H. R. 3191
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 13, 2011
Mr. Cicilline (for himself, Mr. Langevin, Mr. McGovern, and Mr. Neal) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
To establish the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley
National Historical Park Establishment Act.
The purpose of this Act is to establish the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park—
to help preserve, protect, and interpret the nationally significant resources in the Blackstone River Valley that exemplify the industrial heritage of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor for the benefit and inspiration of future generations;
to support the preservation, protection, and interpretation of the urban, rural, and agricultural landscape features (including the Blackstone River and Canal) of the region that provide an overarching context for the industrial heritage of the National Heritage Corridor;
to educate the public about—
the industrial history of the National Heritage Corridor; and
the significance of the National Heritage Corridor to the past and present; and
to support and enhance the network of partners who will continue to engage in the protection, improvement, management, and operation of key resources and facilities throughout the National Heritage Corridor.
In this Act:
term map means the map entitled
John H. Chafee Blackstone
River Valley National Historical Park, numbered NEFA962/111015 and
dated October, 2011.
National heritage corridor
The term National Heritage Corridor means the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.
The term Park means the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park established under section 4.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the National Park Service.
The term State means each of the States of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Establishment of John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park
is established in the States a unit of the National Park System, to be known as
John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Historical
The Park shall be comprised of the following sites and districts, as generally depicted on the map:
Old Slater Mill National Historic Landmark District.
Slatersville Historic District.
Ashton Historic District.
Whitinsville Historic District.
Hopedale Village Historic District.
Blackstone River and the tributaries of Blackstone River.
Availability of map
The map shall be available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service.
Acquisition of land
The Secretary may acquire land or interests in land within the boundaries of the Park by—
purchase with donated or appropriated funds; or
The Secretary shall administer the Park in accordance with—
the laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including—
the National Park Service Organic Act (16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.); and
the Act of August 21, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.); and
any cooperative agreements entered into under subsection (f).
General management plan
Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this Act, the Secretary shall prepare a general management plan for the Park—
in consultation with the States; and
in accordance with—
any cooperative agreements entered into under subsection (f); and
section 12(b) of the National Park System General Authorities Act (16 U.S.C. 1a–7(b)).
To the maximum extent practicable, the plan prepared under subparagraph (A) shall consider ways to use pre-existing and/or planned facilities and recreational opportunities in the National Heritage Corridor, including—
the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, Pawtucket, RI;
Captain Wilbur Kelly House, Blackstone River State Park, Lincoln, RI;
the Museum of Work and Culture, Woonsocket, RI;
River Bend Farm/Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, Uxbridge, MA; and
Worcester Blackstone Visitors Center, located at the former Washburn-Moen wire factory, Worcester, MA.
The Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with the States, political subdivisions of the States, nonprofit organizations (including Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc.), and private property owners to provide technical assistance and interpretation in the Park and the National Heritage Corridor.
Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary may provide financial assistance, on a matching basis, for the conduct of resource protection activities in the National Heritage Corridor.