H.R.1296 - To provide for the Administration of certain Presidio properties at minimal cost to the Federal taxpayer.104th Congress (1995-1996)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Pelosi, Nancy [D-CA-8] (Introduced 03/22/1995)|
|Committees:||House - Resources | Senate - Energy and Natural Resources|
|Committee Reports:||S. Rept. 104-202; H. Rept. 104-234; H. Rept. 104-836 (Conference Report)|
|Latest Action:||09/26/1996 Conference papers: official papers held at the desk in Senate. (All Actions)|
|Major Recorded Votes:||09/19/1995 : Passed House|
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Summary: H.R.1296 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Conference report filed in House (09/24/1996)
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Title I: The Presidio of San Francisco
Title II: Boundary Adjustments and Conveyances
Title III: Exchanges
Title IV: Rivers and Trails
Title V: Historic Areas and Civil Rights
Title VI: Civil and Revolutionary War Sites
Title VII: Fees
Title VIII: Miscellaneous Administrative and Management
Title IX: Heritage Areas
Title X: Miscellaneous
Subtitle A: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Subtitle B: Sterling Forest
Subtitle C: Additional Provisions
Title XI: California Bay Delta Environmental Enhancement
Title I: The Presidio of San Francisco - Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to manage leases currently in existence for properties under the Secretary's jurisdiction located at the Presidio (a former military complex in San Francisco, California). Makes the Secretary responsible for providing public interpretive services, visitor orientation, and educational programs on: (1) lands within the Presidio. Sets forth provisions regarding management of lands and facilities within the Presidio not transferred to the jurisdiction of the Presidio Trust; and (2) retention of career National Park Service (NPS) employees employed at the Presidio at the time of the transfer.
(Sec. 103) Establishes the Presidio Trust. Directs the Secretary to transfer specified lands to the administrative jurisdiction of the Trust. Designates a William Penn Mott Visitor Center. Vests the powers and management of the Trust in a Board of Directors.
(Sec. 104) Directs the Trust to: (1) manage the leasing, maintenance, rehabilitation, repair, and improvement of property within the Presidio; and (2) develop a comprehensive program for management of transferred lands and facilities.
Sets forth provisions regarding financial authorities, donations, public agency status of the Trust, proceeds, lawsuits, a Memorandum of Agreement for the conduct of law enforcement activities and services within transferred areas, bylaws, rules, and regulations, negotiations, insurance, building code compliance, leasing, reversion, and funding limits.
(Sec. 106) Directs the General Accounting Office to: (1) conduct an interim study of the Trust's activities and report to specified congressional committees; (2) develop an interim schedule and plan to reduce and replace Federal appropriations for interpretive services conducted by NPS, law enforcement activities and services, and fire and public safety programs conducted by the Trust; and (3) conduct a comprehensive study of Trust activities. Sets forth reporting requirements.
Title II: Boundary Adjustments and Conveyances - Modifies the boundaries of the: (1) Yucca House National Monument, Colorado; (2) Zion National Park, Utah; (3) Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan; (4) Independence National Historical Park and a United States Customs House, Pennsylvania; (5) Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho; (6) Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument (pursuant to the Arizona-Idaho Conservation Act of 1988); (7) Wupatki National Monument, Arizona; and (8) Walnut Canyon National Monument, Arizona (and authorizes appropriations).
(Sec. 209) Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain lands: (1) in and adjoining the Plumas National Forest in Butte County, California, to persons claiming to have been deprived of title to such lands (authorizes appropriations); (2) to the city of Sumpter, Oregon; (3) to the Alpine Elementary School District 7, Arizona, provided that the conveyed property is used for public school facilities and related public school recreational purposes; and (4) to the Del Norte County Unified School District, California.
(Sec. 210) Transfers specified lands in New Mexico to the Secretary to be held in trust for the Pueblo de Taos. Declares that the Taos Pueblo, as a result of such transfer, has no unresolved claims against the United States on such lands.
(Sec. 211) Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) transfer to York County, Virginia, a portion of the existing sewage disposal system owned by the United States and located within the Colonial National Historical Park, together with certain rights-of-way; and (2) enter into a cooperative agreement with such County under which the Secretary will pay a portion of the costs of repair and rehabilitation of such system. Requires such agreement to provide for a reduction in, or the elimination of, the amounts charged to NPS for its sewage disposal.
Authorizes the Secretary to include specified lands within the Park. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 212) Amends the 1909 Cuprum Townsite patent (Idaho) to include specified lands. Conveys such lands to the original patentee or any successors or assigns in interest. Directs the Federal Government to survey the Federal property lines and mark and post necessary boundaries.
(Sec. 213) Directs: (1) the Secretary to convey certain lands (subject to a reversion to the United States if specified conditions occur) to the State of Wyoming for fish, wildlife management, and educational activities and for other specified purposes; and (2) Wyoming to provide access to the property for institutions of higher education.
Transfers jurisdiction of certain lands to the Secretary of Agriculture for inclusion in and management as part of the Black Hills National Forest. Bars hunting or mineral development on such lands.
(Sec. 214) Relinquishes all U.S. right to land subject to a specified right-of-way located around Douglas, Wyoming, subject to specified requirements.
(Sec. 215) Modifies the boundary of the Modoc National Forest.
(Sec. 217) Authorizes the Secretary to acquire up to ten acres of lands or interests therein to establish trailheads located at White Rocks and Chadwell Gap to be added to the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Virginia.
(Sec. 218) Modifies the boundary of Shenandoah National Park to include only those lands and interests therein that were previously in Federal ownership and administered by the Secretary as part of the Park. Authorizes the Secretary to make minor boundary adjustments to make essential improvements to facilitate access to preexisting trailheads. Limits the Secretary's authority regarding minor boundary adjustments. Requires the Secretary to take reasonable actions to mitigate the impacts associated with visitor use at trailheads around the perimeter of the Park and to complete a comprehensive boundary study.
(Sec. 219) Validates certain conveyances by the Southern Pacific Transportation Company to the city of Tulare, California, subject to specified requirements.
(Sec. 221) Requires the Secretary to: (1) convey specified Federal lands in the Merced Irrigation District, Mariposa County, California, in exchange for non-Federal lands in that area; and (2) make specified corrections to maps regarding the Coastal Barrier Resources System.
(Sec. 222) Father Aull Site Transfer Act of 1996 - Conveys specified lands near Silver City, New Mexico, to St. Vincent DePaul Parish.
Title III: Exchanges - Authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to exchange specified Federal lands in the Targhee National Forest (North Fork Tract) for non-Federal lands in that area (Squirrel Meadows Tract).
(Sec. 302) Ratifies the "Donation, Exchange of Lands and Interests in Lands and Wilderness Redesignation Agreement Among Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Nanamiut Corporation, City of Anaktuvuk Pass and the United States of America," executed December 17, 1992.
Amends the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act to modify the acreage of the Gates of the Arctic Wilderness, Noatak National Preserve, and Noatak Wilderness.
(Sec. 303) Directs the Secretary, subject to specified requirements, to: (1) value the rights granted to Koniag, Incorporated and confirmed as valid selections to receive title to certain oil and gas rights and other interests in the subsurface estate of certain public lands in Alaska which Koniag possesses within boundaries of Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge, and Becharof National Wildlife Refuge; and (2) enter into negotiations for an agreement or agreements to exchange Federal lands or interests in Alaska for such rights. Specifies that, for purposes of Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act provisions regarding certain real estate taxes, the receipt of consideration, including lands, cash, or other property, by a Native Corporation for the relinquishment to the United States of land selection rights granted to any Native Corporation under such Act shall be deemed to be an interest in land.
(Sec. 304) Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to exchange certain federally-owned land within the Cache National Forest, Utah, for lands of approximately equal value owned by the Sun Valley Company, subject to specified requirements. Finds that the Phase I facilities referred to in the Snowbasin Ski Area Master Development Plan dated October 1995 to be located on National Forest System land after consummation of the land exchange directed by this section are limited in size and scope, are reasonable and necessary to accommodate the 2002 Olympics, and in some cases are required to provide for the safety of skiing competitors and spectators.
Sets forth provisions regarding Phase I facility approval, conditions, and timetable.
(Sec. 305) Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to convey to the Weyerhaeuser Company specified Federal lands and mineral, oil, and gas interests in Arkansas and Oklahoma in exchange for specified non- Federal lands and interests, subject to specified limitations. Provides for the administration of acquired lands as National Forest System lands, except for portions managed as a component of the Cossatot National Wildlife Refuge, and for adjustment of the Ouachita National Forest boundary.
(Sec. 306) Extends the deadline for completing specified land exchanges under the law establishing the Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas. Requires the Secretary, in considering the values of the private lands to be exchanged, to consider independent appraisals submitted by the owners of the private lands. Sets forth further limitations and reporting requirements. Provides for a land exchange in Liberty County, Texas, with acquired lands added to the Menard Creek Corridor Unit of the Preserve.
(Sec. 307) Directs the Secretary to: (1) acquire certain land owned by R-Y Timber, Inc., located in the Lost Creek and Twin Lakes areas of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Montana, in exchange for Federal land of equal value located in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Gallatin National Forests; and (2) grant specified rights to harvest timber on land in the latter Forests. Sets forth provisions regarding liability for hazardous substances and release of specified lands in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest from study.
(Sec. 308) Directs the Secretary to convey to the Orange County Council of the Boy Scouts of America certain lands in the Cleveland National Forest, California, in exchange for land of equal value.
(Sec. 309) Requires the Secretary to exchange lands with the Water Conservancy District of Washington County, Utah, in and to the Sand Hollow Site, and Quail Creek Pipeline and Reservoir, subject to specified requirements.
(Sec. 310) Amends the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to extend the authorization of appropriations for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) through October 1, 2002.
(Sec. 311) Provides for a land exchange between the United States and the city of Greeley, Colorado, and The Water Supply and Storage Company, a Colorado mutual ditch company. Modifies the boundary of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests.
(Sec. 312) Authorizes the Secretary to acquire by exchange certain lands in the Killik River Ecosystem, and certain Ogotoruk Creek lands contaminated by undisclosed nuclear testing, which have been or may hereafter be conveyed to the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and the State of Alaska. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 313) Directs the Secretary to offer to convey to the Kenai Natives Association, Inc., (KNA) specified interests in land and rights in Alaska in return for the conveyance by KNA to the United States of the interests in land or relinquishment of certain Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 selections, subject to specified requirements.
Requires the United States to make a specified cash payment to KNA for specified lands, contingent upon the appropriate approvals of the Federal or State of Alaska Exxon Valdez oil spill Trustees (or both) necessary for any expenditure of the settlement funds.
Directs the Secretary to nominate the Stephanka Tract to the National Register of Historic Places.
Sets forth provisions regarding: (1) removal of KNA lands from the National Wildlife Refuge System, maps, and KNA acceptance of the Secretary's offer; (2) adjustments to the National Wilderness System; and (3) designation of the Lake Todatonten Special Management Area. Directs BLM to establish the Lake Todatonten Special Management Area Committee. Authorizes appropriations.
Title IV: Rivers and Trails - Establishes the Cache La Poudre Corridor within the Cache La Poudre River Basin, Colorado, and the Cache La Poudre Corridor Commission. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 402) Requires the Secretary to: (1) establish, in consultation with the Rio Puerco Management Committee, a clearinghouse for research and information on management within the Rio Puerco Drainage Basin and an inventory of best management practices and related monitoring activities that have been or may be implemented within the Rio Puerco Watershed Project; (2) provide support to the Committee to identify objectives, monitor results of ongoing projects, and develop alternative watershed management plans for the Basin, based on best management practices; and (3) prepare a report for the improvement of watershed conditions in the Basin.
Establishes the Committee. Directs the Secretary to: (1) periodically report to specified congressional committees with a summary of activities of the management program and proposals for joint implementation efforts, including funding recommendations; and (2) conduct a lower Rio Grande habitat study. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 403) Amends: (1) the National Trails System Act to add the Old Spanish Trail and the Great Western Scenic Trail as routes subject to consideration for designation as national scenic trails; (2) the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a segment of the Lamprey River, New Hampshire, as part of the national wild and scenic rivers system; (3) the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 to revise the boundaries of the New River Gorge National River, to direct the Secretary to permit West Virginia to undertake fish stocking activities on waters within the boundaries of the national river, and to authorize the Secretary to construct a visitor center and such related facilities as necessary to facilitate visitor understanding and enjoyment of the New River Gorge National River and the Gauley River National Recreation Area near the confluence of the New and Gauley Rivers; (4) the West Virginia National Interest River Conservation Act of 1987 to direct the Secretary to acquire such lands as necessary to provide access to noncommercial entities on the north side of the Gauley River at the Woods Ferry area utilizing existing roads and rights-of-way; (5) the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to modify the boundaries of the Bluestone National Scenic River and to authorize the Secretary to acquire lands or interests therein to allow public access to such River, subject to specified requirements; and (6) the Act establishing Rocky Mountain National Park to prohibit the Secretary or any other Federal agency or officer from approving or issuing any permit, or providing any assistance, for the construction of any new dam, reservoir, or impoundment on any segment of North St. Vrain Creek or its tributaries within the boundaries of such Park or on the main stem of North St. Vrain Creek downstream to the point at which the creek crosses the elevation 6,550 feet above mean sea level, to direct the Secretary to seek to acquire specified lands within the Park boundaries owned by the city of Longmont, Colorado, and to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to actively pursue negotiations with such city concerning a land exchange in and near Coulson Gulch.
(Sec. 405) Provides that no final rule or regulation of any Federal agency pertaining to the recognition, management, or validity of rights-of-way for construction of highways over public lands shall take effect unless expressly authorized by an Act of Congress.
(Sec. 406) Makes permanent certain interim provisions under Federal law regarding Hanford Reach, Washington, and conservation of the Columbia River.
Title V: Historic Areas and Civil Rights - Amends the National Trails System Act to designate as a national scenic and national historic trail the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, Alabama.
(Sec. 502) Establishes the Vancouver National Historic Reserve, Washington. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 503) Reestablishes the Na Hoa Pili O Kaloko-Honokohau, the Advisory Commission for Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park.
(Sec. 504) Amends: (1) the Boston National Historical Park Act to authorize the Secretary to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Boston Public Library to provide for the distribution of information and interpretive materials relating to the park and to the Freedom Trail; and (2) the National Historic Preservation Act to reauthorize appropriations for the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation through FY 2000.
(Sec. 505) Modifies Federal provisions regarding establishment of the Women's Rights National Historical Park to provide for the designation (currently, initial designation) of specified sites and to add more sites.
(Sec. 506) Terminates the legislative authority for the Black Revolutionary War Patriots Foundation to establish a commemorative work on October 27, 1998.
(Sec. 507) Directs the Secretary to make grants to eligible historically black colleges and universities for the preservation and restoration of historic buildings and structures on their campuses, subject to specified requirements.
(Sec. 508) Authorizes the Secretary to permit the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity to establish a memorial on lands under the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary in the District of Columbia or its environs to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Sec. 510) Establishes: (1) the Great Falls Historic District in Paterson, New Jersey; (2) the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in New Bedford, Massachusetts; and (3) the Nicodemus National Historic Site in Nicodemus, Kansas. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 513) Aleutian World War II National Historic Areas Act of 1996 - Designates the Aleutian World War II National Historic Area. Directs the Secretary to award grants and provide technical assistance to the Ounalaska Corporation and the City of Unalaska.
(Sec. 514) Transfers: (1) jurisdiction over specified lands within the District of Columbia to the Secretary to establish a national memorial to Japanese American patriotism in World War II; and (2) specified Federal properties to the Government of the District of Columbia for consideration as a site for such memorial.
(Sec. 515) Terminates the withdrawal of specified lands to allow land exchanges in support of acquiring lands within the boundary of the Manzanar National Historic Site, California.
(Sec. 516) Designates the AIDS Memorial Grove located in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, as a national memorial.
Title VI: Civil and Revolutionary War Sites - Designates the Civil War Center located at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as the United States Civil War Center. Makes that center and the Civil War Institute of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the flagship institutions for planning the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War.
(Sec. 602) Directs the Secretary to acquire land and to construct, operate, and maintain on such property a center for the interpretation of the Siege and Battle of Corinth and associated historical events for the benefit of the public. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 603) Modifies provisions regarding establishment of the Richmond National Battlefield Park to: (1) set forth findings and purposes (including to establish a revised boundary for the Park based on the findings of the Civil War Sites Advisory Committee and NPS); (2) modify such boundary; and (3) authorize the Secretary to acquire specified lands.
(Sec. 604) Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Historic Preservation Study Act of 1996 - Requires the Secretary to prepare a study of Revolutionary War sites and War of 1812 sites. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 605) American Battlefield Protection Act of 1996 - Requires the Secretary to encourage, support, assist, recognize, and work in partnership with citizens, Federal, State, local, and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and private nonprofit organizations in identifying, researching, evaluating, interpreting, and protecting historic battlefields and associated sites on a National, State, and local level. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 606) Increases the authorization of appropriations for the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Parks.
(Sec. 607) Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District and Commission Act of 1996 - Establishes the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District, Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District Commission. Authorizes appropriations.
Title VII: Fees - Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to charge a rental fee for ski area permits issued on National Forest System lands, calculated according to a specified formula.
(Sec. 702) Prohibits the use of Highway 209 within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area by commercial vehicles when such use is not connected with the operation of the Area, except for the use of such vehicles to serve businesses located within or in the vicinity of that Area, effective September 30, 2005.
(Sec. 703) Visitor Services Improvement and Outdoor Legacy Act of 1996 - Amends the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 to repeal the existing recreation fee program. Replaces it with one in which the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture provide for partial recovery of the costs of visitor services provided through admission, recreation use, and concession fees, subject to specified guidelines and procedures.
Authorizes the Secretaries to ensure, that where appropriate, the admission fee schedule developed provides economic incentives for use of alternative modes of transportation at areas experiencing high levels of automobile traffic. Sets the fee for: (1) single admission visits at no greater than $10 per person or $25 per vehicle; and (2) a Golden Eagle Passport at no greater than $50.
Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a special account in the Treasury for each agency which collects recreation fees under this section.
Sets forth provisions regarding: (1) reporting requirements; and (2) exemption from fees, including mitigation of any impacts of recreational fees on low-income individuals.
(Sec. 704) Modifies Federal law to direct that 60 percent of the fees paid by permittees to enter Glacier Bay over a specified period be available to: (1) acquire and preposition necessary and adequate emergency response equipment to prevent harm or the threat of harm to aquatic park resources from permittees; and (2) conduct investigations to quantify any effect of permittees' activity on wildlife and other natural resource values of Glacier Bay National Park. Directs the Secretary to protect park resources through limitations on permittees in Glacier Bay only if the need for such limitations is based on substantial verifiable scientific information.
Title VIII: Miscellaneous Administrative and Management Provisions - Repeals a limitation under Federal law on the expenditure of funds for park buildings.
(Sec. 802) Authorizes NPS appropriations for use in providing transportation for children in nearby communities to and from any NPS unit used in connection with organized recreation and interpretive NPS programs.
(Sec. 803) Amends Federal law regarding transportation of captured animals to authorize the Secretary to use motor vehicles, fixed-wing aircraft, or helicopters, or to contract for such use, in furtherance of NPS management.
Modifies the Act establishing the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri, to require the Secretary to allow free-roaming horses in such Riverways and to enter into an agreement with a qualified nonprofit entity to provide for management of free-roaming horses. Bars the Secretary from removing any such horses from Federal lands within the boundary of the Riverways unless specified conditions are met.
(Sec. 804) Revises Federal law to authorize the Secretary to: (1) transfer museum objects and collections that are no longer needed for museum purposes to, and to accept the transfer of museum objects and collections from, Federal agencies, subject to specified requirements; (2) convey unneeded museum objects and collections to private tax- exempt institutions and to specified non-Federal governmental entities; and (3) destroy museum objects and collections that have no scientific, cultural, historic, educational, aesthetic, or monetary value. Directs the Secretary to ensure that museum collections are treated in a manner that protects the public interest and to establish a systematic review and approval process.
(Sec. 805) Increases appropriations to carry out the Volunteers in Parks Act of 1969.
(Sec. 806) Amends: (1) Federal provisions regarding NPS to authorize the Secretary to enter into cooperative agreements with public or private educational institutions, States, and their political subdivisions for the purpose of developing adequate, coordinated, cooperative research and training programs concerning National Park System resources; and (2) the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act to direct the Secretary to permit personnel, under the direction of the United States Geological Survey, to conduct volcanological research in Katmai National Park.
(Sec. 807) Redesignates the Federal Lands Cleanup Day as the Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day under the Federal Lands Cleanup Act of 1985.
(Sec. 808) Modifies: (1) Federal law regarding the Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia, to repeal reservations of lands for the Army Corps of Engineers and for a Treasury Department quarantine station; and (2) the Dayton Aviation Heritage Preservation Act of 1992 to provide that members be appointed after consideration of (currently, from) recommendations submitted by specified parties.
(Sec. 809) Designates: (1) the Laura C. Hudson Visitor Center in New Orleans, Louisiana; and (2) the Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park, California.
(Sec. 811) Authorizes the Secretary to collect and expend funds for the operation, maintenance, and administration of a visitor center outside the authorized boundary of the Rocky Mountain National Park.
(Sec. 813) Prohibits certain transfers of National Forest Lands in the Angeles National Forest.
(Sec. 814) Directs the Secretary to enter into an agreement authorizing the town of Grand Lake, Colorado, to maintain permanently a cemetery within the boundaries of the Rocky Mountain National Park.
(Sec. 815) Authorizes the Secretary to rent or lease housing on or off lands under NPS jurisdiction to NPS field employees at rates based on the reasonable value of the housing. Directs the Secretary to review and revise existing criteria under which housing is provided to NPS employees and report to specified congressional committees, and to undertake a review for each NPS unit of existing Government-owned housing provided to NPS employees. Modifies the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 to make the authority of the Secretary regarding minor boundary revision applicable only if specified conditions are met, such as if the acquisition is not a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment and the proposed boundary has been subject to a public review and comment period. Authorizes the Secretary to expend sums for park facilities to be located outside the boundaries of Zion National Park.
Repeals congressional reporting requirements under various Federal statutes.
Modifies the Act establishing: (1) NPS to provide for Senate confirmation of the Director of NPS; and (2) the NPS Advisory Board to specify as its purpose to advise the Director on matters relating to NPS, the National Park System, and programs administered by NPS and to authorize appropriations. Authorizes the Secretary to negotiate and enter into challenge cost-share agreements with cooperators. Revises Federal law to provide cost recovery for damage to national park resources, defined to include marine or aquatic park system resources, except for resources owned by a non-Federal entity.
(Sec. 816) Amends the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 to authorize the Secretary to renew or extend permits or leases in the Mineral King Valley addition of the Sequoia National Park continued to the heirs of lessees or permittees who have died prior to enactment of this section or may die after its enactment unless: (1) the permit or lease is incompatible with the protection of park resources; or (2) the land occupied under the leases or permit will be used for some other park purpose in accordance with the comprehensive management plan and the Secretary has available sufficient funds to carry out such use.
(Sec. 817) Designates the William B. Smullin Visitor Center in Rand, Oregon.
(Sec. 818) Directs the Secretary to conduct a study of the feasibility of establishing an urban ecology park to be known as the Calumet Ecological Park in the Lake Calumet area situated between the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Sets forth reporting requirements.
(Sec. 819) Provides for the acquisition by the United States of certain property on Santa Cruz Island, California. Requires the United States to pay just compensation to the owners of any real property taken pursuant to this section from a permanent judgment appropriation.
Title IX: Heritage Areas - Revises Federal law to: (1) modify the boundaries of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Massachusetts and Rhode Island; (2) authorize members of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission to continue to serve after the expiration of their terms until a successor has been appointed; (3) direct the Commission to revise the Cultural Heritage and Land Management Plan to address the boundary change and to include a natural resource inventory of areas or features that should be protected, restored, managed, or acquired because of their contribution to the understanding of national cultural landscape values; and (4) extend the term of the Commission by five years.
Authorizes the Secretary to undertake a limited program of financial assistance for the purpose of providing funds for the preservation and restoration of structures on, or eligible for inclusion on, the National Register of Historic Places within the Corridor which exhibit national significance or provide a wide spectrum of historic, recreational, or environmental education opportunities to the general public. Sets forth provisions regarding eligibility for funds and the impact on local authority and private property. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 902) Amends the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Act of 1984 to direct the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Commission to undertake a study to determine whether the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant and the Calumet-Sag and Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canals should be added to the corridor.
Title X: Miscellaneous - Subtitle A: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve - Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Act of 1996 - Establishes: (1) the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve to provide for the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of the Spring Hill Ranch area of the Flint Hills, Kansas; and (2) the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Advisory Committee.
(Sec. 1006) Limits the Secretary's authority to: (1) acquire and make improvements on real property within the Preserve; and (2) regulate lands outside that acquired by the Secretary under this subtitle.
(Sec. 1009) Authorizes appropriations.
Subtitle B: Sterling Forest - Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) provide funding to the Palisades Interstate Park Commission to acquire specified lands (authorizes appropriations); and (2) exchange unreserved unappropriated Federal lands under the Secretary's jurisdiction for lands of equal value in the Sterling Forest.
Subtitle C: Additional Provisions - Establishes: (1) the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado; (2) the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area; (3) Curecanti National Recreation Area and the Denver and Rio Grande National Historic Site; and (4) the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Complex. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 1022) Modifies the Act establishing the National Park Foundation to grant the Foundation exclusive authority to license or authorize persons to use trademarks and logos that are or may be adopted and owned by the Foundation for which the Foundation has filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for purposes of representing, promoting, or advertising for commercial purposes or pecuniary gain that an individual, company, or particular good or service is an official sponsor or supporter of the National Park System or NPS.
(Sec. 1023) Amends the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 to require the President to appoint an advisory commission to review the opportunities for enhancing water-based recreation. Sets forth reporting requirements.
(Sec. 1024) Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness Expansion and Fossil Forest Protection Act - Amends the San Juan Basin Wilderness Protection Act of 1984 to designate and expand the Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness in New Mexico. Provides for Federal exchanges for State lands and for Indian lands. Modifies such Act to establish the Fossil Forest Research Natural Area.
(Sec. 1025) Establishes: (1) the Opal Creek Wilderness and Scenic Recreation Area, Oregon; and (2) an advisory council for the Scenic Recreation Area. Sets forth provisions regarding preparation of a management plan, review and revision of an inventory of cultural and historic resources, transportation planning, hunting and fishing, timber cutting, water impoundments, recreational use, land acquisition, and environmental response actions and cost recovery. Authorizes a Federal land exchange with lands possessed by the Rosboro Lumber Company. Authorizes appropriations.
Amends the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate Elkhorn Creek as a Wild and Scenic River.
Directs the State of Oregon and the Secretary of Agriculture to develop a plan for economic development projects for which grants under this section may be used to benefit local communities near the Opal Creek area. Provides grant funds to Oregon. Sets forth reporting requirements.
(Sec. 1026) Directs: (1) the Upper Klamath Basin Working Group to propose ecological restoration projects, economic development and stability projects, and projects designed to reduce the impacts of drought conditions to be undertaken in the Upper Klamath Basin based on a consensus of the Working Group membership; and (2) the Secretary to pay up to 50 percent of the cost of performing any project approved by the Secretary or his designee, up to a total of $1 million during each of FY 1997 through 2001.
Requires the Secretary to formulate a cooperative agreement among the Upper Klamath Basin Working Group, the Klamath River Basin Fisheries Task Force, the Trinity River Restoration Task Force, and the Klamath River Basin Compact Commission for the purposes of ensuring that projects proposed and funded through the Working Group are consistent with other basin-wide fish and wildlife restoration and conservation plans.
Sets forth provisions regarding Working Group: (1) public meetings; and (2) terms and vacancies. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 1027) Directs: (1) the Deschutes River Basin Working Group to propose ecological restoration projects on both Federal and non-Federal lands and waters to be undertaken in the Deschutes River Basin based on a consensus of the Working Group, provided that such projects, when involving Federal land or funds, shall be proposed to the Bureau of Reclamation in the Department of the Interior and any other Federal agency with affected land or funds; (2) the Bureau of Reclamation to pay from funds authorized under this section up to 50 percent of the cost of performing any project proposed by the Working Group and approved by the Secretary, up to a total of $1 million during each of FY 1997 through 2001 (authorizes appropriations); and (3) the Secretary of Agriculture to prohibit the cutting of trees in the Bull Run River Drainage, with exceptions, and to undertake a study of part of the Little Sandy Watershed (study area) to determine the impact of management activities on the quality of drinking water provided to the Portland metropolitan area, the identity and location of certain ecological features, and the location and extent of any significant cultural or other values, within the study area. Prohibits the Secretary from advertising, offering, or awarding any timber sale within the study area for two years after the date of this section's enactment.
(Sec. 1028) Directs the Secretary to convey to Longview Fibre Company certain lands in the Mt. Hood Corridor, Oregon, in exchange for lands of equal value. Sets forth provisions regarding timber cutting and road closure. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 1029) Amends the Coquille Restoration Act to provide for the establishment and management (by the Coquille Tribe of Coos County, Oregon) of the Coquille Forest, Oregon.
(Sec. 1031) Designates the Oregon Islands Wilderness, Additions.
(Sec. 1032) Directs the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to consult, coordinate, and cooperate with the Umpqua Land Exchange Project (ULEP) and other specified parties to assist ULEP's ongoing efforts in studying and analyzing land exchange opportunities in the Umpqua River basin and to provide scientific, technical, research, mapping, and other assistance and information to such entities. Sets forth priority matters for study and reporting requirements. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 1033) Establishes: (1) as an NPS unit the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Massachusetts; and (2) the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership to coordinate the activities of Federal, State, and local authorities and the private sector in the development and implementation of an integrated resource management plan for the recreation area.
Directs the Secretary to establish the Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Council. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 1034) Amends Federal law creating the Natchez National Historical Park to authorize the Secretary to enter into an agreement with the City of Natchez under which the Secretary agrees to pay up to $3 million toward the planning and construction by the City of a structure to be partially used by the Secretary as an administrative headquarters, administrative site, and visitors' center for the Park, subject to specified requirements. Authorizes appropriations.
(Sec. 1035) Authorizes the Secretary to substitute, without competition, a contract for timber identified for harvest located on public BLM-administered lands in California of comparable value for the terminated Elkhorn Ridge Timber Sale contract.
(Sec. 1036) Modifies the Federal Land Policy Management Act of 1976 to direct that rights-of-way be granted, issued, or renewed, without rental fees, for electric or telephone facilities eligible for financing pursuant to the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, determined without regard to any application requirement under that Act.
(Sec. 1037) Amends Federal law to include within the definition of "unit of general local government" certain areas in Alaska within the boundaries of a census area used by the Secretary of Commerce in the decennial census, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. Directs: (1) the Secretary, with respect to such areas in Alaska, to make a payment for each fiscal year to the State for entitlement land located within such unit; and (2) the State to distribute such payment to home rule cities and general law cities located within the boundaries of the unit of general local government for which the payment was received.
(Sec. 1038) Prohibits the Secretary of Agriculture from terminating or otherwise interfering with the purchaser's operations under Forest Service Timber Contract A10fs-1042 for failure to operate a pulp mill. Specifies that such failure shall not prejudice any other contract dispute currently under appeal or in litigation.
(Sec. 1039) Directs the Secretary to negotiate with specified Alaska Native Village Corporations to finalize conveyance to the affected village corporations of certain high priority lands or subsurface estates.
(Sec. 1040) Amends the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide for the establishment of additional Native corporations in southeast Alaska.
(Sec. 1041) Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to survey specified real property in Tongass National Forest and convey title to such property to the Gross brothers of Wrangell, Alaska.
(Sec. 1042) Directs that local residents who are descendants of Katmai residents who lived in the Naknek Lake and River Drainage be permitted, subject to reasonable regulations established by the Secretary, to continue their traditional fishery for red fish within Katmai National Park.
(Sec. 1043) Authorizes the Cape Fox Corporation to transfer all or part of its right to the 320-acre parcel that includes Beaver Falls Hydroelectric power-house site to the United States. Directs that, in exchange for the transfer, the acreage entitlement of Cape Fox be credited in the amount of the number of acres returned to the United States under this section.
(Sec. 1044) Grants the Secretary of Agriculture 180 days to review management of Inspiration Point, San Bernardino National Forest, to determine whether the continued presence of KATY-FM antenna on the site is in the public interest, and to report to specified congressional committees. Bars the Secretary from taking action within such period which causes or results in the removal of the antenna from the site.
(Sec. 1045) Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to retain and maintain the 18 concrete dams and weirs located within the boundaries of the Emigrant Wilderness in the Stanislaus National Forest, California, on January 3, 1975.
(Sec. 1046) Authorizes the Secretary to convey to the University of Alaska a basic Federal entitlement of 350,000 acres of Federal lands in Alaska.
Title XI: California Bay Delta Environmental Enhancement - Authorizes appropriations for FY 1998 through 2000 for the initial Federal share of the cost of developing and implementing: (1) a portion of a specified ecosystem protection plan for the Bay-Delta, California; and (2) the ecosystem restoration elements of the long- term CALFED Bay-Delta Program.
Directs: (1) the United States to immediately initiate coordinated consultations and negotiations with the State of California to expeditiously execute the cost-sharing agreement required by a California Senate bill signed by the Governor of California on July 11, 1996; and (2) the Office of Management and Budget to submit to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, as part of the President's FY 1998 Budget, an interagency budget crosscut that displays Federal spending for FY 1993 through 1998 on ecosystem restoration and other purposes in the Bay-Delta region, separately showing funding provided previously or requested under both pre- existing authorities and new authorities granted by this title.