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Pennsylvania National Forest Improvement Act of 2004

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PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL FOREST IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2004 -- (House of Representatives - October 05, 2004)

Mr. GOODLATTE. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 3514) to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain lands and improvements associated with the National Forest System in the State of Pennsylvania, and for other purposes, as amended.

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Mr. GOODLATTE. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Speaker, H.R. 3514, as amended, the Pennsylvania National Forest Improvement Act of 2004, introduced by the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Peterson), authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to sell or convey six parcels of land from the Allegheny National Forest to local municipalities or private individuals. All of these parcels, totaling just over 22 acres, have been identified by the Forest Service as outlying parcels that are not connected to the National Forest. Three of the parcels would be conveyed to local government agencies, allowing them to consolidate operations to better serve their communities. Proceeds from these sales will be used to improve administrative sites and acquire inholdings from willing sellers. I urge my colleagues to support this bill.

Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

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Mr. GOODLATTE. Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Peterson), the author of the legislation.

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Mr. GOODLATTE. Mr. Speaker, I have no further requests for time, and I yield back the balance of my time.

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