Home > newsroom > Page
Hastings Letter to Chief Tidwell Requesting Answers Regarding Decision to Close National Forests During the Government Shutdown


WASHINGTON, D.C., October 11, 2013 -

Dear Chief Tidwell:

The Committee on Natural Resources ("Committee") requests that the U.S. Forest Service take steps as necessary to keep and not destroy documents related to the recent decisions to order certain activities located on National Forest System lands to cease operations, including grazing, concessionaires, and other privately-funded businesses, while allowing others to remain open for business.

According to recent media reports, a Forest Service spokesman has advised campground operators that these facilities must be shut down due to the lapse in appropriations, and that this action is being undertaken to be consistent with closings that have been implemented by the National Park Service. Most disturbingly, many of these concessionaires have stated that their facilities were not ordered closed during previous government shutdowns and were initially told they could remain open. The Forest Service has seemingly reversed course, as closure orders were given to campground operators and ranchers a week after the lapse in appropriations first occurred.

Read the entire letter HERE.


Contact: Committee Press Office 202-226-9019

Latest News

Bishop: National Park Service Centennial Serves as an Opportunity to Address Management Challenges

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 co...... Read more

President’s Maine Monument Decree Subverts Representative Democracy to Advance Elite Special Interests

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 Chair...... Read more

Washington Examiner: Opinion: The Harsh Reality of Russia's Influence on Alaska's Offshore Exploration

Guy F. Caruso, U.S. Energy Information Administration's administrator from 2002-2008. Thanks to technological advancements, like Russia's creation of the world's largest icebreaker Arktika, oil and n...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

No upcoming scheduled events

View All Events