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  • Bishop Congratulates Utah’s Greg Sheehan on Fish and Wildlife Service Appointment
    Posted in Press Release on June 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands

    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. Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement regarding the appointment: “It is exciting to see another Utah voice added to this Administration. While serving on our Natural Resources... Read more

  • Bishop Thanks Secretary Zinke for Utah Visit
    Posted in Press Release on May 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands

    On April 26, 2017 President Trump signed an Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act. This week Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke visited Utah to tour the Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Following a tour of the Bears Ears region with the Secretary, Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) offered the following statement: “I thank Secretary Zinke for coming to Utah to finally listen to the local voices. The prior Administration may ha... Read more

  • Bishop & Chaffetz Introduce Utah Public Lands Initiative
    Posted in Press Release on July 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands

    WASHINGTON – Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) have formally introduced the Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) legislation for consideration by the US House of Representatives. Included in the bill is a revamped 1.4 million acre plan for the Bears Ears region. A partner bill was also introduced to complement the Utah Public Lands Initiative by ensuring land use certainty in seven Utah counties. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) will sponsor the companion legislation in the Senate. Af... Read more

  • Rep. Bishop Reveals Legislative Strategy for Public Lands Initiative
    Posted in Press Release on July 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands

    Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a JOINT LETTER to Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. The letter outlines the delegation’s legislative strategy and next steps for the Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI). The steps include meetings, hearings and formal introduction of the bill before the House of Representatives goes into the July/August District Work Period. In closing the letter, the Utah delegation members... Read more

  • Reps. Bishop & Chaffetz release Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) Discussion Draft
    Posted in Press Release on January 20, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands

    SALT LAKE CITY – In a press conference held in the Gold Room of the Utah State Capitol, Reps. Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) released a discussion draft of the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act. Utah Governor Gary Herbert participated in the January 20th event. Reps. Bishop and Chaffetz also announced the website UtahPLI.com where the public and media may access the PLI discussion draft, maps, and a section-by-section description of the potential legislation. Senator Mike Lee will ... Read more

  • Hatch, Lee, Bishop, & Chaffetz Issue Joint Statement on Proposal from The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition
    Posted in Press Release on October 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands

    In light of the announcement of a proposal by The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, members of Utah’s federal delegation are reiterating their commitment to collaboration as public lands legislation is being crafted. Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee and Representatives Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) issued the following joint statement: "The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is an important stakeholder in the Public Lands Initiative. The Coalition represents many Native American... Read more

  • Interior Department Announcement Changes Nothing
    Posted in Press Release on September 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security & Hill Air Force Base, Public Lands

    The US Fish and Wildlife service announced that the Greater Sage Grouse does not warrant specific protection under the Endangered Species Act for only the next 5 years. Representative Rob Bishop offers the following statement: “This announcement changes nothing. It was an act of fundamental dishonesty. The Sage Grouse problem is no better solved today than it was yesterday before this announcement. Despite the Administration’s decision, as long as the BLM is able to impose its will on the state ... Read more

  • Utah Lawmakers React to Obama Monument Designation
    Posted in Press Release on July 10, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands

    WASHINGTON – Today, Utah Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz responded to President Obama’s impending use of the Antiquities Act in Lincoln County and Nye County Nevada to create the 700,000-acre Basin and Range National Monument. In making this announcement, the President will unilaterally wipe away a locally developed land plan without any public involvement or regard for the legislative process. Rep. Bishop: “Following the example of Jimmy Carter, the Obama Administration is using and a... Read more

  • Administration Sage Grouse Announcement is about Controlling Land, Not Saving Bird
    Posted in Press Release on May 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands, Energy & Environment

    WASHINGTON— Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) responded to the Obama Administration’s announcement of federal land use plans for the Greater Sage Grouse. “This is just flat out wrong. If the Administration really cares about the bird they will adopt the state plans as they originally said they would. The state plans work. This proposal is only about controlling land, not saving the bird. “Our Committee has held hearings on how the federal agencies are not working with the states. When I became ... Read more

  • Chairman Bishop Holds Sage Grouse Hearing
    Posted in Press Release on May 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Public Lands, Energy & Environment

    WASHINGTON— Rep. Rob Bishop, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, held an oversight hearing titled, "Empowering State Management of Greater Sage Grouse.” Chairman Bishop said the following during his opening remarks: “Given the chance, states could prevent the need for a federal listing, and prevent endless fights to de-list species that recover. States have already proven to be laboratories where innovative policy-makers can experiment to develop more effective policies. The pr... Read more