PUBLIC LAW 109–338—OCT. 12, 2006
120 STAT. 1817
(4) specify the existing and potential sources of funding to protect, manage, and develop the Heritage Area in the first 5 years of implementation; (5) include an inventory of the natural, historical, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area related to the themes of the Heritage Area that should be preserved, restored, managed, developed, or maintained; (6) describe a program of implementation for the management plan including plans for resource protection, restoration, construction, and specific commitments for implementation that have been made by the management entity or any government, organization, or individual for the first 5 years of implementation; and (7) include an interpretive plan for the Heritage Area. (b) DEADLINE AND TERMINATION OF FUNDING.— (1) DEADLINE.—The management entity shall submit the management plan to the Secretary for approval within 3 years after funds are made available for this subtitle. (2) TERMINATION OF FUNDING.—If the management plan is not submitted to the Secretary in accordance with this subsection, the management entity shall not qualify for Federal funding under this subtitle until such time as the management plan is submitted to the Secretary.
SEC. 277. DUTIES AND AUTHORITIES OF THE SECRETARY.
(a) TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.—The Secretary may, upon the request of the management entity, provide technical assistance on a reimbursable or non-reimbursable basis and financial assistance to the Heritage Area to develop and implement the approved management plan. The Secretary is authorized to enter into cooperative agreements with the management entity and other public or private entities for this purpose. In assisting the Heritage Area, the Secretary shall give priority to actions that in general assist in— (1) conserving the significant natural, historical, cultural, and scenic resources of the Heritage Area; and (2) providing educational, interpretive, and recreational opportunities consistent with the purposes of the Heritage Area. (b) APPROVAL AND DISAPPROVAL OF MANAGEMENT PLAN.— (1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall approve or disapprove the management plan not later than 90 days after receiving the management plan. (2) CRITERIA FOR APPROVAL.—In determining the approval of the management plan, the Secretary shall consider whether— (A) the management entity is representative of the diverse interests of the Heritage Area, including governments, natural and historic resource protection organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and recreational organizations; (B) the management entity has afforded adequate opportunity, including public hearings, for public and governmental involvement in the preparation of the management plan; (C) the resource protection and interpretation strategies contained in the management plan, if implemented, would adequately protect the natural, historical, and cultural resources of the Heritage Area; and
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