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Bill would stop any increase in recreational land acquisition

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Imagine a law that caps the amount of federal land available for recreation or conservation. Such legislation is pending before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulation as well as the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy & Forestry. The Acre In, Acre Out Act (H.R 4423) would prohibit the National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service from adding any property unless they sold an equal amount of land.

Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) introduced the legislation. It picked up six cosponsors, No similar bill as been introduced in the Senate.

The bill would exempt from the requirement only new acquisition by easement to improve access to other federal lands. But it would require the federal agencies named above to sell equivalent land at fair market value if they wish to acquire new land for any other purpose in any way. If they can't sell land they want to within six months, they could lower the price by 10 percent a month until they sell it (excluding time the land was not offered for sale).

And the agencies could not keep any money they make from such land sales. The funds would go directly to the U.S. Treasury for reduction of the national debt.


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