16 U.S. Code § 4301 - Findings, purposes, and policy
It is the policy of the United States that Federal lands be managed in a manner which protects and maintains, to the extent practical, significant caves.
“This Act may be cited as the ‘Lechuguilla Cave Protection Act of 1993’.
“Congress finds that Lechuguilla Cave and adjacent public lands have internationally significant scientific, environmental, and other values, and should be retained in public ownership and protected against adverse effects of mineral exploration and development and other activities presenting threats to the areas.
“There is hereby authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this Act: