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Public Law No: 115-361 (12/21/2018)

 
[115th Congress Public Law 361]
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Public Law 115-361
115th Congress

                                 An Act


 
To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to exchange certain public lands 
 in Ouachita National Forest, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Dec. 21, 
                         2018 -  [H.R. 5923]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Walnut Grove 
Land Exchange Act.>> 
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Walnut Grove Land Exchange Act''.
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:
            (1) Church.--The term ``Church'' means the Walnut Grove 
        Church in Garland County, Arkansas.
            (2) Offered tract.--The term ``Offered Tract'' means all 
        right, title, and interest of the Church in and to approximately 
        6.3 acres of non-Federal land identified as ``Offered Tract 
        5742'' on the Detail Map of the Walnut Grove Exchange, Ouachita 
        National Forest map (printed date May 11, 2017).
            (3) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
        of Agriculture.
            (4) Selected tract.--The term ``Selected Tract'' means all 
        right, title, and interest of the United States in and to 
        approximately 4 acres identified as ``Selected Tract 5743'' on 
        the Detail Map of the Walnut Grove Exchange, Ouachita National 
        Forest map (printed date May 11, 2017), subject to the 
        reservation of a road easement by the Secretary.
SEC. 3. EXCHANGE OF LAND; EQUALIZATION OF VALUE.

    (a) <<NOTE: Deadline.>>  Exchange Authorized.--Subject to the 
provisions of this Act, not later than 2 years after the date of the 
enactment of this Act, if the Church offers to convey the Offered Tract 
to the United States, the Secretary shall--
            (1) convey to the Church all right, title, and interest of 
        the United States in and to the Selected Tract; and
            (2) accept from the Church a conveyance of all right, title, 
        and interest of the Church in and to the Offered Tract.

    (b) Requirements.--The exchange under subsection (a) shall be--
            (1) subject to valid existing rights;
            (2) conditioned on an equalization payment made by the 
        Church in accordance with subsection (c); and
            (3) conditioned on the payment of the costs described in 
        subsection (g).

    (c) Equal Value and Cash Equalization.--

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            (1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), the 
        exchange under subsection (a) shall be for equal value or the 
        values shall be equalized by a cash payment.
            (2) Exception.--If the value of the Offered Tract exceeds 
        the Selected Tract, an equalization payment shall not be 
        required.

    (d) Appraisals.--
            (1) In general.--The value of the land to be exchanged under 
        this Act shall be determined by appraisals conducted by one or 
        more independent and qualified appraisers.
            (2) Appraisal standards.--The Secretary shall complete an 
        appraisal of the land to be exchanged under this Act in 
        accordance with--
                    (A) the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land 
                Acquisitions; and
                    (B) the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal 
                Practice.

    (e) Format.--Title and valuation to the land to be exchanged under 
this Act shall be in a format acceptable to the Secretary and the 
Church.
    (f) Map and Legal Descriptions.--
            (1) In general.--As soon as practicable after the date of 
        the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall finalize a map 
        and legal descriptions of all land to be conveyed under this 
        Act.
            (2) Corrections.--The Secretary may correct any minor errors 
        in the map or in the legal descriptions.
            (3) Map on file.--The map and legal descriptions shall be on 
        file and available for public inspection in appropriate offices 
        of the United States Forest Service.

    (g) Costs of Conveyance.--As a condition of conveyance, any costs 
related to the conveyance under this section shall be paid by the 
Church.

    Approved December 21, 2018.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 5923:
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HOUSE REPORTS: No. 115-922 (Comm. on Natural Resources).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 164 (2018):
            Sept. 12, considered and passed House.
            Dec. 19, considered and passed Senate.

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