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16 U.S. Code § 460u–1 - Acquisition of property

(a) Authority of Secretary; negotiation for Indiana Dunes State Park; exchange of property; acquisition of land owned for educational purposes

Within the boundaries of the Park the Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter referred to as the “Secretary”) is authorized to acquire lands, waters, and other property, or any interest therein, by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, exchange, or otherwise. The Indiana Dunes State Park may be acquired only by donation of the State of Indiana, and the Secretary is hereby directed to negotiate with the State for the acquisition of said park. In exercising his authority to acquire property by exchange for the purposes of this subchapter, the Secretary may accept title to non-Federal property located within the area described in section 460u of this title and convey to the grantor of such property any federally owned property under the jurisdiction of the Secretary which he classifies as suitable for exchange or other disposal within the State of Indiana or Illinois. Properties so exchanged shall be approximately equal in fair market value, as determined by the Secretary who may, in his discretion, base his determination on an independent appraisal obtained by him: Provided, That the Secretary may accept cash from or pay cash to the grantor in such an exchange in order to equalize the values of the properties exchanged. The Secretary is expressly authorized to acquire by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, or exchange, lands or interests therein which are owned for school or educational purposes by a State or a political subdivision thereof.

(b) Liability of United States under contracts contingent on appropriations

In exercising his authority to acquire property under subsection (a) of this section, the Secretary may enter into contracts requiring the expenditure, when appropriated, of funds authorized to be appropriated by section 460u–9 of this title, but the liability of the United States under any such contract shall be contingent on the appropriation of funds sufficient to fulfill the obligations thereby incurred.

Editorial Notes

2019—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 116–6 substituted “Park” for “lakeshore”.

1980—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 96–612, § 1(3), inserted provision authorizing the Secretary to acquire or exchange lands or interests therein owned for school or educational purposes by a State or political subdivision thereof.

Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 96–612, § 1(4), made technical amendment to reference in original act which appears in text as reference to section 460u–9 of this title.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Acquisition of Lands by Exchange

Pub. L. 97–356, Oct. 19, 1982, 96 Stat. 1703, provided:

(a) notwithstanding the fourth sentence of section 2(a) of the Act entitled ‘An Act to provide for the establishment of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and for other purposes’, approved November 5, 1966 (16 U.S.C. 460u–1(a)), or any other provision of law, the Secretary of the Interior is authorized—
to accept from the State of Indiana the conveyance of 69.17 acres of land located within area IV–A, as designated on the map referred to in the first section of such Act (16 U.S.C. 460u), commonly known as ‘Blue Heron Rookery’, and
in exchange for such conveyance, to convey to the State of Indiana 31.26 acres of land located within area IV, as designated on such map, commonly known as ‘Hoosier Prairie’.
“(b) The Secretary of the Interior may not carry out the conveyance specified in subsection (a)(2) unless, simultaneously with such conveyance and in consideration of such conveyance, the State of Indiana—
transfers to the Secretary all right, title, and interest in the land described in subsection (a)(1);
“(2) enters into a recordable agreement satisfactory to the Secretary providing that—
the State will not use, or permit the use, of the land described in subsection (a)(2) for any purpose other than the interpretation and public appreciation and use of the Hoosier Prairie Unit of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore;
the State will not transfer any right, title, or interest in, or control over, any land described in subsection (a)(2) to any person other than the Secretary;
the State will permit access by the Secretary at reasonable times to the land described in subsection (a)(2); and
“(D) upon a final determination by the Secretary that—
the State has failed to comply with the requirements of subparagraph (A) or (B), and
after receipt of notice from the Secretary respecting such failure, the State has failed or refused to comply with such requirements,
  all right, title, and interest in such land shall revert to the United States for administration by the Secretary as part of the lakeshore.
The Secretary may make a determination under subparagraph (D) only after notice and opportunity for hearing on the record. The reversion under subparagraph (D) shall take effect upon publication of such determination by the Secretary in the Federal Register without further notice or requirement for physical entry by the Secretary unless an action for judicial review is brought in the United States court of appeals for the appropriate circuit within ninety days following such publication. In any such action the court may issue such orders as appropriate to carry out the requirements of this subsection.”