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Note: The chairman, Hon. Wayne N. Aspinall, and the ranking minority member, Hon. John P. Saylor, are ex officio members of each subcommittee.
Baty, Judge David_.
Bell, Hon. Alphonzo, a Representative in Congress from the State of
Cohelan, Hon. Jeffery, a Representative in Congress from the State
Edwards, Hon. Don, a Representative in Congress from tle State of
Anderson, Hon. Glenn M., Member of Congress, to Hon. Wayne N.
Aspinall, Hon. Wayne N., chairman, House Interior Committee and
Bagley, William T., California Legislature, to Hon. Wayne N. Aspinall,
Callison, Charles H., executive vice president, National Audubon
Cohelan, Hon. Jeffery, Member of Congress, to Hon. Roy Taylor,
Corman, Hon. James C., Member of Congress, to Hon. Jeffery Cohelan,
Dolan, Robert J., clerk, San Francisco City and County Board of
Dougherty, Hugh, chairman, Planning Commission, Marin County
Downes, George G., chairman, board of trustees, Northern California
Have, Richard P., president, Marin County Chamber of Commerce
Hofmann, Oliver D., president, Marin Coast Chamber of Commerce,
Jordan, Thomas S., Jr., president, Committee for Green Foothills,
Maloney, Douglas J., county counsel, Marin County, to Hon. John F.
McCloskey, Michael, conservation director, Sierra Club, San Francisco, Calif., to Representative Donald H. Clausen, dated May 9, 1969 (telegram).
Murphy, Hon. George, U.S. Senate, to Hon. Roy A. Taylor, dated
Otis, Webster, Pierce ranch, Larkspur, Calif., to Hon. Don H. Clausen, dated May 8, 1969.
Patterson, Tamara N., Inverness, Calif., to Hon. Roy A. Taylor, dated May 9, 1969.
Prezioso, Sal J., president, National Recreation & Park Association, to
Sipkin, Chester, San Rafael, Calif., to Representative Wayne N.
Smith, Dr. Edmund H., director, University of the Pacific Marine Station, to Representative Don Clausen, dated May 13, 1969 (telegram)__
Students, room 7, grade 6, Novato Unified School, Novato, Calif., to
Students, room 8, Hamilton Air Force Base, San Rafael, Calif., to
Train, Hon. Russell E., Under Secretary of the Interior, to Hon.
Train, Hon. Russell E., Acting Secretary of the Interior, to Hon.
Board of Supervisors of Sonoma County, Calif., resolution 26134, dated May 13, 1969.........
California Legislature Assembly Joint Resolution 28.
POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, CALIF.
TUESDAY, MAY 13, 1969
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PARKS AND RECREATION
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 a.m., in room 1324, Longworth House Office Building, Roy A. Taylor (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Mr. TAYLOR. The Subcommittee on National Parks and Recreation will come to order.
We meet this morning for consideration of H.R. 3786, by Congressman Clausen and Congressman Mailliard, and H.R. 8515 by Congressman Cohelan, H.R. 9719 by Congressman Cohelan and others of California, H.R. 9798 by Congressman Teague of California, H.R. 9805 by Congressman Utt, H.R. 10137 by Congressman McCloskey and H.R. 10888 by Congressman Gubser.
In the absence of objection, a copy of H.R. 3786-which is identical with H.R. 8515, H.R. 9719, H.R. 9798, H.R. 9805, H.R. 10137, and H.R. 10888-will be made a part of the record at this point. (A copy of H.R. 3786 follows:)
[H.R. 3786, 91st Cong., first sess.]
A BILL To authorize the appropriation of additional funds necessary for acquisition of land at the Point Reyes National Seashore in California
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 8 of Public Law 87-657 of the Eighty-seventh Congress is repealed and that there is enacted in lieu thereof the following:
"SEC. 8. There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act, except that no more than $57,500,000 shall be appropriated for the acquisition of land and waters and improvements thereon, and interest therein, and incidental costs relating thereto, in accordance with provisions of this Act."
Mr. TAYLOR. In the absence of objection a copy of the committee report which we received this morning dated May 12, 1969, signed by Under Secretary Train, will be made a part of the record at this point.
(The departmental report follows:)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
Hon. WAYNE N. ASPIN ALL,
Chairman, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs,
DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: Your Committee has requested the views of this Department on H.R. 3786, a bill "To authorize the appropriation of additional funds necessary for acquisition of land at the Point Reyes National Seashore in California." This report covers identical bills H.R. 8515, H.R. 9719, H.R. 9798, H.R. 9805, H.R. 10137, and H.R. 10888.
We recommend the enactment of the bill, amended as suggested herein. The bill repeals section 8 of the Act of September 13, 1962 (76 Stat. 538), which authorized the appropriation of not to exceed $14,000,000 for the acquisition of land for Point Reyes National Seashore, California. The Act of October 15, 1966 (80 Stat. 919), amended section 8 of the Act of September 13, 1962, supra, by increasing the amount authorized to be appropriated for land acquisition from $14,000,000 to $19,135,000.
H.R. 3786 would add a new section 8 to the amended 1962 Act to increase the appropriation authorization an additional $38,365,000 to $57,500,000.
The Committee's report on the 1966 amendment (H. Rept. No. 2067, 89th Cong., 2d session) noted that:
"There is a need for a very considerable increase in the present limitation on appropirations. While the present bill, as amended, proposes an immediate increase of $5,135,000 to take care of six specific tracts of land totalling 3,707 acres, the committee is fully aware of the fact that this is a stopgap measure and that there will be need for further increases-perhaps to $57,500,000-before the seashore is fully established."
The $14 million originally authorized in the 1962 Act was appropriated, and with these funds 16,000 acres were acquired. All but $2,097,927 of the $5,135,000 increase authorized in 1966 has been appropriated, and used to acquire 2,366 additional acres. The remaining authorization is committed to settlement of condemnation cases involving five of the six tracts referred to above in the Committee report. The only method now available for acquiring additional lands, except by donation, is through exchange for other Federal lands. Five exchanges have been concluded since 1962, adding 4,450 acres.
The acreage of fast land now in Federal ownership, approximately 22,816 acres of the 54,136 acres of fast land within the authorized boundaries, is fragmented and insufficient to be regarded as efficiently administrable for purposes of carrying out the 1962 Act. For this reason, the seashore has not been officially established by publication of a notice in the Federal Register as provided in section 5 of the Act (76 Stat. 540). Further acquisition is necessary to consolidate the land already acquired into a manageable unit. Additional land within the boundaries is required to provide public access to Limantour Beach, one of the most important recreational beaches within the seashore, and to provide sufficient area for needed public recreational developments.
Since the 1962 Act, land prices at Point Reyes have risen sharply, averaging from 10 to 20 percent per year.
In order to deal with the critical problem of escalating land costs generally, the Congress recently authorized the establishment of a new land management program using authority to sell and leaseback properties which can be continued in private use. (Section 5(a) of the Act of July 15, 1968, 82 Stat. 354, 356.)
The land management program we propose for Point Reyes recognizes three zones or categories of land use-public development, preservation, and private development.
Within the public development zone, as the term implies, we will place public use facilities, such as roads, campgrounds, interpretive centers, marinas, and administrative and maintenance facilities. About 15,200 acres of the national seashore will be included in this zone.
Within the preservation zone, the objective is to preserve natural, historic, scenic, and scientific features of unique interest. Only minor developments such as trails will be placed in these areas, in order to assure their natural