Summary: S.2244 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (06/26/1998)

National Wildlife Refuge System Volunteer and Partnership Enhancement Act of 1998 - Amends the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to provide that any gift or bequest made for the benefit of a particular national wildlife refuge or complex of refuges shall be disbursed only for such refuge's or refuges' benefit. Authorizes Federal matching funds.

(Sec. 4) Directs the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to conduct a volunteer coordinator pilot project in at least two refuges (but not more than 20 nationwide) in each United States Fish and Wildlife Service region. Authorizes appropriations. Authorizes the Secretary and the Secretary of Commerce to provide volunteers in the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with awards and recognition, including nominal cash awards.

Authorizes the Secretary to establish a Senior Volunteer Corps.

(Sec. 5) Authorizes the Secretary to enter into cooperative agreements with community partnership organizations (private, corporate, academic, or State or local) to implement refuge related programs. Authorizes Federal matching funds.

(Sec. 6) Directs the Secretary to develop guidance for, and programs of, refuge education.

(Sec. 7) Authorizes appropriations.