House Resources Considers Legislation To Increase National Park Properties
The House Natural Resources Committee today is considering legislation that calls for studies to determine whether the national park system should grow even larger and whether the National Trails System should be expanded.
H.R. 3998, dubbed "America's Historical and Natural Legacy Study Act," was introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva, the Arizona Democrat who chairs the House National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee.
Studies called for in the legislation would look into whether:
*The Wolf House, the oldest public structure in Arkansas, should be added to the national park system;
* The Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site in Lamar, Missouri, should be added to the Harry S Truman National Historic Site or designating the site as a separate unit of the National Park System;
* "Eastern Legacy sites" should be added onto the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail;
* Historic areas in Matewan, West Virginia, that were involved in bloody battles between coal miners and their companies in 1920 should be added to the national park system;
* The site of the Battle of Camden fought in South Carolina on August 16, 1780, and the site of Historic Camden, which is currently a National Park System Affiliated Area, should be designated as a site, or sites, of the national park system;
* The route of the Mississippi River in the counties contiguous to the river from its headwaters in the State of Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico might be added to the National Trails System;
* The area known as the Rim of the Valley Corridor, generally including the mountains encircling the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi, and Conejo Valleys in California, should be made a unit of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area;
* The Stranahan House, located at 335 S.E. 6th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as well as the adjacent property at 500 East Las Olas Boulevard, where portions of the trading post and the campsite were located, should be made a unit of the national park system, and;
* The `Ox-Bow Route' of the Butterfield Overland Trail in the States of Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California should be added to the National Trails System.