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  • Op-Ed: "Time to Modernize the Antiquity Act"
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    May 24, 2017 -
    NOTE: “Consider how far the Antiquities Act has strayed from its original intent: The act states that monument designations should be limited to “the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected.” In recent years, however, it has been used as a large-scale conservation policy,... More
  • Panel Reviews Bipartisan Bill to Create Federal Land Inventory
    Press Release
    May 23, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on H.R. 2199 (Rep Cramer, R-ND), the “Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act of 2017” or the “FLAIR Act.” The federal government owns an estimated 640 million acres of land, although, amazingly, the actual acreage number is not definitively known. The... More
  • Panel Urges Passage of Locally Supported Land Bills to Promote Economic Development and Conservation
    Press Release
    May 23, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on two bills to promote economic development, improve conservation and address targeted federal land management challenges. H.R. 2423, the “Washington County, Utah, Public Lands Management Implementation Act,” (Rep. Chris Stewart, R-UT) fulfills a prom... More
  • Panel Calls for Active Management to Improve the Health of National Forests
    Press Release
    May 17, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held an oversight hearing on “Seeking Better Management of America’s Overgrown, Fire-Prone National Forests.” Members and witnesses called for a paradigm shift in the way we manage the nation’s increasingly overgrown, disease infested and fire-prone federal forests and grassland... More
  • Panel Reviews Slate of Locally Supported Land Transfers to Facilitate Critical Infrastructure Development
    Press Release
    Apr 5, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on a slate of bills that would approve targeted land transfers to facilitate critical infrastructure development and job creation. “Sadly, these bills are necessary because the federal government has not recently been that good neighbor, and ideologica... More
  • Statement on President Trump Signing Repeal of BLM Planning 2.0 Rule
    Press Release
    Mar 27, 2017 -
    Today, President Trump signed H.J. Res 44 (Rep. Liz Cheney, R-WY), a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Planning 2.0 Rule. “This rule would have given even more power to the bureaucracy in Washington when what we need is the exact opposite.... More
  • Senate Passes CRA to Restore Wildlife Management Authority to State of Alaska
    Press Release
    Mar 21, 2017 -
    Today, the Senate passed H.J. Res. 69 sponsored by Rep. Don Young (R-AK). The joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act will overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule on “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges... More
  • Panel: Ballooning Federal Estate a Primary Barrier to Modernizing Infrastructure on Federal Lands
    Press Release
    Mar 16, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held an oversight hearing on ways to improve infrastructure and management at the National Park Service (NPS) and the Forest Service (USFS). “A reasonable person might conclude that federal agencies with deferred maintenance backlogs of $6 billion [USFS] and $12 billion [NPS] sh... More
  • Washington Times: Obama’s Energy Legacy: Oil, Natural Gas Production on Federal Lands Tanked
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    Mar 15, 2017 -
    By: Valerie Richardson Another piece of President Obama’s energy legacy: Oil and natural gas production on federal lands tanked under his tenure even as private activity increased. From 2008 to 2016, major indicators of federal onshore and natural gas operations declined, including the number of leases, acres leased, p... More
  • Bishop Statement on Senate Passage of the CRA to Overturn BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule
    Press Release
    Mar 7, 2017 -
    Today, the Senate passed H.J. Res. 44 (Rep. Liz Cheney, WY-at large), a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Planning 2.0 rule. “This rule emboldened federal bureaucrats and placed special interests ahead of local communities and states in re... More
  • Bishop Statement on Secretarial Order to Lift the Lead Ammunition Ban
    Press Release
    Mar 2, 2017 -
    Today, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued a Secretarial Order 3346 to lift the ban on traditional lead based ammunition and tackle on federal lands. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Americans have seen their access to federal lands and Second Amendment rights deliberately eroded for decades... More
  • House Passes Bill to Ensure 8-Year-Old Locally Supported Land Exchange in Oregon
    Press Release
    Feb 27, 2017 -
    Today, H.R. 699, the “Mount Hood Cooper Spur Land Exchange Clarification Act,” sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) passed on suspension by a vote of 415-1. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “It’s ridiculous that we need to pass another piece of legislation to make sure the Forest Service excha... More
  • House Passes CRA to Restore Alaskan Sovereignty and Local Management on Federal Wildlife Refuges
    Press Release
    Feb 16, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.J. Res. 69 sponsored by Rep. Don Young (R-AK). This joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act will overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule on “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges... More
  • House Passes Repeal of BLM Planning 2.0 Rule
    Press Release
    Feb 7, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.J. Res. 44 (Rep. Liz Cheney, WY-at large), a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to overturn the BLM Planning 2.0 Rule. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) gave the following remarks during floor debate: “Planning 2.0 dilutes local and state voices and centralizes power h... More
  • Bishop Statement on Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expansion
    Press Release
    Jan 13, 2017 -
    Yesterday, President Obama, in the face of broad opposition from local communities and elected officials, unilaterally expanded the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southwest Oregon and northern California. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “The local communities did not vote for this and ... More
  • Despite Broad Opposition, President Obama Proclaims National Monuments in Utah and Nevada
    Press Release
    Dec 28, 2016 -
    Today, President Obama used the Antiquities Act to unilaterally declare Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada. President Obama has abused the Antiquities Act to designate more national monuments and lock away more acreage than any other U.S. President in history. Chairman Rob B... More
  • Bipartisan National Park Service Centennial Legislation Heads to the President’s Desk
    Press Release
    Dec 10, 2016 -
    Early this morning, the Senate passed H.R. 4680, the “National Park Service Centennial Act” (Chairman Rob Bishop, R-UT), legislation to equip the National Park Service (NPS) with tools to better manage and promote our national parks. The bipartisan bill passed the House earlier this week. House Committee on Natural Cha... More
  • House Passes Bipartisan “National Park Service Centennial Act”
    Press Release
    Dec 6, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 4680, the “National Park Service Centennial Act” (Chairman Rob Bishop, R-UT), bipartisan legislation to equip the National Park Service (NPS) with the tools to better manage and promote our national parks. “[The Park Service has] some significant problems, namely a $12 billion backlog in th... More
  • GO Act Increases Opportunity for Recreation on Federal Lands
    Press Release
    Nov 30, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on three bills, including H.R. 5129 (Rep. Doug LaMalfa), the “Guides and Outfitters Act” (GO Act). The GO Act streamlines the recreation permitting process and allows for increased public access and recreation opportunities on federal lands. In the yea... More
  • Obama’s Midnight Fish and Wildlife Service Policy Sets Irresponsible Mitigation Standards
    Press Release
    Nov 18, 2016 -
    Today, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the final revised policy on mitigation impacts of development. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “Up until the bitter end, this administration’s Fish and Wildlife Service is forcing damaging, last-minute edicts on their way out the door. I have s... More
  • Members Caution White House on Monument Designations Exacerbating Drought, Wildfire Threats
    Press Release
    Nov 1, 2016 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Subcommittee on Federal Lands Chairman Tom McClintock (R-CA), and Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Greg Walden (R-OR) sent a letter to the White House about the consideration of national monument designations in California and Oregon that will exacerb... More
  • Locals Voice Strong, Bipartisan Support for Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative
    Press Release
    Sep 14, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on H.R. 5780 (Chairman Rob Bishop, R-UT), Utah Public Lands Initiative Act, which designates and exchanges certain federal and non-federal land in the state of Utah for conservation, economic development, and recreational purposes. The bill, a historic... More
  • Bishop and Westerman Applaud Advance of Comprehensive Forest Management and Wildfire Fix in Senate
    Press Release
    Sep 13, 2016 -
    Today, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a markup to consider H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 (Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-AR). On Friday, Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), released emergency wildfire legislation ... More
  • Bishop: National Park Service Centennial Serves as an Opportunity to Address Management Challenges
    Press Release
    Aug 25, 2016 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement commemorating the Centennial of the National Park Service: “Our national parks are a uniquely American concept. Unfortunately, 100 years after its inception, the National Park Service is encumbered by management failures. Lim... More
  • President’s Maine Monument Decree Subverts Representative Democracy to Advance Elite Special Interests
    Press Release
    Aug 24, 2016 -
    Today, President Obama, despite opposition by Maine’s local residents and elected officials, unilaterally created a national monument in Maine’s North Woods. House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “The President is using the Centennial as a cover to subvert the w... More
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