In this chapter:
(1) Exceptional resource
The term exceptional resource means a resource of scientific, natural, historic, cultural, or recreational value that has been documented by a Federal, State, or local governmental authority, and for which there is a compelling need for conservation and protection under the jurisdiction of a Federal agency in order to maintain the resource for the benefit of the public.
(2) Federally designated area
The term federally designated area means land in Alaska and the eleven contiguous Western States (as defined in section 1702 (o)
of this title) that on July 25, 2000, was within the boundary of
(A) a national monument, area of critical environmental concern, national conservation area, national riparian conservation area, national recreation area, national scenic area, research natural area, national outstanding natural area, or a national natural landmark managed by the Bureau of Land Management;
(B) a unit of the National Park System;
(C) a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System;
(D) an area of the National Forest System designated for special management by an Act of Congress; or
an area within which the Secretary or the Secretary of Agriculture is otherwise authorized by law to acquire lands or interests therein that is designated as
wilderness under the Wilderness Act (16
(ii) a wilderness study area;
a component of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16
et seq.); or
a component of the National Trails System under the National Trails System Act (16
The term inholding means any right, title, or interest, held by a non-Federal entity, in or to a tract of land that lies within the boundary of a federally designated area.
(4) Public land
The term public land means public lands (as defined in section 1702
of this title).
The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.