The Secretary shall take such steps as may be necessary to, within one hundred and
eighty days of September 28, 1984, enter into a contract with the National Academy
of Sciences for the purpose of conducting a scientific study of the ecology of the
Scenic Area. The study shall provide for consultation with knowledgeable local, State, Federal,
and private persons and organizations and shall provide findings and recommendations
to the Congress. Such study shall be conducted in accordance with the best scientific methodology
(as set forth by the National Academy of Sciences) and shall be transmitted by the
National Academy of Sciences to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the
United States Senate, to the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the United
States House of Representatives, and to the Chief of the Forest Service not later
than January 1, 1987. Progress reports regarding the study shall be transmitted to the above committees
on January 1, 1985, and January 1 of each year thereafter.
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