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  • Committee to Examine Obama Administration’s Approach for Enforcing Wildlife Laws and Impacts on U.S. Energy
    Committee Action
    Mar 11, 2014 -
    The House Committee on Natural Resources will hold a Full Committee oversight hearing on Wednesday, March 26th entitled, “Collision Course: Oversight of the Obama Administration’s Enforcement Approach for America’s Wildlife Laws and Its Impact on Domestic Energy.” The hearing will examine the Obama Administration’s app... More
  • Chairman Hastings Seeks Documents and Answers on White Bluffs Bladderpod Listing
    Press Release
    Mar 7, 2014 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) sent a letter to Ken Berg, Manager at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Washington state Fish and Wildlife Office, seeking answers to specific questions about whether or not the Service’s recent decision to list the White Bluffs bladderpod as thr... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Manager Ken Berg Seeking Documents and Answers on White Bluffs Bladderpod Listing
    Letters
    Mar 7, 2014 -
    Dear Mr. Berg: On December 20, 2013, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service ("FWS") published a revision to the final rule that listed the White Bluffs bladderpod, Physaria Douglasii subspecies Tuplashensis, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act ("ESA") and designated over 2,000 acres as critical habitat. ... More
  • Chairman Hastings: Transparency of Litigation Settlement Practices Necessary to Prevent Abuse
    Floor Statements
    Feb 26, 2014 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 2804, the Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency Act or 2014. “Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this measure, and particularly a portion sponsored by Representat... More
  • Letter from 75 Members of Congress to Fish and Wildlife Service Director Ashe Calling for Full Delisting of the Gray Wolf
    Letters
    Nov 13, 2013 -
    Dear Director Ashe: We write in strong support of the proposed rule to delist the gray wolf nationally, included in docket number FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073, although we are opposed to the provision included in this rule that would list the Mexican wolf as an endangered sub-species. The statutory purpose of the Endangered Spe... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Ashe Requesting Information on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act
    Letters
    Nov 4, 2013 -
    Dear Director Ashe: The Committee on Natural Resources ("Committee") sent a letter on May 16,2013 to the Fish and Wildlife Service ("Service") requesting information and documents regarding enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act ("MBTA") and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act ("BGEPA"). The Committee reques... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to Acting Assistant Attorney General Robert Dreher Requesting Information on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act
    Letters
    Nov 4, 2013 -
    Dear Acting Assistant Attorney General Dreher: On May 16,2013, the Committee on Natural Resources ("Committee") sent a letter to the Department of Justice ("DOJ") requesting information about the enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act ("MBTA") and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act ("BGEPA"). To date, DOJ h... More
  • Chairman Hastings Seeks Answers Over Shutdown Closures in National Forests and Wildlife Refuges
    Press Release
    Oct 11, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today sent letters to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell regarding the Obama Administration’s actions to unnecessarily and arbitrarily restrict public access to wildlife refuges and Forest Service... More
  • Witnesses: Current Law Should Be Followed For Lacey Act Listings
    Press Release
    Sep 20, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs held an oversight hearing on the “Department of the Interior’s proposal to establish a Categorical Exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for adding species to the Lacey Act’s list of injurious wildl... More
  • News Coverage of the ESA Field Hearings on Casper, Wyoming and Billings, MT
    Blog
    Sep 5, 2013 -
    On Wednesday, September 4th, the House Natural Resources Committee held two Full Committee field hearings in Casper, Wyoming and Billings, Montana on “State and Local Efforts to Protect Species, Jobs, Property, and Multiple Use Amidst a New War on the West.” At these hearings, witnesses discussed how federal Endangered... More
  • Witnesses: Endangered Species Act Must be Improved to Better Protect both Species and Local Economies
    Press Release
    Sep 4, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held two Full Committee field hearings in Casper, Wyoming and Billings, Montana on “State and Local Efforts to Protect Species, Jobs, Property, and Multiple Use Amidst a New War on the West.” At these hearings, witnesses discussed how federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) lis... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Aug 2, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Associated Press – Matthew Daly: “Report: Wildlife agency ignored whistle-blowers” Tri-City Herald – Geoff Folsom: “Franklin County farmer testifies in Washington, D.C., to protect bladderpod” Capital Press – Tim Hearden: “Hastings bill aims to improve forest management, pre... More
  • Chairman Hastings Seeks Transparency on Report of Scientific Integrity Violations at Fish & Wildlife Service
    Press Release
    Jul 31, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today sent a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe seeking additional information following the Department of the Interior Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Management Advisory, issued on July 11, 2013, regarding the FWS’s inac... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Ashe Seeking Additional Information on Report of Scientific Integrity Violations
    Letters
    Jul 31, 2013 -
    Dear Director Ashe: The Department of the Interior Office of Inspector General ("OIG") recently issued a Management Advisory regarding the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's ("Service") inaction on certain whistleblower complaints related to violations of the scientific integrity policy. Concerns have been raised that the ... More
  • E&E Daily: Subcommittee wrangles bills on 'escape artist' snakes, polar bears, Asian carp
    In Case You Missed It
    Jul 26, 2013 -
    A House Natural Resources subcommittee heard testimony yesterday on four bills on a variety of wildlife species -- one to lift restrictions on polar bear trophies, another to allow the export of certain protected snakes and two to combat an invasion of Asian carp. The Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Ins... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Jul 24, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Ben Geman: “Interior Department slams Senate energy revenue-sharing bill” Roll Call – Ambreen Ali: “Alaska Governor Pursues New Strategy in Push to Open Arctic Refuge to Drilling” Associated Press: “Kansas regulators considering new fracking rules” Courthouse News... More
  • Chairman Hastings’ Statement on Gray Wolf Endangered Species Delisting
    Press Release
    Jun 7, 2013 -
    Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings released the following statement on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to delist the Gray Wolf from the endangered species list. “The Service’s decision today to delist gray wolves only makes sense, and is long overdue. This untangles the ridiculous situation... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 23, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Republicans aim to overturn Obama’s plan for Alaskan oil” Associated Press – Matthew Daly: “House passes GOP bill to speed pipeline approval” Washington Post – Darryl Fears: “Frog, toad and salamander populations plummeting, U.S. survey finds”... More
  • Witnesses: 2008 Lacey Amendments’ Unintended Consequences are Raising Costs, Threatening Jobs and Small Business
    Press Release
    May 16, 2013 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs held an oversight hearing entitled “The 2008 Lacey Act Amendments.” The hearing focused on the significant May 2008 expansion of the Lacey Act to include all plants and plant products. “The full House was never given the opportunity to debate or... More
  • Hastings Joins Endangered Species Act Working Group
    Press Release
    May 9, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today joined other Members of the House of Representatives in announcing the creation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Working Group. Throughout this year, the Working Group will hold a series of events, forums, and hearings that will invite discussion ... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 8, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Energy Guardian – Edward Felker: “Jewell vows to resist lobbying on fracking regs” The Hill – Ben Geman: “Senior Republican presses Interior for ‘certainty’ on Arctic drilling” Associated Press: “A look at US government's cuts in mineral payments” Associated Press: “Wildlif... More
  • House Committee on Natural Resources Now on Instagram
    Blog
    May 6, 2013 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources launched a profile on Instagram. It will feature behind-the-scenes photos of Committee events and hearings, as well as pictures of national parks, forests, American energy, rivers and lakes, fish and wildlife and many other topics under the Committee’s jurisdiction. To fo... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 30, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: New York Times – John M. Broder: “New Interior Chief Savors a Steep Learning Curve” Oak Ridger – Donna Smith: “Manhattan Project Park bill moves on” Greenwire – Phil Taylor: “New House bill would allow Va. leasing, share revenues with states” The Hill – Julian Hattem: “Admi... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 26, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: McClatchy – Sean Cockerham: “Oil from proposed Keystone pipeline could end up exported” Vancouver Observer – Jenny Uechi: “Keystone XL bill approved by House Committee” USA Today – Susan Davis: “Boehner-led cost-cutting saving millions in the House” Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. D... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 22, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: News Bonners Ferry OpEd – Rep. Raul Labrador: “Time to bring certainty to rural communities” E&E – Phil Taylor: “Panel to review bill approving U.S.-Mexico transboundary agreement” E&E – Nick Juliano: “Natural Resources to approve pipeline legislation this week” Wall Street... More

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