U.S. House approves Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act
A U.S. House bill seeking to expand the boundaries of Arapaho National Forest has passed the U.S. House or Representatives.
The bill was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and was approved by a unanimous voice vote held on Nov. 13. The bill seeks to incorporate a “wedge” of land in Grand County into the Arapaho National Forest.
If passed by Congress and signed by the president the legislation will allow the federal government to “acquire only by donation or exchange” lands within the wedge from willing sellers.
The bill, known as the Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2014, now goes on to the U.S. Senate for debate. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is considering it. If the Senate approves the bill, it will move to President Obama’s desk to be signed or vetoed.
Rep. Polis first introduced the bill on June 11.
Following passage of the bill by the House, Polis stated, “I am thrilled that the House has recognized the tremendous benefits of incorporating this new parcel into the Arapaho National Forest, including preventing development which could impact the adjoining Colorado River headwaters.”
According to statements released by Rep. Polis’s office the Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2014 is supported by the Grand County Board of County Commissioners, the Town of Grand Lake and the Headwaters Trails Alliance amongst other organizations.
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