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Text of the Castle Nugent National Historic Site Establishment Act of 2011

This bill was introduced on February 9, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Feb 9, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 580

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 9, 2011

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To establish the Castle Nugent National Historic Site at St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Castle Nugent National Historic Site Establishment Act of 2011.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Historic site

The term historic site means the Castle Nugent National Historic Site established in section 3.

(2)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

3.

Castle Nugent National Historic Site

(a)

Establishment

There is established as a unit of the National Park System the Castle Nugent National Historic Site on the Island of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, in order to preserve, protect, and interpret, for the benefit of present and future generations, a Caribbean cultural landscape that spans more than 300 years of agricultural use, significant archeological resources, mangrove forests, endangered sea turtle nesting beaches, an extensive barrier coral reef system, and other outstanding natural features.

(b)

Boundaries

The historic site consists of the approximately 2,900 acres of land extending from Lowrys Hill and Laprey Valley to the Caribbean Sea and from Manchenil Bay to Great Pond, along with associated submerged lands to the three-mile territorial limit, as generally depicted on the map titled Castle Nugent National Historic Site Proposed Boundary Map, numbered T22/100,447, and dated October 2009.

(c)

Map availability

The map referred to in subsection (b) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

(d)

Acquisition of land

(1)

In general

Except as provided in paragraph (2), the Secretary is authorized to acquire lands and interests in lands within the boundaries of the historic site by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, or exchange.

(2)

U.S. Virgin Island lands

The Secretary is authorized to acquire lands and interests in lands owned by the U.S. Virgin Islands or any political subdivision thereof only by donation or exchange.

4.

Administration

(a)

In general

The Secretary shall administer the historic site in accordance with this Act and with laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including—

(1)

the National Park Service Organic Act (39 Stat. 535; 16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.); and

(2)

the Act of August 21, 1935 (49 Stat. 666; 16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.).

(b)

Shared resources

To the greatest extent practicable, the Secretary shall use the resources of other sites administered by the National Park Service on the Island of St. Croix to administer the historic site.

(c)

Continued use

In order to maintain an important feature of the cultural landscape of the historic site, the Secretary may lease to the University of the Virgin Islands certain lands within the boundary of the historic site for the purpose of continuing the university’s operation breeding Senepol cattle, a breed developed on St. Croix. A lease under this subsection shall contain such terms and conditions as the Secretary considers appropriate, including those necessary to protect the values of the historic site.

(d)

Management plan

Not later than three years after funds are made available for this subsection, the Secretary shall prepare a general management plan for the historic site.