S. 217 (111th): A bill to amend the National Trails System Act to require the Secretary of the Interior to ...

...update the feasibility and suitability studies of four national historic trails, and for other purposes.

111th Congress, 2009–2010. Text as of Jan 13, 2009 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 217

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 13, 2009

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A BILL

To amend the National Trails System Act to require the Secretary of the Interior to update the feasibility and suitability studies of four national historic trails, and for other purposes.

1.

Revision of feasibility and suitability studies of existing national historic trails

Section 5 of the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1244) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(g)

Revision of Feasibility and Suitability Studies of Existing National Historic Trails

(1)

Definitions

In this subsection:

(A)

Route

The term route includes a trail segment commonly known as a cutoff.

(B)

Shared route

The term shared route means a route that was a segment of more than one historic trail, including a route shared with an existing national historic trail.

(2)

Requirements for revision

(A)

In general

The Secretary of the Interior shall revise the feasibility and suitability studies for certain national trails for consideration of possible additions to the trails.

(B)

Study requirements and objectives

The study requirements and objectives specified in subsection (b) shall apply to a study required by this subsection.

(C)

Completion and submission of study

A study listed in this subsection shall be completed and submitted to Congress not later than 3 complete fiscal years from the date funds are made available for the study.

(3)

Oregon National Historic Trail

(A)

Study required

The Secretary of the Interior shall undertake a study of the routes of the Oregon Trail listed in subparagraph (B) and generally depicted on the map entitled Western Emigrant Trails 1830/1870 and dated 1991/1993, and of such other routes of the Oregon Trail that the Secretary considers appropriate, to determine the feasibility and suitability of designation of one or more of the routes as components of the Oregon National Historic Trail.

(B)

Covered routes

The routes to be studied under subparagraph (A) shall include the following:

(i)

Whitman Mission route.

(ii)

Upper Columbia River.

(iii)

Cowlitz River route.

(iv)

Meek cutoff.

(v)

Free Emigrant Road.

(vi)

North Alternate Oregon Trail.

(vii)

Goodale’s cutoff.

(viii)

North Side alternate route.

(ix)

Cutoff to Barlow road.

(x)

Naches Pass Trail.

(4)

Pony Express National Historic Trail

The Secretary of the Interior shall undertake a study of the approximately 20-mile southern alternative route of the Pony Express Trail from Wathena, Kansas, to Troy, Kansas, and such other routes of the Pony Express Trail that the Secretary considers appropriate, to determine the feasibility and suitability of designation of one or more of the routes as components of the Pony Express National Historic Trail.

(5)

California National Historic Trail

(A)

Study required

The Secretary of the Interior shall undertake a study of the Missouri Valley, central, and western routes of the California Trail listed in subparagraph (B) and generally depicted on the map entitled Western Emigrant Trails 1830/1870 and dated 1991/1993, and of such other and shared Missouri Valley, central, and western routes that the Secretary considers appropriate, to determine the feasibility and suitability of designation of one or more of the routes as components of the California National Historic Trail.

(B)

Covered routes

The routes to be studied under subparagraph (A) shall include the following:

(i)

Missouri Valley routes

(I)

Blue Mills—Independence Road.

(II)

Westport Landing Road.

(III)

Westport—Lawrence Road.

(IV)

Fort Leavenworth—Blue River route.

(V)

Road to Amazonia.

(VI)

Union Ferry Route.

(VII)

Old Wyoming—Nebraska City cutoff.

(VIII)

Lower Plattsmouth Route.

(IX)

Lower Bellevue Route.

(X)

Woodbury cutoff.

(XI)

Blue Ridge cutoff.

(XII)

Westport Road.

(XIII)

Gum Springs—Fort Leavenworth route.

(XIV)

Atchison/Independence Creek routes.

(XV)

Fort Leavenworth—Kansas River route.

(XVI)

Nebraska City cutoff routes.

(XVII)

Minersville—Nebraska City Road.

(XVIII)

Upper Plattsmouth route.

(XIX)

Upper Bellevue route.

(ii)

Central routes

(I)

Cherokee Trail, including splits.

(II)

Weber Canyon route of Hastings cutoff.

(III)

Bishop Creek cutoff.

(IV)

McAuley cutoff.

(V)

Diamond Springs cutoff.

(VI)

Secret Pass.

(VII)

Greenhorn cutoff.

(VIII)

Central Overland Trail.

(iii)

Western routes

(I)

Bidwell—Bartleson route.

(II)

Georgetown/Dagget Pass Trail.

(III)

Big Trees Road.

(IV)

Grizzly Flat cutoff.

(V)

Nevada City Road.

(VI)

Yreka Trail.

(VII)

Henness Pass route.

(VIII)

Johnson cutoff.

(IX)

Luther Pass Trail.

(X)

Volcano Road.

(XI)

Sacramento—Coloma Wagon Road.

(XII)

Burnett cutoff.

(XIII)

Placer County Road to Auburn.

(6)

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail

(A)

Study required

The Secretary of the Interior shall undertake a study of the routes of the Mormon Pioneer Trail listed in subparagraph (B) and generally depicted in the map entitled Western Emigrant Trails 1830/1870 and dated 1991/1993, and of such other routes of the Mormon Pioneer Trail that the Secretary considers appropriate, to determine the feasibility and suitability of designation of one or more of the routes as components of the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail.

(B)

Covered routes

The routes to be studied under subparagraph (A) shall include the following:

(i)

1846 Subsequent routes A and B (Lucas and Clarke Counties, Iowa).

(ii)

1856–57 Handcart route (Iowa City to Council Bluffs).

(iii)

Keokuk route (Iowa).

(iv)

1847 Alternative Elkhorn and Loup River Crossings in Nebraska.

(v)

Fort Leavenworth Road; Ox Bow route and alternates in Kansas and Missouri (Oregon and California Trail routes used by Mormon emigrants).

(vi)

1850 Golden Pass Road in Utah.

(7)

Shared California and Oregon Trail routes

(A)

Study required

The Secretary of the Interior shall undertake a study of the shared routes of the California Trail and Oregon Trail listed in subparagraph (B) and generally depicted on the map entitled Western Emigrant Trails 1830/1870 and dated 1991/1993, and of such other shared routes that the Secretary considers appropriate, to determine the feasibility and suitability of designation of one or more of the routes as shared components of the California National Historic Trail and the Oregon National Historic Trail.

(B)

Covered routes

The routes to be studied under subparagraph (A) shall include the following:

(i)

St. Joe Road.

(ii)

Council Bluffs Road.

(iii)

Sublette cutoff.

(iv)

Applegate route.

(v)

Old Fort Kearny Road (Oxbow Trail).

(vi)

Childs cutoff.

(vii)

Raft River to Applegate.

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