Home > blog > Page
Chairman Hastings: Natural Resources Committee Will Soon Begin Consideration of Several Wilderness Proposals
Posted by Committee Press Office on June 11, 2013
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings on the House floor today announced that the Committee next month will begin consideration of several proposals to designate new wilderness.

Full statement:

“While we are discussing public lands legislation, I would also like to inform the House that the Committee on Natural Resources will soon begin consideration of several proposals to designate new wilderness.

As Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop stated last week, in July the Subcommittee plans to hold a legislative hearing on wilderness proposals. Representative Benishek’s Sleeping Bear Dunes legislation and Representative Reichert’s Alpine Lakes legislation will be considered at this hearing. These and other proposals will be judged on a case-by-case basis.

Congress has the sole authority to decide which of our lands should be included in the Wilderness system. Establishing wilderness is the most restrictive land use designations that Congress can apply to our nation’s lands – it greatly limits the American public’s access.  The Committee will therefore carefully and thoughtfully examine wilderness proposals to determine if the designation is appropriate and listen to local citizens and community leaders whose livelihoods and recreational opportunities would be directly affected. The Committee will also consider proposals to ensure multiple-use of our public lands so that they provide a full range of recreational, economic, conservation and resource benefits. Any land-use decisions by Congress should be made carefully, reflect our country’s current economic situation, keep our lands healthy, and exemplify the importance of ensuring public access to public lands.”

    Post a Comment
    Fill out the fields below to submit a comment

    Latest News

    Interior Lacks Enforcement and Accountability for Unethical Behavior and Criminal Conduct

    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing on the lack of enforcement and accountably from the Obama Administration in response to a growing number of reports of...... Read more

    Bishop and Westerman Praise Senator Roberts’ Wildfire Legislation

    Yesterday, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, introduced S. 3085, the Emergency Wildfire and Forest Management Act of 2016. ...... Read more

    BLM Fracing: Courts Provide a Much Needed Check on the Obama Administration’s Overwhelming Regulatory Overreach

    Yesterday, a federal judge struck down the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule the Department of the Interior (DOI) issued in March 2015. The judge stated that DOI does not hav...... Read more

    View All News

    Calendar

    Legislative Hearing on the "Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act"
    Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
    View All Events