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H.R. 3006 (113th): To authorize a land exchange involving the acquisition of private land adjacent to the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona for inclusion in the refuge in exchange for certain Bureau of Land Management lands in Riverside County, California, and for other purposes.

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 16, 2014 (Referred to Senate Committee).


IIB

113th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3006

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 16, 2014

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

AN ACT

To authorize a land exchange involving the acquisition of private land adjacent to the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona for inclusion in the refuge in exchange for certain Bureau of Land Management lands in Riverside County, California, and for other purposes.


1.

Definitions

In this Act—

(1)

Map 1

The term Map 1 means the map entitled Specified Parcel of Public Land in California and dated July 18, 2014.

(2)

Map 2

The term Map 2 means the map entitled River Bottom Farm Lands and dated July 18, 2014.

2.

Land exchange, Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona, and Bureau of Land Management land in Riverside County, California

(a)

Conveyance of bureau of land management land

In exchange for the land described in subsection (b), the Secretary of the Interior shall convey to River Bottom Farms of La Paz County, Arizona, all right, title and interest of the United States in and to certain Federal land administered by the Secretary through the Bureau of Land Management consisting of a total of approximately 80 acres in Riverside County, California, identified as Parcel A on Map 1. The conveyed land shall be subject to valid existing rights, including easements, rights-of-way, utility lines, and any other valid encumbrances on the land as of the date of the conveyance under this section.

(b)

Consideration

As consideration for the conveyance of the Federal land under subsection (a), River Bottom Farms shall convey to the United States all right, title, and interest of River Bottom Farms in and to two parcels of land contiguous to the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge in La Paz County, Arizona, consisting of a total of approximately 40 acres in La Paz County, Arizona, identified as Parcel 301–05–005B–9 and Parcel 301–05–008–0 on Map 2.

(c)

Equal value exchange

The values of the Federal land and non-Federal land to be exchanged under this section shall be equal or equalized by the payment of cash to the Secretary by River Bottom Farms, if appropriate, pursuant to section 206(b) of the Federal Land Policy Management Act (43 U.S.C. 1716(b)). The value of the land shall be determined by the Secretary through an appraisal performed by a qualified appraiser mutually agreed to by the Secretary and River Bottom Farms and performed in conformance with the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions (U.S. Department of Justice, December 2000). If the final appraised value of the non-Federal land (Parcel 301–05–005B–9 and Parcel 301–05–008–0 on Map 2) exceeds the value of the Federal land (Parcel A on Map 1), the surplus value of the non-Federal land shall be considered to be a donation by River Bottom Farms to the United States.

(d)

Exchange timetable

The Secretary shall complete the land exchange under this section not later than 1 year after the date of the expiration of any existing Bureau of Land Management lease agreement or agreements affecting the Federal land (Parcel A on Map 1) to be exchanged under this section, unless the Secretary and River Bottom Farms mutually agree to extend such deadline.

(e)

Administration of acquired land

The land acquired by the Secretary under subsection (b) shall become part of the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge and be administered in accordance with the laws and regulations generally applicable to the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Passed the House of Representatives September 15, 2014.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk