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PUBLIC LAW 98-000—MMMM. DD, 1984

98 STAT. 1872

PUBLIC LAW 98-473—OCT. 12, 1984

section 4(d)(2) of the Wilderness Act and acquire information on other national forest and public land areas withdrawn pursuant to this Act, by conducting, in conjunction with the Secretary of Energy, the national laboratories, or other Federal agencies, as appropriate, such mineral inventories of areas withdrawn pursuant to this Act as he deems appropriate. These inventories shall be conducted in a manner compatible with the preservation of the wilderness environment through the use of methods including core sampling conducted by helicopter; geophysical techniques such as induced polarization, synthetic aperture radar, magnetic and gravity surveys; geochemical techniques including stream sediment reconnaissance and X-ray diffraction analysis; land satellites; or any other methods he deems appropriate. The Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized to conduct inventories or segments of inventories, such as data analysis activities, by contract with private entities deemed by him to be qualified to engage in such activities whenever he has determined that such contracts would decrease Federal expenditures and would produce comparable or superior results: Provided further, That in carrying out any such inventory or surveys, where National Forest System lands are involved, the Secretary of the Interior shall consult with the Secretary of Agriculture concerning any activities affecting surface resources: Provided further, That funds provided in this Act may be used by the Secretary of the Interior to issue oil and gas leeises for the subsurface of any lands designated by Congress as wilderness study areas, that are immediately adjacent to producing oil and gas fields or areas that are prospectively valuable. Such leases shall allow no surface occupancy and may be entered only by directional drilling from outside the wilderness study area or other nonsurface disturbing methods. Mount BakerSEC. 309. None of the funds provided in this Act shall be used to Snoqualmie evaluate, consider, process, or award oil, gas, or geothermal lesises National Forest, on Federal lands in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Wash. State of Washington, within the hydrographic boundaries of the Cedar River municipal watershed upstream of river mile 21.6, the Green River municipal watershed upstream of river mile 61.0, the North Fork of the Tolt River proposed municipal watershed upstream of river mile 11.7, and the South Fork Tolt River municipeQ watershed upstream of river mile 8.4. SEC. 310. No assessments may be levied against any program, budget activity, subactivity, or project funded by this Act unless such assessments and this basis therefor are presented to the Committees on Appropriations and are approved by such committees. Government SEC. 311. Employment funded by this Act shall not be subject to organization and any personnel ceiling or other personnel restriction for permanent employees. or other than permanent employment except as provided by law. SEC. 312. Funds provided for land acquisition in this Act may not be used to acquire lands for more than the approved appraised value (as addressed in section 301(3) of Public Law 91-646) except for 42 USC 4651. condemnations and declarations of taking, without the written approval of the Committees on Appropriations. SEC. 313. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the SecreContracts. tary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Energy, and the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, are authorized to enter into contracts with State and local governmental entities, including local fire districts, for procurement of services in the presuppression, detection, and suppression of fires on any units within their jurisdiction. In addition, any contracts or agreements 16 USC 1133.