Home > newsroom > Page
Chairman Hastings Follow-up Letter to Chief Tidwell Requesting Additional Documents Regarding the Decision-making Process During the Government Shutdown


WASHINGTON, D.C., October 31, 2013 - Dear Chief Tidwell:

The Committee on Natural Resources ("Committee") is conducting oversight of how the U.S. Forest Service exercised its discretion in preparing for and responding to the lapse in appropriations that occurred beginning on October 1, 2013. On October 11 ,2013, a letter was sent directing Forest Service to preserve documents potentials responsive to the Committee's oversight interests and indicating additional oversight could be expected.

Among the issues of most concern is the Forest Service's treatment of campground operators, concessionaires, and special-use permit holders who were ordered to close during this lapse in appropriations, even though they had been allowed to continue operating during previous government shutdowns. Similarly, some private businesses that operate on Forest Service land were treated differently and allowed to stay open while others were closed. No explanation has been offered for the apparently arbitrary change in policy and disparate treatment of businesses that operate on Forest Service land.

Read the entire letter HERE.


Contact: Committee Press Office 202-226-9019

Latest News

Bishop: Interior’s Response to Management Failure at Effigy Mounds is Unacceptable

After correspondence and two staff briefings with the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Park Service (NPS) on the decades of systemic mismanagement of natural and cultural resources at...... Read more

Bishop: Obama Administration’s Final Species Petition Regulations Demonstrate Need for ESA Reform

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced final revisions to regulations governing the petition process under the Endangered Species Act (...... Read more

Bishop: Native Hawaiian Rule is Unconstitutional

Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior issued the final rule to create a Native Hawaiian government. The rule, which is highly disputed and raises difficult constitutional issues, includes new adm...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

Field Hearing on Tribal Prosperity and Self-Determination through Energy Development
Committee on Natural Resources | 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501
View All Events