H.R. 658 (110th): Natural Resource Protection Cooperative Agreement Act

110th Congress, 2007–2009. Text as of Mar 20, 2007 (Referred to Senate Committee).

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110th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 658

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 20, 2007

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

AN ACT

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into cooperative agreements to protect natural resources of units of the National Park System through collaborative efforts on land inside and outside of units of the National Park System, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Natural Resource Protection Cooperative Agreement Act.

2.

Cooperative agreements for national park natural resource protection

(a)

In General

The Secretary of the Interior (referred to in this Act as the Secretary) may enter into cooperative agreements with State, local, or tribal governments, other Federal agencies, other public entities, educational institutions, private nonprofit organizations, or participating private landowners for the purpose of protecting natural resources of units of the National Park System through collaborative efforts on land inside and outside of National Park System units.

(b)

Terms and Conditions

A cooperative agreement entered into under subsection (a) shall provide clear and direct benefits to park natural resources and—

(1)

provide for—

(A)

the preservation, conservation, and restoration of coastal and riparian systems, watersheds, and wetlands;

(B)

preventing, controlling, or eradicating invasive exotic species that are within a unit of the National Park System or adjacent to a unit of the National Park System; or

(C)

restoration of natural resources, including native wildlife habitat or ecosystems;

(2)

include a statement of purpose demonstrating how the agreement will—

(A)

enhance science-based natural resource stewardship at the unit of the National Park System; and

(B)

benefit the parties to the agreement;

(3)

specify any staff required and technical assistance to be provided by the Secretary or other parties to the agreement in support of activities inside and outside the unit of the National Park System that will—

(A)

protect natural resources of the unit of the National Park System; and

(B)

benefit the parties to the agreement;

(4)

identify any materials, supplies, or equipment and any other resources that will be contributed by the parties to the agreement or by other Federal agencies;

(5)

describe any financial assistance to be provided by the Secretary or the partners to implement the agreement;

(6)

ensure that any expenditure by the Secretary pursuant to the agreement is determined by the Secretary to support the purposes of natural resource stewardship at a unit of the National Park System; and

(7)

include such other terms and conditions as are agreed to by the Secretary and the other parties to the agreement.

(c)

Limitations

The Secretary shall not use any funds associated with an agreement entered into under subsection (a) for the purposes of land acquisition, regulatory activity, or the development, maintenance, or operation of infrastructure, except for ancillary support facilities that the Secretary determines to be necessary for the completion of projects or activities identified in the agreement.

(d)

Funding

Funds available to carry out the provisions of this Act shall be limited to programs and amounts specified in the statute for such use in the annual appropriation Act for the National Park Service.

Passed the House of Representatives March 19, 2007.

Lorraine C. Miller,

Clerk.