When committee assignments were being made, I specifically requested a position on the House Natural Resources Committee. I am committed to helping Congress strike a balance for wise management of our public lands and resources. Protecting private property rights and state sovereignty and preserving our western heritage are among my chief priorities on the committee. I will also fight to protect the livelihoods of public land users while ensuring that we are responsible stewards of our natural resources. I am confident that the principles of multiple-use and protecting our environment can go hand-in-hand. To this, I have brought together several key state and national stakeholder groups, the Utah Congressional Delegation, Utah Governor Herbert and Lt. Governor Bell, as well as state and local leaders to establish a framework for a better and more collaborative process that will give greater certainty to the way public lands are manged and used. To read more about the Public Lands Initiative, click here.
- The federal government owns roughly 660 million acres in the United States.
- Nearly 1 out of every 3 acres in the U.S. (29%) is owned and controlled by the federal government
- In the West, 1 out of every 2 acres is owned by the federal government.
- Over 90% of all federal land is located in the West
Utah Public Lands Initiative: to build consensus among stakeholders in eastern Utah to
designate lands for conservation and development.
Public Lands & Education Funding: to ensure that public lands states are able to fund education like states that are mostly privately owned.
Legislation: (H.R. 2852)-The Action Plan for Public Lands & Education (APPLE) Act[BILL TEXT] [OVERVIEW] [PRESS RELEASE] [VIDEO] [LEGISLATIVE HEARING]
Securing Federal Lands Along the Border: to give the United States Border Patrol access to off-limit federal lands that are among the most heavily trafficked.
Legislation: (H.R. 2398)- The National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act