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S. 1941 - Wolf House Study Act of 2008

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE February 26, 2008

S. 1941 - Wolf House Study Act of 2008

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 30, 2008 S. 1941 would require the National Park Service (NPS) to conduct a study to determine the feasibility and suitability of designating the Wolf House in Arkansas as a unit of the National Park System. The bill would require the NPS to report its findings and recommendations to the appropriate Congressional committees within three years of receiving funding for the study. Assuming the availability of appropriated funds, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would cost $300,000 over the next three years. Enacting this legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues. S. 1941 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments. The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Deborah Reis. The estimate was approved by Theresa Gullo, Deputy Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.

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S. 1341 - Las Cienegas Enhancement and Saguaro National Park Boundary Adjustment Act

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE February 28, 2008

S. 1341 - Las Cienegas Enhancement and Saguaro National Park Boundary Adjustment ActAs ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 30, 2008 S. 1341 would provide for an exchange of federal and private land near the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area and the Saguaro National Park in Arizona. CBO estimates that implementing the bill would have no significant effect on the federal budget. Implementing the bill could increase offsetting receipts and associated direct spending, but we expect that those changes would offset each other over the next three years. Enacting S. 1341 would not affect revenues. The bill contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no significant costs on state, local, or tribal governments. Under S. 1341, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would convey about 1,200 acres of federal land to a private landowner in exchange for about 2,600 acres near the conservation area and 160 acres near the national park. The bill would provide that the value of the properties to be exchanged could be equalized through either a cash payment or by reducing the acreage to be transferred. Any payment received by the federal government would be deposited into BLM’s land disposal account and would be available, without further appropriation, to acquire land in southern Arizona. Formal appraisals of the properties have not been undertaken, but, based on information provided by BLM and the National Park Service, CBO estimates that the budgetary effects of the bill would be minimal. The federal government could receive a cash equalization payment (if the federal land is found to be more valuable than the private land), but we estimate that any such payment would be less than $500,000. BLM would spend this amount, without further appropriation, over the next few years to acquire other land in Arizona.According to BLM, the property to be conveyed by the federal government currently generates no significant offsetting receipts (a credit against direct spending) and is not expected to do so over the next 10 years. Therefore, conveying that property would result in no loss of offsetting receipts over that period. One-time administrative costs related to the exchange, such as appraisal and mapping expenses, would be paid by the private landowner. Finally, we estimate that any change in discretionary costs to manage the conservation area and the national park after the exchange would be negligible. The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Matthew Pickford. This estimate was approved by Theresa Gullo, Deputy Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.

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Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate - S. 1476

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE February 21, 2008 S. 1476 - Tule Lake Segregation Center Special Resource Study Act

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 30, 2008, S. 1476 would direct the Department of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the national significance of the Tule Lake Segregation Center, California, and the feasibility and suitability of including the site in the National Park System. The bill would require the department to report its findings and recommendations to the appropriate Congressional committees within three years of receiving funding for the study.Assuming the availability of appropriated funds, CBO estimates that it would cost $200,000 over the next three years to complete the required study and report. Enacting this legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.S. 1476 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Tyler Kruzich. The estimate was approved by Theresa Gullo, Deputy Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.

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Full text of this legislation is available at: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:S.1476:

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Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate - S. 1802

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE February 21, 2008 S. 1802 - Idaho Wilderness Boundary Modification Act of 2007

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 30, 2008 S. 1802 would authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to sell up to 20 acres of Forest Service land in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho.

Any costs associated with the sale of the land would be paid by a private buyer, and the Forest Service would be authorized to spend any proceeds to purchase other property in Idaho. Therefore, enacting S. 1802 would have no net effect on direct spending. The legislation would not affect revenues.

S. 1802 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Tyler Kruzich. This estimate was approved by Theresa Gullo, Deputy Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.

Full text of this legislation is available at: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:S.1802:

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H.R. 1483 - Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE October 10, 2005 H.R. 1483 Celebrating America’s Heritage Act As ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on September 26, 2007SUMMARYH.R. 1483 would establish six national heritage areas (NHAs), which are nonfederal landsand communities managed privately in conjunction with the National Park System. For eachof the new areas, the bill would authorize the appropriation of $1 million annually, up to$15 million over 15 years. In addition, the bill would increase the ceiling on authorizationsof appropriations for nine existing NHAs.Assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts, CBO estimates that the National ParkService (NPS) would spend $6 million in 2008 and $46 million over the 2008-2012 periodto implement H.R. 1483. An additional $60 million would be spent after 2012. EnactingH.R. 1483 would have no significant effect on revenues or direct spending.The bill contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the UnfundedMandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribalgovernments.ESTIMATED COST TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTThe estimated budgetary impact of H.R. 1483 is shown in the following table. The costs ofthis legislation fall within budget function 300 (natural resources and environment). By Fiscal Year, in Millions of Dollars 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 CHANGES IN SPENDING SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATIONSpending for Proposed NHAs Estimated Authorization Level 6 6 6 6 6 Estimated Outlays 6 6 6 6 6Spending for Existing NHAs Estimated Authorization Level 0 3 4 4 5 Estimated Outlays 0 3 4 4 5Total Spending Under H.R. 1483 Estimated Authorization Level 6 9 10 10 11 Estimated Outlays 6 9 10 10 11BASIS OF ESTIMATEFor this estimate, CBO assumes that H.R. 1483 will be enacted early in fiscal year 2008 andthat the authorized amounts will be appropriated for each year. The NPS would use suchappropriations to provide technical and financial assistance to the managing entities of theNHAs, which are usually local nonprofit organizations. Historically, the NPS has receivedappropriations of between $8 million and $14 million a year for that purpose.Spending for Proposed NHAsThe authorization levels in the table include $1 million annually for each of the six NHAsthat would established by the bill: • Journey Through Hallowed Ground NHA in Maryland and Virginia; • Niagara Falls NHA in New York; • Muscle Shoals NHA in Alabama; • Freedom’s Way NHA in Massachusetts and New Hampshire; 2 • Abraham Lincoln NHA in Illinois; and • Santa Cruz Valley NHA in Arizona.Assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts, CBO estimates that the NPS would spend$6 million in 2008 and $30 million over the 2008-2012 period to assist the NHAs withplanning and development. We estimate that $60 million would be spent for this purposeafter 2012.Spending for Existing NHAsThe bill would raise, from $10 million to $15 million, the authorization ceiling for nineNHAs that were established in 1996. Under this provision, the nine NHAs would be eligibleto receive additional payments of up to $1 million annually after they have reached theexisting ceiling. The affected areas, and their aggregate appropriations to date, include: • America’s Agricultural Heritage Partnership ($5.1 million); • Augusta Canal NHA ($4.7 million); • Essex NHA ($9.3 million); • Hudson River Valley NHA ($6 million); • National Coal Heritage Area ($1.9 million); • Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Canalway ($9.4 million); • Rivers of Steel NHA ($9.4 million); • South Carolina National Heritage Corridor ($7.9 million); and • Tennessee Civil War Heritage Area ($2.1 million).Based on appropriations to date and assuming appropriation of the additional amountsauthorized by the bill for each area after it reaches the existing ceiling, CBO estimates thatimplementing this aspect of H.R. 1483 would cost $16 million over the 2008-2012 period.We expect that three of the NHAs would begin receiving the additional funding in 2009.That number would increase to five by 2012. As under existing law, authority for funding 3for those nine areas would expire after fiscal year 2012; therefore, no additional amountswould be spent after that period under the legislation.INTERGOVERNMENTAL AND PRIVATE-SECTOR IMPACTH.R. 1483 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in UMRAand would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.PREVIOUS CBO ESTIMATESCBO has transmitted cost estimates during the 110th Congress for several bills that wouldestablish the Journey Through Hallowed Ground NHA (see S. 289 and H.R. 319), theNiagara Falls NHA (see S. 800 and H.R. 713), and the Abraham Lincoln NHA (see S. 955).The estimated costs of those bills were the same as those for the similar provisions inH.R. 1483.ESTIMATE PREPARED BY:Federal Costs: Deborah ReisImpact on State, Local, and Tribal Governments: Leo LexImpact on the Private Sector: Amy PetzESTIMATE APPROVED BY:Theresa GulloDeputy Assistant Director for Budget Analysis
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