16 U.S. Code § 460mmm - Findings and purpose
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Congress finds that certain areas located in the Grand Valley in Mesa County, Colorado, and Grand County, Utah, should be protected and enhanced for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. These areas include the following:
(1) The areas making up the Black Ridge and Ruby Canyons of the Grand Valley and Rabbit Valley, which contain unique and valuable scenic, recreational, multiple use opportunities (including grazing), paleontological, natural, and wildlife components enhanced by the rural western setting of the area, provide extensive opportunities for recreational activities, and are publicly used for hiking, camping, and grazing, and are worthy of additional protection as a national conservation area.
The purpose of this subchapter is to conserve, protect, and enhance for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations the unique and nationally important values of the public lands described in section 460mmm–2 (b) of this title, including geological, cultural, paleontological, natural, scientific, recreational, environmental, biological, wilderness, wildlife education, and scenic resources of such public lands, by establishing the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area and the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness in the State of Colorado and the State of Utah.
Source(Pub. L. 106–353, § 2,Oct. 24, 2000, 114 Stat. 1374; Pub. L. 108–400, § 1(a),Oct. 30, 2004, 118 Stat. 2254.)
2004—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 108–400substituted “McInnis Canyons” for “Colorado Canyons”.
Change of Name
Pub. L. 108–400, § 1(f),Oct. 30, 2004, 118 Stat. 2254, provided that: “Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to the ‘Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area’ shall be deemed to be a reference to the ‘McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area’.”
Effective Date of 2004 Amendment
Pub. L. 108–400, § 1(g),Oct. 30, 2004, 118 Stat. 2254, provided that: “This section [amending this section and sections 460mmm–1, 460mmm–2, and 460mmm–6 of this title, enacting provisions set out as a note under this section, and amending provisions set out as a note under this section] and the amendments made by this section take effect on January 1, 2005.”
Pub. L. 106–353, § 1,Oct. 24, 2000, 114 Stat. 1374, as amended by Pub. L. 108–400, § 1(e),Oct. 30, 2004, 118 Stat. 2254, provided that: “This Act [enacting this subchapter and provisions listed in a table of Wilderness Areas set out under section 1132 of this title] may be cited as the ‘McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area and Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Act of 2000’.”