H.R.3115 – Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act of 2017

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H.R.3115 – Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act of 2017

Brief

HR 3115 provides for a land exchange involving Federal land in the Superior National Forest in Minnesota acquired by the Secretary of Agriculture through the Weeks Law. It is the purpose of this Act to further the public interest by consummating the NorthMet Land Exchange as specifically set forth in this Act.

the NorthMet Land Exchange will—

(1) result in a 40-acre net gain in National Forest System lands;

(2) improve the spatial arrangement of National Forest System lands by reducing the amount of ownership boundaries to be managed by 33 miles;

(3) improve management effectiveness by exchanging isolated Federal lands with no public overland access for non-Federal lands that will have public overland access and be accessible and open to public use and enjoyment;

(4) result in Federal cost savings by eliminating certain easements and their associated administration costs;

(5) meet several of the priorities identified in the land and resource management plan for Superior National Forest to protect and manage administratively or congressionally designated, unique, proposed, or recommended areas, including acquisition of 307 acres of land to the administratively proposed candidate Research Natural Areas, which are managed by preserving and maintaining areas for ecological research, observation, genetic conservation, monitoring, and educational activities;

(6) promote more effective land management that would meet specific National Forest needs for management, including acquisition of over 6,500 acres of land for new public access, watershed protection, ecologically rare habitats, wetlands, water frontage, and improved ownership patterns;

(7) convey Federal land generally not needed for other Forest resource management objectives, because such land is adjacent to intensively developed private land including ferrous mining areas, where abundant mining infrastructure and transportation are already in place, including—

(A) a large, intensively developed open pit mine lying directly to the north of the Federal land;

(B) a private mine railroad, powerlines, and roads lying directly to the south of the Federal land; and

(C) already existing ore processing, milling, and tailings facilities located approximately 5 miles to the west of the Federal land.

(A) TRACT 1.—Approximately 4,650 acres of land in St. Louis County, Minnesota, generally depicted on the map entitled “Non-Federal Land Parcels–NorthMet Land Exchange–Hay Lake Tract”, and dated June 2017.

(B) TRACT 2.—Approximately 320 acres of land in 4 separate parcels in Lake County, Minnesota, generally depicted on the map entitled “Non-Federal Land Parcels–NorthMet Land Exchange–Lake County Lands”, and dated June 2017.

(C) TRACT 3.—Approximately 1,560 acres of land in 4 separate parcels in Lake County, Minnesota, generally depicted on the map entitled “Non-Federal Land Parcels–NorthMet Land Exchange–Wolf Lands”, and dated June 2017.

(D) TRACT 4.—Approximately 160 acres of land in St. Louis County, Minnesota, generally depicted on the map entitled “Non-Federal Land Parcel–NorthMet Land Exchange–Hunting Club Lands”, dated June 2017.

(Full text of H.R. 3115 congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Nolan, Richard M. [D-MN-8] (Introduced 06/29/2017)

Status: Passed House /

VOTES and FLOOR ACTION

HOUSE

On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 309 – 99 (Roll no. 639)

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SENATE

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COST AND IMPACT

Cost to the taxpayers:  Based on information regarding recent appraisals of the two parcels, CBO estimates that the value of the nonfederal land would exceed the value of the federal land by less than $500,000. If the exchange is consummated under current law, the Forest Service would be required to use appropriated funds to make an equalization payment to the private landowner. Under the bill, that requirement would be waived. Because CBO expects that the agency would use appropriated funds that would have been used to make the equalization to carry out other activities, we estimate that implementing the bill also would have no significant effect on spending subject to appropriation.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 3115 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.

 

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