H.R. 433 (103rd): Big Thicket National Preserve Addition Act of 1993

103rd Congress, 1993–1994. Text as of Jan 05, 1993 (Introduced).

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HR 433 IH

103d CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 433

To increase the size of the Big Thicket National Preserve in the State of Texas by adding the Village Creek Corridor unit, the Big Sandy Corridor unit, the Canyonlands unit, the Sabine River Blue Elbow unit, and addition to the Lower Neches Corridor unit.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 5, 1993

Mr. WILSON introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

To increase the size of the Big Thicket National Preserve in the State of Texas by adding the Village Creek Corridor unit, the Big Sandy Corridor unit, the Canyonlands unit, the Sabine River Blue Elbow unit, and addition to the Lower Neches Corridor unit.

    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 ‘Big Thicket National Preserve Addition Act of 1993’.

SEC. 2. ADDITIONS TO THE BIG THICKET NATIONAL PRESERVE.

    (a) ADDITIONS- Subsection (b) of the first section of the Act entitled ‘An Act to authorize the establishment of the Big Thicket National Preserve in the State of Texas, and for other purposes’, approved October 11, 1974 (16 U.S.C. 698), hereafter referred to as the ‘Act’, is amended as follows:

      (1) Strike out ‘map entitled ‘Big Thicket National Preserve’ ’ and all that follows through ‘Secretary of the Interior (hereafter referred to as the ‘Secretary’)’ and insert in lieu thereof ‘map entitled ‘Big Thicket National Preserve’, dated October 19, 1990, and numbered 20031 C, which shall be on file and available for public inspection in the offices of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, and offices of the Superintendent of the preserve. After advising the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate, in writing, the Secretary of the Interior (hereafter referred to as the ‘Secretary’) may make minor revisions of the boundaries of the preserve when necessary by publication of a revised drawing or other boundary description in the Federal Register. The Secretary’.

      (2) Strike out ‘and’ at the end of the penultimate undesignated paragraph relating to Little Pine Island-Pine Island Bayou corridor unit.

      (3) Strike out the period in the ultimate undesignated paragraph relating to Lance Rosier unit and insert in lieu thereof a semicolon.

      (4) Add at the end thereof the following:

      ‘Village Creek Corridor unit, Hardin County, Texas, comprising approximately 5,309 acres;

      ‘Big Sandy Corridor unit, Hardin, Polk, and Tyler Counties, Texas, comprising approximately 4,818 acres;

      ‘Canyonlands unit, Tyler County, Texas, comprising approximately 1,476 acres;

      ‘Sabine River Blue Elbow unit, Orange County, Texas, comprising approximately 3,592 acres; and

      ‘Addition to the Lower Neches River Corridor unit, Orange and Jasper Counties, Texas, comprising approximately 750 acres.’.

    (b) ACQUISITION- (1) Subsection (c) of the first section of such Act is amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in lieu thereof the following: ‘The Secretary is authorized to acquire by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, transfer from any other Federal agency, or exchange, any lands, waters, or interests therein which are located within the boundaries of the preserve: Provided, That the Secretary may acquire scenic easements on privately owned undeveloped lands located within the boundaries of the Village Creek Corridor, Big Sandy Corridor, Canyonlands, Blue Elbow, or Lower Neches River unit: Provided further, That privately owned undeveloped lands located within any such unit may be acquired only with the consent of the owner: Provided further, That the Secretary may acquire lands owned by commercial timber companies only by donation or exchange: Provided further, That any lands owned by the State of Texas, or any of its political subdivisions may be acquired by donation only.’.

    (2) Add at the end of the first section the following new subsections:

    ‘(d) Within 60 days after enactment of this subsection, the Secretary and the Secretary of Agriculture shall identify lands within their jurisdictions located within the vicinity of the preserve which may be suitable for exchange for commercial timber lands within the preserve. In so doing, the Secretary of Agriculture shall seek to identify for exchange national forest lands that are near or adjacent to private lands that are already owned by the commercial timber companies and are of sufficient size and configuration for commercial timber use. Such national forest lands shall be located in the Sabine National Forest in Sabine County, Texas, in the Davy Crockett National Forest south of Texas State Highway 7, or in other sites deemed mutually agreeable. In exercising this exchange authority, the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture may utilize any authorities or procedures otherwise available to them in connection with land exchanges, and which are not inconsistent with the purposes of this Act. The values of the properties so exchanges shall be approximately equal or, if they are not approximately equal, shall be equalized by the payment of cash to the grantor or to the respective Secretary as circumstances require. Such exchanges shall be completed as soon as possible, but no later than two years after the date of enactment of this subsection.

    ‘(e) With respect to the 37 acre area owned by the Louisiana-Pacific Corporation or its subsidiary, Kirby Forest Industries, Inc., on Big Sandy Creek in Hardin County, Texas, and now utilized as part of the Indian Springs Youth Camp (H.G/ King Abstract 822), the Secretary shall not acquire such area without the consent of the owner so long as the area is used exclusively as a youth camp.’.

    (c) PUBLICATION OF BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION- Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register a detailed description of the boundary of the Village Creek Corridor unit, the Big Sandy Corridor unit, the Canyonlands unit, the Sabine River Blue Elbow unit, and the addition to the Lower Neches River unit of the Big Thicket National Preserve.

    (d) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- Section 6 of such Act is amended by inserting at the end thereof the following new sentence: ‘Effective upon date of enactment of this paragraph, there is authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of subsections 1(c) and 1(d).’.