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congressional reports; utility services to concessioners. 31. Cashing traveler's checks. 32. Reimbursement of employees for loss of property. 33. Hire or purchase of property from employees. 34. Hire of horses and vehicles. 35. Purchase of supplies for park employees; deduction from salaries. 36. Pay-roll deductions for meals and quarters furnished employees. 37. Authorizing the performance of certain miscellaneous functions and activi
When used in this part, unless the context indicates otherwise: "area" or "areas", standing alone, means any type of area or areas within the National Park System or included in the miscellaneous
“board”, as used in this chapter, means the National Park Trust Fund Board.
"director" means the director of the National Park Service.
“National Park System” means all federally owned or controlled lands which are administered under the direction of the Secretary and which are grouped into the following descriptive categories: (1) National parks, (2) national monuments, (3) national historical parks, (4) national memorials, (5) national parkways, and (6) national capital parks.
"miscellaneous areas” includes lands under the administrative jurisdiction of another Federal agency, or lands in private ownership, and over which the National Park Service, under the direction of the Secretary, pursuant to cooperative agreement, exercises supervision for recreational, historical, or other related purposes, and also any lands under the care and custody of the National Park Service.
“National Trust” means the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States.
“Secretary,” standing alone, means the Secretary of the Interior.
“State" or "States” includes Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, and commonwealths. § 2. Service continued; director; other employees
The National Park Service of the Department of the Interior shall continue as an agency of the United States under the charge of a director appointed by the Secretary. The Secretary may appoint such other employees as he deems necessary. The service shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purpose of the parks, monuments, and reservations, namely to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.
3. National parks, monuments, and reservations; supervision
The director, under the direction of the Secretary, has the supervision, management, and control of the several national parks, monuments, and reservations under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service of the Department of the Interior, and of such other national parks, monuments, and reservations as may be created or established. In the supervision, management, and control of national parks, monuments, and reservations contiguous to national forests the Secretary of Agriculture may cooperate with said National Park Service to such extent as may be requested by the Secretary of the Interior. § 4. Rules and regulations; penalty for violation
The Secretary shall make and publish such rules and regulations as he deems necessary or proper for the use, management, government, and protection of, and maintenance of good order in, the National Park System. Any violation of any of the rules and regulations authorized by this section shall be a misdemeanor. § 5. Timber; permits; contracts The Secretary may:
(a) Sell or dispose of timber, upon terms and conditions to be fixed by him, in those cases where in his judgment the cutting of such timber is required in order to control the attacks of insects or diseases or otherwise conserve the scenery or the natural or historic objects in any part of the National Park System.
(b) Provide for the destruction of animals and of plant life detrimental to the use of any part of the National Park System.
(c) Grant privileges, leases, and permits for the use of lands for the accommodation of visitors in the various parts of the National Park System, for periods not exceeding twenty years. But no natural curiosities, wonders or objects of interest shall be leased, rented or granted to anyone on terms which interfere with free access to them by the public. No contract, privilege, lease, or permit entered into or granted pursuant to this paragraph shall be assigned or transferred by such contractor, grantee, lessee, or permittee, without the prior written approval of the Secretary
(d) Grant privileges, leases, and permits authorized by paragraph (c) of this section or enter into contracts relating thereto with responsible persons without advertising and without securing competitive bids.
(e) Authorize holders of the privileges, leases, or permits authorized by paragraph (c) of this section to execute mortgages and issue bonds, shares of stock, and other evidences of interest in or indebtedness upon their rights, properties, and franchises, for the purpose of installing, enlarging, or improving plant and equipment, and extending facilities for the accommodation of the public within the National Park System.
(f) Grant the privilege, upon such terms as he prescribes, to graze livestock within any part of the National Park System
except the Yellowstone National Park. § 6. Rights-of-way for electric plants, poles, lines and other
utilities (a) The Secretary in the administration of the National Park System may, under general regulations to be fixed by him, grant easements for not to exceed twenty years or revocable permits for the use of rights-of-way through areas which are a part of the National Park System for electric plants, poles, and lines for the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power, and for telephone and telegraph purposes, and for canals, ditches, pipes and pipe lines, flumes, tunnels, or other water conduits, and for water plants, dams, and reservoirs used to promote irrigation or mining or quarrying, or the manufacturing or cutting of timber or lumber, or the supplying of water for domestic public, or any other beneficial uses to the extent of the ground occupied by such canals, ditches, flumes, tunnels, reservoirs, or other water conduits or water plants, or electric or other
works permitted hereunder, and not to exceed fifty feet on each side of the marginal limits thereof, or not to exceed fifty feet on each side of the center line of such pipes and pipe lines, electric, telegraph, and telephone lines and poles, to any person, state, or subdivision thereof, where it is intended by him or it to exercise the use permitted hereunder for any one or more of the purposes herein named. Such easements or permits, however, shall be allowed within or through any of said areas only upon a finding by the Secretary that the same is not incompatible with the public interest or with the use of the area for the purpose for which it was established. Any such easement may be forfeited and annulled by declaration of the Secretary for nonuse for a period of two years or for abandonment, and any revocable permit given by the Secretary under the provisions of this section may be revoked by him or his successor in his discretion, and shall not be held to confer any right, or easement, or interest in, to, or over any national park or area in the National Park System.
(b) Acquiring such rights-of-way as may be necessary to construct, improve, and maintain roads within the authorized boundaries of any area of the said National Park System and miscellaneous areas, and the acquisition also of land and interests in land adjacent to such rights-of-way, when deemed necessary by the Secretary, to provide adequate protection of natural features or to avoid traffic and other hazards resulting from private road access connections, or when the acquisition of adjacent residual tracts, which otherwise would remain after acquiring such rights-of-way, would be in the public interest. § 7. Donations for National Park System and Miscellaneous
Areas The Secretary in his administration of the National Park System and miscellaneous areas may accept donations of lands, interests in land, buildings, or other real property located within the said System and miscellaneous areas. He may also accept donations of personal property, moneys, and services for the purposes of the National Park System and miscellaneous areas. § 8. National Park Trust Fund Board; continuation; members;
terms; quorum (a) The National Park Trust Fund Board, created July 10, 1935, shall continue and shall consist of the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of the Interior, the Director of the National Park Service,
and two persons appointed by the President for a term of five years each. Three members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The official seal of the Board shall be judicially noticed. The Board may adopt rules and regulations in regard to its procedure and the conduct of its business.
(b) No compensation shall be paid to the members of the Board for their services as such members, but they shall be reimbursed for the expenses necessarily incurred by them, out of the income from the fund or funds in connection with which such expenses are incurred. § 9. Acceptance of gifts of personal property by Board; dis
bursements and investments; National Park Trust Fund (a) The Board may accept, receive, hold, and administer such gifts or bequests of personal property for the benefit of, or in connection with, the National Park Service, its activities, or its service, as may be approved by the Board, but no such gift or bequest which entails any expenditure not to be met out of the gift, bequest or the income thereof shall be accepted without the consent of Congress.
(b) The moneys or securities composing the trust funds given or bequeathed to the Board shall be receipted for by the Secretary of the Treasury, who shall invest, reinvest, or retain investments as the Board may from time to time determine. The income, as and when collected, shall be covered into the Treasury of the United States in a trust fund account to be known as the “National Park Trust Fund” subject to disbursement by the Treasury Department, for the purposes in each case specified. However, That the Board is not authorized to engage in any business, nor shall the Secretary of the Treasury make any investment for account of the Board that may not lawfully be made by a trust company in the District of Columbia, except that the Secretary may make any investments directly authorized by the instrument of gift, and may retain any investments accepted by the Board. § 10. Powers of Board; perpetual succession; venue of suits
The Board has perpetual succession, with all the usual powers and obligations of a trustee, including the power to sell, except as herein limited, in respect to all property, moneys, or securities which shall be conveyed, transferred, assigned, bequeathed, delivered, or paid over to it for the purposes above specified. The Board may be sued in the United States district court for the District of Columbia, which is hereby given jurisdiction of such suits, for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of any trust accepted by it.