H.R. 1684: Ranch A Consolidation and Management Improvement Act

H.R. 1684

Ranch A Consolidation and Management Improvement Act

Date
January 27, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, January 27, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 1684, the Ranch A Consolidation and Management Improvement Act, under a suspension of the rules.  The bill was introduced on April 23, 2013 by Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1684 provides for the conveyance of approximately ten acres of National Forest Service System land to the State of Wyoming, without consideration.  The State of Wyoming would be responsible for the costs of surveying the land.  This legislation also amends Public Law 104-276 to remove certain restrictions on the use of the property.

Background

Ranch A is historic property that encompasses approximately 645 acres of land in northeastern Wyoming, and was first developed in the 1930s.[1]  The land came under federal ownership in the 1960s, and served as a fish hatchery under the jurisdiction of the Fish and Wildlife Service until 1986.[2]  In 1992, the Ranch A Restoration Foundation was formed to restore and operate the site for educational purposes, and the land was conveyed to the State of Wyoming in 1997.[3]  However, the 1997 conveyance excluded ten acres of land that had been managed by the foundation, and permitted the land to be used only for educational purposes.[4]  This legislation conveys the previously excluded ten acres of land already operated by the foundation.

While the Foundation has invested approximately $1 million into facility restoration and renovation, further upgrades are needed.[5]  Due to current development restrictions, outside groups are unable to rent the land for additional uses, limiting the amount of money the Foundation can raise for further upgrades.  This legislation removes these land development restrictions, enabling the Foundation to more easily raise funds.[6]



[2] Id. at 1.

[3] Id. at 1.

[4] Id. at 1.

[5] Id. at 2.

[6] Id. at 2.

Cost

CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget.[1]

 

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.