Congressman Chris Stewart

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Federal Land Action Group to Hold Forum on Monday, Oct. 26th

Oct 20, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Land Action Group, led by Congressman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah), will hold their next forum on Monday, October 26, 2015 entitled “More Local Control of Public Lands: Efforts at the state and local level ”.

WHAT: Federal Land Action Group Forum: “More Local Control of Public Lands: Efforts at the state and local level ”.
WHEN: Monday, October 26, 2015, 4:30pm ET. 
WHERE: 1310 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Forum Witnesses:
  • Mike Baughman, President of Intertech Services Corporation and Executive Director of Lincoln County Regional Development Authority
  • Gordon Cruickshank, Valley County, Idaho County Commissioner
  • David Hinkins, Utah State Senator
  • Pete Obermueller, Executive Director of WY State Commissioners Association
Federal Land Action Group Members:
  • Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) - Chairman of the Federal Land Action Group
  • Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) - Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee
  • Representative Mark Amodei (R-Nev.)
  • Representative Diane Black (R-Tenn.)
  • Representative Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)
  • Representative Cresent Hardy (R-Nev.)
  • Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)
  • Representative Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) 
About the Federal Land Action Group:
In April 2015, Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-2) and Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-1) launched the Federal Land Action Group, a congressional team that will develop a legislative framework for transferring public lands to local ownership and control.
This Group, chaired by Rep. Stewart, will build on the work started by Utah and other states in recent years. “The federal government has been a lousy landlord for western states and we simply think the states can do it better,” Stewart said. “If we want healthier forests, better access to public lands, more consistent funding for public education and more reliable energy development, it makes sense to have local control.”
Rep. Bishop, Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said, “This group will explore legal and historical background in order to determine the best congressional action needed to return these lands to the rightful owners. We have assembled a strong team of lawmakers, and I look forward to formulating a plan that reminds the federal government it should leave the job of land management to those who know best.”
The Federal Land Action Group will hold a series of forums with experts on public lands policy, with the goal of introducing transfer legislation.

For more information about past forums, click here.