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Text of the Fort Clatsop National Memorial Expansion Act of 1998

This bill was introduced on March 5, 1998, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Mar 5, 1998 (Introduced).

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HR 3378 IH

105th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3378

To amend the Act entitled ‘An Act to provide for the establishment of Fort Clatsop National Memorial in the State of Oregon, and for other purposes’, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire additional lands for Fort Clatsop National Memorial in accordance with the Fort Clatsop National Memorial’s General Management Plan dated June 1995.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 5, 1998

Ms. FURSE introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources


A BILL

To amend the Act entitled ‘An Act to provide for the establishment of Fort Clatsop National Memorial in the State of Oregon, and for other purposes’, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire additional lands for Fort Clatsop National Memorial in accordance with the Fort Clatsop National Memorial’s General Management Plan dated June 1995.

    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 ‘Fort Clatsop National Memorial Expansion Act of 1998’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    The Congress finds the following:

      (1) The cross-country expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, known as ‘The Corps of Discovery’, was a very important exploratory journey in American history that provided invaluable geographic, scientific, and cultural information.

      (2) In 1805, the members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition built Fort Clatsop at the mouth of the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon, where they spent 106 days waiting for the end of winter and preparing for their journey home.

      (3) As the westernmost point and the second longest stopover of the expedition, and as the site where Lewis and Clark edited their journals and prepared many of their maps, Fort Clatsop is a uniquely special place in the journey of Lewis and Clark.

      (4) The Fort Clatsop National Memorial was created by Congress in 1958 for the purpose of commemorating the culmination, and the winter encampment, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition following its successful crossing of the North American continent, and is the only National Park Service site solely dedicated to the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

      (5) The 1995 General Management Plan for the Fort Clatsop National Memorial, prepared with input from the local community, calls for the addition of lands to the memorial to include the trail used by expedition members to travel from the fort to the Pacific Ocean and to include the shore and forest lands surrounding the fort and trail to protect their natural settings.

      (6) Expansion of the Fort Clatsop National Memorial would require Federal legislation because the size of the memorial is currently limited by statute to 130 acres.

      (7) Congressional action to allow for the expansion of Fort Clatsop would be both timely and appropriate before the start of the national bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition planned to take place during the years 2004 through 2006.

SEC. 3. ACQUISITION OF LANDS FOR FORT CLATSOP NATIONAL MEMORIAL.

    The Act entitled ‘An Act to provide for the establishment of Fort Clatsop National Memorial in the State of Oregon, and for other purposes’, approved May 29, 1958 (Chapter 158; 72 Stat. 153), is amended--

      (1) in section 2 (16 U.S.C. 450mm-1)--

        (A) by striking ‘: Provided,’ and all that follows through the end of the sentence and inserting a period;

        (B) by inserting ‘(a)’ before ‘The Secretary of the Interior’; and

        (C) by adding at the end the following:

    ‘(b) In addition to the land and improvements designated under subsection (a), the Fort Clatsop National Memorial shall include land and improvements that are acquired by the Secretary of the Interior under section 3(b).’;

      (2) in section 3 (16 U.S.C. 450mm-2), by inserting ‘(a)’ before ‘Within the area’, and by adding at the end the following:

    ‘(b)(1) In addition to lands acquired under subsection (a), the Secretary of the Interior may acquire for inclusion in the Fort Clatsop National Memorial any land or improvements located in areas identified on the map entitled ‘Fort Clatsop Boundary Map’ and numbered 405-80016-CCO-June 1996 as appropriate to preserve the historic scene and provide lands for the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

    ‘(2) The Secretary may make acquisitions under this subsection only by purchase from willing sellers using appropriated or donated amounts, by willing donation, or by exchange in accordance with paragraph (3).

    ‘(3)(A) To acquire land or improvements under this subsection by exchange, the Secretary may enter into exchanges of lands or improvements administered by the National Park Service, the Forest Service, or the Bureau of Land Management for lands or improvements in Clatsop County, Oregon, that are of approximately equal value and that are owned by any non-Federal person.

    ‘(B) An exchange under this paragraph shall be made--

      ‘(i) in the case of an exchange of land or improvements administered or to be administered after the exchange by the Forest Service, in accordance with otherwise applicable provisions of the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act (7 U.S.C. 1000 et seq.), the Act of March 1, 1911 (Chapter 186; 16 U.S.C. 552), popularly known as the Weeks Law, and other provisions of law governing the disposal or acquisition by exchange of National Forest lands; and

      ‘(ii) in the case of an exchange of land or improvements administered or to be administered after the exchange by the Bureau of Land Management, in accordance with otherwise applicable provisions of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.).’; and

      (3) in section 4 (16 U.S.C. 460mm-3), by inserting ‘(a)’ before ‘Establishment of’, and by adding at the end the following:

    ‘(b) Before issuing any regulations governing the protection, public use, or management of land or improvement acquired under section 3(b), the Secretary shall seek comment from the government of Clatsop County, Oregon, and persons that reside in the vicinity of the land or improvement. The Secretary shall ensure that any management or use of the land or improvement is consistent with the General Management Plan for Fort Clatsop National Memorial, as in effect on the effective date of this subsection, and all laws and policies otherwise applicable to the land or improvement.’.