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Public Law 111-11

March 30, 2009

An Act

To designate certain land as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System, to authorize certain programs and activities in the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

(a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009'.

(b) Table of Contents- The table of contents of this Act is as follows:

SEC. 7102. LOCATION OF VISITOR AND ADMINISTRATIVE FACILITIES FOR WEIR FARM NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE.

Section 4(d) of the Weir Farm National Historic Site Establishment Act of 1990 (16 U.S.C. 461 note) is amended--

(1) in paragraph (1)(B), by striking `contiguous to' and all that follows and inserting `within Fairfield County.';

(2) by amending paragraph (2) to read as follows:

`(2) DEVELOPMENT-

`(A) MAINTAINING NATURAL CHARACTER- The Secretary shall keep development of the property acquired under paragraph (1) to a minimum so that the character of the acquired property will be similar to the natural and undeveloped landscape of the property described in subsection (b).

`(B) TREATMENT OF PREVIOUSLY DEVELOPED PROPERTY- Nothing in subparagraph (A) shall either prevent the Secretary from acquiring property under paragraph (1) that, prior to the Secretary's acquisition, was developed in a manner inconsistent with subparagraph (A), or require the Secretary to remediate such previously developed property to reflect the natural character described in subparagraph (A).'; and

(3) in paragraph (3), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking `the appropriate zoning authority' and all that follows through `Wilton, Connecticut,' and inserting `the local governmental entity that, in accordance with applicable State law, has jurisdiction over any property acquired under paragraph (1)(A)'.

Did You Know?

Stars on the ceiling of Weir's studio - Photo by Barry McCormick

Painter Julian Alden Weir installed stars on the ceiling of all three of his studios. He had three studios: one in New York City, one in Windham, CT and one behind his home in Branchville, CT. Visitors will be able to see the original stars in his Branchville studio at Weir Farm National Historic Site once the Weir Studio has been restored in late 2013.