Natural Resources and Environmental Law

Land Exchanges and Acquisitions

The largest federal interstate land exchange ever consummated was negotiated by Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot attorneys. We’ve served as expert witnesses on federal land acquisition procedures, arranged for federal agency purchase of client land interests (or blocked such purchases), and secured (or stopped) Congressional appropriations for land purchases. Our experience in federal and state land exchanges, acquisitions, appraisals and other forms of land disposition (e.g., surplus property sales) is extensive.

Successful practice in this specialized area requires detailed knowledge of agency procedures, federal appraisal standards, the different forms of land exchange authority and the role of Congress, especially the appropriations subcommittees. BHBC’s expertise in this field has yielded outstanding results for major land developers, utilities, national land conservation organizations, Native American entities and individual landowners.