S 177

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 177

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire the Gold Hill Ranch in Coloma, California.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 25 (legislative day, January 5), 2011

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


A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire the Gold Hill Ranch in Coloma, California.

    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 `Gold Hill-Wakamatsu Preservation Act'.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:

      (1) GOLD HILL RANCH- The term `Gold Hill Ranch' means the approximately 272 acres of land located in Coloma, California, as generally depicted on the map entitled `Gold Hill-Wakamatsu Site' and dated May 7, 2009.

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

SEC. 3. GOLD HILL RANCH.

    (a) Acquisition- The Secretary may acquire the Gold Hill Ranch, including any interest in the Gold Hill Ranch, by purchase from a willing seller with donated or appropriated funds, donation, or exchange.

    (b) Management- The Secretary shall manage any land or interest in land acquired under subsection (a) in accordance with--

      (1) this Act;

      (2) the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); and

      (3) any other applicable laws.

    (c) Cooperative Agreement-

      (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may enter into a cooperative agreement with public or nonprofit entities to interpret the history of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony and related pioneer history associated with Japanese immigration to the area, including the history of traditional Japanese crops and farming practices and the contribution of those practices to the agricultural economy of the State of California.

      (2) INCLUSIONS- The cooperative agreement referred to in paragraph (1) may include provisions for the design and development of a visitor center to further public education and interpretation of the Gold Hill Ranch.

SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

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

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