If this is yet another attempt to demolish protection for federal lands, i am against the change. I am reading "The bill revises conveyance conditions regarding reservation of a conservation easement to protect identified wetland, reservation of a nonexclusive trail easement, and equalization of values of the exchange properties." which informs my assumption.
Against!! Mt. Hood and the cascade mountains are increasingly becoming unaccessible to the public. Two Forest Service Passes are required just to park at the mountain's trailheads (summer and winter use) And this doesn't allow access to Lost Lake and other popular sites which have been turned over to private management. Public land s are already paid for and the Forest Service has already been paid to manage. and protect it. If private companies profit on such sites the Forest Service should be able to do its job non-profit! No to commercialization of public lands!!
Revised the details of a previous exchange between the federal land and Oregon. It was introduced by the local representatives from both parties. Exchanges 120 acres of protected but developable land for 770 acres not currently protected.
This isn't a vote to privatize the land -- it's exactly the opposite. It's meant to protect Cooper Spur from development, and thank God. We honeymooned on Mount Hood in 2015 and Cooper Spur was the absolute highlight of the trip. Good on Congress for passing this bill almost unanimously.