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H.R. 218 (115th): King Cove Road Land Exchange Act

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jul 20, 2017.


King Cove Road Land Exchange Act

(Sec. 4) This bill declares that, if the state of Alaska offers to convey to the Department of the Interior 43,093 acres of state-owned land, Interior shall convey to Alaska, in exchange, 206 acres of federal land within the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and 131 acres of federal land within the Izembek Wilderness, for purposes of: (1) designating a road corridor through the refuge, and (2) constructing a single-lane gravel road along the road corridor.

The values of the federal and nonfederal lands to be exchanged: (1) shall be equal, or (2) if not equal, shall be equalized in accordance with this bill.

Interior and Alaska shall select an appraiser to conduct appraisals of the federal and nonfederal lands in accordance with nationally recognized appraisal standards.

Upon completion of the exchange of the federal and nonfederal lands: (1) the boundary of the Wilderness shall be adjusted to exclude the federal land, and (2) the nonfederal land shall be added to the Wilderness.

(Sec. 5) The bill requires the route of the road corridor to follow a specified southern road alignment.

(Sec. 6) The bill makes the requirements relating to the usage, barrier cables, and dimensions and the limitation on the location of support facilities with regard to the construction of a single-lane gravel road between the communities of King Cove and Cold Bay, Alaska (as set forth under the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009) applicable to the road to be constructed in the road corridor.

(Sec. 7) The bill states that the exchange of the federal and nonfederal lands and the road to be constructed under this bill (including the issuance of any permit that may be required from any federal agency to construct such road) shall not constitute a major federal action requiring environmental impact review under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.