H.R. 470, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment Act of 2015

Bill Text


H.R. 470, the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment Act of 2015, would authorize the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to sell or exchange any or all interest of the United States in 30 tracts of National Forest System land in Georgia totaling approximately 3,841 acres. Additionally, it would authorize USDA to reserve any rights-of-way or other rights or interests in land sold or exchanged under this Act that is considered necessary for management purposes or to protect the public interest. Furthermore, it would prohibit USDA from selling or exchanging land under this Act for less than market value, as determined by an appraisal or through a competitive bid. Requires proceeds to be used for the acquisition of land for national forest purposes in Georgia.

Introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (GA-9) and cosponsored by Reps. Austin Scott (GA-8), Rick Allen (GA-12), Buddy Carter (GA-1), Tom Graves (GA-14), Jody B. Hice (GA-10, and Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (D-GA-2)

Introduced on January 22, 2015 and referred to the House Committee on Agriculture. On February 5, 2015 it was referred to the Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry. Passed the House Agriculture Committee (voice vote) on September 14, 2016. 

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