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Passed House amended (10/10/1998)


Title I: Automobile National Heritage Area of Michigan

Title II: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Title III: Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Alabama

Title IV: Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor of


Title V: Other Matters

Title I: Automobile National Heritage Area of Michigan - Automobile National Heritage Area Act - Establishes the Automobile National Heritage Area in the State of Michigan.

(Sec. 105) Designates the Automobile National Heritage Area Partnership, Incorporated (a nonprofit corporation) as the management entity for the Area and authorizes it to receive amounts appropriated to carry out this title. Provides that if a management plan for the Area is not submitted to the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) within the time specified in this title, the Partnership shall cease to be authorized to receive Federal funding until such a plan is submitted. Sets forth authorized uses of, and a limitation on, such funds.

(Sec. 106) Requires the Board of Directors of the Partnership to develop and submit to the Secretary a management plan for the Area for review and approval.

(Sec. 107) Authorizes the Secretary to provide technical assistance and, subject to the availability of appropriations, grants to government units, nonprofit organizations, and other persons upon request of the Partnership, and to the Partnership, regarding the management plan and its implementation.

Prohibits the Secretary, as a condition of the award of technical assistance or grants, from requiring any recipient of such technical assistance or a grant to enact or modify land use restrictions.

(Sec. 108) Declares that nothing in this title shall be construed to: (1) modify, enlarge, or diminish any authority of Federal, State, or local governments to regulate any use of land under any other law or regulation; (2) grant powers of zoning or land use control to the Partnership; or (3) affect or to authorize the Partnership to interfere with the rights of any person with respect to private property or any local zoning ordinance or land use plan of the State of Michigan or a political subdivision thereof.

(Sec. 109) Prohibits the Secretary from making any grant or providing any assistance under this title after September 30, 2014.

(Sec. 110) Authorizes appropriations. Limits Federal funding to 50 percent of the total cost of any activity carried out with any financial assistance or grant provided under this title.

Title II: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument - Modifies the boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in the State of Utah to exclude specified lands and to include the East Clark Bench.

Requires the Secretary to convey specified Federal lands to: (1) Garfield County School District, Utah, for use as the location for a school and for other education purposes; and (2) the State of Utah for inclusion of the lands in Kodachrome Basin State Park.

(Sec. 202) Designates specified Federal lands as a utility corridor with regard to U.S. Route 89, in Kane County, Utah.

Title III: Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Alabama - Establishes the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama as a unit of the National Park System.

(Sec. 305) Requires the Secretary to prepare and submit to specified congressional committees a general management plan for the Site.

(Sec. 306) Authorizes appropriations.

Title IV: Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor of Pennsylvania - Amends the Delaware and Lehigh Navigation Canal National Heritage Corridor Act of 1988 (the Act) to change the name of the Delaware and Lehigh Navigation Canal National Heritage Corridor to the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

(Sec. 402) Includes among the Act's purposes enhancing economic development within the context of preservation.

(Sec. 403) Modifies provisions regarding: (1) membership of, and terms of office for, the Delaware and Lehigh National Corridor Commission; and (2) powers of the Commission to authorize the conveyance of real property acquired by the Commission to an appropriate nonprofit organization, to authorize the Commission to enter into cooperative agreements with a nonprofit organization, and to require any cooperative agreement to establish procedures for providing notice to the Commission of any action proposed by a nonprofit organization which may affect implementation of the Cultural Heritage and Corridor Management Plan.

(Sec. 405) Directs the Commission to implement the Plan by taking appropriate steps to preserve and interpret the cultural, natural, recreational, and scenic (currently, limited to historic) resources of the Canal and its surrounding area.

(Sec. 406) Terminates the Commission five years after the enactment date of the Omnibus National Parks and Public Lands Act of 1998.

(Sec. 407) Requires specified actions by any Federal entity conducting or supporting activities directly affecting the purposes of the Corridor (currently, the flow of the Canal or the natural resources of the Corridor).

(Sec. 408) Reauthorizes and increases appropriations under the Act. Authorizes specified funds to implement the management action plan created by the Commission.

(Sec. 409) Prohibits the Commission from interfering with private property rights or any local zoning ordinance or land use plan of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any political subdivision.

(Sec. 410) Authorizes (currently, requires) the Secretary, upon the Commission's request, to provide grants and technical assistance to the Commission or units of government, nonprofit organizations, and others for Plan development and implementation (currently, technical assistance to the Commission).

Title V: Other Matters - Extends, through FY 2000, the authorization of appropriations for preservation of structures on or eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places within the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

(Sec. 502) Amends the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Act of 1984 to extend the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Commission to August 24, 2004. Repeals provisions granting the Commission extension authority.

(Sec. 503) Adjusts the boundaries of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest and the Mount Naomi Wilderness in Utah to exclude the parcel of lands known as the D. Hyde property to correct a faulty land survey.

Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to: (1) convey such parcel to Darrell Edward Hyde of Cache County, Utah; and (2) release any claims against him for trespass or unauthorized use of the parcel before its conveyance. Modifies the boundaries of the Mount Naomi Wilderness to include a specified parcel of land in order to prevent any net loss of wilderness within Utah.

(Sec. 504) Authorizes land previously transferred from the United States to Merced County, California, to be used for an elementary school, notwithstanding otherwise applicable conveyance restrictions.

States that if the land is used for such purpose, the County shall include information concerning such use within currently required periodic reports to the Secretary .

(Sec. 505) Directs the Secretary to conduct a feasibility study, and report to specified congressional committees, on whether: (1) the Rosie the Riveter Park located in Richmond, California, is suitable for designation as an affiliated site to the National Park Service; and (2) the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Committee established by the City of Richmond, California, with respect to that park is eligible for technical assistance for interpretative functions relating to the park, including preservation of oral histories from former workers at the Richmond Kaiser Shipyards.

(Sec. 506) Increases the number of acres the Secretary is authorized to acquire for the Fort Davis National Historic Site in Fort Davis, Texas, by 16.

(Sec. 507) Extends the termination date for the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Citizen Advisory Commission to October 31, 2008.

(Sec. 508) Authorizes the Secretary to acquire up to 15 acres of land known as the Warren Property or Mount Kimble, to be included in and administered as part of Morristown National Historical Park.

(Sec. 509) Allows the Secretary to acquire no more than a less than fee interest in the property known as George Washington's Boyhood Home, Ferry Farm, in Stafford County, Virginia.

Requires the Secretary to enter into a cooperative agreement with Kenmore Association, Inc., for the management of Ferry Farm pending completion of a required resource study to be submitted to specified congressional committees. Authorizes the Secretary to enter into agreements with the property owner or other entities for purposes of providing programs, services, facilities, or technical assistance that further the preservation and public use of the property.

(Sec. 510) Authorizes the Secretary to acquire, by donation only, certain land known as Knob Creek Farm in Larue County, Kentucky.

Modifies the boundary of the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site to include such land.

Requires the Secretary to study and report to the Congress on the Farm in order to: (1) identify significant resources associated with the Farm and the early boyhood of Abraham Lincoln; (2) evaluate the threats to the long-term protection of the Farm's cultural, recreational, and natural resources; and (3) examine the incorporation of the Farm into the operations of the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site and establish a strategic management plan for implementing such incorporation. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 511) Requires the Secretary, acting through the Director of the National Park Service, to undertake feasibility studies and report to the Congress on the establishment of National Park System units in specified areas of the islands of Maui, Lanai, Kauai, and Molokai of Hawaii (including the feasibility of extending the present National Historic Park boundaries at Kalaupapa Settlement eastward to Halawa Valley along the island's north shore).

(Sec. 512) Authorizes the Washington Interdependence Council of the District of Columbia to establish a memorial in the District to honor and commemorate the accomplishments of Benjamin Banneker.

Prohibits the use of Federal funds to pay any expense for establishment of such memorial.

(Sec. 513) Amends the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire, in partnership with other entities, a less than fee interest in lands at Thompson Island within the Boston Harbor Islands Recreation Area in Massachusetts.