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104th Congress Report
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
1st Session 104-216
BOUNDARY ALTERATION, TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST, ALABAMA
July 31, 1995.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the
State of the Union and ordered to be printed
Mr. Roberts, from the Committee on Agriculture, submitted the following
R E P O R T
[To accompany H.R. 1874]
[Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
The Committee on Agriculture, to whom was referred the bill
(H.R. 1874) to modify the boundaries of the Talladega National
Forest, Alabama, having considered the same, report favorably
thereon with an amendment and recommend that the bill as
amended do pass.
The amendment is as follows:
Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert in lieu
thereof the following:
SECTION 1. EXPANSION OF TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST.
(a) Boundary Modification.--The exterior boundaries of the Talladega
National Forest is hereby modified to include the following described
Huntsville Meridian, Township 17 South, Range 8 East,
Section 34, NE\1/4\, SW\1/4\, and S\1/2\NW\1/4\, Cleburne
County, containing 399.40 acres, more or less.
Huntsville Meridian, Township 13 South, Range 9 East, Section
28, SE\1/4\, Calhoun County, containing 160.00 acres, more or
(b) Administration.--(1) Subject to valid existing rights, all
Federal lands described under subsection (a) are hereby added to and
shall be administered as part of the Talladega National Forest, and the
Secretary of the Interior shall transfer, without reimbursement,
administrative jurisdiction over such lands to the Secretary of
(2) Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect the validity
of or the terms and conditions of any existing right-of-way, easement,
lease, license, or permit on lands transferred by subsection (a),
except that such lands shall be administered by the Forest Service.
Reissuance of any authorization shall be in accordance with the laws
and regulations generally applying to the Forest Service, and the
change of jurisdiction over such lands resulting from the enactment of
this Act shall not constitute a ground for the denial of renewal or
reissuance of such authorization.
This legislation authorizes the Secretary of Interior to
transfer 399.40 acres, more or less in Huntsville Meridian,
Township 17 South Range 8 East, Section 34 NE\1/4\, SW\1/4\,
and S\1/2\NW\1/4\, Cleburne County. Also this legislation
authorizes the transfer of 160.00 acres more or less in
Huntsville Meridian, Township 13 South Range 9 East, Section
28m SE\1/4\, Calhoun County.
purpose and need
Currently this land is being administered by the Forest
Service, but is within the Bureau of Land Management. The
purpose of the transfer is to make the administration of the
land more efficient. It is the understanding of the Committee
on Agriculture that this transfer will in no way abrogate any
valid existing claims on these lands.
section by section
Section 1(a).--Authorizes the expansion of the boundaries
of the Talladega National Forest, Alabama by incorporating
399.40 acres located in Cleburne County, and 160 acres in
Section 1(b)(1).--Provides that the additional acres are to
be administered as part of the Talladega National Forest,
subject to valid existing rights. This section also authorizes
the Secretary of the Interior to make the transfer.
Section 1(b)(2).--Provides that the bill does not affect
the validity of terms of any existing right-of-way, easement,
lease, license, permit on acres transferred, except that such
acres are to be administered by the Forest Service. Reissuance
of any authorization is to be in accordance with the laws and
regulations applying to the Forest Service. The change of
jurisdiction over these acres is not grounds for the denial of
a renewal or reissuance of an authorization.
The Subcommittee on Resource Conservation, Research, and
Forestry held a hearing on H.R. 1874 on July 13, 1995 to
receive testimony from the bill's sponsor, the Honorable Glenn
Browder from Alabama. A representative from the United States
Forest Service also testified on the bill.
II. Full committee consideration
Pursuant to notice, the Committee on Agriculture met on
July 18, 1995, and Chairman Roberts called the business meeting
to order to consider H.R. 1874, a bill modifying the boundaries
of the Talladega National Forest, Alabama. Mr. Allard, Chairman
of the Subcommittee on Resource Conservation, Research, and
Forestry was recognized to explain the bill.
Mr. Allard requested unanimous consent to offer a
substitute bill to be considered as original text. The bill was
adopted by voice vote and ordered to be reported to the House
with the recommendation that the bill, as adopted, do pass.
reporting the bill--rollcall votes
In compliance with clause 2(l)(2) of rule XI of the House
of Representatives, H.R. 1874, was reported, as amended, with a
quorum actually present. There was no motion or request for a
The Administration supports H.R. 1874, to modify the
boundaries of the Talladega National Forest, Alabama.
budget act compliance (section 308 and section 403)
The provisions of clause 2(l)(3)(B) of Rule XI of the Rules
of the House of Representatives and section 308(a) of the
Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (relating to estimates of new
budget authority, new spending authority, or new credit
authority, or increased or decreased revenues or tax
expenditures) are not considered applicable. The estimate and
comparison required to be prepared by the Director of the
Congressional Budget Office under clause 2(l)(3)(C) of Rule XI
of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section 403 of
the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 submitted to the Committee
prior to the filing of this report are as follows:
Congressional Budget Office,
Washington, DC, July 28, 1995.
Hon. Pat Roberts,
Chairman, Committee on Agriculture,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has
reviewed H.R. 1874, a bill to modify the boundaries of the
Talladega National Forest, Alabama, as ordered reported by the
House Committee on Agriculture on July 18, 1995. CBO expects
that enacting this bill would result in no significant costs to
the federal government and in no cost to state or local
governments. Because the bill would not affect direct spending
or receipts, pay-as-you-go procedures would not apply.
H.R. 1874 would transfer about 460 acres from the Bureau of
Land Management (BLM), which is within the Department of the
Interior, to the Forest Service, which is within the Department
of Agriculture. The two tracts of BLM land that would be
transferred lie within and adjacent to existing Forest Service
land. BLM has no other land in the vicinity.
The properties currently do not generate any offsetting
receipts, and the Forest Service has no plans to use the
transferred land in ways that would generate any additional
offsetting receipts. Therefore, transfer of this land would not
affect direct spending. The transfer also would not
significantly affect the agencies' costs for managing lands in
If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Victoria V.
James L. Blum
(For June E. O'Neill, Director).
inflationary impact statement
Pursuant to clause 2(l)(4) of Rule XI of the Rules of the
House of Representatives, the Committee estimates that
enactment of H.R. 1874, as amended, will have no inflationary
impact on the national economy.
No summary of oversight findings and recommendations made
by the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight under
clause 2(l)(3)(D) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House of
Representatives was available to the Committee with reference
to the subject matter specifically addressed by H.R. 1874, as
No specific oversight activities other than the hearings
detailed in this report were conducted by the Committee within
the definition of clause 2(b)(1) of Rule X of the Rules of the
House of Representatives.