National Park Study Act authorizes Rota study

Sep 25, 2013

I introduced the National Park Service Study Act of 2013, H.R. 3131, authorizing the review of areas on Rota and over a dozen other sites around the country for possible inclusion in the National Park system.  My bill authorizing a study of the feasibility and suitability of creating a Rota National Park, H.R. 573, has already passed the House of Representatives and has received a hearing in the Senate.  But the larger bill I have now introduced, because it contains areas important to other Members of Congress, may have a better chance of eventually being enacted into law.  Included in H.R. 3131 are the Kau coast of the island of Hawai’i, Mahaulepu on Kauai, and Maui’s North Coast; sites in Alaska associated with the forced abandonment of Aleut villages during World War II; Japanese relocation centers in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Arkansas; mining-era sites in Nevada; New York’s Hudson River Valley; the Norman Studios in Florida, where African-American casts and crews were used in the making of silent films; the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta in the state of Mississippi; Galveston Bay, Texas; the Pullman railcar site in Illinois; and historic areas on Midway Atoll.  Not all of these areas will eventually be added to the National Park system.  But, like Rota, each has unique significance in our national history that warrants consideration for the honor of designation as a National Park.