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Oversight Hearing on “School Trust Lands Ownership within Federal Conservation Areas”
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 11:00 AM
Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515

Oversight Hearing on:

  • “School Trust Lands Ownership within Federal Conservation Areas”

Archived Video Webcast:

Witnesses and Testimony:


Mary Abrams
Director of State Lands
State of Oregon

Tim Donaldson
School Children’s Trust Director
Office of Education
State of Utah

Kathy Opp
Deputy Director
Department of Lands
State of Idaho

Maria Baier
Chief Executive Officer
Sonoran Institute
(Truth in Testimony Form)


Since 1802, Congress has granted to each new state lands to be held in trust and used for support of public schools and other public institutions. Many state trust lands are located in scattered parcels within larger areas managed by federal agencies, mainly the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. The creation of new conservation designations typically come with more restrictive management plans that prevent states from utilizing the school trust lands for their intended purposes.

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