H. R. 343
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 8, 2019
Mr. Ratcliffe introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture
To require the Secretary of Agriculture to transfer certain National Forest System land in the State of Texas.
This Act may be cited as the
Lake Fannin Conveyance Act.
In this Act:
The term County means Fannin County, Texas.
The term map means the map entitled
Lake Fannin Conveyance and dated November 21, 2013.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 minor errors in the map.
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).
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.
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.
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—
the appraisal under subsection (c); and
the survey under subsection (f).