United States Code
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Findings, purposes, and policy
The Congress finds and declares that—
significant caves on Federal lands are an invaluable and irreplaceable part of the Nation’s natural heritage; and
in some instances, these significant caves are threatened due to improper use, increased recreational demand, urban spread, and a lack of specific statutory protection.
The purposes of this chapter are—
to secure, protect, and preserve significant caves on Federal lands for the perpetual use, enjoyment, and benefit of all people; and
to foster increased cooperation and exchange of information between governmental authorities and those who utilize caves located on Federal lands for scientific, education, or recreational purposes.
It is the policy of the United States that Federal lands be managed in a manner which protects and maintains, to the extent practical, significant caves.
cite as: 16 USC 4301