This bill would allow for the sale of small, isolated parcels of National Forest lands, including special use land, like cemeteries.
Isolated, inaccessible, and difficult to access parcels under 40 acres would be eligible for purchase at a price determined by the managing agency — but no more than $500,000. These parcels would be transferred over to new owners with long-term special use permits with accompanying potential liability issues covering cemeteries, landfills, and sewage treatment facilities.
This bill would eliminate the need for individual legislative proposals to address these types of land transfers. It would also resolve encroachments of permanent structures that can’t be settled under current laws.
Proceeds from the sale of National Forest lands would be deposited into a Sisk Act account, and those funds could then be used for acquisition of lands for administrative sites or recreation, or to maintain administrative sites, improve recreational access, or cover administrative costs from the sale.