IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 17, 2009
Mr. Cornyn (for himself and Mrs. Hutchison) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish the Waco Mammoth National Monument in the State of Texas.
This Act may be cited as
Waco Mammoth National Monument
Establishment Act of 2009.
Congress finds that—
the Waco Mammoth Site area is located near the confluence of the Brazos River and the Bosque River in Central Texas, near the city of Waco;
after the discovery of bones emerging from eroding creek banks leading to the uncovering of portions of 5 mammoths, Baylor University began investigating the site in 1978;
several additional mammoth remains have been uncovered making the site the largest known concentration of mammoths dying from the same event;
the mammoth discoveries have received international attention; and
Baylor University and the City of Waco, Texas, have been working together—
to protect the site; and
to develop further research and educational opportunities at the site.
In this Act:
City means the city of Waco, Texas.
management plan means the management
plan for the Monument prepared under section 5(c)(1).
map means the map
____, and dated
Monument means the
Waco Mammoth National Monument established by section 4(a).
Secretary means the
Secretary of the Interior.
State means the State of Texas.
University means Baylor University in the State.
Waco mammoth national monument, texas
There is established in the State, as a unit of the National Park System, the Waco Mammoth National Monument, as generally depicted on the map.
Availability of map
The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service.
Administration of monument
The Secretary shall administer the Monument in accordance with—
any cooperative agreements entered into under subsection (b)(1); and
the laws (including regulations) generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including the National Park Service Organic Act (16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.).
Authorities of Secretary
The Secretary may enter into cooperative management agreements with the University and the City, in accordance with section 3(l) of Public Law 91–383 (16 U.S.C. 1a–2(l)).
Acquisition of land
The Secretary may acquire from willing sellers any land or interest in land within the proposed boundary of the Monument that is necessary for effective management of the Monument.
Method of acquisition
The land described in subparagraph (A) may be acquired by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, transfer from another Federal agency, or exchange.
Land or interests in land owned by the State or a political subdivision of the State may only be acquired by donation or exchange.
Construction of facilities on non-Federal land
The Secretary may, subject to the availability of appropriations, construct essential administrative or visitor use facilities on non-Federal land within the boundary of the Monument.
In addition to the use of Federal funds authorized under subparagraph (A), the Secretary may use donated funds, property, and services to carry out that subparagraph.
General Management plan
Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with the University and the City, shall complete a general management plan for the Monument.
The management plan shall include, at a minimum—
measures for the preservation of the resources of the Monument;
requirements for the type and extent of development and use of the Monument;
identification of the capacity of the Monument for accommodating visitors; and
opportunities for involvement by the University, City, State, and other local and national entities in—
developing educational programs for the Monument; and
developing and supporting the Monument.
Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this Act.