S. 683: Box Elder Utah Land Conveyance Act

S. 683

Box Elder Utah Land Conveyance Act

Sen. Mike Lee

December 6, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider S. 683 under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for approval.  S. 683 was introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on March 30, 2011, and was approved by the Senate on November 2, 2011, by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

S. 683 would direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey 31.5 acres of National Forest System land in Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Box Elder County, Utah to the city of Mantua, Utah.  Any costs associated with carrying out the conveyance would be paid by the town.


In 1941, the U.S. Forest Service purchased a tract of land, which includes the parcels conveyed in this legislation, from the family of Hans Rasmussen, an early settler of the area, for $1.00. The City of Mantua has asked for the 31.5 acres of land from the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah to be conveyed in order for them to develop the city cemetery and other city facilities.  According to House Report 112-060, The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest borders a portion of Mantua, and it includes two peninsula-shaped parcels of land that are largely surrounded by private land near the cemetery and municipal buildings. The two parcels were donated by Box Elder County to the United States in 1940. The town would like to acquire the two parcels to add to the existing cemetery, to provide land for a new park, to erect new town offices, a court and law enforcement facilities, or to build a fire station. Any costs associated with carrying out the conveyance would be paid by the town.


According to CBO, S. 683 would not affect direct spending or revenues.