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H.R. 2365 (115th): Desert Community Lands 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 May 4, 2017.


Desert Community Lands Act

This bill directs the Department of the Interior to convey, without consideration, to the town of Apple Valley in California the surface estate of specified land, to be known and designated as the Apple Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area.

The conveyed land may be used by the town to provide: (1) a suitable location for the establishment of a centralized, off-road vehicle recreation park; (2) the public with opportunities for off-road vehicle recreation; and (3) a designated area and facilities that would discourage unauthorized use of off-highway vehicles in areas that have been identified by the federal government, the state of California, or San Bernardino County, California, to contain environmentally sensitive land.

Such land may not be disposed of by the town without Interior's approval.

Interior may develop a special management plan for the recreation area to enhance the safe use of off-highway vehicles for recreational purposes.

Interior shall convey, without consideration, the surface estate of specified lands to the cities of Twentynine Palms, Barstow, and Victorville in California.

All land conveyances under this bill are subject to valid existing rights and do not include the mineral estate in the lands conveyed.

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