S 161

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 161

To establish Pinnacles National Park in the State of California as a unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 25 (legislative day, January 5), 2011

Mrs. BOXER (for herself and Mrs. FEINSTEIN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To establish Pinnacles National Park in the State of California as a unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Pinnacles National Park Act'.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:

      (1) MAP- The term `Map' means the map entitled `Proposed Wilderness Additions to the Proposed Pinnacles National Park', numbered 114/106,106, and dated November 2010.

      (2) PARK- The term `Park' means the Pinnacles National Park established by section 3(a).

      (3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior.

      (4) STATE- The term `State' means the State of California.

SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK.

    (a) Establishment- There is established in the State the Pinnacles National Park.

    (b) Purposes- The purposes of the Park are--

      (1) to preserve and interpret for the benefit of future generations--

        (A) the chaparral, grasslands, blue oak woodlands, and majestic valley oak savanna ecosystems of the area;

        (B) the geomorphology, riparian watersheds, and unique flora and fauna of the area; and

        (C) the ancestral and cultural history of Native Americans, settlers, and explorers; and

      (2) to interpret the recovery program for the California Condor, including the international significance of the program.

    (c) Boundaries- The boundaries of the Park shall consist of the areas generally depicted on the Map.

    (d) Availability of Map- The Map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service.

    (e) Abolishment of Current Pinnacles National Monument-

      (1) IN GENERAL- The Pinnacles National Monument is abolished.

      (2) INCORPORATION OF LAND- The land and any interests in the land that comprise the Pinnacles National Monument are incorporated in, and shall be considered to be part of, the Park.

      (3) AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS- Any funds available for the Pinnacles National Monument shall be available for the Park.

      (4) REFERENCES- Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to `Pinnacles National Monument' shall be considered to be a reference to `Pinnacles National Park'.

    (f) Administration- The Secretary shall administer the Park in accordance with--

      (1) this Act; and

      (2) the laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including the National Park Service Organic Act (16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.).

    (g) Land Acquisition-

      (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may acquire land or interests in land within the boundaries of the Park by purchase from a willing seller with donated or appropriated funds, donation, or exchange.

      (2) ACQUISITION OF ROCK SPRINGS RANCH-

        (A) ACQUISITION AUTHORIZED- The Secretary may acquire, by purchase from a willing seller, donation, or exchange, the approximately 18,200 acres of land in San Benito County, California, known as the `Rock Springs Ranch Tract'.

        (B) INCLUSION WITHIN NATIONAL PARK- On acquisition of the land described in subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall modify the boundaries of the Park to include the acquired land.

        (C) MAP- Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall file a map depicting the land described in subparagraph (A) with--

          (i) the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives; and

          (ii) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate.

SEC. 4. REDESIGNATION OF PINNACLES WILDERNESS AS HAIN WILDERNESS AND EXPANSION OF WILDERNESS.

    (a) Redesignation-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Subsection (i) of the first section of Public Law 94-567 (16 U.S.C. 1132 note) is amended by striking `Pinnacles Wilderness' and inserting `Hain Wilderness.'

      (2) REFERENCES- Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to the `Pinnacles Wilderness' shall be considered to be a reference to the `Hain Wilderness'.

    (b) Expansion- Certain land comprising approximately 2,715 acres, as generally depicted on the map entitled `Proposed Wilderness Additions to the Proposed Pinnacles National Park', numbered 114/106,106, and dated November 2010, is--

      (1) designated as wilderness and a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System; and

      (2) incorporated in, and considered to be a part of, the Hain Wilderness.

SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this Act.

END