Haaland to Chair Legislative Hearing on US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Bills

June 18, 2020
Press Release
Bill to assist Land Grant and Acequia communities in protecting traditional land use to be considered

Albuquerque, N.M. – Today, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, Chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, will hold a legislative hearing to consider U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management bills, including a bill that specifically assists Land Grant and Acequia communities in protecting traditional land use.


Legislative Hearing on US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Bills


Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. MT



Live on YouTube

Mr. Ryan Brunner (H.R. 244)
National Association of State Trust Lands

Mr. Bryan Wells (H.R. 1267)
B-47 Memorial Committee

Ms. Connie Stewart (H.R. 2611)
Executive Director
California Center for Rural Policy

Mr. Arturo Archuleta (H.R. 3682)
Program Manager
New Mexico Land Grant Council & University of New Mexico Land Grant Studies

Mr. Robert K. Masuda (H.R. 7045)
First Deputy
Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources

Full list of bills to be considered during today’s hearing:

  • H.R. 244 (Rep. Chris Stewart), To maximize land management efficiencies, promote land conservation, generate education funding, and for other purposes. “Advancing Conservation and Education Act.” 
  • H.R. 1267 (Rep. Greg Gianforte), To designate a mountain ridge in the State of Montana as “B-47 Ridge”. “B-47 Ridge Designation Act.” 
  • H.R. 2611 (Rep. Jared Huffman), To support the establishment and improvement of communications sites on or adjacent to Federal lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture through the retention and use of rental fees associated with such sites, and for other purposes. “Public Lands Telecommunications Act.” 
  • H.R. 3682 (Rep. Ben Ray Luján), To provide for greater consultation between the Federal Government and the governing bodies of land grant-mercedes and acequias in New Mexico and to provide for a process for recognition of the historic-traditional boundaries of land grant-mercedes, and for other purposes. “Land Grant and Acequia Traditional Use Recognition and Consultation Act.” 
  • H.R. 5040 (Rep. John Curtis), To direct the Director of the Bureau of Land Management to study the effects of drone incursions on wildfire suppression, and for other purposes. “Aerial Incursion Repercussion (AIR) Safety Act of 2019.”
  • H.R. 7045 (Rep. Ed Case), To require the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study on lands that could be included in a National Forest in Hawai’i, and for other purposes. 
  • H.R. 7099 (Rep. Raúl Grijalva), To provide for the conveyance of a small parcel of Coconino National Forest Land in the State of Arizona.