20 USC § 79a
Preservation of natural features for scientific observation and investigation
through Pub. L. 116-344, except Pub. Ls. 116-260 and 116-283

The purpose of setting aside such an area is to preserve and conserve its natural features, including existing flora and fauna, in as nearly a natural condition as possible, thus providing a place where duly qualified students can make observations and scientific investigations for increase of knowledge, under such conditions and regulations as may be prescribed by the Smithsonian Institution.


Section was formerly classified to section 1382 of Title 48, Territories and Insular Possessions.

Transfer of Functions

"Smithsonian Institution" substituted in text for "Board of Directors of the Canal Zone Biological Area" by Reorg. Plan No. 3 of 1946, set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.

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