Enabling Legislation

PUBLIC LAW 100-696-NOV. 18, 1988
Sec. 301. (a) In order to preserve for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations the outstanding paleontological sites known as the Hagerman Valley fossil sites, to provide a center for continuing paleontological research, and to provide for the display and interpretation of the scientific specimens uncovered at such sites, there is hereby established the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument (hereinafter in this title referred to as the "monument").
(b) The monument shall consist of approximately four thousand three hundred and ninetyfour acres as depicted on a map entitled "Boundary Map, Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Public Idaho" number HAFO-20,012A and dated September, 1987. The information, map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the office of the Director, National Park Service, Department of the Interior and the Office of the Superintendent, Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Idaho.
(c) Within six months after the enactment of the title, the Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter in this title referred to as the "Secretary") shall file a legal description of the monument designated under this section with the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the United States House of Representatives and with the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the United States Senate. Such legal description shall have the same force and effect as if included in this title, except that the Secretary may correct clerical and typographical errors in such legal description Public and in the map referred to in subsection (a). The legal description information, shall be on file and available for public inspection in the offices of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Sec. 302. (a) The Secretary is authorized to acquire lands or property interests in lands within the monument only by donation or exchange.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any Federal property located within the boundaries of the monument shall be transferred without consideration to the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary to be administered in accordance with the purposes of this title.
(c) In acquiring non-Federal lands by exchange pursuant to this title, the Secretary shall utilize his existing authority including but not limited to applicable provisions of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (Public Law 94-579).
Sec. 303. The Secretary shall administer the monument established pursuant to this title in accordance with the Act entitled "An Act to establish a National Park Service, and for other purposes," approved August 25, 1916 (39 Stat. 535;16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.), as amended and supplemented.
Sec. 304. Congress finds that there are unique circumstances with respect to the water or water-related resources within the Monument designated by this title. The Congress recognizes that there is little or no water or water-related resources that require the protection of a federal reserve water right. Nothing in this title, nor any action taken pursuant thereto, shall constitute either an expressed or implied reservation of water or water right for any purpose.
Sec. 305. Nothing in this title shall affect electrical generating and transmission and irrigation pumping and transmission facilities in existence within the boundaries of the monument, or the right to operate, maintain, repair, upgrade, and modify such facilities. Such facilities are hereby expressly determined to be compatible and consistent with the purposes of this title.
Sec. 306. In order to provide for continuing paleontological research, the Secretary shall incorporate in the general management plan provisions for the orderly and regulated use of and research in the monument by qualified scientists, scientific groups, and students under the jurisdiction of such qualified individuals and groups.
Sec. 307. Subject to valid existing rights, Federal lands and interests therein, within the monument, are hereby withdrawn from disposition under the public land laws and from entry or appropriation under the mining laws of the United States, from the operation of the mineral leasing laws of the United States, and from operation of the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970, as amended.
Sec. 308. There are hereby authorized to be appropriated not to exceed $5,000,000 to carry out the purposes of this title.

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