1:54 PM EDT

Bob Goodlatte, R-VA 6th

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

Madam Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 4559. This bill simply provides the Forest Service with the required legislative authority to sell two tracts in Wisconsin to neighboring towns for a set price which the Forest Service and the towns agree represents fair market value.

The intent of the land sale is to spur economic development by providing the towns room to grow and allow the Forest Service to acquire more sensitive lands that have higher natural resource value. The proceeds of these sales will be used by the Forest Service to acquire other higher priority lands in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

I thank the gentleman from Wisconsin (Mr. Green) for introducing this legislation, and I thank Mr. Peterson for working with us on the committee to move this legislation forward. I urge my colleagues to support the bill.

Madam Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.