Summary

                            To provide for the conveyance of small parcels of National Forest System land and small parcels of public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management to private landowners, State, county, and local governments, or Indian tribes whose lands share a boundary with the National Forest System land or public lands, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House
Small Tracts Conveyance Act

 This bill requires the Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for a
state (respecting certain public lands) or the Regional Forester with
jurisdiction over the National Forest System (NFS) land of a specific Forest
Service Region (respecting certain NFS lands) to select an eligible federal
lands parcel for conveyance: (1) in response to a request by an adjacent
landholder (any holder of non-federal land that shares one or more boundaries
with such a parcel and who requests to purchase such a parcel), or (2) upon the
recommendation of the BLM District Office or NFS unit that exercises
administration over such parcel. 

 The Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior shall each
create a process by which an adjacent landholder may request to purchase an
eligible parcel. 

 A conveyed eligible parcel may not exceed 160 acres unless the BLM or the
Forest Service approves a request for additional acreage. An adjacent landholder
may only acquire one eligible parcel a year, subject to an exception. 

 The BLM or the Forest Service, as consideration for the sale of an eligible
parcel, shall require a cash payment that is equal to at least the fair market
value of such parcel, including the mineral estate, being conveyed. 

 The purchaser of an eligible federal lands parcel under this bill shall cover
the costs to be incurred, or to reimburse the BLM or the Forest Service for the
costs incurred, in carrying out the conveyance. 

 A conveyance of an eligible federal lands parcel under this bill is
categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental
assessment or an environmental impact statement under the National Environmental
Policy Act of 1969.



                        

Actions

  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry.

    Mar 10th, 2017
  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Federal Lands.

    Mar 1st, 2017
  • Referred to House Agriculture

    Feb 16th, 2017
  • Referred to House Natural Resources

    Feb 16th, 2017
  • Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

    Feb 16th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Feb 16th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Feb 16th, 2017