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Text of the Waco Mammoth National Monument Establishment Act of 2009

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on July 27, 2009 but was never passed by the Senate. The text of the bill below is as of Mar 2, 2010 (Reported by Senate Committee).

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Calendar No. 299

111th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 1376

[Report No. 111–149]

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 28, 2009

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

March 2, 2010

Reported by , without amendment

AN ACT

To establish the Waco Mammoth National Monument in the State of Texas, and for other purposes.

1.

SHORT TITLE

This Act may be cited as the Waco Mammoth National Monument Establishment Act of 2009.

2.

FINDINGS

Congress finds as follows:

(1)

The Waco Mammoth Site area is located near the confluence of the Brazos and the Bosque rivers in Central Texas, near the City of Waco.

(2)

Baylor University has been investigating the site since 1978 after the discovery of bones emerging from eroding creek banks leading to the uncovering of portions of five mammoths.

(3)

Several additional mammoth remains have been uncovered making this the largest known concentration of mammoths dying from the same event.

(4)

The discoveries have received international attention.

(5)

The University and the City of Waco have been working together to protect the site and to develop further research and educational opportunities.

3.

DEFINITIONS

In this Act the following definitions apply:

(1)

National Monument

The term national monument means the Waco Mammoth National Monument, established in section 4.

(2)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

(3)

Map

The term “map” means the map titled “Proposed Boundary Waco-Mammoth National Monument”, numbered T21/80,000, and dated April, 2009.

4.

Waco Mammoth National Monument, Texas

(a)

Establishment

There is established the Waco Mammoth National Monument in the State of Texas, as a unit of the National Park System, as generally depicted on the map.

(b)

Availability of map

The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service.

5.

Administration of National Monument

(a)

In General

The Secretary shall administer the national monument in accordance with this Act, the cooperative agreements described in this section, and laws and regulations generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including the National Park Service Organic Act (39 Stat. 535, 16 U.S.C. 1).

(b)

Cooperative agreements

The Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements for the management of the national monument with Baylor University and City of Waco, pursuant to the National Park Service General Authorities Act (16 U.S.C. 1a–2(1)).

6.

Acquisition of property and boundary management

(a)

Acquisition of property

The Secretary is authorized to acquire from willing sellers lands, or interests in lands, within the proposed boundary of the national monument necessary for effective management.

(b)

Conditions

Lands identified in subsection (a) may be acquired—

(1)

by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, transfer from another Federal agency, or by exchange; and

(2)

in the case of lands owned by the State of Texas, or a political subdivision thereof, or Baylor University only by donation or exchange.

7.

Construction of facilities on Nonfederal lands

(a)

In General

The Secretary is authorized, subject to the appropriation of necessary funds, to construct essential administrative or visitor use facilities on non-Federal lands within the national monument.

(b)

Other funding

In addition to the use of Federal funds authorized in subsection (a), the Secretary may use donated funds, property, and services to carry out this section.

8.

General Management plan

(a)

In General

Not later than three years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with Baylor University and City of Waco, shall prepare a management plan for the national monument.

(b)

Inclusions

The management plan shall include, at a minimum—

(1)

measures for the preservation of the resources of the national monument;

(2)

requirements for the type and extent of development and use of the national monument;

(3)

identification of visitor carrying capacities for national monument; and

(4)

opportunities for involvement by Baylor University, the City of Waco, the State of Texas, and other local and national entities in the formulation of educational programs for the national monu-


ment and for developing and supporting the national monument.

March 2, 2010

Reported without amendment