H.R.1809 - Fern Lake Conservation and Recreation Act108th Congress (2003-2004)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Rogers, Harold [R-KY-5] (Introduced 04/11/2003)|
|Committees:||House - Resources|
|Latest Action:||04/22/2003 Referred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 108th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 1809 Introduced in House (IH)] 108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 1809 To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire Fern Lake and the surrounding watershed in the States of Kentucky and Tennessee for addition to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES April 11, 2003 Mr. Rogers of Kentucky (for himself and Mr. Wamp) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire Fern Lake and the surrounding watershed in the States of Kentucky and Tennessee for addition to Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Fern Lake Conservation and Recreation Act''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) Findings.--The Congress finds the following: (1) Fern Lake and its surrounding watershed in Bell County, Kentucky, and Claiborne County, Tennessee, is within the potential boundaries of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park as originally authorized by the Act of June 11, 1940 (54 Stat. 262; 16 U.S.C. 261 et seq.). (2) The acquisition of Fern Lake and its surrounding watershed and its inclusion in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park would protect the vista from Pinnacle Overlook, which is one of the park's most valuable scenic resources and most popular attractions, and enhance recreational opportunities at the park. (3) Fern Lake is the water supply source for the city of Middlesboro, Kentucky, and environs. (4) The 4500-acre Fern Lake watershed is privately owned, and the 150-acre lake and part of the watershed are currently for sale, but the Secretary of the Interior is precluded by the first section of the Act of June 11, 1940 (16 U.S.C. 261), from using appropriated funds to acquire the lands. (b) Purposes.--The purposes of the Act are-- (1) to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to use appropriated funds if necessary, in addition to other acquisition methods, to acquire from willing sellers Fern Lake and its surrounding watershed, in order to protect scenic and natural resources and enhance recreational opportunities at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park; and (2) to allow the continued supply of water from Fern Lake to the city of Middlesboro, Kentucky, and environs. SEC. 3. LAND ACQUISITION AND CONVEYANCE AUTHORITY, FERN LAKE, CUMBERLAND GAP NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK. (a) Definitions.--In this section: (1) Fern lake.--The term ``Fern Lake'' means Fern Lake located in Bell County, Kentucky, and Claiborne County, Tennessee. (2) Land.--The term ``land'' means land, water, interests in land, and any improvements on the land. (3) Park.--The term ``park'' means Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, as authorized and established by the Act of June 11, 1940 (54 Stat. 262; 16 U.S.C. 261 et seq.). (4) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the National Park Service. (b) Acquisition Authorized.--The Secretary may acquire for addition to the park lands consisting of approximately 4,500 acres and containing Fern Lake and its surrounding watershed, as generally depicted on the map entitled ``Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Fern Lake Watershed'', numbered 380/80,004, and dated May 2001. The map shall be on file in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service. (c) Boundary Adjustment and Administration.--Subject to subsection (d), the Secretary shall revise the boundaries of the park to include the land acquired under subsection (b). The Secretary shall administer the acquired lands as part of the park in accordance with the laws and regulations applicable to the park. (d) Conveyance of Fern Lake.-- (1) Conveyance required.--If the Secretary acquires Fern Lake, the Secretary shall convey, notwithstanding any other law and without consideration, to the city of Middlesboro, Kentucky, all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to Fern Lake, up to the normal operating elevation of 1200.4 feet above sea level, along with the dam and all appurtenances associated with the withdrawal and delivery of water from Fern Lake. (2) Terms of conveyance.--In executing the conveyance under paragraph (1), the Secretary may retain an easement for scenic and recreational purposes. (3) Reversionary interest.--In the event Fern Lake is no longer used as a source of municipal water supply for the city of Middlesboro, Kentucky, and its environs, ownership of Fern Lake shall revert to the United States and it shall be managed by the Secretary as part of the park. (e) Consultation Requirements.--In order to better manage lands acquired under this section in a manner that will facilitate the provision of water for municipal needs, as well as the establishment and promotion of new recreational opportunities at the park, the Secretary shall consult with-- (1) appropriate officials in the States of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, and political subdivisions of these States; (2) organizations involved in promoting tourism in these States; and (3) other interested parties. <all>