|Sponsor||Rep. Herger, Wally|
|Date||July 23, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)|
|Staff Contact||Andy Koenig|
On Monday, July 23, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 1237, a bill to provide for a land exchange with the Trinity Public Utilities District of Trinity County, California, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for approval. The bill was introduced on March 29, 2011, by Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources. The bill was reported by unanimous consent on April 25, 2012.
H.R. 1237 would require the Secretary of Agriculture to exchange 100 acres of National Forest System land located within the boundaries of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in California for about 200 acres of land owned by the Trinity Public Utilities District of Trinity County, California. Under the bill, the land conveyed to the federal government would be divided with 150 acres to be managed by the Secretary of Agriculture and 47 acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Land acquired by the Secretary of Agriculture would be administered as part of the Six Rivers National Forest. The additional land would be administered as public land by the Redding Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management.
According to the Natural Resources Committee, the Trinity Public Utilities District (TPUD), a local governmental entity that currently owns land within the City of Weaverville, California, is cut off by the surrounding Shasta-Trinity National Forest. TPUD would like to acquire approximately 100 acres of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest to consolidate its holdings and guarantee access to develop this property near the Weaverville Airport. In exchange for this parcel, TPUD will convey approximately 150 acres to the Six Rivers National Forest and approximately 50 acres adjacent to the Trinity River to the Bureau of Land Management. Both of the TPUD’s parcels that are to be conveyed are currently surrounded by the Six Rivers National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands. CBO estimates that implementing the bill would have no impact on federal spending.
According to CBO, “implementing the bill would have no impact on discretionary spending. Any administrative costs related to the exchange would be paid by the Trinity Public Utilities District. Enacting H.R. 1237 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.”