PDF _ RS21967 - Land Exchanges: Bureau of Land Management Process and Issues
30-Aug-2007; Carol Hardy Vincent; 6 p.

Update: August 30, 2007
Previous releases:
February 15, 2005
November 8, 2004
(/NLE/CRSreports/04Nov/RS21967.pdf)

Abstract: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) typically completes dozens of exchanges a year to acquire and dispose of land. The land exchange process generally has five phases: development of an exchange proposal, feasibility evaluation, processing and documentation (including appraisal), decision analysis and approval, and title transfer. Land exchanges have been controversial periodically, with concerns regarding the benefits to the public, determinations of market value, and contradictions in policies and procedures. In response, BLM has implemented changes to the appraisal and exchange processes. There remains a difference of opinion on the usefulness of land exchanges.

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Topics: Public Lands, Federal Agencies

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