H. R. 5978
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 28, 2006
Mr. Blunt introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of including the battlefields and related sites of the First and Second Battles of Newtonia, Missouri, during the Civil War as part of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield or designating the battlefields and related sites as a separate unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes.
National Park System special resource study, Newtonia Civil War Battlefields, Missouri
Special resource study
The Secretary of the Interior shall conduct a special resource study relating to the First Battle of Newtonia in Newton County, Missouri, which occurred on September 30, 1862, and the Second Battle of Newtonia, which occurred on October 28, 1864, during the Missouri Expedition of Confederate General Sterling Price in September and October 1864.
In conducting the study under subsection (a), the Secretary shall—
evaluate the national significance of the Newtonia battlefields and their related sites;
findings and recommendations contained in the document entitled
Plan for Newtonia Battlefield Preservation and dated June 2004, which
was prepared by the Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association;
evaluate the suitability and feasibility of adding the battlefields and related sites as part of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield or designating the battlefields and related sites as a unit of the National Park System;
analyze the potential impact that the inclusion of the battlefields and related sites as part of Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield or their designation as a unit of the National Park System is likely to have on land within or bordering the battlefields and related sites that is privately owned at the time of the study is conducted;
consider alternatives for preservation, protection, and interpretation of the battlefields and related sites by the National Park Service, other Federal, State, or local governmental entities, or private and nonprofit organizations; and
identify cost estimates for any necessary acquisition, development, interpretation, operation, and maintenance associated with the alternatives referred to in paragraph (5).
The criteria for the study of areas for potential inclusion in the National Park System contained in section 8 of Public Law 91–383 (16 U.S.C. 1a–5) shall apply to the study under subsection (a).
Transmission to congress
Not later than three years after the date on which funds are first made available for the study under subsection (a), the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report containing—
the results of the study; and
any conclusions and recommendations of the Secretary.