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Public Lands

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 Cox, 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.


Quick Facts:
- 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 


    Map: illustrates education funding shortfall for public lands states as compared to non public lands states [link to map]
    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


    GRAPHICS: [map of federal lands on southern border] [ # of illegal entries on southern border sector] [trash left in wilderness by drug smugglers]

    Map: illustrates 20.7 million  acres of land found along southern U.S. border  

    More on Public Lands

    July 17, 2019 Press Release
    This agreement will help to address the persistent and devastating wildfire problem. The state has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to wisely manage the land and now Utah will be all the more armed to combat these fires through active management. Utah resources will be supported; Utah communities will be safer; and Utah watersheds will be protected.
    June 27, 2019 Press Release
    “This agreement has been a long time coming. During the development of this settlement, a great number of stakeholders have come together to get this right. My thanks to Navajo Nation President Nez and Governor Herbert, as well as Senator Romney for agreeing to shepherd this through the Senate.”
    February 26, 2019 Press Release
    The number of Utah victories in this lands package will do more for the people of Utah than Congress has delivered in a long time. This legislation will expand access to public lands, while also shrinking the size of the federal estate. There are wins for America’s sportsmen, hunters, and fishermen.
    June 25, 2018 Press Release
    This is a prominent symbol of the most significant achievement of the 19th Century. And it is, for transportation, as significant as landing a man on the moon would be for the 20th Century. The ability of having the rail system there meant that some of my ancestors that had to walk every step across the plains taking months to get to Utah; could now do it in seven days.
    May 10, 2018 Press Release
    “The Golden Spike 150th Anniversary Act further acknowledges Utah's Promontory Summit as a place that changed the world. This new Park will not only preserve the history made on that spring day in 1869, but also the herculean efforts which led to the driving of the spike and the new course of history that followed.”
    March 14, 2018 Press Release
    WASHINGTON – The US House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 1800. The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, authorizes the transfer of an 80-acre parcel of land to the Utah State University Research Foundation. The transfer will facilitate the continued use of the property for scientific research in direct support of ongoing U.S. military research.   
    December 7, 2017 Op-Ed and Speech
    I am pleased with the courage shown by this administration to take a bold step toward righting the wrongs of the past, and I am committed to the legislative efforts required to safeguard the future.
    November 8, 2017 In The News
    Hyde Park City stands to gain about 80 acres of land from the Bureau of Land Management if a bill introduced Tuesday by Rep. Rob Bishop is approved.
    November 7, 2017 Press Release
    WASHINGTON –  Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) has introduced the “Hyde Park Land Conveyance Act” which directs the Secretary of the Interior to transfer 80 acres of BLM land to the City of Hyde Park, UT. Rep. Bishop issued the following statement:
    June 6, 2017 Press Release
    U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced the appointment of Greg Sheehan to the position of Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Prior to the appointment, Sheehan worked as Director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.