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H.R. 538 - Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act of 2017

Introduced: 2017-02-01
Bill Status: Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 63.
 

Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act

(Sec. 3) This bill redesignates the Ocmulgee National Monument in Georgia as the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park.

The boundary of the park is adjusted to include approximately 2,100 acres.

The Department of the Interior may acquire lands and interests within the boundaries of the park by donation, purchase from a willing seller, or exchange, but not by condemnation.

Interior shall administer any acquired land as part of the park.

(Sec. 4) Interior shall conduct a special resource study of the Ocmulgee River corridor between the cities of Macon and Hawkinsville, Georgia, to :

  • evaluate the national significance of the study area;
  • determine the suitability and feasibility of designating the study area as a unit of the National Park System; and
  • consider other alternatives for the preservation, protection, and interpretation of the study area by the federal government, state or local government entities, or private and nonprofit organizations.

Full Text

Calendar No. 63

115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 538

[Report No. 115–50]


    To redesignate Ocmulgee National Monument in the State of Georgia and revise its boundary, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 31, 2017

    Received

February 1, 2017

    Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

May 9, 2017

    Reported by Ms. Murkowski, with an amendment

[Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic]


AN ACT

    To redesignate Ocmulgee National Monument in the State of Georgia and revise its boundary, 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 “Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Definitions.

In this Act:

(1) MAP.—The term “map” means the map entitled “Ocmulgee National Monument Proposed Boundary Adjustment, numbered 363/125996”, and dated January 2016.

(2) HISTORICAL PARK.—The term “Historical Park” means the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park in the State of Georgia, as redesignated in section 3.

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

SEC. 3. Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park.

(a) Redesignation.—Ocmulgee National Monument, established pursuant to the Act of June 14, 1934 (48 Stat. 958), shall be known and designated as “Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park”.

(b) References.—Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to “Ocmulgee National Monument”, other than in this Act, shall be deemed to be a reference to “Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park”.

SEC. 4. Boundary adjustment.

(a) In general.—The boundary of the Historical Park is revised to include approximately 2,100 acres, as generally depicted on the map.

(b) Availability of map.—The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service, the Department of the Interior.

SEC. 5. Land acquisition; no buffer zones.

(a) Land acquisition.—The Secretary is authorized to acquire land and interests in land within the boundaries of the Historical Park by donation or exchange only (and in the case of an exchange, no payment may be made by the Secretary to any landowner). The Secretary may not acquire by condemnation any land or interest in land within the boundaries of the Historical Park. No private property or non-Federal public property shall be included within the boundaries of the newly expanded portion of the Historical Park under section 4(a) without the written consent of the owner of such property.

(b) No buffer zones.—Nothing in this Act, the establishment of the Historical Park, or the management of the Historical Park shall be construed to create buffer zones outside of the Historical Park. That an activity or use can be seen or heard from within the Historical Park shall not preclude the conduct of that activity or use outside the Historical Park.

SEC. 6. Administration.

The Secretary shall administer any land acquired under section 5 as part of the Historical Park in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

SEC. 7. Ocmulgee River corridor special resource study.

(a) In general.—The Secretary shall conduct a special resource study of the Ocmulgee River corridor between the cities of Macon, Georgia, and Hawkinsville, Georgia, to determine—

(1) the national significance of the study area;

(2) the suitability and feasibility of adding lands in the study area to the National Park System; and

(3) the methods and means for the protection and interpretation of the study area by the National Park Service, other Federal, State, local government entities, affiliated federally recognized Indian tribes, or private or nonprofit organizations.

(b) Criteria.—The Secretary shall conduct the study authorized by this Act in accordance with section 100507 of title 54, United States Code.

(c) Results of study.—Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this section, 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—

(1) the results of the study; and

(2) any findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the Secretary.

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act ”.

SEC. 2. Definitions.

In this Act:

(1) HISTORICAL PARK.—The term “Historical Park” means the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park in the State of Georgia, as redesignated by section 3(a)(1).

(2) MAP.—The term “map” means the map entitled “Ocmulgee National Monument Proposed Boundary Adjustment”, numbered 363/125996, and dated January 2016.

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

(4) STUDY AREA.—The term “study area” means the Ocmulgee River corridor between the cities of Macon, Georgia, and Hawkinsville, Georgia.

SEC. 3. Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park.

(a) Redesignation.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Ocmulgee National Monument, established pursuant to the Act of June 14, 1934 (48 Stat. 958, chapter 519), shall be known and designated as the “Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park”.

(2) REFERENCES.—Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to the “Ocmulgee National Monument” shall be deemed to be a reference to the “Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park”.

(b) Boundary adjustment.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The boundary of the Historical Park is revised to include approximately 2,100 acres of land, as generally depicted on the map.

(2) AVAILABILITY OF MAP.—The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service.

(c) Land acquisition.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary may acquire land and interests in land within the boundaries of the Historical Park by donation, purchase from a willing seller with donated or appropriated funds, or exchange.

(2) LIMITATION.—The Secretary may not acquire by condemnation any land or interest in land within the boundaries of the Historical Park.

(d) Administration.—The Secretary shall administer any land acquired under subsection (c) as part of the Historical Park in accordance with applicable laws (including regulations).

SEC. 4. Ocmulgee River corridor special resource study.

(a) In general.—The Secretary shall conduct a special resource study of the study area.

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

(1) evaluate the national significance of the study area;

(2) determine the suitability and feasibility of designating the study area as a unit of the National Park System;

(3) consider other alternatives for preservation, protection, and interpretation of the study area by the Federal Government, State or local government entities, or private and nonprofit organizations;

(4) consult with interested Federal agencies, State or local governmental entities, private and nonprofit organizations, or any other interested individuals; and

(5) identify cost estimates for any Federal acquisition, development, interpretation, operation, and maintenance associated with the alternatives.

(c) Applicable law.—The study required under subsection (a) shall be conducted in accordance with section 100507 of title 54, United States Code.

(d) Report.—Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are first made available to carry out 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 that describes—

(1) the results of the study; and

(2) any conclusions and recommendations of the Secretary.


Calendar No. 63

115th CONGRESS
     1st Session
H. R. 538
[Report No. 115–50]

AN ACT
    To redesignate Ocmulgee National Monument in the State of Georgia and revise its boundary, and for other purposes.

May 9, 2017
    Reported with an amendment

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