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H.R. 3371 (114th): Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Boundary Adjustment Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 25, 2016 (Referred to Senate Committee).


IIB

114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3371

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 25, 2016

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

AN ACT

To adjust the boundary of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to include the Wallis House and Harriston Hill, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Boundary Adjustment Act of 2015.

2.

Findings

The Congress finds the following:

(1)

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park was authorized as a unit of the National Park System on June 26, 1935. Prior to 1935, parts of the park had been acquired and protected by Civil War veterans and the War Department.

(2)

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park protects Kennesaw Mountain and Kolb’s Farm, which are battle sites along the route of General Sherman’s 1864 campaign to take Atlanta.

(3)

Most of the park protects Confederate positions and strategy. The Wallis House is one of the few original structures remaining from the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain associated with Union positions and strategy.

(4)

The Wallis House is strategically located next to a Union signal station at Harriston Hill.

3.

Boundary adjustment; land acquisition; administration

(a)

Boundary adjustment

The boundary of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is modified to include the approximately 8 acres identified as Wallis House and Harriston Hill, and generally depicted on the map titled Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Proposed Boundary Adjustment, numbered 325/80,020, and dated February 2010.

(b)

Map

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

(c)

Land acquisition

The Secretary of the Interior is authorized to acquire, from willing owners only, land or interests in land described in subsection (a) by donation or exchange.

(d)

Administration of acquired lands

The Secretary of the Interior shall administer land and interests in land acquired under this section as part of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

(e)

Written consent of owner

No non-Federal property may be included in the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park without the written consent of the owner. This provision shall apply only to those portions of the Park added under subsection (a).

(f)

No use of condemnation

The Secretary of the Interior may not acquire by condemnation any land or interests in land under this Act or for the purposes of this Act.

(g)

No buffer zone created

Nothing in this Act, the establishment of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, or the management plan for the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park shall be construed to create buffer zones outside of the Park. That activities or uses can be seen, heard, or detected from areas within the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park shall not preclude, limit, control, regulate or determine the conduct or management of activities or uses outside the Park.

Passed the House of Representatives February 24, 2016.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk