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H.R. 343: Lake Fannin Conveyance Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 8, 2019 (Introduced).


I

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 343

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 8, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture

A BILL

To require the Secretary of Agriculture to transfer certain National Forest System land in the State of Texas.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Lake Fannin Conveyance Act.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

County

The term County means Fannin County, Texas.

(2)

Map

The term map means the map entitled Lake Fannin Conveyance and dated November 21, 2013.

(3)

National Forest System land

The term National Forest System land means the approximately 2,025 acres of National Forest System land generally depicted on the map.

(4)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service.

3.

Land conveyance

(a)

In general

Subject to the terms and conditions described in subsection (b), if the County submits to the Secretary an offer to acquire the National Forest System land for the fair market value, as determined by the appraisal under subsection (c), the Secretary shall convey the National Forest System land to the County.

(b)

Terms and conditions

The conveyance under subsection (a) shall be—

(1)

subject to valid existing rights;

(2)

made by quitclaim deed; and

(3)

subject to any other terms and conditions as the Secretary considers appropriate to protect the interests of the United States.

(c)

Appraisal

(1)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall complete an appraisal to determine the fair market value of the National Forest System land.

(2)

Standards

The appraisal under paragraph (1) shall be conducted in accordance with—

(A)

the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions; and

(B)

the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.

(d)

Map

(1)

Availability of map

The map shall be kept on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate office of the Forest Service.

(2)

Correction of errors

The Secretary may correct minor errors in the map.

(e)

Consideration

As consideration for the conveyance under subsection (a), the County shall pay to the Secretary an amount equal to the fair market value of the National Forest System land, as determined by the appraisal under subsection (c).

(f)

Survey

The exact acreage and legal description of the National Forest System land to be conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined by a survey satisfactory to the Secretary and the County.

(g)

Use

As a condition of the conveyance under subsection (a), the County shall agree to manage the land conveyed under that subsection for public recreational purposes.

(h)

Costs of conveyance

As a condition of the conveyance under subsection (a), the County shall pay to the Secretary all costs associated with the conveyance, including the cost of—

(1)

the appraisal under subsection (c); and

(2)

the survey under subsection (f).