CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, January 27, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 3008, a bill to Provide for the Conveyance of a Small Parcel of National Forest System Land in Los Padres National Forest in California, and for other purposes, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on August 2, 2013 by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote.
H.R. 3008 gives the Secretary of Agriculture the authority to convey approximately five acres of land within the Los Padres National Forest in California with the White Lotus Foundation in exchange for land with equal appraised value. If the exchange does not occur within two years, the Forest Service would be permitted to sell the land to the foundation at the appraised fair market value, and the proceeds would be deposited to the Treasury.
The White Lotus Foundation is an organization that trains and certifies Yoga instructors, and its training center is located in the Los Padres National Forest, near Santa Barbara, California. Currently, a short access road that loops into U.S. Forest Service land is the only road that allows the White Lotus Foundation and the general public access from San Marcos Pass Road. Due to steep topography, there is no reasonable alternative location for an access road, and without this space, the Foundation would be forced to cease its operations.
CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would have a negligible impact on the budget. If the land is sold to the White Lotus Foundation, CBO estimates that enacting this legislation could increase offsetting receipts by less than $300,000 after 2015.
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