Summary: S.941 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)

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Senate agreed to House amendment with amendment (11/20/2002)

Title I: Rancho Corral De Tierra Golden Gate National Recreation Area Boundary Adjustment - Rancho Corral de Tierra Golden Gate National Recreation Area Boundary Adjustment Act of 2002 - (Sec. 102) Amends specified Federal law to add certain land to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California.

Title II: Yosemite National Park Education Improvement - Yosemite National Park Education Improvement Act - (Sec. 203) Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to provide funds to the Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District and the Mariposa Unified School District in California for educational services for students who: (1) are dependents of persons engaged in the administration, operation, and maintenance of Yosemite National Park; or (2) live at or near the Park upon Federal property.

Allows such educational services to include maintenance and minor upgrades of facilities and transportation to and from school. Sets forth limitations on the use and amount of such funds, including a maximum limit of $400,000 on payments in any fiscal year. Prohibits payments under this Act from coming from: (1) fees under the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965; (2) the recreational fee demonstration program; (3) the national park passport program; (4) emergency appropriations for Yosemite flood recovery; and (5) funds appropriated for the Operation of the National Park Service.

(Sec. 204) Amends the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to allow certain facilities to be located outside the boundaries of Yosemite National Park.

(Sec. 205) Amends specified Federal law to extend through 2012 the existence of the Manzanar National Historic Site Advisory Commission.

Title III: John Muir National Historic Site Boundary Adjustment Act - John Muir National Historic Site Boundary Adjustment Act - (Sec. 302) Adjusts the boundary of the John Muir National Historic Site to include specified lands and authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to acquire those lands.

Title IV: San Gabriel River Watersheds Study - San Gabriel River Watersheds Study Act of 2002 - (Sec. 402) Requires the Secretary of the Interior to conduct and report to specified congressional committees on a special resource study of the following areas in California: (1) the San Gabriel River and its tributaries north of and including the City of Santa Fe Springs; and (2) the San Gabriel Mountains within the territory of the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. Provides for the consideration of regional flood control and drainage needs and publicly owned infrastructure, including wastewater treatment facilities.

Title V: Grand Teton National Park Land Exchange - (Sec. 502) Directs the Secretary of the Interior to acquire specified State lands within the exterior boundaries of Grand Teton National Park by donation, purchase, or exchange for specified Federal lands of equal value in Wyoming.

(Sec. 504) Requires the acquired lands to become and to be managed as part of the Park.

(Sec. 505) Authorizes appropriations.

Title VI: Galisteo Basin Archaeological Sites Protection - Galisteo Basin Archaeological Sites Protection Act - (Sec. 603) Designates specified archaeological sites in New Mexico as the Galisteo Basin Archaeological Protection Sites.

(Sec. 604) Requires the Secretary of the Interior to: (1) continue to search for additional Native American and Spanish colonial sites in the Galisteo Basin area; and (2) submit to Congress recommendations for additions to, deletions from, and modifications of the boundaries of such sites.

(Sec. 605) Directs the Secretary to administer archaeological protection sites located on Federal land in accordance with this Act and other applicable laws in a manner that will protect, preserve, and maintain the archaeological resources and provide for research thereon. Requires the Secretary to submit to specified congressional committees a general management plan (the plan) for the identification, research, protection, and public interpretation of the archaeological protection sites located on Federal lands, and those sites located on private and State lands for which the Secretary has entered into discretionary Cooperative Agreements with their owners for the protection, preservation, maintenance, and administration of their archaeological resources and associated lands.

Directs the Secretary to consult with various parties in developing the plan, including: (1) the Governor of New Mexico; and (2) affected Native American pueblos.

(Sec. 607) Authorizes the Secretary to acquire lands and interests within the boundaries of the archaeological protection sites, and access to them, by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, or by exchange. Requires the consent of the owner thereof for such transactions. Limits to donation or exchange the Secretary's acquisition authority for lands or interests owned by the State of New Mexico or a local government, except that State trust land may be acquired only by exchange.

(Sec. 608) Withdraws all Federal lands within the sites, subject to valid existing rights, from: (1) all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) disposition under all laws relating to mineral and geothermal leasing.

(Sec. 609) States that this Act shall not be construed, among other things, to: (1) authorize regulation of privately owned lands within an archaeological protection site; or (2) restrict or limit an Indian tribe from protecting cultural or religious sites on tribal land.

(Sec. 610) Authorizes appropriations.

Title VII: Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park - Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park Addition Act of 2002 - (Sec. 702) Modifies the boundaries of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park in Hawaii to include specified lands.

(Sec. 703) Authorizes appropriations.

Title VIII: Miscellaneous Technical Amendments - (Sec. 801) Makes various technical amendments, including to: (1) the Lackawanna Valley National Heritage Area Act of 2000; (2) specified law with regard to the "I Have a Dream" Plaque at Lincoln Memorial; (3) the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act; (4) the Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission Act of 2000; (5) the Vicksburg Campaign Trail Battlefields Preservation Act of 2000; (6) the Harriet Tubman Special Resource Study Act; (7) the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996; and (8) the National Trails System Act.

Title IX: Golden Chain Highway National Heritage Corridor Study - (Sec. 901) Directs the Secretary of the Interior to complete and report to specified congressional committees on a special resource study of the national significance, suitability, and feasibility of establishing Highway 49 in California (Golden Chain Highway) as a National Heritage Corridor.

Title X: Amendments to the Valles Caldera Preservation Act - (Sec. 1001) Amends the Valles Caldera Preservation Act to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to provide fire suppression and rehabilitation services under a cooperative relationship with the Valles Caldera Trust, New Mexico, to the extent generally authorized on other units of the National Forest System. Allows the Secretary, at the request of the Trust, to provide fire presuppression services if the Trust reimburses the Secretary for the salaries and expenses of fire management personnel (currently the Act allows the Secretary to provide fire presuppression, suppression, and rehabilitation services upon request by the Trust provided that the Trust reimburses the Secretary for the salaries and expenses of fire management personnel).

Title XI: Utah Museum of Natural History - Utah Public Lands Artifact Preservation Act - (Sec. 1104) Directs the Secretary of the Interior to make a grant to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, to pay the Federal share of the costs of construction of a new facility for the University of Utah Museum of Natural History, including the design, planning, furnishing, and equipping of the Museum. States that the Federal share of the costs of construction shall not exceed 25 percent. Authorizes appropriations.