16 U.S. Code § 479a. Conveyance of National Forest System lands for educational purposes

(a) Authority to conveyUpon written application, the Secretary of Agriculture may convey National Forest System lands to a public school district for use for educational purposes if the Secretary determines that—
the public school district seeking the conveyance will use the conveyed land for a public or publicly funded elementary or secondary school, to provide grounds or facilities related to such a school, or for both purposes;
the conveyance will serve the public interest;
the land to be conveyed is not otherwise needed for the purposes of the National Forest System;
the total acreage to be conveyed does not exceed the amount reasonably necessary for the proposed use;
the land is to be used for an established or proposed project that is described in detail in the application to the Secretary, and the conveyance would serve public objectives (either locally or at large) that outweigh the objectives and values which would be served by maintaining such land in Federal ownership;
the applicant is financially and otherwise capable of implementing the proposed project;
the land to be conveyed has been identified for disposal in an applicable land and resource management plan under the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. 1600 et seq.); and
an opportunity for public participation in a disposal under this section has been provided, including at least one public hearing or meeting, to provide for public comments.
(b) Acreage limitation

A conveyance under this section may not exceed 80 acres. However, this limitation shall not be construed to preclude an entity from submitting a subsequent application under this section for an additional land conveyance if the entity can demonstrate to the Secretary a need for additional land.

(c) Costs and mineral rights
A conveyance under this section shall be for a nominal cost. The conveyance may not include the transfer of mineral or water rights.
If necessary, the exact acreage and legal description of the real property conveyed under this section shall be determined by a survey satisfactory to the Secretary and the applicant. The cost of the survey shall be borne by the applicant.
(d) Review of applicationsWhen the Secretary receives an application under this section, the Secretary shall—
before the end of the 14-day period beginning on the date of the receipt of the application, provide notice of that receipt to the applicant; and
(2) before the end of the 120-day period beginning on that date—
make a final determination whether or not to convey land pursuant to the application, and notify the applicant of that determination; or
submit written notice to the applicant containing the reasons why a final determination has not been made.
(e) Reversionary interest

If, at any time after lands are conveyed pursuant to this section, the entity to whom the lands were conveyed attempts to transfer title to or control over the lands to another or the lands are devoted to a use other than the use for which the lands were conveyed, title to the lands shall revert to the United States.

References in Text

The Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974, referred to in subsec. (a)(7), is Pub. L. 93–378, Aug. 17, 1974, 88 Stat. 476, as amended, which is classified generally to subchapter I (§ 1600 et seq.) of chapter 36 of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 1600 of this title and Tables.

This section, referred to in subsec. (c)(2), was in the original “this title”, meaning title II of Pub. L. 106–577, Dec. 28, 2000, 114 Stat. 3070, which enacted this section and provisions set out as a note under this section. For complete classification of title II to the Code, see Short Title note below and Tables.

Short Title

Pub. L. 106–577, title II, § 201, Dec. 28, 2000, 114 Stat. 3070, provided that:

“This title [enacting this section] may be cited as the ‘Education Land Grant Act’.”