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104th Congress Report
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
1st Session 104-60
WALNUT CANYON NATIONAL MONUMENT BOUNDARY MODIFICATION ACT OF 1995
February 28, 1995.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on
the State of the Union and ordered to be printed
Mr. Young of Alaska, from the Committee on Resources, submitted the
R E P O R T
[To accompany H.R. 562]
[Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
The Committee on Resources, to whom was referred the bill
(H.R. 562) to modify the boundaries of Walnut Canyon National
Monument in the State of Arizona, having considered the same,
report favorably thereon with an amendment and recommend that
the bill as amended do pass.
The amendment is as follows:
Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert in lieu
thereof the following:
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Walnut Canyon National Monument
Boundary Modification Act of 1995''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.
(a) Findings.--The Congress finds that:
(1) Walnut Canyon National Monument was established for the
preservation and interpretation of certain settlements and land
use patterns associated with the prehistoric Sinaguan culture
of northern Arizona.
(2) Major cultural resources associated with the purposes of
Walnut Canyon National Monument are near the boundary and are
currently managed under multiple-use objectives of the adjacent
national forest. These concentrations of cultural resources,
often referred to as ``forts'', would be more effectively
managed as part of the National Park System.
(b) Purpose.--The purpose of this Act is to modify the boundaries of
the Walnut Canyon National Monument (hereafter in this Act referred to
as the ``national monument'') to improve management of the national
monument and associated resources.
SEC. 3. BOUNDARY MODIFICATION.
Effective on the date of enactment of this Act, the boundaries of the
national monument shall be modified as depicted on the map entitled
``Boundary Proposal--Walnut Canyon National Monument, Coconino County,
Arizona'', numbered 360/80,010, and dated September 1994. Such map
shall be on file and available for public inspection in the offices of
the Director of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
The Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of
Agriculture, is authorized to make technical and clerical corrections
to such map.
SEC. 4. ACQUISITION AND TRANSFER OF PROPERTY.
The Secretary of the Interior is authorized to acquire lands and
interest in lands within the national monument, by donation, purchase
with donated or appropriated funds, or exchange. Federal property
within the boundaries of the national monument (as modified by this
Act) is hereby transferred to the administrative jurisdiction of the
Secretary of the Interior for management as part of the national
monument. Federal property excluded from the monument pursuant to the
boundary modification under section 3 is hereby transferred to the
administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture to be
managed as a part of the Coconino National Forest.
SEC. 5. ADMINISTRATION.
The Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the
National Park Service, shall manage the national monument in accordance
with this Act and the provisions of law generally applicable to units
of the National Park Service, including ``An Act to establish a
National Park Service, and for other purposes'' approved August 25,
1916 (39 Stat. 535; 16 U.S.C. 1, 2-4).
SEC. 6. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
There is hereby authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be
necessary to carry out this Act.
purpose of the bill
The purpose of H.R. 562 is to modify the boundaries of the
Walnut Canyon National Monument in the State of Arizona.
background and need for legislation
Walnut Canyon National Monument was established by
Presidential Proclamation in 1915 to preserve and protect
numerous Sinaguan cliff dwellings and associated sites. The
Monument was expanded in 1938 and again in 1956, and consists
of 2300 acres, of which approximately 238 are privately owned.
Significant Sinaguan resources remain outside the boundaries of
the Monument, some under private ownership and some within the
boundaries of the surrounding Coconino National Forest.
Within Walnut Canyon are five areas where archeological
sites are concentrated around natural promontories extending
into the canyon; early archaeologists referred to these cites
as ``forts.'' Three of the five forts are within the current
boundaries; the two remaining are on Forest Service land
adjacent to the Monument. The second fort is located on
privately owned land within the boundary. A forty acre parcel
adjacent to that land contains part of that fort as well as the
Santa Fe Dam, which is listed on the National Register of
H.R. 562 as reported modifies the boundaries of Walnut
Canyon National Monument pursuant to a referenced map. The
boundary modification would add approximately 1,292 acres to
the Monument. Of these acres, approximately 1,239 will be
administratively transferred from the Forest Service and 53
acres are privately owned. In addition, approximately 54 acres
would be deleted from the Monument and administratively
transferred to the Forest Service to be managed as part of the
Coconino National Forest. The Secretary of the Interior is
authorized to acquire the privately-owned lands and interests
in lands within the Monument, and is directed to manage the
modified Monument as a unit of the National Park System. The
legislation authorizes such sums as may be necessary to carry
out the purposes of the Act.
H.R. 562 was introduced by Mr. Hayworth from Arizona on
January 18, 1995. The bill was referred to the Committee on
Resources, and within the Committee to the Subcommittee on
National Parks, Forests and Lands. A hearing was held by the
Subcommittee on H.R. 562 on January 24, 1995. At the
Subcommittee markup on January 26, 1995, Mr. Hayworth offered
an amendment to H.R. 562 which added 53 acres of private land
to the Monument. The amendment was adopted by voice vote and
the bill, as amended, was ordered reported to the Full
Committee. At the Full Committee meeting on February 15, 1995,
Mr. Hayworth offered an amendment to the bill which made a
technical change in the map reference. This amendment was
adopted by voice vote, and the bill, as amended, was ordered
favorably reported to the House of Representatives by voice
vote, with the presence of a quorum.
committee oversight findings and recommendations
Pursuant to clause 2(l)(3) of rule XI of the Rules of the
House of Representatives and clause 2(b)(1) of rule X of the
Rules of the House of Representatives, the Committee's
oversight findings and recommendations are reflected in the
body of this report.
inflationary impact statement
Pursuant to clause 2(l)(4) of rule XI of the Rules of the
House of Representatives, the Committee estimates that the
enactment of H.R. 562 will have no significant inflationary
impact on prices and costs in the operation of the national
cost of the legislation
Clause 7(a) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of
Representatives requires an estimate and a comparison by the
Committee of the costs which would be incurred in carrying out
H.R. 562. However, clause 7(d) of that Rule provides that this
requirement does not apply when the Committee has included in
its report a timely submitted cost estimate of the bill
prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget Office
under section 403 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.
compliance with house rule xi
1. With respect to the requirements of clause 2(l)(3)(A) of
rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Lands held a
hearings on January 24, 1995, to modify the boundaries of
Walnut Canyon National Monument and the oversight findings and
recommendations of the Committee are reflected in this report.
2. With respect to the requirement of clause 2(l)(3)(D) of
rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the
Committee has received no report of oversight findings and
recommendations from the Committee on Government Reform and
Oversight on the subject of H.R. 562.
3. With respect to the requirement of clause 2(l)(3)(C) of
rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives and
section 403 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the
Committee has received the following cost estimate for H.R. 562
from the Director of the Congressional Budget Office.
congressional budget office cost estimate
Congressional Budget Office,
Washington, DC, February 23, 1995.
Hon. Don Young,
Chairman, Committee on Resources, House of Representatives, Washington,
Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has
reviewed H.R. 562, the Walnut Canyon National Monument Boundary
Modification Act of 1995, as ordered reported by the House
Committee on Resources on February 15, 1995. We estimate that
implementing this bill would cost the Federal government less
than $200,000, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.
H.R. 562 would not affect direct spending or receipts;
therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures would not apply.
H.R. 562 would modify the boundaries of the Walnut Canyon
National Monument in Arizona. Under section 4 of the bill,
approximately 1239 acres of Forest Service land added to the
monument would be transferred to National Park Service (NPS)
jurisdiction, while about 54 acres of land excluded from the
new boundary would be transferred to Forest Service
jurisdiction. The new boundary also would encompass an
additional 53 acres of privately owned land, which could be
acquired by purchase, donation, or exchange.
CBO estimates that the federal government could spend up to
$200,000 if the NPS purchases the private acreage added to the
park boundary. Based on information provided by the agency,
however, it appears likely that this property would not be
acquired for several years (if at all). Additional costs to
survey, map, and manage the new park areas would not be
Enactment of this legislation would have no impact on the
budgets of state or local governments.
If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Deborah Reis.
James L. Blum
(For Robert D. Reischauer, Director).
changes in existing law
If enacted, H.R. 562 would make no changes in existing law.
The Committee has received no departmental reports on H.R.