(a) Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated $100,000 to carry out the purposes of this chapter.
(b) Effect on land management plans
Nothing in this chapter shall require the amendment or revision of any land management plan the preparation of which began prior to November 18, 1988.
Any money collected by the United States as permit fees for collection and removal of cave resources; received by the United States as a result of the forfeiture of a bond or other security by a permittee who does not comply with the requirements of such permit issued under section 4306 of this title; or collected by the United States by way of civil penalties or criminal fines for violations of this chapter shall be placed in a special fund in the Treasury. Such moneys shall be available for obligation or expenditure (to the extent provided for in advance in appropriation Acts) as determined by the Secretary for the improved management, benefit, repair, or restoration of significant caves located on Federal lands.
(d) Existing rights
Nothing in this chapter shall be deemed to affect the full operation of the mining and mineral leasing laws of the United States, or otherwise affect valid existing rights.
16 U.S.C. § 4308 (2018)