Union Calendar No. 120
H. R. 3616
[Report No. 117–165]
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 28, 2021
Mr. Moore of Utah (for himself and Mr. Simpson) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
November 1, 2021
Reported from the Committee on Natural Resources; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to assess the suitability and feasibility of designating certain land as the Bear River National Heritage Area, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Bear River National Heritage Area Study Act.
In this Act:
The term Heritage Area means the Bear River National Heritage Area.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
The term States means the States of Utah and Idaho.
The term study area means—
areas in the States that are within the main drainage area of the Bear River;
all of Cache, Box Elder, and Rich Counties in the State of Utah, and Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, and Oneida Counties in the State of Idaho;
the following communities in Utah: Bear River, Brigham City, Corinne, Deweyville, Elwood, Fielding, Garland, Honeyville, Howell, Mantua, Perry, Plymouth, Portage, Snowville, Tremonton, Willard, Amalga, Clarkston, Cornish, Hyde Park, Hyrum, Lewiston, Logan, Mendon, Millville, Newton, Nibley, North Logan, Paradise, Providence, Richmond, River Heights, Smithfield, Trenton, Wellsville, Garden City, Laketown, Randolph, and Woodruff;
the following communities in Idaho: Malad, Clifton, Dayton, Franklin, Preston, Oxford, Weston, Bancroft, Soda Springs, Grace, Bloomington, Paris, Georgetown, Montpelier, and St. Charles; and
any other areas in the States that—
have heritage aspects that are similar to the areas described in subparagraphs (A), (B), (C), or (D); and
are adjacent to, or in the vicinity of, those areas.
The Secretary, in consultation with State and local organizations and governmental agencies, Tribal governments, non-profit organizations, and other appropriate entities, 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
Bear River 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 people and cultures 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, non-profit organizations, and State, local, and Tribal governments, and other appropriate entities 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.
November 1, 2021
Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed