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Text of the Denali National Park and Alaska Railroad Exchange Act of 2007

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on October 22, 2007 but was never passed by the Senate. The text of the bill below is as of Feb 5, 2007 (Introduced).

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110th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 830

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 5, 2007

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To authorize the exchange of certain lands 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 Land Exchange Act of 2007.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Federal land

The term Federal land means land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior within the boundary of Denali National Park, Alaska, that is identified by the Secretary for exchange pursuant to section 3.

(2)

Non-federal land

The term non-Federal land means land that is identified by the Alaska Railroad for exchange pursuant to section 3, and that is composed of an exclusive-use easement owned by the Alaska Railroad within Denali National Park, including but not limited to the former Denali Park Station Wye track.

(3)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

3.

Land exchange

(a)

In general

The Secretary is authorized to exchange land within Denali National Park with the Alaska Railroad for the purpose of turning railroad trains around near Denali Park Station.

(b)

Conditions of the land exchange

(1)

Equal acreage

A land exchange under this section shall be on an equal acre basis, whereby approximately the same amounts of acreage will be conveyed by the Secretary and the Alaska Railroad.

(2)

Total acres exchanged

The total land exchanged under this subsection shall be not more than 25 acres of Federal land and no more than 25 acres of non-Federal land.

(3)

Interest conveyed

The interest conveyed by the Alaska Railroad to the United States under this section shall be the full title and interest received by the Alaska Railroad under the Alaska Railroad Transfer Act of 1982 (45 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.). The interest conveyed to the Alaska Railroad by the Secretary under this section shall be subject to the same reservations and limitations under the Alaska Railroad Transfer Act of 1982 as are currently applicable to the non-Federal land being exchanged.

(4)

Costs

The Alaska Railroad shall pay the costs of any land 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 land surveys, and other reasonable costs to accomplish the exchange.

(5)

Land to be part of Wilderness

Any non-Federal lands conveyed to the United States under this section that are adjacent to designated wilderness shall be designated as and become part of the Denali Wilderness.

(6)

Other terms and conditions

The Secretary may require any additional terms and conditions for a land exchange under this section that the Secretary determines to be appropriate to protect the interests of the United States.