Subcommittee Hearing: NPFPL Legislative Hearing – May 11, 2022

Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Time: 02:00 PM Location: Longworth House Office Building 1324 Presiding: The Honorable Joe Neguse, Chair

On Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. (ET), in room 1324 Longworth House Office Building and via Cisco WebEx the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands will hold a hybrid legislative hearing on the following bills:

  • H.R. 279 (Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-AZ) To provide lasting protection for inventoried roadless areas within the National Forest System. Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2021. 
  • H.R. 7329 (Rep. Jared Huffman, D-CA) To amend the Smith River National Recreation Area Act to include certain additions to the Smith River National Recreation Area, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate certain wild rivers in the State of Oregon, and for other purposes. Smith River National Recreation Area Expansion Act.
  • H.R. 7399 (Rep. James Comer, R-KY) To amend the Land Between the Lakes Protection Act of 1998 to clarify the administration of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, and for other purposes. LBL Recreation and Heritage Act. 
  • H.R. 7665 (Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-OR) To provide for conservation and recreation enhancement for Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and for other purposes. Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Recreation Enhancement and Conservation (REC) Act of 2022.

Panel I

Rep. Ruben Gallego (H.R. 279)

Arizona, 7th District

Rep. Jared Huffman (H.R. 7329)

California, 2nd District

Rep. James Comer (H.R. 7399)

Kentucky, 1st District

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (H.R. 7665)

Oregon, 3rd District

Panel II

Mr. Chris French (H.R. 279, H.R. 7329, H.R. 7399, H.R. 7665) (testimony)

Deputy Chief, National Forest System

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service 

Panel III

Dr. Thomas O’Keefe (H.R. 279) (testimony)

Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director American Whitewater

Mr. Grant Werschkull (H.R. 7329) (testimony)

Co-Executive Director

Smith River Alliance

Mr. Richard Lunt (H.R. 279) (testimony)

Chairman and Supervisor District 3

Greenlee County, Arizona

Mr. Robert Brunoe (H.R. 7665) (testimony)

General Manager Branch of Natural Resources & Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

This hearing will be streamed on YouTube. For hearing materials and schedules, please visit U.S. House of Representatives, Committee Repository at