PUBLIC LAW 94-545—OCT. 18, 1976
90 STAT. 2517
Public Law 94-545 94th Congress An Act To authorize the establishment of the Congaree Swamp National Monument in the State of South Carolina, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in order to preserve and protect for the education, inspiration, and enjoyment of present and future generations an outstanding example of a near-virgin southern hardwood forest situated in the Congaree River floodplain in Richland County, South Carolina, there is hereby established the Congaree Swamp National Monument (hereinafter referred to as the "monument"). The monument shall consist of the area within the boundary as generally depicted on the map entitled "Congaree Swamp National Monument", numbered CS-80,001-B, and dated August 1976 (generally known as the Beidler Tract), which shall be on file and available for public inspection in the oJSices of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. Following reasonable notice in writing to the Committees on Interior and Insular Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives of his intention to do so, the Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter referred to as the "Secretary") may make minor revisions of the boundary of the monument by publication of a revised map or other boundary description in the Federal Register, but the total area may not exceed fifteen thousand, two hundred acres. SEC. 2. (a) Within the monument the Secretary is authorized to acquire lands, waters, and interests therein by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, or exchange. Any lands or interests therein owned by the State of South Carolina or any politicial subdivision thereof may be acquired only by donation. (b) With respect to any lands acquired under the provisions of this Act which at the time of acquisition are leased for hunting purposes, such acquisition shall permit the continued exercise of such lease in accordance with its provisions for its unexpired term, or for a period of five years, whichever is less: Provided, That no provision of such lease may be exercised which, in the opinion of the Secretary, is incompatible with the preservation objectives of this Act, or which is inconsistent with applicable Federal and State game laws, whichever is more restrictive. SEC. 3. (a) The Secretary shall administer property acquired for the monument in accordance with the Act of August 25, 1916 (39 Stat. 535), as amended and supplemented, and the provisions of this Act. (b) The Secretary shall permit sport fishing on lands and waters under his jurisdiction within the monument in accordance with applicable Federal and State laws, except that he may designate zones where and establish periods when no fishing shall be permitted for reasons of public safety, administration, fish or wildlife management, or public use and enjoyment. Except in emergencies, any regulations promulgated under this subsection shall be placed in effect only after consultation with the appropriate fish and game agency of the State of South Carolina.
Oct. 18, 1976 [H.R. 11891]
Congaree Swamp National Monument, S.C. Establishment. 16 USC 431 note.
Notice to congressional committees. Publication in Federal Register.
Land acquisition. 16 USC 431 note.
Administration. 16 USC 431 note. Sport fishing.