on progress made in designing and constructing a facility under this Act, including steps taken under section 5 to obtain contributions and any such contributions that have been pledged to or received by the United States. Passed the House of Representatives September 21, 1993. Attest: DONNALD K. ANDERSON, Clerk.