Public Law 92-155

Public Law 92-155 was passed by Congress and signed by President Richard M. Nixon in 1971 to abolish Arches National Monument and establish Arches National Park.

Public Law 92-155
92nd Congress, S. 30
November 12, 1971

An Act

To establish the Arches National Park in the State of Utah.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That ( a) subject to valid existing rights, the lands, waters, and interests therein within the boundary generally depicted on the map entitled "Boundary Map, Proposed Arches National Park, Utah," numbered RPSSC-138-20, 001E and dated September 1969, are hereby established as the Arches National Park (hereinafter referred to as the "park"). Such map shall be on file and availlable for public inspection in the offices of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

(b) The Arches National Monument is hereby abolished, and any funds available for purposes of the monument shall be available for purposes of the park. Federal lands, waters, and interests therein excluded from the monument by this Act shall be administered by the Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter referred to as the "Secre­tary") in accordance with the laws applicable to the public lands of the United States.

SEC.2. Lands acquisition
The Secretary is authorized to acquire by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, transfer from any Federal agency, exchange or otherwise, the lands and interests in lands described in the first section of this Act, except that lands or interests therein owned by the State of Utah, or any political subdivision thereof, may be acquired only with the approval of such State or political subdivision.

SEC.3. Grazing privileges
Where any Federal lands included within the park are legally occupied or utilized on the date of approval of this Act for grazing purposes, pursuant to a lease, permit, or license for a fixed term of years issued or authorized by any department, establishment or agency of the United States, the Secretary of the Interior shall permit the persons holding such grazing privileges or their heirs to continue in the exercise thereof during the term of the lease, permit, or license, and one period of renewal thereafter.

SEC. 4. Livestock trails, watering rights
Nothing in this Act shall be construed as affecting in any way any rights of owners and operators of cattle and sheep herds, existing on the date immediately prior to the enactment of this Act, to trail their herds on traditional courses used by them prior to such date of enactment, and to water their stock, notwithstanding the fact that the lands involving such trails and watering are situated within the park: Provided, That the Secretary may designate driveways and promulgate reasonable regulations providing for the use of such driveways.

SEC. 5. Administration, 16 U.S.C. 1 Report to President
(a) The National Park Service, under the direction of the Secretary, shall administer, protect, and develop the park, subject to the provisions of the Act entitled "An Act to establish a National Park Service, and for other purposes", approved August 25, 1916 (39 Stat. 535).

(b) Within three years from the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall report to the President, in accordance with subsections 3(c) and 3(d) of the Wilderness Act (78 Stat. 890; 16 U.S.C. 1132 (c) and (d) ), his recommendations as the suitability or nonsuitability of any area within the park for preservation as wilderness, and any designation of any such area as a wilderness shall be in accordance with said Wilderness Act.

SEC. 6. Road alinements, Report to Congress
(a) The Secretary, in consultation with appropriate Federal departments and appropriate agencies of the State and its political subdivisions shall conduct a study of proposed road alinements within and adjacent to the park. Such study shall consider what roads are appropriate and necessary for full utilization of the area for the purpose of this Act as well as to connect with roads of ingress and egress to the area.

(b) A report of the findings and conclusions of the Secretary shall be submitted to the Congress within two years of the date of enact­ment of this Act, including recommendations for such further legisla­tion as may be necessary to implement the findings and conclusions developed from the study.

SEC. 7. Appropriation
There are hereby authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this act, not to exceed, however, $125,000 for the acquisition of lands and interests in lands and not to exceed $1,031,800 (April 1970 prices) for development, plus or minus such amounts, if any, as may be justified by reason of ordinary fluctuations in construction costs as indicated by engineering cost indices applicable to the types of construction involved herein. The sums authorized in this section shall be available for acquisition and development undertaken subsequent to the approval of this Act.

Approved November 12, 1971

Last updated: August 15, 2017

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