Public Law 92-154

Public Law 88-590, passed by Congress in 1971, revised the boundaries of Canyonlands National Park to include The Maze, The Land of Standing Rocks, and Davis and Lavender canyons. Read more about the founding of Canyonlands National Park.


Public Law 92-154
AN ACT
To revise the boundaries of the Canyonlands 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 the Act providing for the establishment of the Canyonlands National Park (78 Stat. 934; 16 U.S.C. 271) is amended as follows:

(a) Delete section 1 and insert in lieu thereof:
"That in order to preserve an area in the State of Utah possessing superlative scenic, scientific, and archeologic features for the inspiration, benefit, and use of the public, there is hereby established the Canyonlands National Park which, subject to valid existing rights, shall comprise the area generally depicted on the drawing entitled 'Boundary Map, Canyonlands National Park, Utah', numbered 164-91004 and dated June 1970, which shows the boundaries of the park having a total of approximately three hundred and thirty-seven thousand two hundred and fifty-eight acres. The map is on file and available for public inspection in the offices of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior."

(b) In section 2—
(1) in the first sentence, delete the words "described in section 1 hereof or" which appear after the word "area";
(2) in the third sentence, insert the words "or any amendment thereto" after the word "Act"; and
(3) in the fifth sentence, insert the words "or any amendment thereto." after the word "Act".

(c) In section 3, after the word "Act" insert the words "or any use amendment thereto".

(d) Add the following sections—

"SEC. 6. Within three years from the date of enactment of this section, 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 to the suitability or nonsuitability of any area within the national park for preservation as wilderness, and any designation of any such area as a wilderness shall be accomplished in accordance with said subsections of the Wilderness Act.

"SEC. 7. (a) The Secretary of the Interior, 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 Canyonlands National Park. Such study shall consider what roads are appropriate and necessary for full utilization of the area for the purposes 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. 8. 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, $16,000 for the acquisition of lands and not to exceed $5,102,000 (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 indexes applicable to the types of construction involved herein. The sums authorized in this section shall be available for acquisition and development in the areas added by this Act."

Approved November 12, 1971.

Last updated: August 15, 2017

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