Package Continues Work to Restore Local Control of Arizona Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally introduced a package of bipartisan, bicameral
lands bills. The trio of legislative items, which are her first bills introduced in the Senate, continue her
work in Congress to restore local control of Arizona lands to counties and cities throughout the state.

“I am pleased to introduce this lands package today and hit the ground running representing the great
state of Arizona in the United States Senate. Local control of our lands in instances like these, will allow
our state and our communities to responsibly utilize our resources and further economic development
and recreational opportunities. I am honored to be joined by my colleague, Senator Kyrsten Sinema, as
well as Members of our House delegation in introducing these bills.”

The bills introduced include:

1. Udall Park Land Exchange Act – the bill would complete a 28-year-old land exchange between
the City of Tucson and the Bureau of Land Management. Specifically, the legislation removes a
reversion clause in the original agreement and provides the city with full control of the park.

2. La Paz County Land Exchange Act – the bill would transfer 5,935 acres of Bureau of Land
Management land to La Paz County for the purposes of producing solar energy.

3. Cottonwood Land Exchange Act – the bill would transfer 80 acres of Forest Service land in the
Coconino National Forest to Yavapai County in exchange for 369 acres of County land. In doing
so, the Forest Service will consolidate land under its stewardship by connecting various parcels
and the County will maintain the land as a park that will serve the community.

Upon introduction, County and City officials provided the following statements:

1. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild – "Udall Park is a special place in Tucson where thousands of
families enjoy outdoor activities at no cost. Completing this land transfer from the federal
government allows us to better plan for expansion and enhance amenities at the park which the
citizens of Tucson support." said Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. "I want to thank the bill's
authors, Senator McSally, Senator Sinema and Representative Kirkpatrick, along with the
Arizona Congressional delegation for their bi-partisan support of the bill."

2. La Paz County Supervisor DL Wilson – “We appreciate Senator McSally and Congressman Gosar’s
efforts championing this legislation, which provides for the sale of up to 6,000 acres of federal
land at fair market value to La Paz County for economic development purposes. Our vision is to
attract new industry, especially solar development to this strategic location to diversify our local
economy, create quality jobs and increase the tax base so our rural County can adequately meet
the growing needs of our citizens.”

3. Yavapai County Supervisor Tom Thurman - “I applaud Congressman Paul Gosar and Senator
Martha McSally for their support and reintroduction of the Cottonwood Land Exchange Act. I
appreciate the support of the original co-sponsors Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Ann
Kirkpatrick (AZ-02), Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), David Schweikert (AZ-06), and Greg Stanton (AZ-09)
and commends them on their leadership. County officials, along with the City of Cottonwood
and Cornville Community Association, have hoped and planned for over a decade to expand a
popular County Park by acquiring an isolated 80-acre parcel of National Forest Land in the heart
of Cornville. The proposed exchange is an ideal solution for both the Forest Service and Yavapai
County, to expand Windmill County Park, streamline land and resource management for both
entities; and expand protection of the Arizona Cliffrose by adding 369 acres to the Coconino
National Forest and serve as an open space backdrop for the City of Cottonwood. There are no
appropriated funds involved; and the exchange is a win/win for the entire Verde Valley. While it
was disappointing to learn it didn’t make it in the last Congress we are inspired by the potential
to get it through this time!”

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