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Bishop Gets Top GOP Seat on Public Lands Subcommittee

March 23, 2007
Press Release
 As Congress enters its second full week of the new session, Congressman Rob Bishop announced that he has been appointed as the ranking member on the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee.  Though only in his third term, the appointment makes Representative Bishop the top Republican member of this congressional panel.  Congressman Don Young of Alaska, who serves as the ranking Republican member on the full Resources Committee, made the selection.

The Parks and Public Lands subcommittee maintains a sizeable jurisdiction, including issues such as the management and use of public lands and forests, the maintenance of the country's national parks and trails systems, the administration of wilderness and national heritage areas, and the preservation of grazing, access and water rights on federal lands.  The panel also has jurisdiction over various agencies of the Department of Interior and the Department of Agriculture, including the Bureau of Land Management which controls vast land holdings in Utah.

"With the feds controlling practically two-thirds of our land in Utah, I'm happy with this assignment to the public lands subcommittee, particularly in terms of what can be done for the state and its citizens," Congressman Bishop said.  "There are always public land issues going on in Utah, where so much is affected, for better or worse, by federal land policies.  Being the ranking Republican on the subcommittee that deals directly with these problems will be helpful.  With Congressman Cannon still chairing the Western Caucus, hopefully we're in the right spots to defend Western interests and values, as well as promote general land policies which just make sense and will help America."