An act to authorize the setting aside of an area within the Canal Zone to preserve and conserve its natural features for scientific study, for providing and maintaining facilitates for such study, and for other purposes

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United States Congress passed a law that an area in Gatun Lake within the Panama Canal Zone known as Barro Colorado Island be authorized and directed by the President to be set aside for scientific observation and investigation, except in event of declared national emergency. The secretary of the Smithsonian Institution was appointed board member on the Board of Directors of the Canal Zone Biological Area. Act authorized annual appropriation, from money in the Treasury of the United States, the maximum amount of $10,000 for expenses necessary in the administration of this Act. Any funds donated, subscribed or collected were to be deposited into the Treasury of the U.S. for carrying out purposes of this Act.


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Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 54 Stat. 724
  • Title 48, Territories and Insular Possessions
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large

Contained within

54 Stat. 724 (1940); ch. 516 (Book)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1941
  • 07/02/1940


  • Rain forest ecology
  • Law
  • Law and legislation
  • Finance
  • Secretaries
  • Research institutes
  • Islands
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
  • Nature conservation
  • Legislation
  • Research institutes--Finance--Law and legislation


  • Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
  • Panama
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
  • Gatun Lake (Panama)


Public Law

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Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 724-25

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