H. Rept. 115-353 1 (2017-10-19)

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                   115TH CONGRESS                                     REPORT
                      1st Session   HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES          115-353





                    KISATCHIE NATIONAL FOREST LAND CONVEYANCE ACT



                    OCTOBER 19, 2017.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State
                                    of the Union and ordered to be printed


                          Mr. CONAWAY, from the Committee on Agriculture,
                                       submitted the following


                                          REPORT

                                        [To accompany H.R. 2941]

                            [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
                     The Committee on Agriculture, to whom was referred the bill
                   (H.R. 2941) to provide for the conveyance of certain National Forest
                   System land within Kisatchie National Forest in the State of Lou-
                   isiana, having considered the same, report favorably thereon with-
                   out amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.

                                         BRIEF EXPLANATION
                     The Kisatchie National Forest Land Conveyance Act conveys cer-
                   tain National Forest System land within the Kisatchie National
                   Forest in Louisiana.

                                 PURPOSE AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION
                     The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) currently owns tracts of land in
                   Louisiana that are inter-mixed with private land and heavily im-
                   pacted by residences. These tracts have lost their natural qualities
                   and are isolated from the core lands of Kisatchie National Forest.
                   This fragmentation and urbanization leaves the land incompatible
                   with National Forest management. The Committee believes man-
                   aging these tracts for public benefit and use is a poor use of tax-
                   payer money.
                     In disposing of the occupied lots with some minor acreage of ad-
                  jacent federal land, the USFS eliminates administrative and
                  boundary maintenance costs. USFS would then be able to use the
                  proceeds to identify and purchase land with recreational qualities
                  that is more conducive to National Forest management.
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