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PUBLIC LAW 100-000—MMMM. DD, 1988

PUBLIC LAW 100-499—OCT. 18, 1988

Public Law 100-499 100th Congress

102 STAT. 2491

An Act

To designate certain National Forest System lands in the State of Oklahoma for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System, create the Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation and Wilderness Area, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be referred to as the "Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation and Wilderness Area Act". SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES.

(a) FINDINGS.—The Congress finds that— (1) select areas of undeveloped National Forest System lands in the State of Oklahoma possess outstanding natural characteristics which give them high values as wilderness and will, if properly preserved, contribute as an enduring resource of wilderness for the benefit of the American people; (2) the Department of Agriculture's second roadless area review and evaluation (RARE II) and other studies of National Forest System lands in the State of Oklahoma and the related congressional review of such lands have identified areas which, on the basis of their landform, ecosystem, associated wildlife, and location, will help to fulfill the National Forest System's share of a quality National Wilderness Preservation System; (3) the Department of Agriculture's second roadless area review and evaluation, of National Forest System lands in the State of Oklahoma and the related congressional review of such lands have also identified areas which do not possess outstanding wilderness attributes or which possess outstanding energy, mineral, timber, grazing, dispersed recreation and other values, and which should not be designated as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System but should be available for nonwilderness multiple uses under the land management planning process and other applicable laws; (4) many aresis of the Ouachita National Forest possess qualities that can only be expressed and utilized in such a manner that designation of such areas as a national recreation area is appropriate for the maximum potential and enjoyment of the area by the American people; (5) select areas possess unique plant and tree species and plant communities that are significant in their occurrence, variety and location and warrant designation as botanical areas; and (6) select areas possess unique scenic and wildlife qualities that designation of such areas as a national scenic area and a national scenic and wildlife area is appropriate for the preservation of the natural beauty and wildlife habitat for the enjoyment of the American people.

Oct. 18, 1988 [H.R. 4354]

Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation and Wilderness Area Act. Conservation. Environmental protection. Historic preservation. 16 USC 460w note. 16 USC 460w.