President Obama has signed into law the Natchez Trace Parkway Conveyance Act of 2013. The bill, authored by Senator Thad Cochran, will transfer 67 acres of National Park Service property to the city of Natchez and the state.
The city will get title to 37 acres adjacent to Natchez High School, known as the bean field, for recreational purposes. The state of Mississippi will hold title to the remaining 30 acres.
The bill passed the Senate unanimously and the House of Representatives by a 419-1 vote.
"The willingness of the National Park
Service to give up surplus property created an opportunity for the Natchez and
Adams County residents to use these parcels, which are not integral to the
Natchez Trace Parkway, for recreational and public uses," said Cochran.
"I appreciate Senator Wicker and Congressman Harper's work to move this bill
through the legislative process. I look forward to it being enacted."
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