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H.R. 5621 (94th): A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish the Valley Forge National Historical Park in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and for other purposes.


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 4, 1976 (Passed Congress).


90 STAT. 796                         PUBLIC LAW 94-337—JULY 4, 1976

                   Public Law 94-337
                   94th Congress
                                                      An Act
 July 4, 1976      To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish the Valley Forge National
 [H.R. 5621]         Historical Park in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and for other
                     purposes.

                     Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of Representatives          of the
Valley Forge      United States of America in Congress assembled^ T h a t in order to
National          preserve and commemorate for the people of the United States the
Historical Park,  area associated with the heroic suffering, hardship, and determination
Pa.               and resolve of General George Washington's Continental A r m y during
Establishment.    the winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge, the Secretary of the Interior
16 u s e 410aa.    (hereinafter referred to as the "Secretary") is authorized to establish
                  the Valley F o r g e National Historical P a r k (hereinafter referred to
                  as the " p a r k " ) , in the Conmionwealth of Pennsylvania.
Map.                 SEC. 2. (a) The p a r k shall comprise the area generally depicted on
16USC410aa-l. the m a p entitled "Valley F o r g e National Historical P a r k " , dated
                  F e b r u a r y 1976, and numbered VF-91,000, which shall be on file and
                  available for inspection in the offices of the National P a r k Service,
                  Department of the Interior, Washington, District of Columbia, and
Publication in    in the offices of the superintendent of the park. After advising the
Federal Register. Committees on Interior and Insular Affairs of the United States Con-
                  gress, in writing, the Secretary may make minor revisions of the
                  boundaries of the p a r k when necessary by publication of a revised m a p
                  or other boundary description in the Federal Eegister.
Lands and             (b) W i t h i n the boundaries of the park, the Secretary may acquire
interests,        lands and interests therein by donation, purchase with donated or
acquisition.      appropriated funds, exchange, or transfer. A n y property owned by
                  the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any political subdivision
                  thereof may be acquired only by donation. The effective date of such
                  donation shall not be prior to October 1,1976.
Right of use and      (c) Except for property deemed by the Secretary to be essential
occupancy.        for visitor facilities, or for access to or administration of the park,
                  any owner or owners of improved property on the date of its acquisi-
                  tion by the Secretary may, as a condition of such acquisition, retain
                  for themselves and their successors or assigns a right of use and
                  occupancy of the improved property for noncommercial residential
                  purposes for a definite term not to exceed twenty-five years, or in lieu
                  thereof, for a term ending at the death of the owner, or the death of
                  his or her spouse, whichever is the later. T h e owner shall elect the term
                  to be reserved. Unless the property is wholly or partially donated, the
                  Secretary shall pay to the owner the fair market value of the property
                  on the date of such acquisition, less the fair market value on such date
                  of the r i g h t retained by the owner.
Termination.          (d) The Secretary may terminate a r i g h t of use and occupancy
                  retained pursuant to this section upon his determination t h a t such use
                  and occupancy is being exercised in a manner not consistent with the
                  purposes of this Act, and upon tender to the holder of the right of an
                  amount equal to the fair market value of t h a t portion of the r i g h t
                  which remains unexpired on the date of termination.
"Improved             (e) T h e term "improved property", as used in this section shall
property."        mean a detached, noncommercial residential dwelling, t h e construc-
                   tion of which was begun before J a n u a r y 1, 1975 (hereafter referred

PUBLIC LAW 94-337—JULY 4, 1976 90 STAT. 797 to as "dwelling"), together with so much of the land on which the dwelling is situated, the said land being in the same ownership as the dwelling, as the Secretary shall designate to be reasonably necessary for the enjoyment of the dwelling for the sole purpose of noncommer- cial residential use, together with any structures accessory to the dwell- ing which are situated on the land so designated. SEC. 3. When the Secretary determines that lands and interests Publication in therein have been acquired in an amount sufficient to constitute an Federal Register. administerable unit, he shall establish the park by publication of a 16 u s e 410aa-2. notice to that effect in the Federal Kegister: Provided^ That the park shall not be established until the Secretary receives commitments which he deems to be sufficient from the Commonwealth of Pennsyl- vania that the appropriations made by acts 320 and 352 of 1974, and act 12A of 1975, of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsyl- vania, will continue to be available and obligated for development purposes within the park. The Secretary shall administer the property Administration. acquired for such park in accordance with the Act of August 25,1916 43 u s e 1457. (39 Stat. 535), as amended and supplemented, and the Act of August 21,1935 (49 Stat. 666), as amended. 16 u s e 461. SEC. 4. (a) There are hereby authorized to be appropriated such Appropriation sums as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act, but authorization. not more than $8,622,000 for the acquisition of lands and interests in 16 u s e 410aa-3. lands. (b) For the development of essential public facilities there are authorized to be appropriated not more than $500,000. Within three Master years from the date of establishment of the park pursuant to this Act, development the Secretary shall, after consulting with the Governor of the Com- plan, consultation monwealth of Pennsylvania, develop and transmit to the Committees with Governor; on Interior and Insular Affairs of the United States Congress a final transmittal to congressional master plan for the development of the park consistent with the objec- committees. tives of this Act, indicating: (1) the facilities needed to accommodate the health, safety, and interpretive needs of the visiting public; ^2) the location and estimated cost of all facilities; and (3) the projected need for any additional facilities within the park. Approved July 4, 1976. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: HOUSE REPORT No. 94-1142 (Comm. on Interior and Insular Affairs). SENATE REPORT No. 94-817 accompanying S. 1776 (eomm. on Interior and Insular Affairs). eONGRESSIONAL REGORD, Vol. 122 (1976): June 8, considered and passed House. June 11, considered and passed Senate. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOeUMENTS, Vol. 12, No. 27: July 4, Presidential statement.