Senate Bill 47 reauthorizing the Natural Resources Management Act was passed by the United State Congress on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The bipartisan legislation permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), authorizes funding for federal land and water projects and protects vulnerable landscapes across the (western) United States. Included in the bill is the acquisition of property for the Harry S. Truman Historic Site (HSTHS) to build a new visitor center.
“I would like to thank Senator Blunt and Congressman Cleaver for their work on this legislation,” Independence Mayor Eileen Weir said. “The bipartisan leadership of Senator Blunt and Congressman Cleaver ensures that the legacy of President Truman will continue to be the focal point of tourism and economic activity for Independence for future generations.”
Senate Bill 47 allows the City of Independence to convey property adjacent to the Harry S. Truman Historic Site to the National Park Service for the construction of a new visitor center. The current Visitor Center is located in Old Fire Station 1 at the corner of Main and Truman. The Independence City Council recently approved a resolution conveying the land to the National Parks Service for this purpose.
“Passage of Senate Bill 47 is a critical step forward in creating an enhanced experience for visitors to Independence and allows the City to explore additional redevelopment opportunities for Fire Station 1 as a tourism and community asset that complements the revival of downtown Independence,” Weir said.
Senate Bill 47 will now go on to the President for final approval.