H.R. 8298 (96th): New Mexico Wilderness Act of 1980

96th Congress, 1979–1980. Text as of Dec 19, 1980 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill).

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PUBLIC LAW 96-550—DEC. 19, 1980                              94 STAT. 3221
Public Law 96-550
96th Congress
                                    An Act
To designate certein National Forest System lands in the State of New Mexico for     Dec. 19, 1980
  inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System, and for other             [H.R. 8298]
  purposes.

 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,                  National Forest
                                                                                   System lands,
                                                                                   N. Mex.
                                    TITLE I                                        Designation.
  SEC. 101. The purposes of this Act are to—
       (1) designate certain National Forest System lands in New
    Mexico for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation
    System in order to promote, perpetuate, and preserve the wilder-
    ness character of the land, to protect watersheds and wildlife
    habitat, preserve scenic and historic resources, and to promote
    scientific research, primitive recreation, solitude, physical and
    mental challenge, and inspiration for the benefit of all the
    American people;
       (2) insure that certain other National Forest System lands in
    New Mexico be promptly available for nonwilderness uses
    including, but not limited to, campground and other recreation
    site development, timber harvesting, intensive range manage-
    ment, mineral development, and watershed and vegetation
    manipulation; and
       (3) designate certain other National Forest System land in New
    Mexico for further study in furtherance of the purposes of the
    Wilderness Act.                                                                16 u s e 1131
  SEC. 102. (a) In furtherance of the purposes of the Wilderness Act,              note.
the following National Forest System lands in the State of New
Mexico are hereby designated as wilderness, and therefore, as compo-
nents of the National Wilderness Preservation System—
       (1) certain lands in the Gila National Forest, New Mexico,                  16 u s e 1132
    which comprise approximately two hundred and eleven thou-                      note.
    sand three hundred acres, as generally depicted on a map
    entitled "Aldo Leopold Wilderness—Proposed", dated August
    1980, and which shall be known as the Aldo Leopold Wilderness;
       (2) certain lands in the Cibola National Forest, New Mexico,                16 u s e 1132
    which comprise approximately fortv-five thousand acres, as                     note.
    generally depicted on a map entitled 'Apache Kid Wilderness—
    Proposed", dated November 1980, and which shall be known as
    the Apache Kid Wilderness;
       (3) certain lands in the Apache and Gila National Forests, New              16 u s e 1132
    Mexico, which comprise approximately thirty thousand acres, as                 note.
    generally depicted on a map entitled Blue Range Wilderness—
    Proposed", dated August 1980, and which shall be known as the
    Blue Range Wilderness;
       (4) certain lands in the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico,               16 u s e 1132
    which comprise approximately thirty-four thousand acres, as                    note.
    generally depicted on a map entitled "Capitan Mountains Wil-




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94 STAT. 3222 PUBLIC LAW 96-550—DEC. 19, 1980 derness—Proposed", dated August 1980, and which shall be known as the Capitan Mountains Wilderness; 16 u s e 1132 (5) certain lands in the Carson National Forest, New Mexico, note. which comprise approximately eighteen thousand acres, as gen- erally depicted on a map entitled "Cruces Basin Wilderness— Proposed", dated November 1980, and which shall be known as the Cruces Basin Wilderness: Provided, however, That the desig- nation of this area as wilderness shall not interfere with the construction of additional fencing authorized by the grazing allotment management plan for the area, and shall not be cause to require reductions in existing potential animal unit months under the applicable grazing allotment management plan for the area; 16 u s e 1132 (6) certain lands in the Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico, note. which comprise approximately five thousand two hundred acres, as generally depicted on a map entitled "Dome Wilderness— Proposed", dated August 1980, and which shall be known as the Dome Wilderness; (7) certain lands in the Gila National Forest, New Mexico, which comprise approximately one hundred and forty thousand acres, as generally depicted on a map entitled "Gila Wilderness Additions—Proposed", dated November 1980, and which are hereby incorporated in and shall be deemed a part of the Gila 16 u s e 1131 Wilderness as designated by Public Law 88-577; note. (8) certain lands in the Carson National Forest, New Mexico, 16 u s e 1132 which comprise approximately twenty thousand acres, as gener- note. ally depicted on a map entitled "Latir Peak Wilderness—Pro- posed", dated November 1980, and which shall be known as the Latir Peak Wilderness; (9) certain lands in the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests, New Mexico, which comprise approximately fifty-five thousand acres, as generally depicted on a map entitled "Pecos Wilderness Additions—Proposed", dated November 1980, and which are hereby incorporated in and shall be deemed a part of the Pecos Wilderness as designated by Public Law 88-577: Provided, That nothing in this Act shall interfere with the management of, or rules, regulations and law applying to the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed; (10) certain lands in the Carson National Forest, New Mexico, which comprise approximately fourteen thousand seven hundred acres, as generally depicted on a map entitled "Wheeler Peak Wilderness Additions—Proposed", dated November 1980, and which are hereby incorporated in and shall be deemed to be a part of the Wheeler Peak Wilderness as designated by Public Law 88-577; (11) certain lands in the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico, which comprise approximately sixteen thousand eight hundred and sixty acres, as generally depicted on a map entitled "White Mountain Wilderness Additions—Proposed", dated August 1980, and which are hereby incorporated in and shall be deemed to be a part of the White Mountain Wilderness as designated by Public Law 88-577; 16 u s e 1132 (12) certain lands in the Cibola National Forest, New Mexico, note. which comprise approximately nineteen thousand acres, as gen- erally depicted on a map entitled "Withington Wilderness— Proposed", dated August 1980, and which shall be known as the Withington Wilderness;
PUBLIC LAW 96-550—DEC. 19, 1980 94 STAT. 3223 (b) The previous classifications of the Black Range Primitive Area, the Blue Range Primitive Area in the State of New Mexico, and the Gila Primitive Area are hereby abolished. (c) As soon as practicable after this Act takes effect, the Secretary Maps and legal descriptions, of Agriculture shall file the maps referred to in this Act and legal filing with descriptions of each wilderness area designated by this Act with the congressional Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, committees. and the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, United States House of Representatives, and each such map and legal description shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act: Provided, however, That correction of clerical and typographical errors in such legal descriptions and maps may be made. Each such map and legal description shall be on file and available for public inspection in the office of the Chief of the Forest Service, Department of Agriculture. (d) Subject to valid existing rights, each wilderness area designated by this Act shall be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture in accordance with the provisions of the Wilderness Act of 1964 (78 Stat. 892) governing areas designated by that Act as wilderness areas, 16 u s e 1131 except that, with respect to any area designated in this Act, any note. reference in such provisions to the effective date of the Wilderness Act of 1964 shall be deemed to be a reference to the effective date of this Act. SEC. 103. (a) The Secretary of Agriculture shall review the following Lands review, report to lands, in conjunction with the requirements of the National Forest President and Management Act of 1976 and in furtherance of the purposes of the Presidential Wilderness Act, as to their suitability or nonsuitability for preserva- recommenda- tion as wilderness, and shall submit his report and findings to the tions to President, and the President shall submit his recommendations to Congress. 16 u s e 1132 the United States Senate and the United States House of Representa- note. tives no later than January 1,1986: 16 u s e 1600 (1) Certain lands in the Coronado National Forest, New note, 1131 note. Mexico, which comprise approximately fifteen thousand one hundred and ten acres, as generally depicted on a map entitled "Bunk Robinson Wilderness Study Area—Proposed", dated November 1980, and which shall be known as the Bunk Robinson Wilderness Study Area. (2) Certain lands in the Carson National Forest, New Mexico, which comprise approximately forty-six thousand acres, as gen- erally depicted on a map entitled "Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study Area—Proposed", dated November 1980, and which shall be known as the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study Area. (3) Certain lands in the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico, which comprise approximately twenty-one thousand acres, as generally depicted on a map entitled "Guadalupe Escarpment Wilderness Study Area—Proposed", dated November 1980, and which shall be known as the Guadalupe Escarpment Wilderness Study Area. (4) Certain lands in the Gila National Forest, New Mexico, which comprise approximately eighteen thousand eight hundred and sixty acres, as generally depicted on a map entitled "Hell Hole Wilderness Study Area—Proposed", dated November 1980, and which shall be known as the Hell Hole Wilderness Study Area. (5) Certain lands in the Apache and Gila National Forests, New Mexico, which comprise approximately eight thousand eight hundred acres, as generally depicted on a map entitled "Lower San Francisco Wilderness Study Area—Proposed", dated
94 STAT. 3224 PUBLIC LAW 96-550—DEC. 19, 1980 November 1980, and which shall be known as the Lower San Francisco Wilderness Study Area. (6) Certain lands in the Coronado National Forest, New Mexico, which comprise approximately seven thousand seven hundred and sixty acres, as generally depicted on a map entitled "Whitmire Canyon Wilderness Study Area—Proposed", dated November 1980, and which shall be known as the Whitmire Canyon Wilderness Study Area. Administration. (b) Subject to valid existing rights, the wilderness study areas designated by this section shall, until Congress determines otherwise, be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture so as to maintain their presently existing wilderness character and potential for inclu- sion in the National Wilderness Preservation System: Provided, That within the areas, current levels of motorized and other uses and improvements shall be permitted to continue subject to such reason- able rules and regulations as the Secretary of Agriculture shall prescribe. SEC. 104. (a) The Congress finds that— (1) the Department of Agriculture has completed the second roadless area review and evaluation program (RARE II); and (2) the Congress has made its own review and examination of National Forest System roadless areas in the State of New Mexico and of the environmental impacts associated with alter- native allocations of such areas. (b) On the basis of such review, the Congress hereby determines and directs that— (1) without passing on the question of the legal and factual sufficiency of the RARE II Final Environmental Statement (dated January 1979) with respect to National Forest System lands in States other than New Mexico such statement shall not be subject to judicial review with respect to National Forest System lands in the State of New Mexico; (2) with respect to the National Forest System lands in the State of New Mexico which were reviewed by the Department of Agriculture in the second roadless area review and evaluation (RARE II), except those areas designated for Wilderness Study by section 103 of this Act, or designated as wilderness by this Act, that review and evaluation shall be deemed for the purposes of the initial land management plans required for such lands by the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 as amended by the National Forest Management Act of 16 use 1600 1976 to be an adequate consideration of the suitability of such "°*® lands for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System, and the Department of Agriculture shall not be required to review the wilderness option prior to the revision of the initial plans, and in no case prior to the date established by law for completion of the initial planning cycle; (3) areas in the State of New Mexico reviewed in such Final Environmental Statement and not designated as wilderness, or for wilderness study by this Act need not be managed for the purpose of protecting their suitability for wilderness designation pending revision of the initial plans. (c) Unless expressly authorized by Congress, the Secretary shall not conduct any further statewide roadless area review and evaluation of National Forest System lands in the State of New Mexico for the purpose of determining their suitability for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System.
PUBLIC LAW 96-550—DEC. 19, 1980 94 STAT. 3225 SEC. 105. Congress does not intend that designation of wilderness areas in the State of New Mexico lead to the creation of protective perimeters or buffer zones around each wilderness area. The fact that nonwilderness activities or uses can be seen or heard from areas within the wilderness shall not, of itself, preclude such activities or uses up to the boundary of the wilderness area. TITLE II—TO ESTABLISH THE LANGMUIR RESEARCH SITE IN THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO SEC. 201. That in order to encourage scientific research into Establishment. atmospheric processes and astronomical phenomena, and to preserve 16 u s e 542. conditions necessary for that research, there is hereby established the Langmuir Research Site (hereinafter referred to as the "research site") in the Cibola National Forest in the State of New Mexico. SEC. 202. The Congress finds that the high altitude and freedom 16 u s e 542a. from air pollution and night luminosity caused by human activity, make the research site uniquely suited to the conduct of research probes into thunder clouds and for other atmospheric and astronomi- cal research purposes. SEC. 203. The Secretary of Agriculture shall administer, protect, Administration. and regulate use of the research site in accordance with the laws, 16 u s e 542b. rules, and regulations applicable to National Forest System lands, and in such manner as will best contribute to purposes of this Act. SEC. 204. The Secretary of Agriculture in furtherance of the Land use purposes of this Act, is hereby authorized, and directed, to enter into agreement. 16 u s e 542c. an appropriate land use agreement with New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology for the Langmuir Research Site for the purpose of establishing conditions for use of the national forest land, and to set forth working relationships during such period of use. SEC. 205. (a) The research site shall consist of approximately thirty- 16 u s e 542d. one thousand acres, including a principle research facility of approxi- mately one thousand acres. The boundaries are depicted on a map entitled "Langmuir Research Site", dated August 1980, which is on file and available for public inspection in the office of the Chief, Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture. (b) As soon as practicable, after enactment of this Act, the Secre- Management tary of Agriculture shall develop a comprehensive management plan plan, development. for the research site consistent with requirements of the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (Public Law 94-588) (16 U.S.C. 1604), which shall be incorporated into the initial Cibola National Forest land and resource management plan as provided for under that Act. (c) Following timely notice in writing to the Committee on Interior Minor boundary and Insular Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Commit- adjustments, notice to tee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate of his intention to congressional do so, the Secretary may make minor adjustments in the boundaries committees. of the research site to provide for more effective management or to encourage further research activity. For the purposes of this subsec- tion, minor boundary adjustments shall not increase or decrease the amount of land within the research site by more than seven thousand acres. (d) In developing the plan, the Secretary shall consult with the National Science Foundation, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, the New Mexico Academy of Science and appropri- ate conservation, wilderness, wildlife, industry, and other public interest groups.
94 STAT. 3226 PUBLIC LAW 96-550—DEC. 19, 1980 (e) The plan shall prescribe specific research and management objectives necessary for the protection, management, and regulation of the research site as outlined in subsection (f) of this section. Management. (f) The research site shall be managed in accordance with the following objectives: (1) The principal research facility shall be managed primarily for scientific research purposes. Dispersed recreation, grazing, and other uses which the Secretary determines to be compatible with scientific research may be permitted. (2) The research site shall be managed to enhance scientific research objectives. Scientific research activities and associated research equipment and structures shall be permitted within the research site in accordance with the plan. (3) Roads shall be limited to those necessary for scientific research activities and other reasonable activities as determined by the Secretary. Motor vehicle use shall be restricted to roads designated in the plan. (4) The landing of small instrumented research rockets shall be permitted to continue in portions of the research site designated for such purposes in the plan. TITLE III—FOR THE RELIEF OF ALBERT AND EULALIA RODRIGUEZ SEC. 301. The Secretary of the Interior is authorized and directed to reimburse Albert and Eulalia Rodriguez for improvements to land situated in section 5, township 25 north, range 13 east of the New Mexico principal meridian within the Taos Pueblo Grant, State of New Mexico. Appropriation SEC. 302. Beginning October 1, 1981, there is hereby authorized to authorization. be appropriated not more than $20,000 for the purposes of this Act. TITLE IV—FOR THE RELIEF OF THE VERMEJO CONSERVANCY DISTRICT SEC. 401. That, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of the Interior is authorized, subject to the written consent of the Vermejo Conservancy District, to amend contract numbered 178r-458, dated August 7, 1952, as amended, between the Vermejo Conservancy District, located in the State of New Mexico, and the United States for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Vermejo reclamation project, to defer payments on the remaining repayment obligation of the Vermejo Conservancy District under such contract, until such time or times as the Secretary determines additional repayment to be reasonably feasible, to relieve the district of such other penalties, assessments, or costs, including interest, which have accrued or may become due under the existing contract prior to enactment of this Act, and to transfer all right, title, and interest in or to the project facilities serving the Vermejo Conserv- ancy District: Provided, That the Vermejo Conservancy District shall, to the extent practicable, continue to operate and maintain the facilities of the Vermejo project for the benefit of all authorized project beneficiaries, including the Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge, and in accordance with the authorized project purposes: Provided further. That with the exception of assistance, if needed, 42 u s e 5121 under the Disaster Relief Act of 1974, as amended, the Federal note. Government shall incur no further expense on behalf of the Vermejo project or the Vermejo Conservancy District for the operation and
PUBLIC LAW 96-550—DEC. 19, 1980 94 STAT. 3227 maintenance or rehabilitation of existing facilities or for the develop- ment of any new facilities related to the delivery or impoundment of water, and further Federal expenditures related to the Vermejo Federal reclamation project shall be limited to administration of such amended contract for the purpose of determining and obtaining such reasonable repayment as may be feasible, and to necessary expenses for fish and wildlife purposes. Transfer of project facilities to the district shall be without any additional consideration in excess of the existing repayment obligation of the district, and shall include any related lands or interest in lands acquired by the Federal Govern- ment for the project, except that any lands or interests in land, or interests in water, or other contractual arrangements which may be held by the Secretary for management of the Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge, for wildlife enhancement purposes, shall not be transferred and shall be maintained consistently with existing arrangements. Any amended contract which provides for deferral of the district's repayment obligation shall provide that the obligation shall continue in effect until repaid or for the useful life of the existing facilities, and the Secretary shall provide for a flexible plan of repayment of the remaining obligation of the district according to the district's ability to repay as determined by the Secretary. Deter- minations of ability to repay shall include water deliveries achieved in a given year, as well as such other factors as the Secretary considers to be pertinent. TITLE V—CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK SEC. 501. (a) The Congress finds that— 16 use 4l0ii. (1) archeological research in the San Juan Basin conducted over the past several years has greatly increased public knowl- edge of the scope of the prehistoric culture referred to as Chacoan Anasazi; (2) the discoveries and the increased general interest in the Chaco phenomenon have come at a time when the San Juan Basin is experiencing extensive exploration and development for a wide variety of energy-related resources, including coal, uranium, oil, and natural gas; (3) development of the San Juan Basin's important natural resources and the valid existing rights of private property owners will not be adversely affected by the preservation of the archeo- logical integrity of the area; and (4) in light of the national significance of the Chacoan sites and the urgent need to protect them, continued cooperation between Federal agencies and private corporations is necessary to provide for development in the San Juan Basin in a manner compatible with preservation and archeological research. (b) It is the purpose of this title to recognize the unique archeologi- cal resources associated with the prehistoric Chacoan culture in the San Juan Basin; to provide for the preservation and interpretation of these resources; and to facilitate research activities associated with these resources. SEC. 502. (a) There is hereby established in the State of New Mexico, Establishment. the Chaco Culture National Historical Park comprising approxi- 16 USC 4l0ii-i. mately thirty three thousand nine hundred and eighty nine acres as generally depicted on the map entitled "Chaco Culture National Historical Park", numbered 310/80,032-A and dated August 1979. The Chaco Canyon National Monument is hereby abolished, as such. Abolishment. and any funds available for the purpose of the monument shall be 16 use 431 note.
94 STAT. 3228 PUBLIC LAW 96-550—DEC. 19, 1980 available for the purpose of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park. (b) Thirty three outlying sites generally depicted on a map entitled "Chaco Culture Archeological Protection Sites", numbered 310/ 80,033-A and dated August 1980, are hereby designated as "Chaco Culture Archeological Protection Sites". The thirty three archeologi- cal protection sites totaling approximately eight thousand seven hundred and seventy one acres are identified as follows: Name: Acres Allentown 42 Andrews Ranch 640 Bee Burrow 40 Bisa'ani 131 easa del Rio 40 eoolidge 15 Dalton Pass 10 Great Bend 19 Greenlee Ruin 60 Grey Hill Spring 23 Halfway House 40 Haystack 115 Hogback 371 Indian Creek 100 Jacques 40 KinNizhoni 726 Lake Valley 30 Las Ventanas 31 Morris 41 85 Muddy Water 1,210 Newcomb 44 Peach Springs 985 Pierre's Site 440 Raton Well 23 San Mateo 14 Sanostee 1,565 Section 8 40 Skunk Springs/Crumbled House 588 Standing Rock 321 Twin Angels 40 Toh-la-kai 10 Upper Kin Klizhin 60 Squaw Springs 870 List additions or SEC. 503. The Secretary of the Interior shall continue to search for deletions, additional evidences of Chacoan sites and submit to Congress within submittal to Congress. two years of date of enactment of this Act and thereafter as needed, 16 u s e 410ii-2. his recommendations for additions to, or deletions from, the list of Supra. archeological protection sites in section 50203) of this title. Additions to or deletions from such list shall be made only by an Act of Congress. Lands, waters, SEC. 504. (a) The Secretary is authorized to acquire lands, waters, and interests, and interests therein within the boundaries of the Chaco Culture acquisition. 16 u s e 410ii-3. National Historical Park (hereinafter referred to as the "park") and the archeological protection sites as identified in section 502 of this title by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, or exchange. Property owned by the State of New Mexico or any political subdivision thereof, may be acquired by exchange or dona- tion only. Property held in trust for the benefit of any Indian tribe or for the benefit of any individual member thereof may be acquired only with the consent of such owner or beneficial owner as the case may be. (b) The respective tribal authorities are authorized to convey by exchange, purchase, on donation the beneficial interest in any lands designated by section 502 of this Act and held in trust by the United States for the respective tribes, to the Secretary, subject to such terms
PUBLIC LAW 96-550—DEC. 19, 1980 94 STAT. 3229 and conditions as the tribal authority deems necessary, and which the Secretary deems are consistent with the purposes of this title. (c)(1) The Secretary shall attempt to acquire private lands or Private lands or interests therein by exchange prior to acquiring lands by any other interests, acquisition. method authorized pursuant to section 504 of this Act. (2) The Secretary shall attempt to enter into cooperative agree- Private property ments pursuant to section 505 of this Act with owners of private owners, cooperative property for those archeological protection sites described in section agreements. 502(b) of this Act. The Secretary shall acquire fee title to any such private property only if it is necessary to prevent direct and material damage to, or destruction of, Chaco cultural resources and no cooper- ative agreement with the owner of the private property interest can be effected. (d)(1) For purposes of completing an exchange pursuant to subsec- Federal property tions (a) and Ot>), the Secretary shall designate a pool of at least three pool, designation. times the private acreage described in subsections (a) and (b), com- prised of Federal property interests of a similar resource character to property to be exchanged. Federal property shall, whenever possible, be designated in blocks of at least one section in size, but in no event shall the blocks designated be less than one-quarter of a section in size. (2) The Secretary may include within the pool any Federal property under his jurisdiction except units of the National Park System, National Forest System, or the National Wildlife Refuge System that are nominated by the owner of the private property to be exchanged. Exchanges shall be on the basis of equal value, and either party to the exchange may pay or accept cash in order to equalize the value of the property exchange, except that if the parties agree to an exchange and the Secretary determines it is in the public interest, such exchange may be made for other than equal values. (e) All Federal lands, waters, and interests therein excluded from Federal lands the boundaries of Chaco Canyon National Monument by this title exchanged for non-Federal may be exchanged for non-Federal property to be acquired pursuant property. to this title. Any lands so excluded shall be managed by the Secretary under the provisions of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. Transfer of administration of such lands to the Bureau of 43 u s e 1701 Land Management shall not be considered a withdrawal as that term note. is defined in section 103(j) of the Federal Land Policy and Manage- ment Act of 1976. 43 u s e 1702. SEC. 505. The Secretary shall seek to enter into cooperative agree- 16 u s e 410ii-4. ments with the owners, including the beneficial owners, of the properties located in whole or in part within the park or the archeological protection sites. The purposes of such agreements shall be to protect, preserve, maintain, and administer the archeological resources and associated site regardless of whether title to the property or site is vested in the United States. Any such agreement shall contain provisions to assure that (1) the Secretary, or his representative, shall have a right of access at all reasonable times to appropriate portions of the property for the purpose of cultural resource protection and conducting research, and (2) no changes or alterations shall be permitted with respect to the cultural resources without the written consent of the Secretary. Nothing in this title shall be deemed to prevent the continuation of traditional Native American religious uses of properties which are the subject of cooperative agreements. SEC. 506. (a) The Secretary shall administer the park in accordance Administration. with the provisions of this title and the provisions of law generally 16 u s e 410ii-5. applicable to the administration of units of the National Park
94 STAT. 3230 PUBLIC LAW 96-550—DEC. 19, 1980 System, including the Act of August 25,1916 (39 Stat. 535; 16 U.S.C. 1, 2-4), and the Act of August 21, 1935 (49 Stat. 666; 16 U.S.C. 461-7). (b) The Secretary shall protect, preserve, maintain, and administer the Chaco Culture Archeological Protection Sites, in a manner that will preserve the Chaco cultural resource and provide for its interpre- tation and research. Such sites shall be managed by the Secretary in accordance with the provisions of this title and the provisions of law generally applicable to public lands as defined in section 103(e) of the 43 u s e 1702. Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976: Provided, how- ever, That lands held in trust by the Secretary for an Indian tribe or any individual member thereof, or held in restricted fee status shall continue to be so managed or held by the Secretary. (c) No activities shall be permitted upon the upper surface of the archeological protection sites which shall endanger their cultural values. For the purposes of this title, upper surface shall be consid- ered to extend to a depth of twenty meters below ground level. Nothing in this title shall be deemed to prevent exploration and development of subsurface oil and gas, mineral, and coal resources from without the sites which does not infringe upon the upper surface of the sites. (d) Nothing in this title shall be deemed to prevent the continuation of livestock grazing on properties which are the subject of cooperative agreements. General (e) Within three complete fiscal years from the date of enactment, management the Secretary shall transmit to the Committee on Interior and plan, transmittal to congressional Insular Affairs of the United States House of Representatives and the committees. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the United States Senate, a general management plan for the identification, research, and protection of the park, pursuant to the provisions of subsection 16 u s e la-7. (12)(b) of the Act of August 18, 1970, to be developed by the Director, National Park Service, in consultation with the Directors, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Governor, State of New Mexico, and a joint management plan for the identifica- tion, research, and protection of the archeological protection sites, to be developed by the Director, National Park Service, in consultation and concurrence with the Directors, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Governor, State of New Mexico. 16 u s e 410ii-6. SEC. 507. (a) Consistent with and in furtherance of the purposes of the Division of Cultural Research of the Southwest Cultural Re- sources Center, operated by the National Park Service, the Secretary shall continue such research and data gathering activities as may be appropriate to further the purposes of this title and knowledge of the Plan, submittal Chaco culture. The Secretary shall submit in writing within six to congressional months of the effective date of this section, to the Committee on committees. Interior and Insular Affairs of the United States House of Repre- sentatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the United States Senate, a plan for the continued operational program of the Division. The Secretary is authorized and encouraged to establish a committee composed of professional archeologists and others with related professional expertise including the designee of the Governor of the State of New Mexico to advise the Secretary in matters related to the surveying, excavation, curation, interpreta- tion, protection, and management of the cultural resources of the historical park and archeological protection sites. eomputer- (b) The Secretary shall, through the Division of Cultural Research generated data base, of the Southwest Cultural Resources Center of the National Park development. Service, be responsible for the development of a computer-generated
PUBLIC LAW 96-550—DEC. 19, 1980 94 STAT. 3231 data base of the San Juan Basin, and make such information available to Federal and private groups when to do so will assist such groups in the preservation, management, and development of the resources of the basin. (c) The head of any Federal agency having direct or indirect jurisdiction over a proposed Federal or federally assisted undertaking with respect to the lands and waters in the archeological protection sites, and the head of any Federal agency having authority to license or permit any undertaking with respect to such lands and waters, shall prior to the approval of the expenditure of any Federal funds on such undertaking, or prior to the issuance of any license or permit, as the case may be, afford the Secretary a reasonable opportunity to comment in writing with regard to such undertaking and its effect upon such sites, and shall give due consideration to any comments made by the Secretary and to the effect of such undertaking on the purposes for which such sites are established. SEC. 508. Effective October 1, 1981, there are authorized to be Appropriation appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out the authorization. 16 u s e 410ii-7. provisions of this title but not to exceed $11,000,000 for acquisition and $500,000 for development. TITLE VI—SALINAS NATIONAL MONUMENT SEC. 601. (a) In order to set apart and preserve for the benefit and Designation. enjoyment of the American people the ruins of prehistoric Indian 16 u s e 431 note. pueblos and associated seventeenth century Franciscan Spanish mission ruins, the Secretary is authorized to acquire by donation, or by purchase with donated or appropriated funds, or otherwise, not to exceed four hundred and sixty six acres of land in the State of New Mexico which, in addition to the lands now comprising Gran Quivira National Monument, shall be designated as the Salinas National Monument. The Secretary is further authorized to acquire, in or near Additional the town of Mountainair, such additional lands as may be necessary lands, for an administrative site for the monument. acquisition. (b) Gran Quivira National Monument is hereby abolished as such, Abolishment. and any funds available for purposes of the monument shall be 16 u s e 431 note. available for purposes of the Salinas National Monument. (c) The Secretary shall administer and protect the monument in Administration. accordance with the provisions of this section and the provisions of law generally applicable to the administration of units of the national park system, including the Act of August 25, 1916 (39 Stat. 535; 16 U.S.C. 1, 2-4), and the Act of August 21, 1935 (49 Stat. 666; 16 U.S.C. 461-467). The Secretary is encouraged to transfer to the employment Personnel of the National Park Service such personnel associated with the transfer. administration of the State-owned lands as are interested in and qualified for such transfer, as such State lands are acquired by the Secretary.
94 STAT. 3232 PUBLIC LAW 96-550—DEC. 19, 1980 Appropriation (d) There are hereby authorized to be appropriated such sums as authorization. j^^y j^g necessary to carry out the provisions of this section, but not to exceed $1,140,000 for acquisition and $500,000 for development. Approved December 19, 1980. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. Vol. 126 (1980): Nov. 21, considered and passed House. Dec. 1, considered and passed Senate.