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Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- senate Committees
- The house Passed January 31st, 2017Roll Call Vote 396 Yea / 8 Nay
Committee on Natural ResourcesIntroducedJanuary 13th, 2017
- house Committees
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Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act of 2017
To redesignate Ocmulgee National Monument in the State of Georgia and revise its boundary, and for other purposes.
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act (Sec. 3) This bill redesignates the Ocmulgee National Monument in Georgia as the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park. The boundary of the park is adjusted to include approximately 2,100 acres. The Department of the Interior may acquire lands and interests within the boundaries of the park by donation, purchase from a willing seller, or exchange, but not by condemnation. Interior shall administer any acquired land as part of the park. (Sec. 4) Interior shall conduct a special resource study of the Ocmulgee River corridor between the cities of Macon and Hawkinsville, Georgia, to : evaluate the national significance of the study area; determine the suitability and feasibility of designating the study area as a unit of the National Park System; and consider other alternatives for the preservation, protection, and interpretation of the study area by the federal government, state or local government entities, or private and nonprofit organizations.
Ocmulgee mounds are an important historical and archaeological site, as well as a valuable ecological and recreational resource to middle Georgia. Expanding the boundaries of land protected by the park will protect archeological sites and improve quality of life. For those wondering if this expands or reduces the area covered, the actual bill (you'll have to pull it up on the congress website) is built around expanding the land covered. The current size is 702 acres, and the bill would expand that to the 2100 acres originally envisioned for the park. You can read the full text here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/538/text