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(8) (a) Noatak National Preserve, containing approximately 6,477,168 acres of public lands, as generally depicted on map numbered NOAT–90,004, and dated July 1980 and the map entitled “Noatak National Preserve and Noatak Wilderness Addition” dated September 1994. The preserve shall be managed for the following purposes, among others: To maintain the environmental integrity of the Noatak River and adjacent uplands within the preserve in such a manner as to assure the continuation of geological and biological processes unimpaired by adverse human activity; to protect habitat for, and populations of, fish and wildlife, including but not limited to caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep, moose, wolves, and for waterfowl, raptors, and other species of birds; to protect archeological resources; and in a manner consistent with the foregoing, to provide opportunities for scientific research. The Secretary may establish a board consisting of scientists and other experts in the field of arctic research in order to assist him in the encouragement and administration of research efforts within the preserve. (b) All lands located east of centerline of the main channel of the Noatak River which are— (1) within (A) any area withdrawn under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act [ 43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.] for selection by the village of Noatak, and (B) any village deficiency withdrawal under section 11(a)(3)(A) of such Act [ 43 U.S.C. 1610(a)(3)(A) ] which is adjacent to the area described in subparagraph (i) of this paragraph, (2) adjacent to public lands within a unit of the National Park System as designated under this Act, and (3) not conveyed to such Village or other Native Corporation before the final conveyance date, shall, on such final conveyance date, be added to and included within, the adjacent unit of the National Park System (notwithstanding the applicable acreage specified in this paragraph) and managed in the manner provided in the foregoing provisions of this paragraph. For purposes of the preceding sentence the term “final conveyance date” means the date of the conveyance of lands under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act [ 43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.], or by operation of this Act, to the Village of Noatak, or to any other Native Corporation which completes the entitlement of such Village or other Corporation to conveyance of lands from the withdrawals referred to in subparagraph (1).


16 USC § 410hh(8)

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