16 U.S. Code § 460bb - Establishment
In order to preserve for public use and enjoyment certain areas of Marin and San Francisco Counties, California, possessing outstanding natural, historic, scenic, and recreational values, and in order to provide for the maintenance of needed recreational open space necessary to urban environment and planning, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (hereinafter referred to as the “recreation area”) is hereby established. In the management of the recreation area, the Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter referred to as the “Secretary”) shall utilize the resources in a manner which will provide for recreation and educational opportunities consistent with sound principles of land use planning and management. In carrying out the provisions of this subchapter, the Secretary shall preserve the recreation area, as far as possible, in its natural setting, and protect it from development and uses which would destroy the scenic beauty and natural character of the area.
Similar provisions were contained in the following prior appropriation acts:
Pub. L. 104–333, div. I, title I, Nov. 12, 1996, 110 Stat. 4097, as amended by Pub. L. 105–83, title III, § 351, Nov. 14, 1997, 111 Stat. 1607; Pub. L. 106–113, div. B, § 1000(a)(3) [title III, § 334], Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1535, 1501A–198; Pub. L. 106–176, title I, § 101, Mar. 10, 2000, 114 Stat. 23; Pub. L. 107–107, div. B, title XXVIII, § 2861, Dec. 28, 2001, 115 Stat. 1328, provided that: