Home Search The American Presidency Project
John Woolley and Gerhard Peters Home Data Documents Elections Media Links
 
• Public Papers of the Presidents
• State of the Union
Addresses & Messages
• Inaugural Addresses
• Weekly Addresses
• Fireside Chats
• News Conferences
• Executive Orders
• Proclamations
• Signing Statements
• Press Briefings
• Statements of
 Administration Policy
• Economic Report of the President
• Debates
• Convention Speeches
• Party Platforms
• 2012 Election Documents
• 2008 Election Documents
• 2004 Election Documents
• 1960 Election Documents
• 2009 Transition
• 2001 Transition
Data Index
Audio/Video Index
Election Index
Florida 2000
Presidential Libraries
View Public Papers by Month and Year

INCLUDE documents from the Office of the Press Secretary
INCLUDE election campaign documents
Search the Entire Document Archive
Enter keyword: 


AND OR NOT
Limit by Year

From:
To    :

Limit results per page

INCLUDE documents from the Office of the Press Secretary

INCLUDE election campaign documents

Instructions
You can search the Public Papers in two ways:

1. Search by Keyword and Year
You can search by keyword and choose the range of years within your search by filling out the boxes under Search the Public Papers.

2. View by Month and/or Year
Select the month and/or year you would like information about and press View Public Papers. Then choose a Public Paper and the page will load for you.

Search Engine provided by the Harry S. Truman Library. Our thanks to
Jim Borwick and Dr. Rafee Che Kassim at Project Whistlestop for critical assistance in the implementation of the search function, and to Scott Roley at the Truman Library for facilitating this collaboration.
 
Jimmy Carter: National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 Statement on Signing S. 791 Into Law.
Jimmy
Jimmy Carter
National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 Statement on Signing S. 791 Into Law.
November 10, 1978
Public Papers of the Presidents
Jimmy Carter<br>1978: Book II
Jimmy Carter
1978: Book II
Font Size:
Print
 Report Typo
The American Presidency Project

Promote Your Page Too

It is with great pleasure that I sign the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978. This bill is the most significant conservation legislation to pass the 95th Congress. This new law reaffirms our Nation's commitment to the preservation of our heritage, a commitment which strives to improve the quality of the present by our dedication to preserving the past and conserving our historical and natural resources for our children and grandchildren. It honors those who helped to shape and develop this Nation; it acknowledges our need to receive strength and sustenance from natural beauty; and it addresses the pressing need to improve recreational opportunities in our urban areas.

Specifically, this bill:

—Establishes 15 new traits in the National Park System and authorizes increased land acquisition and other improvements in numerous existing units;

—Designates 1,974,005 acres in 8 National Parks as wilderness;

—Authorizes $725 million over the next 5 years to renovate recreation facilities in urban areas;

—Establishes 8 new rivers as components of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System; and

—Designates 17 new rivers to be studied for addition to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Many of the specific items in this act were included in my 1977 environmental message to the Congress, and I want to thank the Congress for moving forward with these administration proposals. This bill also includes the administration's Urban Park and Recreation Recovery program, which will provide $725 million of assistance to urban areas for use in augmenting their urban recreation programs. The passage of this legislation is a great achievement.

However, I must note my reservations regarding the constitutionality of one of the bill's provisions, Sec. 1301, which would require the Secretary of Agriculture to seek the permission of Congress to exercise his existing power to exchange certain Federal lands in the State of Montana for certain private lands in that State where an exchange involves more than 6,400 acres. It is my view, and that of the Department of Justice, that the execution of laws such as those empowering the Secretary of Agriculture to exchange Federal land for non-Federal land may not be invalidated or otherwise controlled by Congress except by legislation subject to the President's veto power under Art. I, Sec. 7 of the Constitution. For this reason, I have directed the Secretary of Agriculture to report to the Congress, pursuant to the reporting requirement of Sec. 1301, the details of land-for-land exchanges covered by Sec. 1301 and to listen to any concerns which may be expressed by the specified congressional committees. At the same time, I have instructed the Secretary that he may consummate any land-for-land exchanges covered by Sec. 1301 which are, in his opinion, otherwise authorized by statute, irrespective of the acreage involved.

A great number of people contributed to the passage of this legislation. I would like to give special recognition to the efforts of Representative Phil Burton and Senator James Abourezk. Without their exceptional leadership this legislation would not be before me today. I am proud that this administration has taken an active part in the passage of this legislation.

I look forward to working with the Congress to assure its swift implementation.


Note: As enacted, S. 791 is Public Law 95625, approved November 10.
Citation: Jimmy Carter: "National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 Statement on Signing S. 791 Into Law. ," November 10, 1978. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=30143.
Home         
© 1999-2014 - Gerhard Peters - The American Presidency Project
Locations of visitors to this page