Herrera Beutler’s bill transferring federal lands to a Washington county passes the House
The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved legislation sponsored by U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) that would transfer ownership of the former Wind River Nursery from the U.S. Forest Service to Skamania County, Washington, which provides to develop the land for leisure and business opportunities.
“This bill exemplifies a groundbreaking, win-win deal in a rural county where so often the needs of residents are completely trampled on by the federal government,” Rep. Herrera Beutler said during a speech in support of his bill to the House in July. 28.
Specifically, the Wind River Administrative Site Conveyance Act, HR 5093, which Rep. Herrera Beutler sponsored in August 2021, would require the Forest Service to transfer approximately 23.4 acres of National Forest System land, related infrastructure, and all improvements. on the map titled Wind River Proposed Administrative Site Transfer to the County, according to the bill’s congressional filing summary.
In Skamania County, 80% of the land is federally owned, with public and private forest lands comprising much of the remaining land, leaving about 1.8% of land taxable by the county, according to information provided by the office of the county. representing Herrera Beutler. .
In turn, the county has struggled to fund basic services, such as law enforcement and schools, according to reports.
Skamania County currently owns 187 acres adjacent to Wind River Nursery and plans to develop the acquired acreage for recreational, historical and commercial opportunities aimed at attracting tourism and additional revenue for the county, according to the reports.
“Skamania County can’t thank Congresswoman Herrera Beutler enough for all of her efforts to bring this cause of our community through the halls of Congress,” the Skamania County Board of Commissioners said. “It’s also another example of the MP’s ability to work across party lines for the benefit of her district and demonstrates her commitment to using her position to advance local issues instead of becoming deadlocked. familiar partisan.”