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Public Land Order No. 7838; Withdrawal of National Forest System Land Adjacent to Jewel Cave National Monument; South Dakota

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Bureau of Land Management, Interior.


Public Land Order.


This order withdraws 2,387.22 acres of National Forest System land from location and entry under the United States mining laws for a period of 20 years on behalf of the United States Forest Service to protect the unique cave resources in the area adjacent to the Jewel Cave National Monument.


Effective Date: August 28, 2015.

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Valerie Hunt, U.S. Forest Service, Region 2, 740 Simms Street, Golden, Colorado 80401, 303-275-5071,, or Deborah Sorg, Bureau of Land Management, Montana State Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101, 406-896-5045, Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact either of the above individuals. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with either of the Start Printed Page 52335above individuals. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

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The United States Forest Service is managing the land to protect the significant cave ecosystems located within the Black Hills National Forest adjacent to Jewel Cave National Monument.


By virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Interior by Section 204 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714, it is ordered as follows:

1. Subject to valid existing rights, the following described National Forest System land is hereby withdrawn from location and entry under the United States mining laws, but not from leasing under the mineral leasing laws, to protect the unique cave resources in the land adjacent to Jewel Cave National Monument:

Black Hills National Forest

Black Hills Meridian

T. 3 S., R. 2 E.,

Sec. 34, S1/2SW1/4 and S1/2SE1/4.

T. 4 S., R. 2 E.,

Sec. 2, lot 4, SW1/4NW1/4, SW1/4 excluding that portion of the NE1/4NE1/4SW1/4 east of U.S. Highway 16, and those portions of lot 3, SW1/4NE1/4, and SE1/4NW1/4 west of U.S. Highway 16;

Sec. 3, lots 1 to 4, inclusive, S1/2NE1/4, S1/2NW1/4, and S1/2;

Sec. 10, N1/2;

Sec. 11, N1/2;

Sec. 12, S1/2NE1/4 and S1/2NW1/4.

T. 4 S., R. 3 E.,

Sec. 6, lots 6 and 7, E1/2SW1/4, and W1/2SE1/4;

Sec. 7, lots 1 and 2, W1/2NE1/4, and E1/2NW1/4.

The area described contains 2,387.22 acres in Custer County.

2. The withdrawal made by this order does not alter the applicability of the public land laws other than the mining laws.

3. This withdrawal will expire 20 years from the effective date of this order, unless, as a result of a review conducted before the expiration date pursuant to Section 204(f) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, 43 U.S.C. 1714(f), the Secretary determines that the withdrawal shall be extended.

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Dated: August 8, 2015.

Janice M. Schneider,

Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management.

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[FR Doc. 2015-21327 Filed 8-27-15; 8:45 am]