H. R. 830
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
October 23, 2007
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To authorize the exchange of certain interests in land in Denali National Park in the State of Alaska.
This Act may be cited as the
Denali National Park and Alaska
Railroad Exchange Act of 2007.
In this Act:
Corporation means the Alaska Railroad Corporation owned by
the State of Alaska.
Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
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.
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.
Conditions of the exchange
The exchange of easements under this section shall be on an approximately equal-acre basis.
The easement granted under paragraph (1) of subsection (a) shall not exceed 25 acres.
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.).
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.
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).
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,