References in Text
The Act of August 25, 1916 (39 Stat. 535; 16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.), referred to in text, is act Aug. 25, 1916, ch. 408, 39 Stat. 535, known as the National Park Service Organic Act, which enacted sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 of this title and provisions set out as a note under section 100101 of Title 54, National Park Service and Related Programs. Sections 1 to 4 of the Act were repealed and restated as section 1865(a) of Title 18, Crimes and Criminal Procedure, and section 100101(a), chapter 1003, and sections 100751(a), 100752, 100753, and 102101 of Title 54 by Pub. L. 113–287, §§ 3, 4(a)(1), 7, Dec. 19, 2014, 128 Stat. 3094, 3260, 3272. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Tables. For disposition of former sections of this title, see Disposition Table preceding section 100101 of Title 54.
2002—Pub. L. 107–356 substituted “NERI 80,034, dated May 2001” for “NERI–80,028A, dated March 1996”.
1996—Pub. L. 104–333 substituted “NERI–80,028A, dated March 1996” for “NERI–80,023, dated January 1987”.
1988—Pub. L. 100–534 substituted “NERI–80,023, dated January 1987” for “NERI–20,002, dated July 1978”.
Pub. L. 107–356, § 2(b), Dec. 17, 2002, 116 Stat. 3013, provided that:
“(1) In general.—
of the Interior shall complete a fee simple land exchange in the vicinity of Beauty Mountain, Fayette County,
West Virginia, to acquire
a tract of land identified as NERI Tract Number 150–07 that lies adjacent to the boundary of the New River Gorge National River in exchange for a tract of land identified as NERI Tract Number 150–08 located within such boundary.
“(2) Treatment of exchanged lands.—Upon the completion of such land exchange—
the land acquired by the United States
in the exchange shall be included in the boundaries, and administered as part, of the New River Gorge National River; and
the land conveyed by the United States
in the exchange shall be excluded from the boundaries, and shall not be administered as part, of the New River Gorge National River.”
New, Gauley, Meadow, and Bluestone Rivers; Congressional Findings and Purpose
Pub. L. 100–534, § 2, Oct. 26, 1988, 102 Stat. 2699, provided that:
“(a) Findings.—The Congress finds that—
The outstanding natural, scenic, cultural and recreational values of the segment of the New River in West Virginia within the boundaries of the New River Gorge National River have been preserved and enhanced by its inclusion in the National Park System.
The establishment of the New River Gorge National River has provided the basis for increased recreation and tourism activities in southern West Virginia due to its nationally recognized status and has greatly contributed to the regional
Certain boundary modifications to the New River Gorge National River are necessary to further protect the scenic resources
within the river’s visual corridor and to provide for better management
of the national park unit.
Several tributaries of the New River in West Virginia also possess remarkable and outstanding features of national significance. The segment of the Gauley River below Summersville Dam has gained national recognition as a premier whitewater recreation resource
. The lower section of the Bluestone River and the lower section of the Meadow River possess remarkable and outstanding natural, scenic, and recreational values due to their predominantly undeveloped condition.
Portions of several of the New River tributaries, including segments of the Gauley River, the Meadow River, and the Bluestone River are suitable for inclusion in the National Park System
or the National Wild
and Scenic Rivers System.
It is in the national interest to preserve
the natural condition of certain segments of the New, Gauley, Meadow, and Bluestone Rivers in West Virginia and to enhance recreational opportunities available on the free-flowing segments.
The purpose of this Act [see Short Title of 1988 Amendment note above] is to provide for the protection and enhancement of the natural, scenic, cultural, and recreational values on certain free-flowing segments of the New, Gauley, Meadow, and Bluestone Rivers in the State
of West Virginia for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.”
Coordination Among Recreational Resources
Pub. L. 100–534, title IV, § 401, Oct. 26, 1988, 102 Stat. 2707, provided that:
“Subject to existing authority, the Secretary
of the Interior shall cooperate with, and assist, any regional
authority comprised of representatives of West Virginia State
authorities and local government authorities in or any combination of the foregoing Nicholas, Fayette, Raleigh, Summers, Greenbrier, and Mercer Counties,
West Virginia, for the purposes of providing for coordinated development and promotion of recreation resources
or national significance which are located in southern West Virginia and management
or Federal agencies, including State,
local and National Park System
and National Forest System units,
and historic sites.”
Pub. L. 100–534, title IV, § 404, Oct. 26, 1988, 102 Stat. 2708, provided that:
“In order to achieve the maximum economy and efficiency of operations in the administration of the National Park System
units established or expanded pursuant to this Act [see Short Title of 1988 Amendment note above], the Secretary
shall consolidate offices and personnel administering all such units
to the extent practicable and shall utilize the existing facilities of the New River Gorge National River to the extent practicable.”
New Spending Authority
Pub. L. 100–534, title IV, § 405, Oct. 26, 1988, 102 Stat. 2708, provided that:
“Any new spending authority which is provided under this Act [see Short Title of 1988 Amendment note above] shall be effective for any fiscal year only to the extent or in such amounts as provided in appropriation Acts.”