H.R. 211 – Chugach Region Lands Study Act

H.R. 211 – Chugach Region Lands Study Act - Introduced by Congressman Young in early January 2017, the bill directs the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture to identify at least 500,000 acres of economically viable federal land “in or outside the State of Alaska” for exchange with the Chugach Alaska Corporation for any of its lands identified as available for selection. Any acre-for-acre exchange of Federal lands for Chugach Alaska lands “shall be conclusively deemed to be in the public interest.”  Chugach Alaska Corporation lands available for selection include “the surface estate or conservation easement in the surface estate acquired as part of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Habitat Protection and Acquisition Program.” The bill offers no explanation as to whether conservation easement continues in effect if the parties mutually agree to exchange lands subject to such an easement. 

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