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President Trump signs Rep. Ratcliffe, Sen. Cornyn Lake Fannin legislation
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Mar 14, 2019
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Washington – President Trump signed Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) and Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-Texas) legislation today to reduce the federal estate in Texas by restoring the local control of 2,025 acres of Fannin County land.

“I’m incredibly pleased that our bill to restore the local control of Lake Fannin has finally crossed the finish line and is now the law of the land. Thanks to the strong support of President Trump, collaboration with Senator Cornyn and his staff, and the hard work of my staff and our state and local officials, we’ve successfully taken back 2,025 acres of Texas land from the hands of Washington bureaucrats,” Ratcliffe said. “I’m grateful for the efforts of all parties involved who helped bring this huge win to Northeast Texas, and I look forward to the increased tourism and local success we’ll see in our region now that the constituents I’m proud to represent can resume management of the land in their own backyards.”

 “After years of working closely with local officials, Rep. Ratcliffe, and my colleagues in the Senate, I’m proud that North Texans will finally have control over the Fannin County recreation area,” Cornyn said. “I want to thank President Trump for signing this critical bill into law and Rep. Ratcliffe for his hard work to get this over the finish line.”

S.47 - John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation,
Management, and Recreation Act


(a) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) COUNTY.—The term “County” means Fannin County, Texas.

(2) MAP.—The term “map” means the map entitled “Lake Fannin Conveyance” and dated November 21, 2013.

(3) NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LAND.—The term “National Forest System land” means the approximately 2,025 acres of National Forest System land generally depicted on the map.

(4) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service.

(b) Land Conveyance.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Subject to the terms and conditions described in paragraph (2), if the County submits to the Secretary an offer to acquire the National Forest System land for the fair market value, as determined by the appraisal under paragraph (3), the Secretary shall convey the National Forest System land to the County.

(2) TERMS AND CONDITIONS.—The conveyance under paragraph (1) shall be—

(A) subject to valid existing rights;

(B) made by quitclaim deed; and

(C) subject to any other terms and conditions as the Secretary considers appropriate to protect the interests of the United States.


(A) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall complete an appraisal to determine the fair market value of the National Forest System land.

(B) STANDARDS.—The appraisal under subparagraph (A) shall be conducted in accordance with—

(i) the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions; and

(ii) the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.

(4) MAP.—

(A) AVAILABILITY OF MAP.—The map shall be kept on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate office of the Forest Service.

(B) CORRECTION OF ERRORS.—The Secretary may correct minor errors in the map.

(5) CONSIDERATION.—As consideration for the conveyance under paragraph (1), the County shall pay to the Secretary an amount equal to the fair market value of the National Forest System land, as determined by the appraisal under paragraph (3).

(6) SURVEY.—The exact acreage and legal description of the National Forest System land to be conveyed under paragraph (1) shall be determined by a survey satisfactory to the Secretary and the County.

(7) USE.—As a condition of the conveyance under paragraph (1), the County shall agree to manage the land conveyed under that subsection for public recreational purposes.

(8) COSTS OF CONVEYANCE.—As a condition on the conveyance under paragraph (1), the County shall pay to the Secretary all costs associated with the conveyance, including the cost of—

(A) the appraisal under paragraph (3); and

(B) the survey under paragraph (6).