Legislation

May 15 2014

S. 2346

Official Short: National Discovery Trails Act of 2014

Long Title: To amend the National Trails System Act to include national discovery trails, and to designate the American Discovery Trail, and for other purposes.

Sponsors: Mr. Coons, Mr. Kirk., Mr. Cardin, Mr. Harkin, Mr. Brown and Ms. Mikulski.

STATUS:

  • May 15, 2014.--Introduced.
  • June 11, 2014--Mr. Cardin and Mr. Harkin added as cosponsors.
  • June 25, 2014.--Mr. Brown added as cosponsor.
  • June 26, 2014.--Ms. Mikulski added as cosponsor.
  • July 23, 2014.--Hearing by subcommittee held.  (56)

S.2346

National Discovery Trails Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS)

S 2346 IS

113th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 2346

To amend the National Trails System Act to include national discovery trails, and to designate the American Discovery Trail, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 15, 2014

Mr. COONS (for himself and Mr. KIRK) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To amend the National Trails System Act to include national discovery trails, and to designate the American Discovery Trail, 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 `National Discovery Trails Act of 2014'.

SEC. 2. NATIONAL TRAILS SYSTEM ACT AMENDMENTS.

    (a) National Discovery Trails- Section 3(a) of the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1242(a)) is amended by inserting after paragraph (4) the following:
      `(5) National discovery trails, established under section 5, which will be extended, continuous, interstate trails so located as to provide for outstanding outdoor recreation and travel and to connect representative examples of America's trails and communities. National discovery trails should provide for the conservation and enjoyment of significant natural, cultural, and historic resources associated with each trail and should be so located as to represent metropolitan, urban, rural, and back country regions of the Nation. Any such trail may be designated on Federal lands and, with the consent of the owner thereof, on any non-Federal lands.'.
    (b) Designation of the American Discovery Trail as a National Discovery Trail- Section 5(a) of such Act (16 U.S.C. 1244(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
      `(31) The American Discovery Trail, a trail of approximately 6,000 miles extending from Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware to Point Reyes National Seashore in California, extending westward through Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky, where near Cincinnati it splits into two routes. The Northern Midwest route traverses Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Colorado, and the Southern Midwest route traverses Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado. After the two routes rejoin in Denver, Colorado, the route continues through Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California. The trail is generally described in Volume 2 of the National Park Service feasibility study dated June 1995 which shall be on file and available for public inspection in the office of the Director of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, the District of Columbia. The American Discovery Trail shall be administered by the Secretary of the Interior in cooperation with at least one competent trailwide volunteer-based organization and other affected Federal land managing agencies, and State and local governments, as appropriate. No lands or interests outside the exterior boundaries of federally administered areas may be acquired by the Federal Government solely for the American Discovery Trail. The provisions of sections 7(e), 7(f), and 7(g) shall not apply to the American Discovery Trail.'.
    (c) Comprehensive National Discovery Trail Plan- Section 7 of such Act (16 U.S.C. 1246) is further amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
    `(l)(1) For purposes of subsection (5)(b), a trail shall not be considered feasible and desirable for designation as a national discovery trail unless it meets all of the following criteria:
      `(A) The trail must link one or more areas within the boundaries of a metropolitan area (as those boundaries are determined under section 134(c) of title 23, United States Code). It should also join with other trails, connecting the National Trails System to significant recreation and resources areas.
      `(B) The trail must be supported by at least one competent trailwide volunteer-based organization. Each trail should have extensive local and trailwide support by the public, by user groups, and by affected State and local governments.
      `(C) The trail must be extended and pass through more than one State. At a minimum, it should be a continuous, walkable route.
    `(2) The appropriate Secretary for each national discovery trail shall administer the trail in cooperation with at least one competent trailwide volunteer-based organization. Where the designation of discovery trail is aligned with other units of the National Trails System, or State or local trails, the designation of a discovery trail shall not affect the protections or authorities provided for the other trail or trails, nor shall the designation of a discovery trail diminish the values and significance for which those trails were established. Not later than three complete fiscal years after the date of the enactment of any law designating a national discovery trail, the appropriate Secretary shall submit a comprehensive plan for the protection, management, development, and use of the trail, to the Committee on Natural Resources of the United States House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the United States Senate. The responsible Secretary shall ensure that the comprehensive plan for the entire trail does not conflict with existing agency direction and shall consult with the affected land managing agencies, the Governors of the affected States, affected county and local political jurisdictions, and local organizations maintaining components of the trail. Components of the comprehensive plan include--
      `(A) policies and practices to be observed in the administration and management of the trail, including the identification of all significant natural, historical, and cultural resources to be preserved, model agreements necessary for joint trail administration among and between interested parties, and an identified carrying capacity for critical segments of the trail and a plan for their implementation where appropriate;
      `(B) general and site-specific trail-related development including costs; and
      `(C) the process to be followed by the volunteer-based organization, in cooperation with the appropriate Secretary, to implement the trail marking authorities in subsection (c) conforming to approved trail logo or emblem requirements. Nothing in this Act may be construed to impose or permit the imposition of any landowner on the use of any non-Federal lands without the consent of the owner thereof. Neither the designation of a national discovery trail nor any plan relating thereto shall affect or be considered in the granting or denial of a right of way or any conditions relating thereto.'.

SEC. 3. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.

    The National Trails System Act is amended--
      (1) in section 2(b) (16 U.S.C. 1241(b)), by striking `scenic and historic' and inserting `scenic, historic, and discovery';
      (2) in the section heading to section 5 (16 U.S.C. 1244), by striking `AND NATIONAL HISTORIC' and inserting `, NATIONAL HISTORIC, AND NATIONAL DISCOVERY';
      (3) in section 5(a) (16 U.S.C. 1244(a)), in the matter preceding paragraph (1)--
        (A) by striking `and national historic' and inserting `, national historic, and national discovery'; and
        (B) by striking `and National Historic' and inserting `, National Historic, and National Discovery';
      (4) in section 5(b) (16 U.S.C. 1244(b)), in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking `or national historic' and inserting `, national historic, or national discovery';
      (5) in section 5(b)(3) (16 U.S.C. 1244(b)(3)), by striking `or national historic' and inserting `, national historic, or national discovery';
      (6) in section 7(a)(2) (16 U.S.C. 1246(a)(2)), by striking `and national historic' and inserting `, national historic, and national discovery';
      (7) in section 7(b) (16 U.S.C. 1246(b)), by striking `or national historic' each place such term appears and inserting `, national historic, or national discovery';
      (8) in section 7(c) (16 U.S.C. 1246(c))--
        (A) by striking `scenic or national historic' each place it appears and inserting `scenic, national historic, or national discovery';
        (B) in the second proviso, by striking `scenic, or national historic' and inserting `scenic, national historic, or national discovery'; and
        (C) by striking `, and national historic' and inserting `, national historic, and national discovery';
      (9) in section 7(d) (16 U.S.C. 1246(d)), by striking `or national historic' and inserting `national historic, or national discovery';
      (10) in section 7(e) (16 U.S.C. 1246(e)), by striking `or national historic' each place such term appears and inserting `, national historic, or national discovery';
      (11) in section 7(f)(2) (16 U.S.C. 1246(f)(2)), by striking `National Scenic or Historic Trail' and inserting `national scenic, historic, or discovery trail';
      (12) in section 7(h)(1) (16 U.S.C. 1246(h)(1)), by striking `or national historic' and inserting `national historic, or national discovery'; and
        (13) in section 7(i) (16 U.S.C. 1246(i)), by striking `or national historic' and inserting `national historic, or national discovery'.