H. R. 926
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 9, 2009
Ms. Markey of Colorado introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
To establish the Cache La Poudre River National Heritage Area, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Cache La Poudre River National Heritage Area Act of 2009.
In this Act:
The term Heritage Area means the Cache La Poudre River National Heritage Area established by section 3(a).
Local coordinating entity
The term local coordinating entity means the Poudre Heritage Alliance, the local coordinating entity for the Heritage Area designated by section 3(d).
The term management plan means the management plan for the Heritage Area required under section 5(a).
The term map means the map entitled
Cache La Poudre River National Heritage Area, numbered 960/80,003, and dated April, 2004.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
The term State means the State of Colorado.
Cache la poudre river national heritage area
There is established in the State the Cache La Poudre River National Heritage Area.
The Heritage Area shall consist of the area depicted on the map.
The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of—
the National Park Service; and
the local coordinating entity.
Local coordinating entity
The local coordinating entity for the Heritage Area shall be the Poudre Heritage Alliance, a nonprofit organization incorporated in the State.
To carry out the management plan, the Secretary, acting through the local coordinating entity, may use amounts made available under this Act—
to make grants to the State (including any political subdivision of the State), nonprofit organizations, and other individuals;
to enter into cooperative agreements with, or provide technical assistance to, the State (including any political subdivision of the State), nonprofit organizations, and other interested parties;
to hire and compensate staff, which shall include individuals with expertise in natural, cultural, and historical resource protection, and heritage programming;
to obtain funds or services from any source, including funds or services that are provided under any other Federal law or program;
to enter into contracts for goods or services; and
to serve as a catalyst for any other activity that—
furthers the purposes and goals of the Heritage Area; and
is consistent with the approved management plan.
The local coordinating entity shall—
in accordance with section 5, prepare and submit to the Secretary a management plan for the Heritage Area;
assist units of local government, regional planning organizations, and nonprofit organizations in carrying out the approved management plan by—
carrying out programs and projects that recognize, protect, and enhance important resource values located in the Heritage Area;
establishing and maintaining interpretive exhibits and programs in the Heritage Area;
developing recreational and educational opportunities in the Heritage Area;
increasing public awareness of, and appreciation for, the natural, historical, scenic, and cultural resources of the Heritage Area;
protecting and restoring historic sites and buildings in the Heritage Area that are consistent with Heritage Area themes;
ensuring that clear, consistent, and appropriate signs identifying points of public access, and sites of interest, are posted throughout the Heritage Area; and
promoting a wide range of partnerships among governments, organizations, and individuals to further the Heritage Area;
consider the interests of diverse units of government, businesses, organizations, and individuals in the Heritage Area in the preparation and implementation of the management plan;
conduct meetings open to the public at least semiannually regarding the development and implementation of the management plan;
for any year for which Federal funds have been received under this Act—
submit an annual report to the Secretary that describes the activities, expenses, and income of the local coordinating entity (including grants to any other entities during the year that the report is made);
make available to the Secretary for audit all records relating to the expenditure of the funds and any matching funds; and
require, with respect to all agreements authorizing expenditure of Federal funds by other organizations, that the organizations receiving the funds make available to the Secretary for audit all records concerning the expenditure of the funds; and
encourage by appropriate means economic viability that is consistent with the Heritage Area.
Prohibition on the acquisition of real property
The local coordinating entity shall not use Federal funds made available under this Act to acquire real property or any interest in real property.
Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the local coordinating entity shall submit to the Secretary for approval a proposed management plan for the Heritage Area.
The management plan shall—
incorporate an integrated and cooperative approach for the protection, enhancement, and interpretation of the natural, cultural, historic, scenic, educational, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area;
take into consideration State and local plans;
an inventory of the resources located in the Heritage Area;
comprehensive policies, strategies, and recommendations for conservation, funding, management, and development of the Heritage Area;
a description of actions that governments, private organizations, and individuals have agreed to take to protect the natural, cultural, historic, scenic, educational, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area;
a program of implementation for the management plan by the local coordinating entity that includes a description of—
actions to facilitate ongoing collaboration among partners to promote plans for resource protection, restoration, and construction; and
specific commitments for implementation that have been made by the local coordinating entity or any government, organization, or individual for the first 5 years of operation;
the identification of sources of funding for carrying out the management plan;
analysis and recommendations for means by which local, State, and Federal programs, including the role of the National Park Service in the Heritage Area, may best be coordinated to carry out this Act; and
an interpretive plan for the Heritage Area; and
recommend policies and strategies for resource management that consider and detail the application of appropriate land and water management techniques, including the development of intergovernmental and interagency cooperative agreements to protect the natural, cultural, historic, scenic, educational, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area.
If a proposed management plan is not submitted to the Secretary by the date that is 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the local coordinating entity shall be ineligible to receive additional funding under this Act until the date on which the Secretary approves a management plan.
Approval or disapproval of management plan
Not later than 180 days after the date of receipt of the management plan under subsection (a), the Secretary, in consultation with the State, shall approve or disapprove the management plan.
Criteria for approval
In determining whether to approve the management plan, the Secretary shall consider whether—
the local coordinating entity is representative of the diverse interests of the Heritage Area, including governments, natural and historic resource protection organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and recreational organizations;
the local coordinating entity has afforded adequate opportunity, including public hearings, for public and governmental involvement in the preparation of the management plan; and
the resource protection and interpretation strategies contained in the management plan, if implemented, would adequately protect the natural, cultural, historic, scenic, educational, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area.
Action following disapproval
If the Secretary disapproves the management plan under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall—
advise the local coordinating entity in writing of the reasons for the disapproval;
make recommendations for revisions to the management plan; and
not later than 180 days after the date of receipt of any proposed revision of the management plan from the local coordinating entity, approve or disapprove the proposed revision.
The Secretary shall approve or disapprove each amendment to the management plan that the Secretary determines would make a substantial change to the management plan.
Use of funds
The local coordinating entity shall not use Federal funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act to carry out any amendments to the management plan until the Secretary has approved the amendments.
Relationship to other Federal agencies
Nothing in this Act affects the authority of a Federal agency to provide technical or financial assistance under any other law (including regulations).
Consultation and coordination
To the maximum extent practicable, the head of any Federal agency planning to conduct activities that may have an impact on the Heritage Area is encouraged to consult and coordinate the activities with the Secretary and the local coordinating entity.
Other Federal agencies
Nothing in this Act—
modifies, alters, or amends any law (including any regulation) authorizing a Federal agency to manage Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Federal agency;
limits the discretion of a Federal land manager to implement an approved land use plan within the boundaries of the Heritage Area; or
modifies, alters, or amends any authorized use of Federal land under the jurisdiction of a Federal agency.
Private property and regulatory protections
Nothing in this Act—
abridges the rights of any public or private property owner, including the right to refrain from participating in any plan, project, program, or activity conducted within the Heritage Area;
requires any property owner—
to permit public access (including access by Federal, State, or local agencies) to the property of the property owner; or
to modify public access or use of property of the property owner under any other Federal, State, or local law;
alters any duly adopted land use regulation, approved land use plan, or other regulatory authority of any Federal, State, or local agency;
conveys any land use or other regulatory authority to the local coordinating entity;
authorizes or implies the reservation or appropriation of water or water rights;
diminishes the authority of the State to manage fish and wildlife, including the regulation of fishing and hunting within the Heritage Area; or
creates any liability, or affects any liability under any other law (including regulations), of any private property owner with respect to any individual injured on the private property.
Not later than 3 years before the date on which authority for Federal funding terminates for the Heritage Area, the Secretary shall—
conduct an evaluation of the accomplishments of the Heritage Area; and
prepare a report in accordance with subsection (c).
An evaluation conducted under subsection (a)(1) shall—
assess the progress of the local coordinating entity with respect to—
accomplishing the purposes of this Act for the Heritage Area; and
achieving the goals and objectives of the approved management plan for the Heritage Area;
analyze the Federal, State, local, and private investments in the Heritage Area to determine the leverage and impact of the investments; and
review the management structure, partnership relationships, and funding of the Heritage Area to identify the critical components for sustainability of the Heritage Area.
Based on the evaluation conducted under subsection (a)(1), the Secretary shall prepare a report that includes recommendations for the future role of the National Park Service, if any, with respect to the Heritage Area.
If the report prepared under paragraph (1) recommends that Federal funding for the Heritage Area be reauthorized, the report shall include an analysis of—
ways in which Federal funding for the Heritage Area may be reduced or eliminated; and
the appropriate time period necessary to achieve the recommended reduction or elimination.
Submission to Congress
On completion of the report, the Secretary shall submit the report to—
the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and
the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives.
Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $10,000,000, of which not more than $1,000,000 may be made available for any fiscal year.
The Federal share of the cost of any activity carried out using any assistance made available under this Act shall be 50 percent.
Termination of authority
The authority of the Secretary to provide assistance under this Act terminates on the date that is 15 years after the date of enactment of this Act.
The Cache La Poudre River Corridor Act (16 U.S.C. 461 note; Public Law 104–323) is repealed.