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Title I: Land Conveyance - Edward H. McDaniel American Legion Post No. 22 Land Conveyance Act - Directs the Secretary of the Interior to convey, without consideration, specified lands in the State of Nevada to the Edward H. McDaniel American Legion Post No. 22 in Pahrump, Nevada, to build and operate a post building and memorial park.

Title II: Extensions - Amends the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to extend through September 30, 2027, sunset provisions for the funding of the following public lands: (1) the National Coal Heritage Center; (2) the Tennessee Civil War Heritage Area; (3) the Steel Industry American Heritage Area; (4) the Essex National Heritage Area; (5) the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor: (6) the Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor (renamed as the Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway); and (7) the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

Extends the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission through FY 2027.

Title III: National Coal Heritage Area - Amends the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to: (1) include within the National Coal Heritage Area (Heritage Area) and make eligible for assistance, Lincoln County, West Virginia, and Paint Creek and Cabin Creek in Kanawha County, West Virginia; (2) replace the governor of West Virginia with the National Coal Heritage Area Authority as contracting authority for matters relating to the Heritage Area; and (3) require the National Coal Heritage Area Authority, instead of the governor, to submit a coal heritage management plan.

Title IV: Coastal Heritage Trail Route in New Jersey - Reauthorizes appropriations, without dollar limitation, for the Coastal Heritage Trail Route in New Jersey (Trail Route). Extends for two additional years the authorities under this title.

Requires the Secretary of the Interior to prepare a strategic plan for the Trail Route that describes opportunities to increase participation in the planning, development, and administration of the Trail Route and organizational options for sustaining the Trail Route.

Title V: Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor - Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Act Amendments of 2004 - (Sec. 502) Amends the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Act of 1984 to designate, upon the termination of the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Commission, the Canal Corridor Association (Association) (a tax-exempt organization) to be the management entity for the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor (Corridor).

Authorizes the Association to make grants and enter into cooperative agreements with States, private organizations, and any other person. Sets forth the duties of the Association, including the development of a proposed management plan for the Corridor, encouraging economic viability in the Corridor, and submitting reports and conducting audits for Corridor activities.

Directs the Association to submit a proposed management plan to the Secretary of the Interior within two years after funds are made available under this Act. Provides that such management plan shall, among other things: (1) consider State and local plans and involve local residents and entities in the Corridor; (2) present comprehensive recommendations for conservation, funding, management, and development in the Corridor; (3) include proposed actions to protect the resources of the Corridor; (4) identify the geographic boundaries of the Corridor; and (5) identify overall goals and strategies for completing tasks undertaken for the Corridor. Requires the Secretary to approve or disapprove a proposed management plan for the Corridor within 180 days after receipt of such plan. Provides, that upon approval, the proposed management plan shall supersede the conceptual plan contained in the National Park Service Report.

Authorizes the Secretary to provide technical and financial assistance to the Association for the development and implementation of the management plan, upon the request of the Association.

Authorizes appropriations. Limits the Federal share of the costs of this Act to 50 percent.

Terminates the authority of the Secretary to provide assistance under this Act on September 30, 2027.

(Sec. 503) Sets forth protections for private property owners in the Corridor with respect to public access, liability, and other matters. Allows such property owners to withdraw their lands from the boundaries of the Corridor, upon written request to the Association.

Title VI: Potash Royalty Reduction - Potash Royalty Reduction Act of 2004 - (Sec. 602) States that for a five-year period the royalty rate on the quantity or gross value of the output from Federal lands of potassium and potassium compounds from the mineral sylvite at the point of shipment to market shall be 1.0 percent.

Prescribes implementation guidelines under which 50 percent of such royalties, together with interest earned from the date of payment, shall be paid by the Secretary of the Treasury to the payor of the royalties to be used solely for land reclamation purposes under a schedule to implement a reclamation plan such lands. Conditions such payments upon: (1) receipt of the royalties by the Secretary of the Interior; (2) approval of the reclamation plan and schedule by the Secretary of the Interior; and (3) submittal of such approved reclamation schedule to the Secretary of the Treasury.

Directs the Secretary of the Interior to report to Congress on the effects of royalty reduction, including a recommendation on whether the reduced royalty rate for potassium from sylvite should continue to apply after the end of the reporting period.

Title VII: Soda Ash Royalty Reduction - Soda Ash Royalty Reduction Act of 2004 - (Sec. 703) Declares that the royalty rate on sodium compounds and related products at the point of shipment to market from Federal land in the five-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act shall be two percent.

Directs the Secretary of the Interior to report to Congress on the effects of such royalty reduction, including: (1) the amount of soda ash produced on Federal land during a four year period; (2) the number of jobs created or maintained during the royalty reduction period; (3) the total amount of royalties paid to the United States on soda ash produced during a four year period; and (4) a recommendation whether the reduced royalty rate should apply after the end of the five-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act.

Title VIII: Wind Cave National Park Boundary Revision - Wind Cave National Park Boundary Revision Act of 2004 - (Sec. 803) Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to acquire specified lands or interests in land for addition to the Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota. Requires the Park's boundaries to be adjusted to reflect any land acquisitions.

Requires the Secretary to: (1) administer land acquired as part of the Park; and (2) transfer administration jurisdiction over specified Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land from the BLM Director to the Director of the National Park Service.

Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) allow continuation of livestock grazing on acquired land at the level existing on the date such land was acquired; and (2) purchase the outstanding portion of, or accept the voluntary termination of, a grazing permit or lease on such land.

Title IX: Blunt Reservoir and Pierre Canal Conveyance - Blunt Reservoir and Pierre Canal Land Conveyance of 2004 - (Sec. 902) Deauthorizes the Blunt Reservoir feature of the Oahe Unit, James Division, authorized as part of the Pick-Sloan Missouri River Basin Program.

Allows preferential leaseholders (person or descendant that held a lease on a preferential lease parcel as of January 1, 2001) of parcels of the Blunt Reservoir and Pierre Canal an option (exercisable for five years) to purchase from the Commission of Schools and Public Lands of South Dakota (Commission) the preferential lease parcel that is the subject of the lease.

Directs the Secretary of the Interior to convey: (1) all nonpreferential lease parcels and preferential lease parcels not purchased by a landowner to the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks, to be used for mitigating the wildlife habitat that was lost as a result of the development of the Pick-Sloan project.

Requires the State of South Dakota to accept certain conditions of conveyance, including that: (1) it receives the land conveyed in "as is" condition; (2) it assumes responsibility for any liabilities accruing after the date of conveyance as a result of ownership, operation, or maintenance of such land; (3) it receives the land subject to existing oil, gas, and other mineral rights reserved of record; (4) the property continues to be used for wildlife conservation; and (5) proceeds from the sale of lands shall be available for payment of county taxes on lands received by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks.

Authorizes the Commission, with the Department's concurrence, to allow an exchange of land in South Dakota for a nonpreferential lease parcel or unleased parcel at Blunt Reservoir or Pierre Canal.

Grants the United States a perpetual easement for a water conveyance structure over, under, across, or through the Pierre Canal feature.

Directs the Secretary to provide the State of South Dakota a full legal description of all preferential lease parcels and nonpreferential lease parcels that may be conveyed under this Act.

Authorizes appropriations.

Title X: Steel Industry National Historic Site - (Sec. 1002) Establishes the Steel Industry National Historic Site (Historic Site) as a unit of the National Park System in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Includes within such Historic Site the following lands: (1) the location of the Battle of Homestead in Munhall, Pennsylvania; (2) the location of the Carrie Furnace complex in Swissvale and Rankin, Pennsylvania; and (3) the location of the Hot Metal Bridge in Rankin and Munhall, Pennsylvania.

Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to: (1) acquire, by donation only, certain property for inclusion in the Historic Site; (2) enter into a cooperative agreement to further the purposes of the Historic Site; and (3) provide technical assistance for preservation and maintenance of structures and the landscape in the Historic Site.

Grants private property owners protections from public access to private property in the Historic Site.

Requires the Secretary to prepare a general management plan for the Historic Site and to submit such plan to Congress.

Title XI: St. Croix National Heritage Area Study - Directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a feasibility study for designating the island of St. Croix as the St. Croix National Heritage Area and to report to Congress on such study.

Title XII: Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area - (Sec. 1203) Establishes the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (Heritage Area) in the State of Georgia. Provides that the Heritage Area shall consist of certain lands depicted on the map entitled "Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area," dated October 2003. Designates the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance (Alliance) as the management entity for the Heritage Area.

(Sec. 1204) Authorizes or requires the Alliance to: (1) make grants to, and enter into cooperative agreements with, the State of Georgia, its political subdivisions, and private organizations; (2) develop and submit to the Secretary of the Interior a management plan for the Heritage Area; (3) assist governmental units and nonprofit organizations in preserving resources within the Heritage Area; (4) submit annual reports to the Secretary on its accomplishments and finances; and (5) produce certain records for audits of expenditures.

(Sec. 1205) Requires the management plan for the Heritage Area to provide for the protection, enhancement, and interpretation of the natural, cultural, historical, scenic, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area. Requires that such plan be based on the preferred concept in the document entitled "Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area Feasibility Study," dated February 28, 2001, and that it be submitted to the Secretary within three years after enactment of this title to avoid loss of funding.

Directs the Secretary to approve or disapprove the management plan within 90 days after receipt of such plan and allow for the resubmission of a revised plan.

(Sec. 1206) Authorizes the Secretary to provide financial and technical assistance to the Heritage Area to develop and implement the management plan, upon a request of the Alliance.

(Sec. 1209) Sets forth protections for private property owners in the Heritage Area with respect to public access rights, liability, and other matters. Allows such property owners to withdraw their lands from the boundaries of the Heritage Area, upon written request to the Alliance.

(Sec. 1210) Authorizes appropriations. Limits the Federal share of costs under this title to 50 percent.

(Sec. 1211) Terminates the authority of the Secretary to make grants or provide assistance under this title on September 30, 2016.

Title XIII: Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area - (Sec. 1303) Establishes the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area (Area) in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Designates the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, Inc., as the management entity for the Area.

(Sec. 1304) Requires the Area management entity to, among other things: (1) submit to the Secretary of the Interior for approval a management plan which includes policies, strategies, and recommendations for conservation, funding, management, development, and interpretation of the Area; (2) assist local governments, regional planning organizations, and nonprofit organizations in implementing the management plan; and (3) encourage economic development that is consistent with the purposes of the Area. Allows the management entity, for purposes of preparing and implementing the management plan for the Area, to make grants and enter into cooperative agreements to provide technical assistance to Connecticut and Massachusetts, and other specified entities.

(Sec. 1305) Sets forth the required content of the management plan for the Area and requires such plan to be submitted to the Secretary of the Interior within three years after funding of this title begins.

(Sec. 1306) Authorizes the Secretary to provide technical and financial assistance to the Area and enter into cooperative agreements with the management entity and other public or private entities to develop and implement the management plan. Requires the Secretary to approve or disapprove the management plan within 90 days after receipt of such plan. Provides for the resubmission of a disapproved plan with revisions.

(Sec. 1309) Sets forth protections for private property owners in the Area with respect to public access rights, liability, and other matters. Allows private property owners to withdraw their lands from the boundaries of the Area, upon written request to the management entity.

(Sec. 1310) Authorizes appropriations. Limits the Federal share of costs under this title to 50 percent.

(Sec. 1311) Terminates authorities under this title 15 years after funding is first made available.

Title XIV: Pactola Reservoir Reallocation Authorization Act of 2004 - Pactola Reservoir Reallocation Authorization Act of 2004 - (Sec. 1403) Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to reallocate the construction costs of Pactola Dam and Reservoir, Rapid Valley Unit, Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, South Dakota, from irrigation purposes to municipal, industrial, and fish and wildlife purposes.

Title XV: Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage - Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act - (Sec. 1504) Establishes the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor (Heritage Corridor) to: (1) recognize the important contributions made to American culture and history by African-Americans known as the Gullah/Geechee who settled in the coastal counties of South Carolina and Georgia; (2) assist State and local governments and public and private entities in South Carolina and Georgia in interpreting the story of the Gullah/Geechee and preserving Gullah/Geechee folklore, arts, crafts, and music; and (3) assist in identifying and preserving sites, historical data, artifacts, and objects associated with the Gullah/Geechee for the benefit and education of the public.

Provides that the Heritage Corridor shall be comprised of lands and waters depicted on a map entitled "Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor" dated September 2004 and on file at the National Park Service.

(Sec. 1505) Establishes the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission (Commission) to assist Federal, State, and local authorities to develop and implement a management plan for Gullah/Geechee lands and waters.

(Sec. 1506) Sets forth the duties of the Commission, including the preparation and submission of a management plan to the Secretary of the Interior and annual reporting to the Secretary. Authorizes the Commission to make grants and enter into cooperative agreements with the States of South Carolina and Georgia to prepare and implement the management plan.

(Sec. 1507) Sets forth criteria for developing a management plan for the Heritage Corridor. Requires the Commission to submit the management plan to the Secretary for approval not later than three years after the funding of this Act. Requires the Secretary to approve or disapprove (citing reasons) the management plan with 90 days after receipt of such plan. Provides for resubmission of disapproved management plans with revisions.

(Sec. 1508) Authorizes the Secretary, upon a request of the Commission, to provide technical and financial assistance for the development and implementation of the management plan.

(Sec. 1510) Requires the Commission to establish one or more Coastal Heritage Centers in the Heritage Corridor in accordance with the Low Country Gullah Culture Special Resource Study and Environmental Impact Study, December 2003.

(Sec. 1511) Sets forth protections for private landowners in the Heritage Corridor relating to public access, liability, and other matters.

(Sec. 1512) Authorizes appropriations. Limits the Federal share of costs under this Act to 50 percent. Authorizes the Secretary to accept in-kind contributions to compensate for assistance provided under this Act.

(Sec. 1513) Terminates the authority of the Secretary to provide assistance under this Act 15 years after date of enactment.

Title XVI: Western Reserve Heritage Areas Study Act - Western Reserve Heritage Areas Study Act - (Sec. 1602) Requires the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of establishing the Western Reserve Heritage Area in certain counties of the State of Ohio.

Title XVII: Tribal Parity Act - Tribal Parity Act - (Sec. 1703) Amends the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Infrastructure Development Trust Fund Act to increase from $39.3 million to $186,822,140 the aggregate amount to be deposited into the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Infrastructure Development Trust Fund by the Secretary of the Treasury to provide compensation to the Lower Brule Tribe of South Dakota for damage to tribal land caused by Pick-Sloan projects along the Missouri River.

(Sec. 1704) Amends the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Infrastructure Development Trust Fund Act of 1996 to increase from $27.5 million to $105,917,853 the aggregate amount to be deposited into the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Infrastructure Development Trust Fund by the Secretary of the Treasury to provide compensation to the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of South Dakota for damage to tribal land caused by Pick-Sloan projects along the Missouri River.

Title XVIII: Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area - (Sec. 1803) Establishes the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area (Area), including the counties of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Taos, in New Mexico. Designates Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area, Inc. as the management entity for the Area.

(Sec. 1804) Requires the management entity to develop, submit, and implement a management plan within three years after enactment of this title that includes recommendations for conservation, funding, management, development and interpretation of the Area. Authorizes the management entity to make grants and provide technical assistance to tribal and local governments, and other entities, to carry out the management plan. Requires the management entity to hold at least one annual public meeting on the implementation of the management plan.

(Sec. 1805) Authorizes the Secretary, upon the request of the management entity, to provide technical and financial assistance to develop and implement the management plan.

(Sec. 1806) Provides that nothing in this title shall: (1) modify governmental authority to regulate land use; (2) restrict an Indian tribe from protecting cultural or religious sites on tribal lands; or (3) diminish Federal trust fund responsibilities to Indian tribes.

(Sec. 1807) Terminates the authority of the Secretary to provide assistance under this title 15 years after enactment.

(Sec. 1808) Authorizes appropriations. Limits the Federal share of costs under this title to 50 percent.

Title XIX: Atchafalaya National Heritage Area - (Sec. 1902) Establishes the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (Heritage Area) in the State of Louisiana. Designates the Atchafalaya Trace Commission (Commission) as the local coordinating entity for the Heritage Area.

(Sec. 1904) Requires the Commission to develop and implement a management plan, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Interior, that incorporates an integrated and cooperative approach to conserve, interpret, and enhance the resources of the Heritage Area.

(Sec. 1906) Sets forth protections for private property owners in the Heritage Area with respect to public access rights and liability.

(Sec. 1909) Authorizes appropriations. Limits the Federal share of costs under this title to 50 percent.

(Sec. 1910) Terminates the authority of the Secretary to provide assistance to the Commission 15 years after date of enactment of this title.

Title XX: Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership - Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership Act of 2003 (sic) - (Sec. 2004) Establishes the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (Partnership). Designates the Lake Champlain Basin Program as the management entity for the Partnership for the purpose of implementing the authorities under this Act. Requires the management entity to develop and submit to the Secretary of the Interior a management plan for the Partnership.

(Sec. 2006) Authorizes appropriations. Limits the Federal share of costs under this Act to 50 percent.

(Sec. 2007) Terminates the authority of the Secretary to provide assistance under this Act 15 years after date of enactment of this Act.

Title XXI: Great Basin National Heritage Route - Great Basin National Heritage Route Act - (Sec. 2104) Establishes the Great Basin National Heritage Route (Heritage Route) to provide public access to certain historical, cultural, natural, scenic, and recreational resources in White Pine County, Nevada, Millard County, Utah, and the Duckwater Shoshone Reservation in the State of Nevada. Designates the Great Basin Heritage Route Partnership as the management entity for the Heritage Route.

(Sec. 2105) Requires the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the governors of Nevada and Utah and Indian tribes participating in the Heritage Route, to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the management entity for the management of the Heritage Route.

(Sec. 2106) Requires the management entity, within three years after the date of enactment of this Act, to develop and submit to the Secretary for approval a management plan for the Heritage Route. Requires the Secretary to approve or disapprove the management plan within 90 days after receipt of such plan. Permits resubmission of the plan, if disapproved, with revisions.

(Sec. 2110) Authorizes appropriations. Limits the Federal share of costs under this Act to 50 percent. Permits in-kind contributions, donations, grants, and loans cover the non-Federal share of costs under this Act.

(Sec. 2111) Terminates the authority of the Secretary to provide assistance under this Act 15 years after date of enactment of this Act.

Title XXII: Bleeding Kansas and Enduring Struggle for Freedom National Heritage Area - Bleeding Kansas National Heritage Area Act - (Sec. 2204) Establishes in the State of Kansas the Bleeding Kansas and the Enduring Struggle for Freedom National Heritage Area (Bleeding Kansas Heritage Area). Specifies the boundaries of and the counties included in the Heritage Area. Designates the Territorial Kansas Heritage Alliance (Alliance) as the management entity for the Bleeding Kansas Heritage Area.

(Sec. 2206) Requires the Alliance, within three years after the date of enactment of this Act, to prepare and submit a management plan for the Bleeding Kansas Heritage Area. Requires the Secretary to approve or disapprove the management plan within 90 days after receipt of such plan. Permits resubmission of a disapproved plan with revisions.

(Sec. 2207) Authorizes the Secretary to provide technical and financial assistance for the development and implementation of the management plan.

(Sec. 2208) Sets forth protections for private property owners in the Bleeding Kansas Heritage Area with respect to public access rights, liability, and other matters.

(Sec. 2211) Authorizes appropriations. Limits the Federal share of costs under this Act to 50 percent.

(Sec. 2212) Terminates the authority of the Secretary to provide assistance under this Act to 10 years after date of enactment of this Act.

Title XXIII: National Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area - National Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area Act - (Sec. 2304) Establishes the National Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area (Mormon Heritage Area), including specified counties and areas in the State of Utah.

(Sec. 2305) Designates the Utah Heritage Highway 89 Alliance (Alliance) as the management entity for the Mormon Heritage Area.

(Sec. 2306) Requires the Board of Directors of the Alliance (Board), within three years after enactment of this Act, to develop and submit for review to the Secretary of the Interior a management plan for the Mormon Heritage Area. Requires the plan to include, among other things: (1) comprehensive recommendations for the conservation, funding, management, and development of the Morman Heritage Area; (2) a description of actions to protect the resources of the Heritage Area; (3) a program for implementation of the management plan; (4) an analysis of how government programs can be coordinated to promote the purposes of this Act; and (5) an interpretive plan for the Heritage Area.

Requires the Secretary to approve or disapprove the management plan within 180 days after receipt of such plan. Permits resubmission of a disapproved plan with revisions.

Directs the Alliance to: (1) give priority to the implementation of actions, goals, and policies set forth in the management plan; (2) report annually to the Secretary on the accomplishments and financial condition of the Alliance; and (3) cooperate with audits conducted by Congress and the Department of the Interior.

(Sec. 2307) Directs the Secretary to provide technical assistance and grants to develop and implement the management plan.

(Sec. 2308) Provides that nothing in this Act: (1) affects governmental authority to regulate land use; (2) grants powers of zoning or land use control to the Alliance; or (3) authorizes the Alliance to interfere with private property rights or local zoning.

(Sec. 2309) Authorizes appropriations. Limits the Federal share of costs under this Act to 50 percent.

(Sec. 2310) Terminates the authority of the Secretary to provide assistance under this Act 15 years after enactment of this Act.

Title XXIV: French Colonial Heritage National Historic Site Study - French Colonial Heritage National Historic Site Study Act of 2003 - (Sec. 2404) Direct the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the State of Missouri, to complete a feasibility study for designating French Colonial Heritage Area in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, as a unit of the National Park System and submit the findings to Congress.

(Sec. 2405) Authorizes appropriations.

Title XXV: Southern Campaign of the Revolution Heritage Area Study - Southern Campaign of the Revolution Heritage Area Study Act - (Sec. 2503) Directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a feasibility study for designating the certain counties and other areas in South Carolina and North Carolina (the study area) as the Southern Campaign of the Revolution Heritage Area.

(Sec. 2504) Requires the Secretary to report to Congress on such study.