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).