IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 11, 2018
Mr. Thune (for himself and Mr. Rounds) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to transfer certain National Forest System land to Custer County, South Dakota.
This Act may be cited as the
Custer County Airport Conveyance Act.
In this Act:
The term County means Custer County, South Dakota.
The term Federal land means all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to approximately 65.7 acres of National Forest System land, as generally depicted on the map.
The term map means the map entitled
Custer County Airport Conveyance and dated October 19, 2017.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service.
Subject to the terms and conditions described in subsection (b), if the County submits to the Secretary an offer to acquire the Federal land for the market value, as determined by the appraisal under subsection (c), the Secretary shall convey the Federal land to the County.
Terms and conditions
The conveyance under subsection (a) shall be—
subject to valid existing rights;
made by quitclaim deed; and
subject to any other terms and conditions as the Secretary considers appropriate to protect the interests of the United States.
Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall complete an appraisal to determine the market value of the Federal land.
The appraisal under paragraph (1) shall be conducted in accordance with—
the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions; and
the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.
Availability of map
The map shall be kept on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate office of the Forest Service.
Correction of errors
The Secretary may correct any errors in the map.
As consideration for the conveyance under subsection (a), the County shall pay to the Secretary an amount equal to the market value of the Federal land, as determined by the appraisal under subsection (c).
The exact acreage and legal description of the Federal land to be conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined by a survey satisfactory to the Secretary.
The Secretary may determine whether compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) or any other environmental law is applicable in carrying out the conveyance under subsection (a).
Costs of conveyance
As a condition on the conveyance under subsection (a), the County shall pay to the Secretary all costs associated with the conveyance, including the cost of—
the appraisal under subsection (c); and
the survey under subsection (f).
Use of proceeds
Any proceeds received by the Secretary as a consideration for the conveyance under subsection (a) shall remain available to the Secretary until expended, without further appropriation, for the maintenance and improvement of land or administration facilities in the State of South Dakota.