Statement on Signing the
I have today approved S. 90, the ``Big Cypress National Preserve Addition Act,'' with the understanding that additional legislation will be forthcoming this year to provide for Federal acquisition of the private land to be added to the Preserve through a land exchange, which would eliminate any direct cost to the Federal government of expanding the Preserve.
90 amends the Act that established the Big Cypress National Preserve in
The cost of the Department of the Interior for purchasing the surface rights to these lands under the provisions of S. 90 would require $40 to $65 million in new appropriations. The Administration has consistently advised the Congress that this cost is excessive and will oppose any appropriations for this purpose. To avoid this cost, and in recognition of the important role of the Big Cypress National Preserve in conserving nationally significant fish, wildlife, and other natural resources in southern Florida, the Department of the Interior has entered negotiations to acquire the private land to be added to the Preserve through an exchange with the private landowners.
an exchange would require additional legislation, since the lands involved are
in different States. I have been assured by the congressional delegation from
The White House,
Note: S. 90, approved April 29, was assigned Public Law No. 100 - 301.