Text: H.R.3616 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (09/20/2007)


110th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3616

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to determine the suitability and feasibility of extending the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail to include additional sites associated with the preparation and return phases of the expedition, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 20, 2007

Mrs. Emerson (for herself, Mr. Sarbanes, Mr. Skelton, Mr. Clay, Mr. Goodlatte, Mr. Castle, Mr. Whitfield, Mr. Costello, Mr. Mollohan, Ms. Norton, Mr. Shuster, Mr. Hill, Mr. Lincoln Davis of Tennessee, and Ms. Pryce of Ohio) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to determine the suitability and feasibility of extending the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail to include additional sites associated with the preparation and return phases of the expedition, 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 “Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Extension Study Act of 2007”.

SEC. 2. Definitions.

In this Act:

(1) EASTERN LEGACY SITES.—The term “Eastern Legacy sites” means the sites associated with the preparation or return phases of the Lewis and Clark expedition, commonly known as the “Eastern Legacy”, including sites in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Missouri, and Illinois.

(2) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Interior.

(3) TRAIL.—The term “Trail” means the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail designated by section 5(a)(6) of the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1244(a)(6)).

SEC. 3. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Extension Study.

(a) In general.—The Secretary shall conduct a study to determine the suitability and feasibility of extending the Trail to include the Eastern Legacy sites.

(b) Contents.—In conducting the study under subsection (a), the Secretary shall—

(1) evaluate the routes followed by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, whether independently or together, during—

(A) the preparation phase of the expedition starting in Monticello, located near Charlottesville, Virginia, and traveling to Wood River, Illinois; and

(B) the return phase of the expedition from St. Louis, Missouri, to Washington, D.C.;

(2) evaluate the suitability and feasibility of adding the Eastern Legacy sites to the Trail;

(3) analyze the potential impact that the inclusion of the Eastern Legacy sites is likely to have on the Eastern Legacy sites; and

(4) analyze the potential impact that the inclusion of the Eastern Legacy sites in the Trail is likely to have on tourist visitation to the western half of the Trail.

(c) Report.—Not later than 2 years after the date on which funds are first made available for the study under subsection (a), the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report containing—

(1) the results of the study; and

(2) any conclusions and recommendations of the Secretary.