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PUBLIC LAW 103-91—OCT. 1, 1993 107 STAT. 987 Public Law 103-91 103d Congress An Act To provide for the consolidation and protection of the Gallatin Range. 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 "Gallatin Range Consolidation and Protection Act of 1993". SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress finds that— (1) the lands north of Yellowstone National Park possess outstanding natural characteristics and wildlife habitats that give the lands high value as lands added to the National Forest System; and (2) it is in the interest of the United States for the Secretary, acting throiigh the Forest Service, to enter into an option agreement with Big Sky Lumber Company and Louisiana Pacific Corporation to fulfill the purposes of this Act. SEC. 3. BIG SKY LUMBEB^ LAND EXCHANGE—GALLATIN AREA. (a) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Agriculture (referred to in this Act as the "Secretary", unless the context otherwise requires) shall acquire by exchange certain lands and interests in lands of the Big Sky Lumber Company (referred to in this Act as the "Company"), in and adjacent to the Hyalite-Porcupine-Buflfalo Horn Wilderness Study Area, the Scapegoat Wilderness Area, and other lands in the Gallatin National Forest in accordance with this section. (b) DESCRIPTION OI' LANDS. — (1) OFFER AND ACCEPTANCE OF LAND.— If the Company offers to the United States acceptable fee title, including mineral interests, to approximately 37,752 acres of land owned by the Company and available for exchange, as depicted on two maps entitled "Proposed BSL Land Acquisitions", East Half and West Half Gallatin National Forest, dated February 1993 the Secretary shall accept a warranty deed to the land. (2) EXCHANGE.— In exchange for the lands described in paragraph (1) and subject to valid existing rights, the Secretary of the Interior shall convey, by patent, the fee title to approximately 16,278 acres of National Forest System lands available for exchange as depicted on the maps referred to in paragraph (1), and the five maps entitled "H.R. 873, the Gallatin Range Consolidation and Protection Act of 1993", Lolo and Flathead National Forest, subject to— Oct. 1, 1993 [H.R. 873] Gallatin Range Consolidation and Protection Act of 1993. National Forest System.