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|Public Law 87-469||Idaho. Sale of public lands.|
|Sec. 2||Preference rights.|
|Sec. 3||Patents. Mineral reservation.|
|Sec. 4||Right of access.|
|Sec. 5||Rules and regulations.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior, in his discretion, is hereby authorized to sell at not less than their fair market value, as determined by the Secretary by appraisal, taking into consideration any reservations specified by the Secretary pursuant to sections 3 and 4 of this Act, any of those lands in the State of Idaho, in the vicinity of the Snake River or any of its tributaries which have been, or may be, found upon survey to be omitted public lands of the United States, which lands are not within the boundaries of a national forest or other Federal reservation and are not lawfully appropriated by a qualified settler or entryman claiming under the public land laws, or are not used and occupied by Indians claiming by reason of aboriginal rights or are not used and occupied by Indians who are eligible for an allotment under the laws pertaining to allotments on the public domain.
Any citizen of the United States who, in good faith under color of title or claiming as a riparian owner has, prior to March 30, 1961, placed valuable improvements upon, reduced to cultivation, or occupied any of the lands subject to the operation of this Act, or whose ancestors or predecessors in title have taken such action, shall, if such lands be offered for sale by the Secretary, have a preference right to purchase such lands at their fair market value (which shall not include any increased value resulting from the development or improvement thereof for agricultural or other purposes by the applicant or his predecessors in interest) under such rules and regulations as the Secretary may prescribe for the operation of this Act.
All patents issued under the provisions of this Act shall be subject to and contain a reservation to the United States of all the
coal, oil, gas, oil shale, phosphate, potash, sodium, native asphalt, solid and semisolid bitumen, and bituminous rock (including oil-impregnated rock or sands from which oil is recoverable only by special treatment after the deposit is mined or quarried), together with the right to prospect for, mine, and remove the same.
The Secretary, in his discretion, may reserve in patents issued under this Act the right of access to the public through the lands and such other reservations as he may deem appropriate and consonant with the public interest in preserving public recreational values in the lands.
The Secretary is hereby authorized to prescribe all necessary rules and regulations for administering the provisions of this Act, including, without limitation, the determination of conflicting claims arising hereunder.
Approved, May 31, 1962.