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PUBLIC LAW 103-169—DEC. 2, 1993 107 STAT. 1983 Public Law 103-169 103d Congress An Act To protect Lechuguilla Cave and other resources and values in and adjacent to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. 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 cited as the Tiechuguilla Cave Protection Act of 1993". SEC. 2. FINDING. Congress finds that Lechuguilla Cave and adjacent public lands have internationaly significant scientific, environmental, and other values, and should be retained in public ownership and protected against adverse effects of mineral exploration and development and other activities presenting threats to the areas. SEC. 3. LAND WITHDltAWAL. (a) WITHDRAWAL.—Subject to valid existing rights, all Federal lands within the boundaries of the cave protection area described in subsection (b) are hereby withdrawn from all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws;fromlocation, entry, and patent under the United States mining laws; and from disposition under all laws pertcdning to mineral and geothermal leasing, and all amendments thereto. (b) LAND DESCRIPTION. — The cave protection area referred to in subsection (a) shall consist of approximately 6,280 acres of lands in New Mexico as generally depicted on the map entitled "Lechuguilla Cave Protection Area" numbered 130/80,055 and dated April 1993. (c) PUBLICATioN, FILING, CORRECTION, AND INSPECTION.—(1) As soon as practicable afi^r the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior (hereinafi^r referred to as the "Secretary) shall publish in the Federal Register the legal description of the lands withdrawn under subsection (a) and shall file such legal description and a detailed map with the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the United States Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the United States House of Representatives. Dec. 2, 1993 [H.R. 698] Lechuguilla Cave Protection Act of 1993 16 USC 4301 note. 16 USC 4301 note. 16 USC 4301 note. Federal Register, publication.