|Sponsor||Rep. Doggett, Lloyd|
|Date||June 3, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Ed Bedard|
On Monday, June 3, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 885, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Boundary Expansion Act of 2013,under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on February 28, 2013 by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which reported the bill by unanimous consent.
H.R. 885 authorizes the expansion of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park to include an additional 137 acres which are already owned or managed by the National Park Service.
Since the establishment of the Park in the late 1970s, San Antonio has grown to the point that the city, according to the Department of the Interior, “now almost entirely surrounds the Park with urban development, threatening areas that contain significant Spanish colonial resources historically associated with the Park.” In order to protect the unique historic resources associated with the Park, the National Park Service (NPS) began acquiring neighboring areas containing significant sites.
However, the Park’s authorizing legislation does not allow these lands to be incorporated into the boundary of the Park. H.R. 885 would expand the Park boundary to include 137 new acres of land which are currently owned or managed by the NPS through cooperative agreements with the land owners.
Statement for the Record Concerning H.R. 885 Before the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, 113th Cong. 2 (2013) (Statement of the Department of Interior) available at http://www.nps.gov/legal/testimony/113th/H.R.%20885%20San%20Antonio%20Missions%20Statement%20for%20the%20Record.pdf