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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.

Click here to review S. 1341 - Las Cienegas Enhancement and Saguaro National Park Boundary Adjustment Act status.

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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.

Click here to learn more about the Tule Lake Segregation Center.

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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Senate Resolution - S. Res. 440: Recognizing soil as an essential natural resource

110th CONGRESS2d Session

S. RES. 440

Recognizing soil as an essential natural resource, and soils professionals as playing a critical role in managing our Nation's soil resources.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 31, 2008

Mr. BROWN (for himself and Mr. VOINOVICH) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

RESOLUTION

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Update of Wilderness Legislation in the 110th Congress

Update of Wilderness Legislation in the 110th Congress

Following is a description of the wilderness bills that have been introduced to date in the 110th Congress and a summary of where each measure stands in the legislative process. ALASKA: Alaska Rainforest Conservation Act (H.R. 3757)Introduced on 10/4/07 by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), this bill proposes to designate wilderness on the Tongass National Forest. The bill, which has been referred to House Committee on Natural Resources, currently has 43 co-sponsors.

ALASKA: Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act (H.R. 39/S.2316)The Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act would designate the 1.5 million-acre coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as Wilderness. Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the measure in the House on 1/4/07. The bill, which has been referred to House subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, currently has 146 co-sponsors. On 11/8/07, Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) introduced the Senate version of this bill, which has 25 co-sponsors. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

ARIZONA: Tumacacori Highlands Wilderness Act of 2007 (H.R. 3287)On 8/1/07, Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced in the House legislation to expand southern Arizona’s Pajarita Wilderness and designate the Tumacacori Highlands in the Coronado National Forest as wilderness. The proposed wilderness would total 83,300 acres. The bill had a hearing in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands on 11/13/07.

CALIFORNIA: California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act (H.R. 3682 / S. 2109)On 9/27/07, Representative Mary Bono (R-CA) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act. The legislation proposes to designate over 190,000 acres of wilderness, add new areas to the Santa Rosa National Monument, and designate 31 miles of Wild and Scenic River. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing on the legislation on 11/13/07.

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WILDERNESS LEGISLATION PASSED IN THE 109TH CONGRESS (2005 – 2006)

WILDERNESS LEGISLATION PASSED IN THE 109TH CONGRESS (2005 – 2006)

Below is a list of the Wilderness legislation passed by the 109th Congress and signed into law by the President. The 109th Congress approved six bills adding approximately 1,030,500 acres of public land to the National Wilderness Preservation System. Ojito Wilderness Act (New Mexico) (Public Law No. 109-94)The measure designated the approximately 11,000-acre Ojito Wilderness Study Area northwest of Albuquerque as Wilderness and allowed certain adjacent land managed by the BLM to be purchased by the Pueblo of Zia as open space. The measure was sponsored by Representatives Tom Udall (D-NM) and Heather Wilson (R-NM) and Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Pete Domenici (R-NM). Caribbean National Forest Wilderness Act (Puerto Rico)(Public Law No. 109-118) Congressman Luis Fortuno (R-PR) and Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) sponsored House and Senate versions of this bill. The measure designated the 10,000-acre El Toro Wilderness area in the Caribbean National Forest in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico creating the first tropical rainforest wilderness on National Forest land in the National Wilderness Preservation System. National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2006 (Utah) (Public Law No. 109-163)Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT) sponsored the Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) Protection Act which would prevented high-level nuclear waste storage in Utah’s West Desert, preserved military training capabilities via UTTR, and designated 100,000 acres of magnificent, desert land known as the Cedar Mountains as Wilderness. The measure, co-sponsored by Utah Reps. Chris Cannon (R-UT) and Jim Matheson (D-UT), was included in the final version of the Defense Authorization Act signed into law by President Bush in January 2006.Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act (California)(Public Law No. 109-362)This measure designated 275,000 acres of Wilderness and 21 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers in California’s Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino, Lake, and Napa Counties. The proposed wilderness areas and rivers encompassed in the bill are found in the congressional district of Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) who was the House sponsor of the bill. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) sponsored the legislation in the Senate. New England Wilderness Act of 2006 (New Hampshire & Vermont) (Public Law No: 109-382) The New England Wilderness Act of 2006 increased the number of designated wilderness areas in both Vermont and New Hampshire. The bill combined two separate bills introduced in the 109th Congress, the Vermont Wilderness Act and the New Hampshire Wilderness Act and designated 42,000 acres of wilderness in six different parcels in Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest and two areas totaling 34,500 acres in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. The measure also creates the Mount Moosalamoo National Recreation Area in Vermont, a 15,857-acre tract south and east of Middlebury, Vermont. White Pine County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act (Nevada) (Public Law No. 109-432)Senator John Ensign (R-NV) and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) sponsored the White Pine County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act which designated 12 new Wilderness areas, totaling approximately 558,000 acres managed by the US Forest Service and the BLM in White Pine County along with two significant additions to existing Wilderness areas. The legislation contained nine different titles that address a number of public land issues including wilderness designation, release of portions of wilderness study areas, land disposal, public purpose conveyances, land transfers from Forest Service to Bureau of Land Management (BLM), authorization for a study of an ORV trail, land transfers to the Ely Shoshone Tribe, authorization for restoration projects, amendments to the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act, and establishment of the Great Basin Heritage Route.

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