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Text of A bill to create a national park at Natchez, Mississippi.

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 7, 1988. The text of the bill below is as of Oct 7, 1988 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill).

102 STAT. 2324                   PUBLIC LAW 100-479—OCT. 7, 1988

                    Public Law 100-479
                    100th Congress
                                                     An Act
  Oct. 7, 1988
                                  To create a national park at Natchez, Mississippi.
  [H.R. 4457]
                     Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
Historic            United States of America in Congress assembled,
preservation.
Conservation.       SECTION 1. PURPOSES.
16 u s e 410oo.
                      The purposes of this Act are to—
                          (1) preserve and interpret the history of Natchez, Mississippi,
                        as a significant city in the history of the American South;
                          (2) preserve and interpret the sites and structures associated
                        with all the peoples of Natchez and its surrounding area from
                        earliest inhabitants to the modern era, and including blacks
                        both slave and free;
                          (3) preserve and interpret the region's social, political, and
                        economic development, with particular emphasis on the pre-
                        and post-Civil War eras; and
                          (4) preserve and interpret the region's commercial and agri-
                        cultural history, especially in relation to the Mississippi River
                        and cotton.
16 u s e 410OO-1.   SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF NATCHP]Z NATIONAL IIISTOKICAL PARK.
                       (a) IN GENERAL.—In order to provide for the benefit, inspiration,
                    and education of the American people, there is hereby established
                    the Natchez National Historical Park (hereinafter in this Act re-
                    ferred to as the "park") in the State of Mississippi.
                       (b) AREA INCLUDED.—The park shall consist of the historic dis-
                    tricts established under this Act and the following properties:
                             (1) The lands and structures known as Melrose, together with
                          all personal property located on such lands.
                             (2) The lands and improvements thereon known as, or associ-
                          ated with, Fort Rosalie.
                    The property referred to in paragraph (2) shall be included within
                    the park only if the Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter in this Act
                    referred to as the "Secretary") determines that the historic re-
                    sources of Fort Rosalie are of sufficient national significance and
                    integrity to warrant inclusion in the National Park System. The
                    Secretary shall make such determination after receiving from the
                    Governor of the State of Mississippi and the mayor of the city of
                    Natchez, in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Offi-
                    cer, a recommendation based on scholarly research as to the
                    national significance and integrity of such historic resources.
                       (c) BOUNDARIES; MAP.—The Secretary shall prepare a map of the
Public              lands included within the park. Such map shall be on file and
information.        available for public inspection in the offices of the National Park
District of         Service at the park and at the Department of the Interior in the
Columbia.
                    District of Columbia. The Secretary may from time to time make
                    minor revisions in the boundary of the park in accordance with
                    section 7(c) of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965
                    (16 U.S.C. 4601-4 and following).

PUBLIC LAW 100-479—OCT. 7, 1988 102 STAT. 2325 SE(L .-5. ACQUISITION OF PROPERTY. 16 USC 410oo-2. Except as otherwise provided in this section, the Secretary may acquire, by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, or exchange, land or interests in land, together with structures and other improvements thereon and personal property, which is in- cluded within the park. In addition the Secretary may acquire by any such means such personal property associated with the park as he deems appropriate for interpretation of the park and such addi- tional lands and properties as may be necessary for purposes of an administrative headquarters and administrative site. Any land, in- terests in land, structures, improvements, or personal property owned by the State of Mississippi or any political subdivision thereof, may be acquired only by donation. The Secretary may not acquire fee title to any property other than the property he deems necessary for an administrative site and headquarters and the property referred to in paragraph (1) or (2) of section 2, and the Secretary may not acquire the property referred to in paragraph (1) of section 2 unless at least 25 per centum of the fair market value of such property (as determined by the Secretary) is donated to the United States in connection with such acquisition. SEC. 4. ADMINISTRATION OF PARK. 16 USC 410oo-3. (a) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall administer the park in accordance with this Act and with the provisions of law generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including the Act entitled "An Act to establish a National Park Service, and for other purposes", approved August 25, 1916 (39 Stat. 535; 16 U.S.C. 1-4) and the Act of August 21, 1935 (49 Stat. 666; 16 U.S.C. 461-467). Prop- Public erties acquired under this Act for purposes of inclusion in the park information. shall be available for visitor inspection and enjoyment as promptly as practicable after the date of acquisition notwithstanding the absence of a park management plan. (b) DONATIONS.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary may accept and expend donations of funds, property, or services from individuals, foundations, corporations, or public enti- ties for the purpose of providing services and facilities which he deems consistent with the purposes of this Act. (c) HISTORIC DISTRICTS.— (1) STUDY OF HISTORIC PROPERTIES.—The Secretary shall pre- pare and transmit to the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the United States House of Representatives and to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the United States Senate a study of the properties in the city of Natchez and its immediate environs that preserve and interpret the history contained in the purposes of this Act. Such report shall Reports, consider which properties best exemplify such purposes and appropriate means for providing technical assistance to, and interpretation of, such properties. The study and report shall include consideration of Natchez-Under-the-Hill and the Briars. (2) ESTABLISHMENT OF DISTRICTS.—Following completion of the study under paragraph (1), but not later than one year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish historic districts in the city of Natchez and its immediate environs for the preservation and interpretation of the re- sources that contribute to the understanding of the purposes of this Act.
102 STAT. 2326 PUBLIC LAW 100-479—OCT. 7, 1988 (3) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH O W N E R S . — I n f u r t h e r a n c e of t h e purposes of this Act, a n d after consultation with t h e Advisory Commission established by this Act, t h e Secretary is authorized t o e n t e r into cooperative a g r e e m e n t s with t h e owners of properties of historical or c u l t u r a l significance (as d e t e r m i n e d by t h e Secretary) within a n y historic district estab- lished u n d e r this subsection. Such a g r e e m e n t s shall p e r m i t t h e Secretary to m a r k , i n t e r p r e t , improve, restore, a n d provide technical assistance w i t h respect t o t h e preservation a n d i n t e r p r e t a t i o n of such properties. Such a g r e e m e n t s shall con- tain, b u t need n o t be limited to, provisions t h a t t h e Secretary shall h a v e t h e right of access a t reasonable times to public portions of a n y p r o p e r t y covered by such a g r e e m e n t for pur- poses of conducting visitors t h r o u g h such properties a n d inter- preting t h e m to t h e public, a n d t h a t no changes or alterations shall be m a d e in t h e property except by m u t u a l a g r e e m e n t between t h e Secretary a n d o t h e r parties to t h e agreement, (d) G E N E R A L M A N A G E M E N T P L A N . — W i t h i n t h r e e complete fiscal y e a r s after t h e e n a c t m e n t of this Act, t h e Secretary shall submit to t h e Committee on Interior a n d I n s u l a r Affairs of t h e United States House of Representatives a n d to t h e Committee on Energy a n d N a t u r a l Resources of t h e United S t a t e s S e n a t e a general manage- m e n t plan for t h e park. T h e plan shall be prepared in accordance with section 12(b) of t h e Act of August 18, 1970 (84 Stat. 825; 16 U.S.C. l a - 1 t h r o u g h l a - 7 ) . Such plan shall identify a p p r o p r i a t e facilities for proper i n t e r p r e t a t i o n of t h e site for visitors. Gifts and SEC. 5. NATCHEZ TRACE STUDY. property. 16 u s e 410OO-4. The Secretary shall p r e p a r e , in consultation with t h e city of Natchez, a study of t h e feasibility of extending t h e Natchez Trace within t h e city of Natchez, including t h e acceptance of donations of rights-of-way. T h e Secretary shall t r a n s m i t t h e study to t h e Commit- tee on Interior a n d I n s u l a r Affairs of t h e United States House of Representatives a n d to t h e Committee on Energy a n d N a t u r a l Resources of t h e United States S e n a t e within one y e a r after t h e d a t e of e n a c t m e n t of this Act. 16 u s e 4i0oo-5. SEC. 6. ADVISORY COMMISSION. (a) ESTABLISHMENT.—There is hereby established t h e Natchez Na- tional Historical P a r k Advisory Commission (hereinafter in this Act referred to a s t h e ' A d v i s o r y Commission"). T h e Advisory Commis- sion shall be composed of six m e m b e r s appointed by t h e Secretary. Two of such m e m b e r s shall be appointed from a m o n g individuals n o m i n a t e d by t h e mayor of Natchez a n d one i'rom a m o n g individuals n o m i n a t e d by t h e Governor of Mississippi. Two of t h e m e m b e r s shall have expertise in historic preservation a n d one shall have expertise in a r c h i t e c t u r a l history. A n y m e m b e r of t h e Advisory Commission appointed for a definite t e r m m a y serve after t h e expiration of his t e r m until his successor is appointed. T h e Advisory Commission shall designate o n e of its m e m b e r s a s Chairperson. (b) M A N A G E M E N T A N D DEVELOPMENT ISSUES.—The S e c r e t a r y , or his designee, shall from time to time, b u t a t least semiannually, meet a n d consult with t h e Advisory Commission on m a t t e r s relating to t h e m a n a g e m e n t a n d development of t h e park. (c) M E E T I N G S . — T h e Advisory Commission shall meet on a r e g u l a r Public basis. Notice of meetings a n d agenda shall be published in local information. newspapers which have a distribution which generally covers t h e
PUBLIC LAW 100-479—OCT. 7, 1988 102 STAT. 2327 area affected by the park. Advisory Commission meetings shall be held at locations and in such a manner as to ensure adequate public involvement. (d) EXPENSES.—Members of the Advisory Commission shall serve without compensation as such, but the Secretary may pay expenses reasonably incurred in carrying out their responsibilities under this Act on vouchers signed by the Chairman. (e) CHARTER.—The provisions of section 14(b) of the Federal Ad- visory Committee Act (Act of October (5, 1972; 86 Stat. 776), are hereby waived with respect to this Advisory Commission. SEC. 7. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. 16 USC 410oo-6. There are hereby authorized to be appropriated not to exceed $12,000,000 to carry out this Act. Approved October 7, 1988. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—H.R. 4457: HOUSE REPORTS: No. 100-793 (Comm. on Interior and Insular Affairs). SENATE REPORTS: No. 100-538 (Comm. on Energy and Natural Resources). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 134 (1988): July 26, considered and passed House. Sept. 27, considered and passed Senate.