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S. 277 (110th): Grand Teton National Park Extension Act of 2007


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 4, 2007 (Passed Congress).


S.277

One Hundred Tenth Congress

of the

United States of America

AT THE FIRST SESSION

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Thursday,

the fourth day of January, two thousand and seven

An Act

To modify the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park to include certain land within the GT Park Subdivision, and for other purposes.

    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 `Grand Teton National Park Extension Act of 2007'.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:

      (1) PARK- The term `Park' means the Grand Teton National Park.

      (2) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior.

      (3) SUBDIVISION- The term `Subdivision' means the GT Park Subdivision, with an area of approximately 49.67 acres, as generally depicted on--

        (A) the plat recorded in the Office of the Teton County Clerk and Recorder on December 16, 1997, numbered 918, entitled `Final Plat GT Park Subdivision', and dated June 18, 1997; and

        (B) the map entitled `2006 Proposed Grand Teton Boundary Adjustment', numbered 136/80,198, and dated March 21, 2006, which shall be on file and available for inspection in appropriate offices of the National Park Service.

SEC. 3. ACQUISITION OF LAND.

    (a) In General- The Secretary may accept from any willing donor the donation of any land or interest in land of the Subdivision.

    (b) Administration- On acquisition of land or an interest in land under subsection (a), the Secretary shall--

      (1) include the land or interest in the boundaries of the Park; and

      (2) administer the land or interest as part of the Park, in accordance with all applicable laws (including regulations).

    (c) Deadline for Acquisition- It is the intent of Congress that the acquisition of land or an interest in land under subsection (a) be completed not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act.

    (d) Restriction on Transfer- The Secretary shall not donate, sell, exchange, or otherwise transfer any land acquired under this section without express authorization from Congress.

SEC. 4. CRAIG THOMAS DISCOVERY AND VISITOR CENTER.

    (a) Findings- Congress finds that--

      (1) Craig Thomas was raised on a ranch just outside of Cody, Wyoming, near Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, where he--

        (A) began a lifelong association with those parks; and

        (B) developed a deep and abiding dedication to the values of the public land of the United States;

      (2) during his 18-year tenure in Congress, including service in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, Craig Thomas forged a distinguished legislative record on issues as diverse as public land management, agriculture, fiscal responsibility, and rural health care;

      (3) as Chairman and Ranking Member of the National Parks Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and a frequent visitor to many units of the National Park System, including Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, Craig Thomas was a strong proponent for ensuring that people of all ages and abilities had a wide range of opportunities to learn more about the natural and cultural heritage of the United States;

      (4) Craig Thomas authored legislation to provide critical funding and management reforms to protect units of the National Park System into the 21st century, ensuring quality visits to units of the National Park System and the protection of natural and cultural resources;

      (5) Craig Thomas strongly supported public-private partnerships and collaboration between the National Park Service and other organizations that foster new opportunities for providing visitor services while encouraging greater citizen involvement in the stewardship of units of the National Park System;

      (6) Craig Thomas was instrumental in obtaining the Federal share for a public-private partnership with the Grand Teton National Park Foundation and the Grand Teton Natural History Association to construct a new discovery and visitor center at Grand Teton National Park;

      (7) on June 4, 2007, Craig Thomas passed away after battling cancer for 7 months;

      (8) Craig Thomas is survived by his wife, Susan, and children, Patrick, Greg, Peter, and Lexie; and

      (9) in memory of the distinguished career of service of Craig Thomas to the people of the United States, the dedication of Craig Thomas to units of the National Park System, generally, and to Grand Teton National Park, specifically, and the critical role of Craig Thomas in the new discovery and visitor center at Grand Teton National Park, the Grand Teton Discovery and Visitor Center should be designated as the `Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center'.

    (b) The Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center-

      (1) DESIGNATION- The Grand Teton Discovery and Visitor Center located in Moose, Wyoming, and scheduled for completion in August 2007 shall be known and designated as the `Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center'.

      (2) REFERENCE- Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to the Grand Teton Discovery and Visitor Center referred to in paragraph (1) shall be deemed to be a reference to the `Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center'.

SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary such sums as are necessary to carry out this Act.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and

President of the Senate.