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114th Congress      }                              {    Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session        }                              {    114-80
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       ARAPAHO NATIONAL FOREST BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENT ACT OF 2015

                                _______
                                

 April 15, 2015.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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Mr. Bishop of Utah, from the Committee on Natural Resources, submitted 
                             the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 1324]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred 
the bill (H.R. 1324) to adjust the boundary of the Arapaho 
National Forest, Colorado, and for other purposes, having 
considered the same, report favorably thereon without amendment 
and recommend that the bill do pass.

                          PURPOSE OF THE BILL

    The purpose of H.R. 1324 is to adjust the boundary of the 
Arapaho National Forest, Colorado, and for other purposes.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    H.R. 1324, introduced by Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), 
would adjust the boundary of the Arapaho National Forest in the 
State of Colorado to incorporate 92.95 additional acres. 
Federal land to be included in the new boundary will become 
part of the Bowen Gulch Protection Area established under 
section 6 of the Colorado Wilderness Act of 1993.
    Owners of non-Federal lands within the expanded boundary 
who historically have accessed their lands through lands 
included in the Arapaho expansion would have continued right of 
motorized access to their lands across an existing roadway. The 
bill also authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to acquire 
non-Federal lands within the expanded boundary.
    However, written permission of the landowner will be 
required before a parcel of private land can be included within 
the expanded boundary. Acquisition of land in the added area 
can be achieved ``only by donation or exchange,'' and the 
motorized use provision is clarified to ensure that the bill 
does not open privately owned land to motorized trespass.

                            COMMITTEE ACTION

    H.R. 1324 was introduced on March 4, 2015, by Congressman 
Jared Polis (D-CO). The bill was referred to the Committee on 
Natural Resources, and within the Committee to the Subcommittee 
on Federal Lands. On March 24, 2015, the Natural Resources 
Committee met to consider the bill. The Subcommittee on Federal 
Lands was discharged by unanimous consent. No amendments were 
offered and the bill was ordered favorably reported to the 
House of Representatives by unanimous consent on March 25, 
2015.

            COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

    Regarding clause 2(b)(1) of rule X and clause 3(c)(1) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee on Natural Resources' oversight findings and 
recommendations are reflected in the body of this report.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XIII

    1. Cost of Legislation. Clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives requires an estimate and 
a comparison by the Committee of the costs which would be 
incurred in carrying out this bill. However, clause 3(d)(2)(B) 
of that rule provides that this requirement does not apply when 
the Committee has included in its report a timely submitted 
cost estimate of the bill prepared by the Director of the 
Congressional Budget Office under section 402 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Under clause 3(c)(3) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section 
403 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee has 
received the following cost estimate for this bill from the 
Director of the Congressional Budget Office:

H.R. 1324--Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2015

    H.R. 1324 would modify the boundary of the Arapaho National 
Forest in Colorado to include an additional 93 acres of land. 
Based on information provided by the Forest Service, CBO 
estimates that implementing the legislation would have no 
significant effect on the federal budget. We expect that any 
additional costs to revise brochures, maps, and signs to 
reflect the new boundary would not be significant because such 
revisions would take place in conjunction with scheduled 
reprinting and routine maintenance. Because enacting H.R. 1324 
would not affect direct spending or revenues, pay-as-you-go 
procedures do not apply.
    H.R. 1324 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Jeff LaFave. 
This estimate was approved by Theresa Gullo, Assistant Director 
for Budget Analysis.
    2. Section 308(a) of Congressional Budget Act. As required 
by clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives and section 308(a) of the Congressional Budget 
Act of 1974, this bill does not contain any new budget 
authority, spending authority, credit authority, or an increase 
or decrease in revenues or tax expenditures. According to the 
Congressional Budget Office, implementation of the bill would 
have no significant effect on the federal budget.
    3. General Performance Goals and Objectives. As required by 
clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII, the general performance goal or 
objective of this bill is to adjust the boundary of the Arapaho 
National Forest in Colorado.

                           EARMARK STATEMENT

    This bill does not contain any Congressional earmarks, 
limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined 
under clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of rule XXI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLIC LAW 104-4

    This bill contains no unfunded mandates.

                       COMPLIANCE WITH H. RES. 5

    Directed Rule Making. The Chairman does not believe that 
this bill directs any executive branch official to conduct any 
specific rule-making proceedings.
    Duplication of Existing Programs. This bill does not 
establish or reauthorize a program of the federal government 
known to be duplicative of another program. Such program was 
not included in any report from the Government Accountability 
Office to Congress pursuant to section 21 of Public Law 111-139 
or identified in the most recent Catalog of Federal Domestic 
Assistance published pursuant to the Federal Program 
Information Act (Public Law 95-220, as amended by Public Law 
98-169) as relating to other programs.

                PREEMPTION OF STATE, LOCAL OR TRIBAL LAW

    This bill is not intended to preempt any State, local or 
tribal law.

                        CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW

    If enacted, this bill would make no changes in existing 
law.

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