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Calendar No. 457
104th Congress Report
2d Session 104-290
CONVEYANCE OF A FISH AND WILDLIFE FACILITY TO THE STATE OF WYOMING
June 25, 1996.--Ordered to be printed
Mr. Chafee, from the Committee on Environment and Public Works,
submitted the following
R E P O R T
[To accompany S. 1802]
The Committee on Environment and Public Works, to which was
referred the bill (S. 1802), a bill to direct the Secretary of
the Interior to convey certain property containing a fish and
wildlife facility to the State of Wyoming, and for other
purposes, having considered the same, reports favorably thereon
and recommends that the bill do pass.
The purpose of this bill is to direct the Secretary of the
Interior to convey certain property, known as ``Ranch A'' and
containing a fish and wildlife facility, to the State of
The Ranch A property is located in Crook County, Wyoming,
and consists of approximately 680 acres of land. The Ranch A
lodge, an historic building, was constructed in the 1930s and
acquired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1963. The
Fish and Wildlife Service conducted trout research operations
at the facility until 1980. Since that time, the Service has
maintained the facility, but has leased the area to a variety
of groups including the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and
the South Dakota School of Mines.
While owned and maintained by the Department of the
Interior, the Ranch A property is not currently used by the
Fish and Wildlife Service. The Fish and Wildlife Service
intends to divest itself of the Ranch A property and is likely
to designate it as surplus. Because of its historical
significance, the State of Wyoming would like to assume
responsibility for Ranch A.
S. 1802 directs the Secretary of the Interior to convey the
Ranch A property to the State of Wyoming. If the State does not
use the land for historical, educational or wildlife management
purposes, it will revert to Federal ownership.
Section 1. Conveyance of certain property to Wyoming
Section 1(a) directs the Secretary of the Interior to
convey to the State of Wyoming, without reimbursement, all
right, title, and interest of the United States in the Ranch A
property within 180 days after the date of enactment of this
Section 1(b) describes the Ranch A property as being
located in Crook County, Wyoming, and consisting of
approximately 680 acres of land. The property includes all real
property, buildings, and all other improvements to real
property. The property also consists of all personal property
including art, historic light fixtures, wildlife mounts,
draperies, rugs, and furniture directly related to the site at
the time of transfer.
Section 1(c) provides that the conveyed property shall be
used by the State of Wyoming for fish and wildlife management
or educational purposes (or both) or, consistent with
applicable Federal and State laws, for maintaining and using
through State and/or local agreements, the historical interests
and significance of facilities on the property. This section
also directs the State of Wyoming to provide access to the
property to institutions of higher education. If the property
is not used for the above purposes, all right, title, and
interest in and to the property shall revert to the United
S. 1802 was introduced on May 23, 1996 by Senators Thomas
and Simpson and referred to the Committee on Environment and
Public Works. The committee held no hearings on S. 1802. The
committee met on June 18, 1996 and June 20, 1996, to consider
the bill. On June 20, 1996, the committee reported the bill by
voice vote. There are no agency reports.
evaluation of regulatory impact
Section 11(b) of rule XXVI of the Standing Rules of the
Senate requires publication in the report the committee's
estimate of the regulatory impact made by the bill as reported.
No regulatory impact is expected by the passage of this bill.
The bill will not affect the personal privacy of
Public Law 104-4 requires the committee to publish in its
report any unfunded mandates upon private citizens. The passage
of this legislation will cause no unfunded mandates.
cost of legislation
Section 403 of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Act
requires that a statement of the cost of a reported bill,
prepared by the Congressional Budget Office, be included in the
report. That statement follows:
Congressional Budget Office,
Washington, DC, June 25, 1996.
Hon. John H. Chafee,
Chairman, Committee on Environment and Public Works,
U.S. Senate, Washington, DC.
Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has
reviewed S. 1802, a bill to direct the Secretary of the
Interior to convey certain property containing a fish and
wildlife facility to the State of Wyoming, and for other
purposes, as ordered reported by the Senate Committee on
Environment and Public Works on June 20, 1996.
S. 1802 would direct the Secretary of the Interior to
convey about 60 acres of land and related property located in
Wyoming to the State, without reimbursement. We expect that
implementing this bill would have no significant impact on the
Federal budget. The bill would not affect direct spending or
receipts; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures would not apply
to the bill.
S. 1802 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector
mandates as defined in Public Law 104-4 and would impose no
direct costs on State, local, or tribal governments.
CBO expects that the State of Wyoming would voluntarily
accept title to the property and would seek to enter into a
partnership with a private foundation to restore buildings on
the site. We estimate that the cost of this project to the
State and/or foundation would be about $2 million.
If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contacts are Deborah
Reis (for Federal costs) and Marjorie Miller (for the State and
June E. O'Neill, Director.
changes in existing law
Section 12 of rule XXVI of the Standing Rules of the Senate
requires the committee to publish changes in existing law made
by the bill as reported. Passage of this bill will make no
changes to existing law.