Legislative: NPFPL Legislative Hearing

Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Time: 02:00 PM Location: Longworth House Office Building 1324 Presiding: The Hon. Debra Haaland

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., in Room 1324 Longworth House Office Building, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands (NPFPL) will hold a legislative hearing on the following bills:

  • H.R. 823 (Rep. Joe Neguse), To provide for the designation of certain wilderness areas, recreation management areas, and conservation areas in the State of Colorado, and for other purposes. “Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act” (map here)
  • H.R. 1708 (Rep. Adam Schiff), To adjust the boundary of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include the Rim of the Valley Corridor, and for other purposes. “Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act” (map here)
  • H.R. 434 (Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee), To designate the Emancipation National Historic Trail, and for other purposes. “Emancipation National Historic Trail Act”
  • H.R. 306 (Rep. Jody Hice), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the site of the Kettle Creek Battlefield in Wilkes County, Georgia, and adjacent property, and for other purposes. Kettle Creek Battlefield Park Study Act

Witness List

Panel I 

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (H.R. 434) 

Texas, 18th District 

Rep. Adam Schiff (H.R. 1708) 

California, 28th District 

Panel II 

Mr. Chris French (testimony)

Acting Deputy Chief 

National Forest System, U.S. Forest Service 

U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Mr. Dan Smith (testimony on H.R. 1708 H.R 434 H.R 306 H.R. 823)

Deputy Director 

National Park Service 

U.S. Department of the Interior 

Panel III 

Mr. Dan Gibbs (H.R. 823) (testimony)

Executive Director 

Department of Natural Resources, State of Colorado 

The Honorable Laurene Weste (H.R. 1708) (testimony)


City of Santa Clarita 

Ms. Elieen Lawal (H.R. 434) (testimony)


Houston Freedmen’s Town Conservancy 

Mr. Walker Chewning (H.R. 306) (testimony)


Kettle Creek Battlefield