H.R. 830 (110th): Denali National Park and Alaska Railroad Exchange Act of 2007

110th Congress, 2007–2009. Text as of Oct 22, 2007 (Passed the House (Engrossed)).

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110th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 830

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To authorize the exchange of certain interests in land in Denali National Park in the State of Alaska.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Denali National Park and Alaska Railroad Exchange Act of 2007.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Corporation

The term Corporation means the Alaska Railroad Corporation owned by the State of Alaska.

(2)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

3.

Exchange

(a)

In general

(1)

Easement expanded

The Secretary is authorized to grant to the Alaska Railroad Corporation an exclusive-use easement on land that is identified by the Secretary within Denali National Park for the purpose of providing a location to the Corporation for construction, maintenance, and on-going operation of track and associated support facilities for turning railroad trains around near Denali Park Station.

(2)

Easement relinquished

In exchange for the easement granted in paragraph (1), the Secretary shall require the relinquishment of certain portions of the Corporation’s existing exclusive use easement within the boundary of Denali National Park.

(b)

Conditions of the exchange

(1)

Equal exchange

The exchange of easements under this section shall be on an approximately equal-acre basis.

(2)

Total acres

The easement granted under paragraph (1) of subsection (a) shall not exceed 25 acres.

(3)

Interests conveyed

The easement conveyed to the Alaska Railroad Corporation by the Secretary under this section shall be under the same terms as the exclusive use easement granted to the Railroad in Denali National Park in the Deed for Exclusive Use Easement and Railroad Related Improvements filed in Book 33, pages 985–994 of the Nenana Recording District, Alaska, pursuant to the Alaska Railroad Transfer Act of 1982 (45 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.). The easement relinquished by the Alaska Railroad Corporation to the United States under this section shall, with respect to the portion being exchanged, be the full title and interest received by the Alaska Railroad in the Deed for Exclusive Use Easement and Railroad Related Improvements filed in Book 33, pages 985–994 of the Nenana Recording District, Alaska, pursuant to the Alaska Railroad Transfer Act of 1982 (45 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.).

(4)

Costs

The Alaska Railroad shall pay all costs associated with the exchange under this section, including the costs of compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the costs of any surveys, and other reasonable costs.

(5)

Land to be part of wilderness

The lands underlying any easement relinquished to the United States under this section that are adjacent to designated wilderness are hereby designated as wilderness and added to the Denali Wilderness, the boundaries of which are modified accordingly, and shall be managed in accordance with applicable provisions of the Wilderness Act (78 Stat. 892) and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 (94 Stat. 2371).

(6)

Other terms and conditions

The Secretary shall require any additional terms and conditions under this section that the Secretary determines to be appropriate to protect the interests of the United States and of Denali National Park.

Passed the House of Representatives October 22, 2007.

Lorraine C. Miller,

Clerk.