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Chapter 416
September 27, 1944 [H.R. 2697] |  [Public Law 4291 58 Stat. 745

To provide for the disposal of materials or resources on the public lands of the United States which are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior.
Section 2 | 3

Margin Notes
Chap. 416 Public lands.
Chap. 416 Disposal of certain materials.
Chap. 416 Compensation and notice.
Chap. 416 Lands excluded.
Sec. 2 Disposal of moneys received.
Sec. 3 Publication of notice.
Sec. 3 746
Sec. 3 Materials in excess of $10,000. Limitation of powers.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of

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the Interior, under such rules as he may prescribe, may dispose of sand, stone, gravel, vegetation, and timber or other forest products, on public lands of the United States which are under his exclusive jurisdiction, if the disposal of such materials is not otherwise expressly authorized by law and if such disposal would not be detrimental to the public interest. Such materials may be disposed of only upon the payment of adequate compensation therefor, to be determined by the Secretary, and only after public notice of the disposal has been given prior thereto in such manner as may be prescribed by the Secretary. Nothing in this section shall be construed to apply to any national park or national monument or to any Indian lands or lands set aside or held for the use or benefit of Indians, including lands over which jurisdiction has been transferred to the Department of the Interior by executive order for the use of Indians.

SEC. 2.

All moneys received from the disposal of materials under this Act shall be disposed of in the same manner as moneys received from the sale of public lands.

SEC. 3.

Before disposing of any such materials referred to in section 1, the Secretary shall first give public notice, published in a newspaper published in the county where such materials are located and if no newspaper is published in such county, then in the county nearest thereto, for at least thirty days, of his intention to dispose of such materials. No such materials in excess of $10,000 shall be disposed of unless authorized by laws of the United States. The powers granted in this Act shall cease to exist at the cessation of hostilities in the present war as determined by the President by proclamation or the Congress by concurrent resolution and the provisions of this Act shall not apply where disposal of such materials have been expressly prohibited by laws of the United States.

Approved, September 27, 1944.

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