Summary: S.705 — 97th Congress (1981-1982)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (08/19/1982)

(Measure passed Senate, amended)

Authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain National Forest System (System) lands which cannot be practicably conveyed under any other authority of the Secretary and: (1) whose individual value is not more than $150,000; (2) are 40 acres or less and interspersed with or adjacent to lands already transferred out of Federal ownership under mining laws; (3) are ten acres or less and have been innocently encroached upon due to an erroneous survey or other land description; or (4) are road rights-of-way no longer needed by the Government.

Directs the Secretary to retain public interest rights (scenic, wildlife, recreation, and public access) in any conveyance of System lands.

States that any person receiving: (1) such land shall pay the associated conveyance costs; or (2) a road right-of-way shall reimburse the Government for improvements. Permits the Secretary to waive these provisions.

States that: (1) conveyances of road rights-of- way shall be used or maintained according to State or local laws; and (2) nothing in this title authorizes conveyances of public lands within the National Wilderness Preservation System, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, the National Trails System, or the National Forest Monuments. Prohibits the sale, but not other forms of conveyance, of Federal lands in National Recreation Areas.

Amends Federal law to permit State, county, and local governmental bodies to participate in System land exchanges (currently limited to public school authorities) to the extent that such lands: (1) are already in use by these bodies; and (2) are used for the same purposes.