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H.R. 5305 (116th): Kentucky Wildlands National Heritage Area Study Act

The text of the bill below is as of Dec 5, 2019 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 5305


December 5, 2019

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


To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to assess the suitability and feasibility of designating certain land as the Kentucky Wildlands National Heritage Area, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Kentucky Wildlands National Heritage Area Study Act.



In this Act:


Heritage area

The term Heritage Area means the Kentucky Wildlands National Heritage Area.



The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.



The term State means the State of Kentucky.


Study area

The term study area means—


the counties in the State of Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Floyd, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe Counties; and


any other areas in the State that—


have heritage aspects that are similar to the areas described in paragraph (1); and


are adjacent to, or in the vicinity of, those areas.




In general

The Secretary, in consultation with State and local historic preservation officers, State and local historical societies, State and local tourism offices, and other appropriate organizations and governmental agencies, shall conduct a study to assess the suitability and feasibility of designating the study area as a National Heritage Area, to be known as the Kentucky National Heritage Area.



The study shall include analysis, documentation, and determinations on whether the study area—


has an assemblage of natural, historic, and cultural resources that—


represent distinctive aspects of the heritage of the United States;


are worthy of recognition, conservation, interpretation, and continuing use; and


would be best managed—


through partnerships among public and private entities; and


by linking diverse and sometimes noncontiguous resources and active communities;


reflects traditions, customs, beliefs, and folklife that are a valuable part of the story of the United States;


provides outstanding opportunities—


to conserve natural, historic, cultural, or scenic features; and


for recreation and education;


contains resources that—


are important to any identified themes of the study area; and


retain a degree of integrity capable of supporting interpretation;


includes residents, business interests, nonprofit organizations, and State and local governments that—


are involved in the planning of the Heritage Area;


have developed a conceptual financial plan that outlines the roles of all participants in the Heritage Area, including the Federal Government; and


have demonstrated support for the designation of the Heritage Area;


has a potential management entity to work in partnership with the individuals and entities described in paragraph (5) to develop the Heritage Area while encouraging State and local economic activity;


could impact the rights of private property owners with respect to their private property; and


has a conceptual boundary map that is supported by the public.



Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are first made available to carry out this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report that describes—


the findings of the study under section 3; and


any conclusions and recommendations of the Secretary.