Provisions similar to those in this section were formerly contained in section
of this title. See 1954 Amendment note set out under that section. Those prior provisions did not require, as in this section, the Secretary of the Interior to take into account the possible power value of the lands, whether withdrawn therefor, or not, before authorizing any disposal of them under section
of this title; did not provide, as in this section, for the sale or lease of those lands to Federal instrumentalities, to Territories and to political subdivisions other than States, counties, and municipalities, and to nonprofit corporations and associations; and did not provide, as in this section, that conveyances of that land for historic-monument purposes should be made without monetary consideration. See section
of this title.
1976—Pub. L. 94–579
in cl. (a) inserted reference to recreational purposes and in cl. (b) inserted reference to leases for recreational purposes.
1966—Pub. L. 89–457
authorized an increase in the period of a lease under cl. (b) from twenty to twenty-five years.
Amendment by Pub. L. 94–579
not to be construed as terminating any valid lease, permit, patent, etc., existing on Oct. 21, 1976, see section 701 ofPub. L. 94–579
, set out as a note under section
of this title.
Section 2 ofPub. L. 89–457
provided that: “Upon application by a lessee holding a lease under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act [sections
of this title] the Secretary of the Interior may enter into a new lease for a term not to exceed twenty-five years from the date of the new lease.”