PUBLIC LAW 87-310-SEPT. 26, 1961
[75 S T A T.
Public Law 87-310 =.
September 26, 1961
[H. R. 6494]
To provide for withdrawal and reservation for the use of the Department of the Air Force of certain public lands of the United States at Nellis Air Force Range, Nevada, for defense purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate a7id House of Representatives of the Nevada. United States of America in Congress assembled, That (a) subject to N e l l i s Air Force Rarige." Valid existing rights, the public lands, and the minerals therein, within Land withdrawal, ^j^g areas described in section 2 of this Act are hereby withdrawn from all appropriations and other forms of disposition under the public land laws, including the mining and mineral leasing laws and disposals of materials under the Act of July 31, 1947, as amended (61 Stat. 681; 30 U.S.C. 601-604), except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, and reserved (subject to an agreement which has been approved by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Interior for the joint use of the lands for military, grazing, and wildlife purposes), for the use of the Department of the Air Force for a period of ten years with an option to renew the withdrawal and reservation for a period of five years upon notice to the Secretary of the Interior, and subject to the condition that the reservation may be terminated at any time during either of such periods by the Secretary of the Air Force upon notice to the Secretary of the Interior. However, this Act does not affect Executive Order Numbered 7373 of May 20, 1936 (1 F.R. 427), establishing the Desert Game Range, except to the extent rendered necessary by the national defense. ti^^* °' '*^'^°^^" (b) Lands and resources withdrawn and reserved by subsection (a) Authority. of this section shall be subject to such appropriation and other disposition as the Secretary of the Interior shall determine to be consistent both with the requirements of Executive Order Numbered 7373 of May 20, 1936 (1 F.R. 427), and, with the approval of the Secretary of the Air Force, with the requirements of the national defense. The Secretary of the Interior may, with the concurrence of the Secretary of the Air Force, authorize use or disposition of any of the lands or resources withdrawn and reserved by subsection (a) of this section. siotTs^**^ provi((.) Upon request of the Secretary of the Interior at the time of final termination of the reservation effected by this Act, the Department of the Air Force shall make safe for nonmilitary uses the land withdrawn and reserved, or such portions thereof as may be specified by the Secretary of the Interior, by neutralizing unexploded ammunition, bombs, artillery projectiles, or other explosive objects and chemical agents. Thereafter the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to law shall provide for the appropriate use or disposition of all or any part of the land withdrawn and reserved under provisions of this Act. Nothing in this subsection, however, shall be construed to prevent the Secretary of the Air Force at that time from making application for further withdrawal and reservation of all or part of said lands under laws and regulations then existing. Description. g^c. 2. The lauds withdrawn and reserved by this Act are those that are now or may hereafter become subject to the public land laws within the areas described as follows: Approximately 81,480 acres of land, more or less, located approximately 27 miles northwest from the eastern boundary of Nellis Air Force Base, adjoining the eastern boundary of Nellis Air Force Range, Clark County, Nevada, and more fully described as follows: (1) Parcel 1, adjoining the eastern and southern boundaries of the Nellis Air Force Range, Clark County, Nevada, comprised of township 15 south, ranges 57 and 58 east; sections 1 to 6, the northeast quarter of section 7, sections 8 to 16, the northeast quarter of section 17,