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  • Federal Red-Tape and Inconsistent Decision Making Hampering Efforts to Keep the Lights On and Reduce Forest Fire Risk
    Press Release
    May 7, 2014 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing on “Keeping the Lights On and Reducing Catastrophic Forest Fire Risk: Proper Management of Electricity Rights of Way on Federal Lands.” The hearing examined the need for improved management and better communication with electric utilities on elec... More
  • Hastings Calls on Senate to Act on Healthy Forest Management and Jobs Bill
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Apr 23, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following speech today at the Western Regional Forest Resources Association Spring Meeting in Pasco, WA. In the speech, Chairman Hastings talked about the House bill (H.R. 1526) that would put tens of thousands of Americans back to work, prov... More
  • Chairman Hastings: Committee Stands Ready to Work With the Senate on Solution to Improve Federal Forest Management
    Press Release
    Apr 10, 2014 -
    At a Full Committee hearing today on “Tribal Forest Management: A Model for Promoting Healthy Forests and Rural Jobs,” House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) in his opening statement stressed the need for the Senate to take action on House-passed legislation to restore active forest management.... More
  • Chairman Hastings Looks Ahead to 2014
    Press Release
    Dec 12, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following statement at today’s Full Committee hearing previewing several activities and focuses for next year: “Before proceeding with today’s hearing, there are several general announcements that I would like to make regarding Committee busi... More
  • Chairman Hastings Speaks at the 49th Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Blog
    Dec 3, 2013 -
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  • POSTPONED: Committee Hearing on SRS Sequestration Subpoenas
    Committee Action
    Nov 18, 2013 -
    The House Natural Resources Committee will postpone the November 20, 2013 hearing with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell regarding the Obama Administration’s decision to apply sequestration cuts to funds already paid to states under the Secure Rural... More
  • Chairman Hastings Seeks Answers Over Shutdown Closures in National Forests and Wildlife Refuges
    Press Release
    Oct 11, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today sent letters to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell regarding the Obama Administration’s actions to unnecessarily and arbitrarily restrict public access to wildlife refuges and Forest Service... More
  • Chairman Hastings: Our Federal Forests are Being Badly Managed and There Have Been Devastating Consequences
    Press Release
    Sep 19, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act: “Mr. Chairman, over the last few months deadly wildfires, specifically in California, Arizona, Colorado and other western... More
  • Counties, Forestry Councils, and Schools Call for Passage of H.R. 1526, Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act
    Press Release
    Sep 19, 2013 -
    Today the House of Representatives will begin consideration of H.R. 1526, Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, legislation that renews the federal government’s commitment to manage federal forests for the benefit of rural schools and counties and to improve forest health. The bill is supported by over... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to Secretary Vilsack Regarding Secure Rural Schools Subpoenas
    Letters
    Sep 19, 2013 -
    Dear Mr. Secretary: On September 4,2013, a subpoena was issued to you as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture ("USDA") for certain documents related to the Obama Administration's decision to retroactively sequester money paid to states under the Secure Rural Schools ("SRS") program. The subpoena required tha... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to Director Mathews Burwell Regarding Secure Rural Schools Subpoenas
    Letters
    Sep 19, 2013 -
    Dear Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell: On September 4, 2013, a subpoena was issued to you as Director of the Office of Management and Budget ("OMB") for certain documents related to the Obama Administration's decision to retroactively sequester money paid to states under the Secure Rural Schools ("SRS") program. The sub... More
  • News Coverage of the ESA Field Hearings on Casper, Wyoming and Billings, MT
    Blog
    Sep 5, 2013 -
    On Wednesday, September 4th, the House Natural Resources Committee held two Full Committee field hearings in Casper, Wyoming and Billings, Montana on “State and Local Efforts to Protect Species, Jobs, Property, and Multiple Use Amidst a New War on the West.” At these hearings, witnesses discussed how federal Endangered... More
  • Subpoenas Issued for Documents on the Obama Administration’s Retroactive Cuts to Secure Rural School Payments
    Press Release
    Sep 4, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today issued subpoenas to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for documents they have failed to produce as part of the Committee’s oversight into the Obama Administration’s decision to retroactively subject 2... More
  • National Preparedness for Wildfires Moved to Highest Level
    Blog
    Aug 23, 2013 -
    This week the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group raised the National Preparedness Level to 5, its highest level indicating high fire activity with increasing threats. The last time the National Preparedness Level was raised to 5 was July 1, 2008 and remained at this highest level for 22 days. A raised preparednes... More
  • ICYMI: NBC Nightly News on Recent Western Wildfires
    Blog
    Aug 21, 2013 -
    Last week, NBC Nightly News highlighted the wildfires burning throughout the United States. There are currently 39 fires in 11 states. The map below shows location and proximity of the current fires. This year is on track to be a record year for wildfires. Watch Here: More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Aug 2, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Associated Press – Matthew Daly: “Report: Wildlife agency ignored whistle-blowers” Tri-City Herald – Geoff Folsom: “Franklin County farmer testifies in Washington, D.C., to protect bladderpod” Capital Press – Tim Hearden: “Hastings bill aims to improve forest management, pre... More
  • Committee Approves Legislation to Strengthen Rural Communities and Schools, Help Prevent Catastrophic Wildfires
    Press Release
    Jul 31, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 1526, the “Restoring Healthy Forest for Healthy Communities Act” by a voice vote. This legislation renews the federal government’s commitment to manage federal forests for the benefit of rural schools and counties, improves forest health and helps prevent catastr... More
  • Witnesses and Members Agree Active Forest Management Will Help Prevent Catastrophic Wildfires
    Press Release
    Jul 11, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held an oversight hearing on “Wildfire and Forest Management.” The hearing focused on the need for increased forest management to reduce hazardous fuels and the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Last year, 9.3 million acres burne... More
  • Responsible Forest Management Helps Prevents Catastrophic Wildfires
    Resourceful Information
    Jul 11, 2013 -
    National forests are in an unhealthy and dangerous state resulting in larger and more intense wildfires. In 2012, wildfires burned 9.3 million acres, while the U.S. Forest Service only harvested approximately 200,000 acres. This means that 44 times as many acres burned as were responsibly harvested and restored. Accord... More
  • ICYMI: Congressman Tipton Discusses Wildfire Amendment with KOA
    Blog
    Jun 20, 2013 -
    This morning, Congressman Tipton (CO-5) discussed his amendment to the FARRM bill with KOA news out of Denver, Colorado.This amendment hat would help states fight devastating wildfires by providing the Forest Service with a large air tanker and an aerial asset lease program to assist with fighting wildfires. This amend... More
  • Wildfires Breakout In Colorado
    Blog
    Jun 13, 2013 -
    This week, Colorado is tragically experiencing the most destructive wildfires in state history. Three major wildfires in Colorado are scorching thousands of acres, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate, and have destroyed hundreds of homes. In addition to the fires in Colorado, wildfires are currently burning in New Me... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 29, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Zack Colman: “Rep. Hastings to Interior: Don't destroy documents” Fox News video – Fox and Friends: “Gibson Guitar CEO on Fox & Friends Explains Fish & Wildlife Service Raid” The Hill – Ben Geman: “Interior faces pressure to slow down fracking rule” Seattle Times ... More
  • Utah Governor Herbert Emphasizes Success of Western States in Land Management
    Press Release
    May 21, 2013 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held an oversight hearing featuring testimony by Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Chairman of the Western Governors’ Association. The hearing highlighted the challenges of western states regarding federal and state land management. At the hearing, Members ... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 20, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: CQ – Anna McGeehan: “Panel Passes Bills on Rare Earth, Critical Minerals” Associated Press: “U.S. Gas Prices Up 11 Cents Over Past 2 Weeks” US News and World Report – Elizabeth Flock: “Commission for Unbuilt Ike Memorial Wants Another $51 Million From Taxpayers” Washington ... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to Forest Service Chief Tidwell Requesting Documents on the Decision-making Process for the Retroactive Cuts to Secure Rural School Payments
    Letters
    May 20, 2013 -
    Dear Chief Tidwell: In March 2013, the Forest Service ("Service") began demanding states return $17.9 million they had received - and in many cases already spent - under the Secure Rural Schools Program ("SRS"). Congress has authorized this money to help pay for schools and government services in areas where environmen... More
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