- § 410iii. Purpose
- § 410iii-1. Findings
- § 410iii-2. Definitions
- § 410iii-3. Establishment of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
- § 410iii-4. Acquisition of property
- § 410iii-5. Administration
- § 410iii-6. Management of Park
- § 410iii-7. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Advisory Commission
- § 410iii-8. Conservation of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
- § 410iii-9. Endowment
- § 410iii-10. Cooperative agreements
- § 410iii-11. Roles of key partner organizations
- § 410iii-12. Authorization of appropriations
The term “Commission” means the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Advisory Commission established by section 410iii–7 of this title.
The term “Map” means the map entitled “Boundary Map Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park”, numbered CEBE–80,001, and dated September 2002.
The term “Park” means the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park established under section 410iii–3 of this title and depicted on the Map.
The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Interior.
There is established the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, consisting of approximately 3,000 acres, as generally depicted on the Map.
The Map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the offices of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
The Secretary may acquire land or interests in land within the boundaries of the Park, from willing sellers only, by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, or exchange.
The Secretary may acquire personal property associated with, and appropriate for, interpretation of the Park.
The Secretary is authorized to acquire conservation easements and enter into covenants regarding lands in or adjacent to the Park from willing sellers only. Such conservation easements and covenants shall have the effect of protecting the scenic, natural, and historic resources on adjacent lands and preserving the natural or historic setting of the Park when viewed from within or outside the Park.
The National Park Service is authorized to acquire from willing sellers, land outside the Park boundary but in close proximity to the Park, for the development of visitor, administrative, museum, curatorial, and maintenance facilities.
The Secretary, in consultation with the Commission, shall prepare a management plan for the Park. In particular, the management plan shall contain provisions to address the needs of owners of non-Federal land, including independent nonprofit organizations within the boundaries of the Park.
Not later than 3 years after December 19, 2002, the Secretary shall submit the management plan for the Park to the Committee on Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate.
There is established the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Advisory Commission.
The Chairperson of the Commission shall be elected by the members to serve a term of one year renewable for one additional year.
A vacancy on the Commission shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made.
Each member shall be appointed for a term of 3 years and may be reappointed for not more than 2 successive terms.
A member may serve after the expiration of that member’s term until a successor has taken office.
The Commission shall act and advise by affirmative vote of a majority of its members.
The Commission shall meet at least quarterly at the call of the chairperson or a majority of the members of the Commission.
8 members shall constitute a quorum.
Members shall serve without pay. Members who are full-time officers or employees of the United States, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or any political subdivision thereof shall receive no additional pay on account of their service on the Commission.
While away from their homes or regular places of business in the performance of service for the Commission, members shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in the same manner as persons employed intermittently in the Government service are allowed expenses under section 5703 of title 5.
The Commission may, for purposes of carrying out this subchapter, hold such hearings, sit and act at such times and places, take such public testimony, and receive such evidence, as the Commission considers appropriate. The Commission may not issue subpoenas or exercise any subpoena authority.
The Secretary and the Commission shall encourage conservation of the historic and natural resources within and in proximity of the Park by landowners, local governments, organizations, and businesses.
The Secretary may provide technical assistance to local governments, in cooperative efforts which complement the values of the Park.
In accordance with the provisions of subsection (b), the Secretary is authorized to receive and expend funds from an endowment to be established with the National Park Foundation, or its successors and assigns.
Funds from the endowment referred to in subsection (a) shall be expended exclusively as the Secretary, in consultation with the Commission, may designate for the interpretation, preservation, and maintenance of the Park resources and public access areas. No expenditure shall be made pursuant to this section unless the Secretary determines that such expenditure is consistent with the purposes of this subchapter.
In order to further the purposes of this subchapter, the Secretary is authorized to enter into cooperative agreements with interested public and private entities and individuals (including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Belle Grove, Inc., the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, and the Counties of Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren), through technical and financial assistance, including encouraging the conservation of historic and natural resources of the Park.
In recognition that central portions of the Park are presently owned and operated for the benefit of the public by key partner organizations, the Secretary shall acknowledge and support the continued participation of these partner organizations in the management of the Park.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Belle Grove Incorporated may continue to own, operate, and manage Belle Grove Plantation and its structures and grounds within the Park boundary. Belle Grove Incorporated may continue to own the house and grounds known as Bowman’s Fort or Harmony Hall for the purpose of permanent preservation, with a long-term goal of opening the property to the public.
Shenandoah County may continue to own, operate, and manage the Keister park site within the Park for the benefit of the public.
The Secretary shall cooperate with the Park’s adjacent historic towns of Strasburg and Middletown, Virginia, as well as Frederick, Shenandoah, and Warren counties in furthering the purposes of the Park.
The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation may continue to administer and manage the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District in partnership with the National Park Service and in accordance with the Management Plan for the District in which the Park is located.
There is authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this subchapter.