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Oversight Hearing on "Impediments to Public Recreation on Public Lands"
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 10:00 AM
Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515


Oversight Hearing on:

  • "Impediments to Public Recreation on Public Lands"

Member Statements:

The Honorable Rob Bishop
Subcommittee Chairman

Witnesses and Testimony:

PANEL I

The Honorable Joseph J. Heck (R-NV)
Member of Congress

PANEL II

Rick J. Lindsey
Prime Insurance Company
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Teresa “Terry” Kauffman
Rancho Red Rock
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Scott McFarland
High Point Hummer
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Mike Friedman
Adventure Partners, LLC
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Sutton Bacon
Nantahala Outdoor Center
(Truth in Testimony Form)

PANEL III

David Brown
American Outdoors Association
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Grant Simonds
Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Brian Merrill
Western Rivers Guides
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Aaron Bannon
National Outdoor Leadership School
(Truth in Testimony Form)

John Duncan
Telluride Outside
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Background:

The focus of this hearing is to examine obstacles put in place by the federal government that put more costs and burdens on small businesses and limit public access to public lands. Subcommittee Members will hear testimony from stakeholders who have firsthand experience in how the federal government’s restrictive policies are not only standing in the way of recreation, but hurting job creation and economic growth. In many Western states, the federal government owns a majority of the land, and the ability to protect public access is crucial to their economic livelihoods.

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