S. 347: First State National Historical Park Act

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Feb 14, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 347

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 14, 2013

(for himself andMr. Coons) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to theCommittee on Energy and Natural Resources

A BILL

To establish the First State National Historical Park in the State of Delaware, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the First State National Historical Park Act .

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Historical park

The termhistorical parkmeans the First State National Historical Park established bysection 3(a)(1).

(2)

Secretary

The termSecretarymeans the Secretary of the Interior.

(3)

State

The termStatemeans—

(A)

the State of Delaware; and

(B)

in the case of the property described insection 3(b)(8), the States of Delaware and Pennsylvania.

3.

First State National Historical Park

(a)

Establishment

(1)

In general

Subject toparagraph (3), there is established the First State National Historical Park, to be administered as a unit of theNational Park System.

(2)

Purposes

The purposes of the historical park are to preserve, protect, and interpret the nationally significant cultural and historic resources in the State that are associated with—

(A)

early Dutch, Swedish, and English settlement of the Colony of Delaware and portions of the Colony of Pennsylvania; and

(B)

the role of Delaware —

(i)

in the birth of the United States; and

(ii)

as the first State to ratify the Constitution.

(3)

Determination by secretary

(A)

In general

The historical park shall not be established until the date on which theSecretarydetermines that sufficient land or interests in land have been acquired from among the sites described insubsection (b)to constitute a manageable park unit.

(B)

Notice

Not later than 30 days after making a determination undersubparagraph (A), theSecretaryshall publish a notice in the Federal Register of the establishment of the historical park, including an official boundary map for the historical park.

(C)

Availability of map

The map published undersubparagraph (B)shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of theNational Park Service.

(b)

Historic sites

TheSecretarymay include the following sites within the boundary of the historical park as generally depicted on the maps numbered 1 through 6, entitledFirst State National Historical Park, New Castle, Kent, Sussex Counties, DE and Delaware County, PAandFirst State National Historical Park, Woodlawn, numbered T19/80,000G, and dated February 2013:

(1)

The Old Sherriff’s House in New Castle County, Delaware, as depicted on map 4 of 6.

(2)

Fort Christina National Historic Landmark in New Castle County, Delaware, as depicted on map 3 of 6.

(3)

Old Swedes Church National Historic Landmark in New Castle County, Delaware, as depicted on map 3 of 6.

(4)

Old New Castle Courthouse in New Castle, Delaware, as depicted on map 4 of 6.

(5)

John Dickinson Plantation National Historic Landmark in Kent County, Delaware, as depicted on map 5 of 6.

(6)

Dover Green in Kent County, Delaware, as depicted on map 5 of 6.

(7)

Ryves Holt House in Sussex County, Delaware, as depicted on map 6 of 6.

(8)

The Woodlawn property in New Castle County, Delaware, and Delaware County, Pennsylvania, as depicted on map 2 of 6.

(9)

Old New Castle Green, in New Castle, Delaware, as depicted on map 4 of 6.

4.

Administration

(a)

In general

TheSecretaryshall administer the historical park in accordance with—

(1)

this Act; and

(2)

the laws generally applicable to units of theNational Park System, including—

(A)

the National Park System Organic Act(16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.); and

(B)

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

(b)

Land acquisition

(1)

Methods

(A)

In general

Except as provided insubparagraph (B), theSecretarymay acquire all or a portion of any of the sites described insection 3(b), including easements or other interests in land, by purchase from a willing seller, donation, or exchange.

(B)

Donation only

(i)

Proposed NPS Site

TheSecretarymay acquire only by donation all or a portion of the property identified asProposed NPS Siteon map 2 of 6 entitledFirst State National Historical Park, Woodlawn, numbered T19/80,000G, and dated February 2013, including easements or other interests in land.

(ii)

Area for potential addition by donation

TheSecretarymay acquire only by donation all or a portion of the property identified as “Area for Potential Addition by Donation” on map 2 of 6 entitledFirst State National Historical Park, Woodlawn, numbered T19/80,000G, and dated February 2013.

(2)

Boundary adjustment

On acquisition of land or an interest in land underparagraph (1), the boundary of the historical park shall be adjusted to reflect the acquisition.

(c)

Interpretive tours

TheSecretarymay provide interpretive tours to sites and resources in the State that are located outside the boundary of the historical park and associated with the purposes for which the historical park is established, including—

(1)

Fort Casimir;

(2)

DeVries Monument;

(3)

Amstel House;

(4)

Dutch House; and

(5)

Zwaanendael Museum.

(d)

Cooperative agreements

(1)

In general

TheSecretarymay enter into a cooperative agreement with the State, political subdivisions of the State, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, and individuals to mark, interpret, and restore nationally significant historic or cultural resources within the boundaries of the historical park, if the cooperative agreement provides for reasonable public access to the resources.

(2)

Cost-sharing requirement

(A)

Federal share

The Federal share of the total cost of any activity carried out under a cooperative agreement entered into underparagraph (1)shall be not more than 50 percent.

(B)

Form of non-Federal share

The non-Federal share may be in the form of in-kind contributions or goods or services fairly valued.

(e)

Management plan

(1)

In general

Not later than 3 fiscal years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this subsection, theSecretaryshall complete a management plan for the historical park.

(2)

Applicable law

The management plan shall be prepared in accordance with section 12(b) of Public Law 91–383(16 U.S.C. 1a–7(b))and other applicable laws.

5.

National landmark study

(a)

In general

Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this section, theSecretaryshall complete a study assessing the historical significance of additional properties in the State that are associated with the purposes of historical park.

(b)

Requirements

The study prepared undersubsection (a)shall include an assessment of the potential for designating the additional properties as National Historic Landmarks.

6.

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriatedsuch sums as are necessary to carry outthis Act .