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  • House Passes Bill to Reduce the Risks of Catastrophic Wildfires
    Press Release
    Nov 1, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 2936, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.” Introduced by Rep. Westerman (R-AR), the bipartisan bill reduces the risk of catastrophic wildfire and dramatically improves the health and resiliency of federal forests and grasslands. “This year has proven to be another catastrophic year ... More
  • Congress at a Crossroads: We Can Prevent Further Wildfire Tragedy
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Oct 31, 2017 -
    OP-ED: Congress at a Crossroads: We Can Prevent Further Wildfire Tragedy Rep. Rob Bishop Chairman, House Comittee on Natural Resources Accounts from recent catastrophic wildfires in Northern California depict a terrifying scene: “Hurtling down a mile-long dirt driveway, the wildfire closing in, Eli Monroe pulled to a ... More
  • Bishop, McCarthy Statement on the Resilient Federal Forests Act Headed to the Floor
    Press Release
    Oct 26, 2017 -
    Next week, the House will vote on H.R. 2936, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.” Introduced by Rep. Westerman (R-AR), the bipartisan bill reduces the risk of catastrophic wildfire and dramatically improves the health and resiliency of federal forests and grasslands. “Catastrophic wildfires rage every year on f... More
  • Bishop Statement on House Disaster Relief Package
    Press Release
    Oct 12, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed an emergency aid package for hurricane and wildfire relief. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “This is an essential package to aid the West with severe wildfire and communities on the mainland and our Territories devastated by hurricanes. Congress must remain committed t... More
  • Bishop, Westerman Response to the Ag Committee Advancing the Resilient Federal Forests Act
    Press Release
    Oct 4, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Agriculture passed H.R. 2936, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017,” without opposition. Introduced by Rep. Westerman (R-AR), the bipartisan bill reduces the risk of catastrophic wildfire and dramatically improves the health and resiliency of federal forests and grasslands. “I’m happ... More
  • Members Respond to Ongoing Wildfire Crisis
    Press Release
    Sep 27, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on solutions to restore health and resiliency to national forests and mitigate the threat of catastrophic wildfires. “At a time when national attention has focused on the disastrous effects of multiple hurricanes, more than 8.5 million acres of Amer... More
  • Bishop Statement on the Appointment of Tony Tooke as New U.S. Forest Service Chief
    Press Release
    Aug 22, 2017 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in reaction to the appointment of Tony Tooke as the new U.S. Forest Service Chief: “Tony Tooke is an outstanding choice to head the Forest Service. He understands the challenges facing the agency and has the experience and expertise to improve forest health, exp... More
  • Bishop Statement on U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell’s Retirement
    Press Release
    Aug 18, 2017 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell’s retirement. “Chief Tidwell has been an advocate for improving the health, resiliency and economic benefits of our national forest system. On a personal level, I am sad to see him go. His time working in Utah... More
  • Bishop Welcomes Rep. Gianforte to the Natural Resources Committee
    Press Release
    Jun 27, 2017 -
    Today, the House Republican Steering Committee appointed Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) to the House Committee on Natural Resources. Rep. Gianforte will serve on the Subcommittee on Federal Lands and the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “I’m excited to welc... More
  • House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Improve Electricity Reliability and Vegetation Management
    Press Release
    Jun 21, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 1873, the “Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act,” by a bipartisan vote of 300-118. Introduced by Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), the bipartisan bill provides streamlined processes for the removal of hazardous vegetative overgrowth within or adjacent to elect... More
  • Subcommittee Releases Discussion Draft on "Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017"
    Press Release
    Jun 8, 2017 -
    On Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 10:00 AM in 1324 Longworth House Office Building, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands will hold a legislative hearing on a Discussion Draft of the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017” (Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-AR). Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Rep. Westerman issued the following statemen... More
  • Missoulian: Congress Must Act on National Forests
    In Case You Missed It
    Nov 15, 2016 -
    By Dale Bosworth, retired chief of the U.S. Forest Service and former Regional Forester in Missoula, and Jack Blackwell is a retired Regional Forester for the California region of the Forest Service. Many of our national forests are in dire condition and Congress must take urgent action to address this worsening crisis... More
  • Las Vegas Review-Journal: Editorial: Getting Burned
    In Case You Missed It
    Jul 14, 2016 -
    Only “you can prevent forest fires.” That’s what Smokey Bear would have you believe, anyway. But America’s anti-wildfire mascot identifies only part of the equation. While visitors to the great outdoors can tamp out campfires or refrain from tossing cigarettes into dry leaves, the federal government, as manager of mill... More
  • Committee Advances Bills to Empower States and Localities to Improve Forest Management
    Press Release
    Jun 15, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on 19 bills including two forest management bills—Rep. Raul Labrador’s (R-ID) Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act (H.R. 2316) and Rep. Don Young’s (R-AK) State National Forest Management Act of 2015 (H.R. 3650). H.R. 2316 passed by a vote of 25-13 and H.R. 3... More
  • How H.R. 2647 Solves Five Causes of Catastrophic Wildfires
    Blog
    Jul 7, 2015 -
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  • Committee Passes Critical Bipartisan Energy Infrastructure and Forest Management Bills
    Press Release
    Jun 11, 2015 -
    Today, the Committee on Natural Resources approved six bills during a Full Committee markup on H.R. 387, H.R. 521, H.R. 1289, H.R. 1992, H.R. 2295, H.R. 2358, and H.R. 2647. On the passage of H.R. 2295, the “National Energy Security Corridors Act,” introduced by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) and Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA)... More
  • Bishop: “There is No Justification” for Groundwater Directive
    Press Release
    Mar 26, 2015 -
    Below is an exchange between exchange between Chairman Bishop and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. MOUs? Chairman Bishop: “Have the states…screwed up? Are the state [water] engineers incompetent? Is that what the Forest Service is trying to say?” Bishop asked Chief Tidwell: “No...” Lawsuits? Chief Tidwell: “We can may... More
  • Chairman Tom McClintock Opening Statement at the Subcommittee on Federal Lands Oversight Hearing
    Press Release
    Mar 24, 2015 -
    Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-04), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Lands made the following opening statement at today's oversight hearing entitled "Examining the Spending Priorities and Missions of the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management in the President's FY 2016 Budget Proposals." Remarks as prepared ... More
  • ICYMI: Lawmakers urge agencies to cut red tape on power-line maintenance
    In Case You Missed It
    Oct 24, 2014 -
    ICYMI: Lawmakers urge agencies to cut red tape on power-line maintenance Phil Taylor E&E Daily Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 In a rare show of bipartisanship, Republicans and Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee yesterday urged federal agencies to make it easier for utilities to manage power lines cros... More
  • Obama Admin. Agrees to Extend Comment Period On Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Critical Habitat Proposal
    Press Release
    Oct 15, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement today after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it would extend the public comment period an additional 60 days for the proposed critical habitat designation of the western yellow-billed cuckoo. The Service’s ... More
  • Hastings: President Unilaterally Designates New National Monument, Circumventing Local Opposition
    Press Release
    Oct 10, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement to unilaterally designate almost half of the Angeles National forest as the San Gabriel National Monument amid local opposition and without public input. “President Obama once again ... More
  • Representatives from 11 States Call for Extended Comment Period in Yellow-Billed Cuckoo ESA Listing & Habitat Rules
    Press Release
    Oct 7, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) along with 17 Members of Congress sent a letter to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dan Ashe, urging the Service to extend the comment period for the proposed critical habitat designation of the western yellow-billed cuckoo. This propose... More
  • Chairman Hastings: Now Is The Time For the Senate To Act on Job-Creating Legislation
    Press Release
    Sep 18, 2014 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement following passage of H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act, by a bipartisan vote of 253-163. This legislation included H.R. 1526, the Restoring Heathy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, sponsored by Chairman Doc Hasting... More
  • Federal Red-Tape and Inconsistent Decision Making Hampering Efforts to Keep the Lights On and Reduce Forest Fire Risk
    Press Release
    May 7, 2014 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing on “Keeping the Lights On and Reducing Catastrophic Forest Fire Risk: Proper Management of Electricity Rights of Way on Federal Lands.” The hearing examined the need for improved management and better communication with electric utilities on elec... More
  • Hastings Calls on Senate to Act on Healthy Forest Management and Jobs Bill
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Apr 23, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following speech today at the Western Regional Forest Resources Association Spring Meeting in Pasco, WA. In the speech, Chairman Hastings talked about the House bill (H.R. 1526) that would put tens of thousands of Americans back to work, prov... More
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