H. R. 473
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 26, 2011
Mr. Boren introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
To provide for the conveyance of approximately 140 acres of land in the Ouachita National Forest in Oklahoma to the Indian Nations Council, Inc., of the Boy Scouts of America, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Help to Access Land for the Education
of Scouts or
HALE Scouts Act.
Land conveyance, Ouachita National Forest, Oklahoma
Congress finds that it is in the public interest to provide for the sale of certain federally owned land in the Ouachita National Forest in Oklahoma to the Indian Nations Council, Inc., of the Boy Scouts of America, for market value consideration.
Subject to valid
existing rights, the Secretary of Agriculture shall convey, by quitclaim deed,
to the Indian Nations Council, Inc., of the Boy Scouts of America (in this
section referred to as the
Council) all right, title, and
interest of the United States in and to certain National Forest System land in
the Ouachita National Forest in the State of Oklahoma consisting of
approximately 140 acres, depending on the final measurement of the road set
back and the actual size of the affected sections, as more fully described in
subsection (c). The conveyance may not include any land located within the
Indian Nations National Scenic and Wildlife Area designated by section 10 of
the Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation and Wilderness Area Act (16
The National Forest
System land to be conveyed under subsection (b) is depicted on the map entitled
Boy Scout Land Request—Ouachita NF. The map shall be on file and
available for public inspection in the Forest Service Regional Office in
As consideration for the land conveyed under subsection (b), the Council shall pay to the Secretary an amount equal to the fair market value of the land, as determined by an appraisal approved by the Secretary and done in conformity with the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions and section 206 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1716).
Use of proceeds
received under subsection (d) shall be deposited in the fund established by
Public Law 90–171 (commonly known as the
Sisk Act; 16 U.S.C.
484a). The amount so deposited shall be available to the Secretary, without
further appropriation, for expenditure for the acquisition of land and
interests in land in the Ouachita National Forest.
Survey and administrative costs
The exact acreage and legal description of the land to be conveyed under subsection (b) shall be determined by a survey satisfactory to the Secretary. The Council shall pay the reasonable costs of survey, appraisal, and any administrative analyses required by law.
Access to the land conveyed under subsection (b) shall be from the adjacent land of the Council or its successor. Notwithstanding section 1323(a) of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 3210(a)), the Secretary shall not be required to provide additional access to the conveyed land.
Additional terms and conditions
The Secretary may prescribe such terms and conditions on the conveyance under subsection (b) as the Secretary considers in the public interest, including the reservation of access rights to the conveyed land for administrative purposes.