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house Bill H.R. 3006

Land Swapping Between California and Arizona

Argument in favor

Would promote the protection of migratory birds and other wildlife in Arizona's Cibola National Wildlife Refuge.

Argument opposed

Schindler Brothers Inc., has farmed 80 acres on the California property for the past 30 years. If this trade goes through, they won't have a chance to acquire the property.

What is House Bill H.R. 3006?

H.R. 3006 would require the Secretary of the Interior to exchange 80 acres of federal land in California for 40 acres of private land in Arizona. The private land in Arizona shares a border with the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge (Cibola NWR). The federal land under the control of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in Riverside County, California. This exchange would require that the non-federal land in Arizona become a part of the Cibola NWR.


Migratory birds and wildlife in California and Arizona, Secretary of the Interior, Schindler Brothers Inc. and River Bottom Farms.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3006

Based on the value of similar lands in southern California, the CBO estimates that the value of the BLM lands would total less than $300,000. The money the agency would receive from the private party would be less than $75,000. Proceeds from the payment would be deposited in the U.S. Treasury. Typically the costs associated with exchanges such as these are born e equally between the Federal government and the private party.

More Information

In Depth:

Cibola NWR is on a floodplain in the lower Colorado River between Arizona and
California. It offers a winter haven for migratory birds and other wildlife.
River Bottom Farms is the owner of the land that comes up on Cibola NWR's border. It was the owners of River Bottom Farms who first expressed interest in facilitating an exchange of land.

River Bottom Farms lands are currently used for goose hunting and farming. The land is high in resources and has a lot of potential for protecting the wildlife that frequent it. If the trade is successful, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has expressed an interest in using the land to better protect migratory bird populations.

As for those who would be very upset about the trade, Ned Farquhar explains:
"We feel it is important to recognize the impact of this legislation on
Schindler Brothers Inc., who for the past 30 years has farmed the 80 acres in Riverside County identified for conveyance to River Bottom Farms under H.R. 3006. They also have expressed a desire to acquire the property."


CBO Cost Analysis

Ned Farquhar to the House Natural Resources Committee Statement 

Cibola Webpage — U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services

(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Official Title

To authorize a land exchange involving the acquisition of private land adjacent to the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona for inclusion in the refuge in exchange for certain Bureau of Land Management lands in Riverside County, California, and for other purposes.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed September 15th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedAugust 2nd, 2013

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