H.R.1625 - Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area Act
To establish the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, and for other purposes.
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March 21, 2007
Mr. LAHOOD (for himself, Mr. RUSH, Mr. JACKSON of Illinois, Mr. LIPINSKI, Mr. GUTIERREZ, Mr. EMANUEL, Mr. ROSKAM, Mr. DAVIS of Illinois, Ms. BEAN, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Mr. KIRK, Mr. WELLER of Illinois, Mr. COSTELLO, Mrs. BIGGERT, Mr. HASTERT, Mr. JOHNSON of Illinois, Mr. MANZULLO, Mr. HARE, and Mr. SHIMKUS) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural ResourcesCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(6) Residents, nonprofit organizations, other private entities, and units of government throughout the Heritage Area demonstrate support for designation of the Heritage Area as a national heritage area and for management of the Heritage Area as appropriate for such designation.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) As our Nation enters the 21st Century, there is a compelling need to educate and cultivate among our citizens, particularly youth, an understanding appreciation for, and a renewed commitment to integrity, courage, self-initiative, and principled leadership in public and private life.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(8) Few individuals in our Nation's history have as broadly exemplified such qualities as Abraham Lincoln, and few have so profoundly influenced United States history and the Character of our Nation as has our 16th president.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(9) The story and example of Lincoln's life--his inspiring rise from humble origins to the highest office in the land, and his decisive leadership through the most harrowing and dangerous time in our Nation's history, continues to bring hope and inspiration to millions in our country and around the world.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(10) The great issues of Lincoln's time, national unity, equality and race relations, the capacity for democratic government and ideals to address these and related issues, continue to this day to define the challenges facing our Nation. The ideals Lincoln espoused and the sentiments he expressed in keeping our Nation together are as relevant today as they were in his troubled time.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(11) Illinois is known throughout the world as the land of Abraham Lincoln. Unquestionably, the physical, social, and cultural landscape of Illinois helped mold Lincoln's character. `Here I have lived a quarter of a century, and have passed from a young to an old man,' Lincoln remarked on leaving. `To this place and the kindness of these people I owe everything'.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(12) Lincoln, in turn, left his own traces across the Illinois landscape. They remain today in the form of stories, folklore, artifacts, buildings, streetscapes, and landscapes. Though scattered geographically and in varying states of development and interpretation, together they bring an immediacy and tangible quality to the powerful Lincoln legacy. Individually and collectively, they constitute an important national cultural and historic resource.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) reflect the values and attitudes, the obstacles and ingenuity, the failures and accomplishments, the human frailties and strength of character of the men and women who made up the diverse people of Lincoln's generation of Americans, including upland Southerners and Northeastern Yankees, Anglo-settlers and American Indians, `free' blacks, abolitionists, and their critics;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) recreate the physical environment, revealing its impact on agriculture, transportation, trade, business, and social and cultural patterns in urban and rural settings; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(14) Three previous studies--`Abraham Lincoln Research and Interpretive Center Suitability/Feasibility Study' by the National Park Service (1991), `Looking for Lincoln Illinois Heritage Tourism Project' commissioned by the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs in cooperation with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (1998), and the `Feasibility Study for the Proposed Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area' revised in 2003, help document a sufficient assemblage of nationally distinctive historical resources to demonstrate the feasibility and need to establish the Heritage Area.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(15) The National Park Service operates and maintains the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois, and is responsible for advocating the protection and interpretation of the Nation's cultural and historic resources and encouraging the development of interpretive context for these resources through appropriate planning and preservation.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(16) The Heritage Area can strengthen, complement, and support the Lincoln Home National Historic Site through the interpretation and conservation of the associated living landscapes outside of the boundaries of this historic site.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(17) There is a Federal interest in supporting the development of a regional framework and context to partner with and assist the National Park Service, the State of Illinois, local organizations and governments, and private citizens to conserve, protect, and bring recognition to the resources of the Heritage Area for the educational and recreational benefit of this and future generations.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(18) Communities throughout this region know the value of their Lincoln legacy, but need to expand upon an existing cooperative framework and technical assistance to achieve important goals by working together.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(19) The State of Illinois, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and Bureau of Tourism officially designated `Looking for Lincoln' as a State Heritage Tourism Area and has identified the story of Lincoln as a key destination driver for the State.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(20) Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, the management entity for the Heritage Area, is a non-profit corporation created for the purposes of preserving, interpreting, developing, promoting, and making available to the public the story and resources related to the story of Abraham Lincoln's adult life in Illinois and contributions to society and would be an appropriate entity to oversee the development of the Heritage Area.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) provides adequate assurances that Looking For Lincoln Heritage Coalition is likely to have the financial resources necessary to implement the management plan for the Heritage Area, including resources to meet matching requirement for grants.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.
(1) MANAGEMENT ENTITY- The term `management entity' means, Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, an entity recognized by the Secretary, in consultation with the chief executive officer of the State of Illinois, that agrees to perform the duties of a local coordinating entity under this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. ABRAHAM LINCOLN NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
(1) A core area located in Central Illinois, consisting of Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Dewitt, Douglas, Edgar, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Jersey, Knox, LaSalle, Logan, McLean, McDonough, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Tazwell, Vermillion, Warren and Woodford Counties.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Map- A map of the Heritage Area shall be included in the management plan. The map shall be on file in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. AUTHORITIES, DUTIES, AND PROHIBITIONS OF THE MANAGEMENT ENTITY.
(2) prepare reports, studies, interpretive exhibits and programs, historic preservation projects, and other activities recommended in the management plan for the Heritage Area;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) give priority to the implementation of actions, goals, and strategies set forth in the management plan, including assisting units of government and other persons in--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) prepare and implement the management plan while considering the interests of diverse units of government, businesses, private property owners, and nonprofit groups within the Heritage Area;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) make available for audit by Congress, the Secretary, and appropriate units of government, all records pertaining to the expenditure of the funds and any matching funds; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) require, for all agreements authorizing expenditure of Federal funds by any entity, that the receiving entity make available for audit all records pertaining to the expenditure of the funds.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) OTHER SOURCES- Nothing in this Act precludes the management entity from using Federal funds from other sources for authorized purposes including acquisition of real property or any interest in real property.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. MANAGEMENT PLAN.
(2) COLLABORATION- Collaborate with and consider the interests of diverse units of government, businesses, tourism officials, private property owners, and nonprofit groups within the the Heritage Area in developing and implementing the management plan.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT- Ensure regular public involvement, including public meetings at least annually, regarding the implementation of the management plan for the Heritage Area.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) RECORDS FOR AUDITS- Make available to the Secretary for audit, for any year in which Federal funds have been received under this Act, all records pertaining to the expenditure of such funds and any matching funds, and require, for all agreements authorizing expenditure of Federal funds by other organizations, that the receiving organizations make available to the Secretary for audit all records pertaining to the expenditure of such funds.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) present a comprehensive program for the conservation, interpretation, funding, management, and development of the Heritage Area and of the historical, cultural, and natural resources and the recreational and educational opportunities of the Heritage Area, in a manner consistent with the existing local, State, and Federal land use laws and compatible economic viability of the Heritage Area;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) specify and coordinate, as of the date of the management plan, existing and potential sources of technical and financial assistance under this and other Federal laws to protect, manage, and develop the Heritage Area; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) an inventory of the resources contained in the Heritage Area, including a list of any property in the Heritage Area that is related to the themes of the Heritage Area and that is found to merit preservation, restoration, management, development, or maintenance because of its natural, cultural, historical, or recreational significance;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) policies for resource management with appropriate land and water management techniques, including the development of intergovernmental cooperative agreements, private sector agreements, or any combination thereof, to protect the historical, cultural, recreational, and natural resources of the Heritage Area in a manner consistent with supporting appropriate and compatible economic viability;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) describes in detail the role, operation, financing, and functions of the local coordinating entity and of each activity included in the recommendations contained in the management plan; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(ii) provides, to the satisfaction of the Secretary, adequate assurances that the management entity is likely to have the financial resources necessary to implement the management plan, including resources to meet matching requirement for grants awarded under this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Public Notice- The management entity shall place a notice of each of its public meetings in a newspaper of general circulation in the Heritage Area and shall make the minutes of the meeting available to the public.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Disqualification From Funding- If a proposed management plan is not submitted to the Secretary within 3 years the funds are first made available for this Act, the management entity shall be ineligible to receive additional funding under this Act until the date on which the Secretary receives the proposed management plan.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Approval and Disapproval of Management Plan- The Secretary , in consultation with the Governor of the State of Illinois or his appointed agency representative, shall approve or disapprove the proposed management plan submitted under this Act not later than 90 days after receiving the proposed management plan.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(f) Action Following Disapproval- If the Secretary disapproves a proposed management plan, the Secretary shall advise the management entity, in writing, of the reasons for the disapproval and make recommendations for revisions to the proposed management plan. The Secretary shall approve or disapprove a revised proposed management plan not later than 90 days after it is submitted.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(g) Approval of Amendments- The Secretary shall review and approve or disapprove substantial amendments to the management plan. Funds appropriated under this Act may not be expended to implement any changes made by an amendment to the management plan until the Secretary approves the amendment.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE; OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES.
(1) IN GENERAL- On the request of the management entity, the Secretary may provide technical and financial assistance for the development and implementation of the management plan.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Notification of Other Federal Activities- The head of each Federal agency shall provide to the Secretary and the management entity for the Heritage Area, to the extent practicable, advance notice of all activities which may have an impact on the Heritage Area.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 8. PRIVATE PROPERTY PROTECTION.
(b) Liability- Designation of the Heritage Area shall not be considered to create any liability, or to have any effect on any liability under any other law, of any private property owner with respect to any persons injured on such private property.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Recognition of Authority To Control Land Use- Nothing in this Act shall be construed to modify any authority of Federal, State, or local governments to regulate land use.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Participation of Private Property Owners in Heritage Area- Nothing in this Act shall be construed to require the owner of any private property located within the boundaries of the Heritage Area to participate in or be associated with the Heritage Area.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- The management entity shall provide assistance and encouragement to State and local governments, private organizations, and persons to protect and promote the resources and values of the Heritage Area.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 9. SAVINGS PROVISIONS.
(a) Rules, Regulations, Standards, and Permit Processes- Nothing in this Act shall be construed to impose any environmental, occupational, safety, or other rule, regulation, standard, or permit process in the National Heritage Area that is different from those that would be applicable if the national heritage area had not been established.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) No Diminishment of State Authority- Nothing in this Act shall be construed to diminish the authority of the State containing the National Heritage Area to manage fish and wildlife, including the regulation of fishing and hunting within the national heritage area.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 10. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
(a) In General- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $10,000,000, of which not more than $1,000,000 is authorized to be appropriated for any fiscal year.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink