IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
August 1, 2019
Ms. McSally (for herself and Ms. Sinema) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To provide for the conveyance of a small parcel of Coconino National Forest land in the State of Arizona.
Coconino National Forest Land Conveyance, Arizona
In this section:
The term ABOR means the Arizona Board of Regents, on behalf of the University of Arizona Experiment Station.
The term Federal land means the approximately 13.3 acres of land within the Coconino National Forest, in Yavapai County, Arizona—
located near 4005 N. Forest Road 618, Rimrock, Arizona; and
generally depicted on the map entitled
Act to Convey Certain NFS Land and non-Federal Land in Arizona Winter Quarters and dated June 20, 2019.
The term non-Federal land means the approximately 43 acres of land generally depicted on the map entitled
Act to Convey Certain NFS Land and non-Federal Land in Arizona Summer Quarters and dated June 20, 2019.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of Agriculture.
Appraisals of Federal land, non-Federal land, and easement
The Federal land, the non-Federal land, and the easement described in subsection (c)(5) shall be appraised by an independent, qualified appraiser that is—
selected from a list of appraisers in the State of Arizona; and
mutually agreed to by—
the Secretary; and
Each 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.
Identification of offered portion of non-Federal land
Based on the relevant appraisal conducted under subsection (b)(1), ABOR may identify a portion of the non-Federal land that—
is equal in value to the Federal land; and
will be offered in exchange for the Federal land under paragraph (2).
Offer by ABOR
On identification under paragraph (1) of the portion of non-Federal land to be offered in exchange for the Federal land (referred to in this subsection as the offered portion of the non-Federal land), ABOR may submit to the Secretary an offer to convey all right, title, and interest of ABOR in and to the offered portion of the non-Federal land.
Action by Secretary
Subject to paragraph (4), on receipt of an offer under paragraph (2), the Secretary shall—
accept the offer; and
on receipt of acceptable title to the offered portion of the non-Federal land, convey to ABOR—
all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the Federal land; and
the easement described in paragraph (5) and depicted on the map referred to in subsection (a)(2)(B).
The Secretary may carry out paragraph (3) only if the Secretary determines, based on the appraisals under subsection (b)(1), that the value of the Federal land is equal to the value of the offered portion of the non-Federal land.
Additional terms and conditions
The land exchange under this subsection shall be subject to the payment by ABOR of the reasonable cost of any survey, appraisal, or any other administrative costs associated with the exchange.
Description of easement
The easement referred to in paragraph (3)(B)(ii) is an easement under which—
ABOR is authorized to fully maintain and use, at the expense of ABOR, Forest Service Road 9201D from its junction with Forest Service Road 0618 (commonly known as
Beaver Creek), in accordance with the historic use and maintenance patterns of ABOR; and
the Forest Service retains all other rights to Forest Service Road 9201D from its junction with Forest Service Road 0618, including full and continued administrative access to the road in accordance with a Forest Service travel management plan.
Maps, estimates, and descriptions
As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall—
finalize a map and legal description for each of the Federal land and the offered portion of the non-Federal land to be exchanged under this subsection; and
ensure that the maps and legal descriptions are on file and available for public inspection in the headquarters of the Coconino National Forest.
Minor adjustments; errors
The Secretary and ABOR may, by mutual agreement—
make minor boundary adjustments to the Federal land and the offered portion of the non-Federal land exchanged under this subsection; and
correct any minor errors in any map, acreage estimate, or description of the Federal land and the offered portion of the non-Federal land exchanged under this subsection.
It is the intent of Congress that the land exchange under subsection (c) shall be completed by not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act.
Management and status of acquired land
Any non-Federal land acquired by the Secretary under subsection (c) shall be managed by the Secretary in accordance with—
the Act of March 1, 1911 (commonly known as the
Weeks Law) (36 Stat. 961, chapter 186; 16 U.S.C. 480 et seq.); and
any other laws (including regulations) applicable to the National Forest System.