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Title: Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to exchange certain lands in Arizona with Resolution Copper Mining, LLC.
- Specifies that the 760 acres of land entitled the "Oak Flat Withdrawal Area" be conveyed to Resolution Copper in a land exchange (Sec. 4).
- Specifies that the Secretary of Agriculture can issue a special permit that allows Resolution Copper to carry out mineral exploration activities in the Oak Flat Withdrawal area before the land exchange (Sec. 4).
- Requires that the Secretary of Agriculture consult with affected Indian tribes within 30 days of the bill's enactment (Sec. 4).
- Requires Resolution Copper to equalize its contribution in the land exchange if the federal lands exceed the company's non-federal lands in value by (Sec. 4):
- Conveying additional non-federal lands to the United States; or
- Making a cash payment to the United States.
- Specifies that the federal government will not pay Resolution Copper if the company's non-federal lands exceed the federal lands in value and that such a surplus will be considered a donation to the United States (Sec. 4).
- Requires Resolution Copper to convey the following land to the Secretary of Agriculture as part of the land exchange (Sec. 5):
- Approximately 147 acres in Gila County;
- Approximately 148 acres in Yavapai County;
- Approximately 149 acres in Maricopa County;
- Approximately 640 acres in Coconino County, and
- Approximately 110 acres in Pinal County.
- Requires Resolution Cooper to convey the following land to the Secretary of the Interior as part of the land exchange (Sec. 5):
- Approximately 3,050 acres in Pinal County;
- Approximately 160 acres in Pinal and Gila Counties, and
- Approximately 940 acres in Santa Cruz County.
- Requires land acquired to become part of the national forest in which the land is located, and be administered according to the National Forest System (Sec. 5).
- Specifies that Congress intends to complete the land exchange no later than 1 year after the enactment of this bill (Sec. 4).