PUBLIC LAW 104-333 —NOV. 12, 1996 110 STAT. 4243 DIVISION II TITLE I—NATIONAL COAL HERITAGE National Coal A^w%^*7^ A Heritage Area AtiJiiA Act ofl996. SEC. 101. SHORT TITLE. This title may be cited as the "National Coal Heritage Area Act of 1996". SEC. 102. FINDINGS. (a) FINDINGS.— The Congress finds as follows: (1) Certain events that led to the development of southern West Virginia's coalfields during the latter part of the 19th Century and the early part of the current century are of national historic and cultural significance in terms of their contribution to the industrialization of the United States, the organization of workers into trade unions, and the unique culture of the Appalachian Region. (2) It is in the national interest to preserve and' protect physical remnants of this era for the education and benefit of present and future generations. (3) There is a need to provide assistance for the preservation and promotion of those vestiges of southern West Virginia's coal heritage which have outstanding cultural, historic, and architectural value. SEC. 103. ESTABLISHMENT. (a) IN GENERAL. — For the purpose of preserving and interpreting for the educational and inspirational benefit of present and future generations certain lands and structures with unique and significant historic and cultural value associated with the coal mining heritage of the State of West Virginia and the Nation, there is hereby established the National Coal Heritage Area (hereafter in this title referred to as the "Area"). (b) BOUNDARIES. — The Area shall be comprised of the counties in the State of West Virginia that are the subject of the study by the National Park Service, dated 1993, entitled "A Coal Mining Heritage Study: Southern West Virginia" conducted pursuant to title VI of Public Law 100-699. (c) ADMINISTRATION.— The Area shall be administered in accordance with this title. SEC. 104. CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT. The Secretary of the Interior (hereafter in this title referred to as the "Secretary") is authorized to enter into a contractual agreement with the Governor of the State of West Virginia, acting through the Division of Culture and History and the Division of Tourism and Parks, pursuant to which the Secretary shall assist the State of West Virginia, its units of local government, and nonprofit organizations in each of the following: (1) The development and implementation of integrated cultural, historical, and land resource management policies and programs in order to retain, enhance, and interpret the significant values of the lands, water, and structures of the Area. (2) The preservation, restoration, maintenance, operation, interpretation, and promotion of buildings, structures, facilities. West Virginia. 16 USC 461 note.
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