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PUBLIC LAW 101-523—NOV. 5, 1990 104 STAT. 2297 Public Law 101-523 101st Congress An Act To provide for the study of certain historical and cultural resources located in the city Nov. 5, 1990 of Vancouver, Washington, and for other purposes. [H.R. 5144] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. STATEMENT OF FINDINGS. The Congress finds that— (1) the city of Vancouver, Washington, has a unique array of contiguous historical sites which chronicle important steps in the settlement and development of the Northwest, including— (A) Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, the site of the Hudson's Bay Company trading post established in 1825; (B) Vancouver Barracks, an active military installation since 1849; (C) Officers' Row National Register Historic District, 21 adaptively rehabilitated military officers' quarters; (D) Pearson Airpark, an early United States Army airfield and one of the oldest operating airports in the country; and (E) the Columbia River, an early Northwest exploration and settlement corridor, including the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition, center of Indian trade, shipbuilding, and fishing; (2) these historical assets are owned and managed by several governmental entities, including the National Park Service, city of Vancouver, and the United States Army; (3) sites within the Vancouver historical area are in a state of transition and are the focus of various proposals and initiatives; (4) there is a lack of formal coordination of management or planning among the various entities; and (5) failure to coordinate the planning and management within the Area may result in lost opportunities to preserve and enhance irreplaceable historical sites and open space. SEC. 2. VANCOUVER HISTORICAL STUDY COMMISSION. (a) ESTABLISHMENT.— T here is hereby established a Vancouver Historical Study Commission which shall study and make recommendations regarding— (1) the preservation, protection, enhancement, enjoyment, and utilization of the historic, cultural, natural, and recreational resources of the Area; and (2) the feasibility of establishing a Vancouver National Historical Reserve. (b) MEMBERSHIP.—The Commission shall consist of the following 5 members: (1) The Director of the National Park Service, or his designee. 49-139 O - 90 (523)