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2003 Congressional Testimonies

Below are copies of prepared testimony by BLM and Department of the Interior Executive Leadership before House and Senate Committees for the calendar year 2003.


Oversight Hearing on the Dispensation of Funds from the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act - Statement of Robert V. Abbey, Nevada State Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands (12/4/03).

Field Hearing on Coal's Contribution to the United States Economy and the Intermountain West - Statement of Alan Rabinoff, Deputy State Director, Minerals and Lands, Wyoming State Office, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources (11/24/03).

S. 1209, Washington County Desert Tortoise HCP Acquisitions and S. 1467, Rio Grande Outstanding Natural Area Act - Statement of Jim Hughes, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Subcommitte Public Lands and Forest (11/18/03).

Oversight Hearing on Forest and Rangeland Health in Nevada's Great Basin - Statement of Robert V. Abbey, Nevada State Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health (10/27/03).

H.R. 3247 – the Trail Responsibility and Accountability for the Improvement of Lands Act of 2003 - Statement of Larry R. Parkinson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Law Enforcement and Security, United States Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health (10/21/03).

H.R. 2909, Utah Test and Training, Range Protection Act - Statement of Jim Hughes, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management and Jeffery Lom, Acting Deputy Director, Trust Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Parks, Recreation and Public Lands (10/16/03).

H.R.1629 Upper Missouri River Breaks Boundary Clarification Act - Statement of Chad Calvert, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, United States Department of the Interior.  House Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Parks, Recreations and Public Lands (9/30/03).

H.R. 2966, A Bill to Preserve the Use and Access of Pack and Saddle Stock Animals on Public Lands - Statement of Chad Calvert, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation, and Public Lands. (9/30/03).

Field Hearing on Responsible Domestic Resource Development and Economic Stability - The Role of the Hard Rock Mining Industry - Statement of Robert V. Abbey, State Director, Nevada State Office, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources (9/29/03).

S. 511, The PILT and Refuge Revenue Sharing Permanent Funding Act - Statement of Chris Kearney, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (9/11/03).

S. 1107, to Enhance the Recreational Fee Demonstration Program for the National Park Service - Statement of P. Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, Department of the Interior. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks (9/9/03).

Reducing the Threat of Catastrophic Wildfire to Central Oregon Communities and the Surrounding Environment - Statement of Dale Bosworth, Chief, Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture; Ed Shepard, Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior; Linda Goodman, Regional Forester, Pacific Northwest Region, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. House Committee on Resources (8/25/03).

Oversight Hearing on Public Access in the California Desert Conservation District and the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area - Statement of Mike Pool, State Director, California, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands (8/18/03).

Field Hearing on S. 1466, S. 1421, and S. 1354 - Statement of Henri Bisson, State Director, Alaska State Office, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Public Lands & Forests (8/6/03).

H.R. 1904, S. 1314, and S. 1352 - Statement of Mark Rey, Under Secretary, National Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rebecca Watson, Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committe on Energy and National Resources (7/22/03).

H.R. 1005, The PILT and Refuge Revenue Sharing Permanent Funding Act - Statement of Chris Kearney, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health (7/24/03).

HR 2772, The John Rishel Geothermal Steam Act Amendments of 2003 - Statement of Patricia Morrison, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land & Minerals, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommitte on Energy & Minerals (7/22/03).

Field Hearing on Oil & Gas Development on Public Lands - Statement of Robert A. Bennett, State Director, Wyoming State Office, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources (7/12/03).

Oversight Hearing on Grazing on Public Lands - Statement of Rebecca Watson, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (6/25/03).

Oversight Hearing on the Energy Policy and Conservation Act Inventory - Statement of Rebecca Watson, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (6/24/03).

H.R. 1658 to amend the Railroad Right-of-Way Conveyance Validation Act - Statement of Bob Anderson, Acting Assistant Director for Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands (6/24/03).

S. 546, the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act - Statement of Christopher Kearney, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, Historic Preservation, and Recreation (6/10/03).

S. 924, To Authorize The Exchange of Lands between the Newtok Native Corporation and the Department of the Interior - Statement of Jim Hughes, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Sucommittee on Public Lands and Forests (6/04/03).

H.R. 417, To revoke a Public Land Order with respect to certain lands erroneously included in the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, California - Statement of Jim Hughes, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (6/04/03).

S. 714, Douglas County, Oregon, Land Conveyance - Statement of Jim Hughes, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committee on Energy, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (6/04/03).

H.R. 272, Eureka County, Nevada Land Conveyance - Statement of Bob Anderson, Acting Assistant Director for Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands (4/08/03).

Oversight Hearing: Blue Ribbon Panel Report and Aerial Firefighting Safety - Statement of Larry Hamilton, National Director, Office of Fire and Aviation, National Interagency Fire Center, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (3/26/03).

Energy Production on Federal Lands - Statement of J. Steven Griles, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (2/27/03).

Enhancing America's Energy Security - Statement of Rebecca W. Watson, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources (3/19/03).

H.R. 793 and H.R. 794 - Statement of Johnnie Burton, Director, Minerals Management Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (3/6/03).

S. 203 and S. 246 - Statement of Jim Hughes, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.   Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (2/27/03).