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  • Chairman Bishop, Westerman Letter to Secretary Zinke on Land Purchases with Grant Funds
    Letters
    Sep 5, 2017 -
    TO: The Honorable Ryan Zinke FROM: Chairman Rob Bishop and Bruce Westerman Dear Secretary Zinke: On August 2, 2017, the Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report titled, "Evaluation of DOI's Ability to Track Data for Land Purchases Made with Grant Funds." Read the entire l... More
  • Bishop Announces New Staff Director for Federal Lands Subcommittee
    Press Release
    Sep 1, 2017 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today announced the appointment of Steven Petersen as the new Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Federal Lands. The Subcommittee’s outgoing Staff Director, Erica Rhoad, recently announced plans to return to the private sector. “Steve is a trusted advisor who joins our team with extensive ... More
  • Bishop Statement on Secretary Zinke's National Monument Review
    Press Release
    Aug 24, 2017 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in reaction to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s final review of national monument designations under the Antiquities Act (Act): "I am encouraged by the recommendations to revise previous designations that were inconsistent with the law and outside the Act... 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 Statement on Legislation Introduced to Enhance Border Security on Federal Lands
    Press Release
    Jul 28, 2017 -
    Today, House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced the Border Security for America Act. The bill includes a provision by Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) preventing federal agencies from impeding U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) activities pertaining to illegal border crossings on... More
  • Committee Passes Bill to Improve Transparency, Management of Federal Land Ownership
    Press Release
    Jul 26, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 2199, the “Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act of 2017” or the “FLAIR Act.” Introduced by Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), the bipartisan bill requires the Department of the Interior to create a publicly available register of federal real property to increase tra... More
  • Bishop, Wyden Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Outdoor Recreation Opportunities
    Press Release
    Jul 26, 2017 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced H.R. 3400, the “Recreation Not Red-Tape Act” or “RNR Act.” H.R. 3400 promotes increased access to outdoor recreation opportunities on federal lands and boost rural economies across the country. “Cumbersom... More
  • Committee Passes Pair of Bills to Benefit Utah Communities
    Press Release
    Jul 26, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed a pair of bills upholding unfulfilled promises made by the federal government benefitting Utah comminutes: H.R. 2582 (Rep. Mia Love, R-UT), the “Confirming State Land Grants for Education Act,” and H.R. 2423 (Rep. Chris Stewart, R-UT), the “Washington County, Utah,... More
  • Bishop Statement on Interior's Decision to Rescind Hydraulic Fracturing Rule
    Press Release
    Jul 24, 2017 -
    Today, the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced its plan to rescind the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “I applaud Secretary Zinke and his team for their work in returning the Department, it’s sub-agencies and bureaus to their... More
  • House Passes King Cove Road Land Exchange Act
    Press Release
    Jul 20, 2017 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 218, the “King Cove Road Land Exchange Act” (Rep. Don Young, R-AK), legislation to facilitate a life-saving road for the isolated community of King Cove, Alaska. The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 248-179. “This is truly an issue of life or death for the residents of the isolated commu... More
  • Panel Reviews Slate of Lands Bills to Benefit Local Communities Burdened by Federal Roadblocks
    Press Release
    Jul 14, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on three targeted bills that facilitate locally supported transfers or exchanges of certain federals lands to improve public land access and benefit local communities, and a bill to authorize the establishment of the National Global War on Terrorism Me... More
  • Bishop Announces New Subcommittee Chairman and Assignments
    Press Release
    Jun 29, 2017 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) announced updated assignments and subcommittee leadership appointments for the House Committee on Natural Resources during the 115th Congress. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) will serve as the new Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) will ser... More
  • Committee Passes Bill to Improve the Health and Resiliency of Federal Forests
    Press Release
    Jun 27, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 2936, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017.” Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced the bipartisan bill to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and dramatically improve the health of federal forests and rangelands. “Our forest health crisis can no lo... More
  • Committee Advances Bill to Ease Impediments to Recreation on Public Lands
    Press Release
    Jun 27, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 289, the “Guides and Outfitters Act” or “Go Act.” Introduced by Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), the bill aims to increase public access to recreation activities on federal lands by streamlining the federal permitting process. “For too long, prohibitive costs have be... More
  • Committee Passes Bill to Facilitate Alaska's King Cove Land Exchange
    Press Release
    Jun 27, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 218, the “King Cove Land Exchange Act.” Introduced by Rep. Don Young (R-AK), this bipartisan bill authorizes a land exchange to facilitate the construction of a road linking the City of King Cove to the City of Cold Bay to access a modern airport. “For too lon... More
  • Chairman Letter to Congressman Grijalva on Interior Review
    Letters
    Jun 21, 2017 -
    TO: The Honorable Raul Grijalva FROM: Chairman Rob Bishop Dear Ranking Member Grijalva, Thank you for your letter dated June 7, 2017 regarding the Department of the Interior's ongoing review of existing national monuments. Read the entire letter HERE. More
  • Bishop Statement on Secretary Zinke's Bears Ears Announcement
    Press Release
    Jun 12, 2017 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in reaction to Interior Secretary Zinke's announcement related to the Trump Administration's ongoing review of national monument designations under the Antiquities Act: “This is positive news for the State of Utah and local communities affected by the Bea... 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
  • Panel Examines Negative Impacts of Excessive Litigation on Forest Health
    Press Release
    Jun 8, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a hearing to examine how litigation and increasingly excessive environmental analysis facing the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has exacerbated the ongoing forest health crisis. “We are bankrupting the future,” witness Lyle Laverty, Certified Forester and President of the Laver... More
  • Op-Ed: "Time to Modernize the Antiquity Act"
    In Case You Missed It
    May 24, 2017 -
    NOTE: “Consider how far the Antiquities Act has strayed from its original intent: The act states that monument designations should be limited to “the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected.” In recent years, however, it has been used as a large-scale conservation policy,... More
  • Panel Reviews Bipartisan Bill to Create Federal Land Inventory
    Press Release
    May 23, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on H.R. 2199 (Rep Cramer, R-ND), the “Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act of 2017” or the “FLAIR Act.” The federal government owns an estimated 640 million acres of land, although, amazingly, the actual acreage number is not definitively known. The... More
  • Panel Urges Passage of Locally Supported Land Bills to Promote Economic Development and Conservation
    Press Release
    May 23, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on two bills to promote economic development, improve conservation and address targeted federal land management challenges. H.R. 2423, the “Washington County, Utah, Public Lands Management Implementation Act,” (Rep. Chris Stewart, R-UT) fulfills a prom... More
  • Panel Calls for Active Management to Improve the Health of National Forests
    Press Release
    May 17, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held an oversight hearing on “Seeking Better Management of America’s Overgrown, Fire-Prone National Forests.” Members and witnesses called for a paradigm shift in the way we manage the nation’s increasingly overgrown, disease infested and fire-prone federal forests and grassland... More
  • Panel Reviews Slate of Locally Supported Land Transfers to Facilitate Critical Infrastructure Development
    Press Release
    Apr 5, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a legislative hearing on a slate of bills that would approve targeted land transfers to facilitate critical infrastructure development and job creation. “Sadly, these bills are necessary because the federal government has not recently been that good neighbor, and ideologica... More

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