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2005 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 2005.


H.R. 4200, the “Forest Emergency Recovery and Research Act”  - Statement of Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health (11/10/05).

S.1552, concerning lands patented to Eastern Washington University - Statement of Scott J. Cameron, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Performance, Accountability, and Human Resources, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (11/2/05).

 S. 405, Conveyance of Certain Public Land in Clark County, Nevada, for Use as a Heliport -Statement of Scott J. Cameron, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Performance, Accountability, and Human Resources, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on S. 405, Conveyance of Certain Public (11/2/05).

 H.R. 3603, Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act - Statement of Ed Shepard, Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health (10/27/05.  

Implementation of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act - Statement of P. Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, U.S. Departmetn of the Interior.   Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (10/26/05).

Oil and Gas Management Program of the Bureau of Land Management - Statement Of Kathleen Clarke, Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committee on Appropriations,  Subcommittee on Interior (10/25/05).

Oversight Hearing on 'Public Rangeland Management and Livestock Graizing on Public Lands' - Statement of Jim Hughes, Deputy Directory, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (9/28/05).

H.R. 679, Beaver County, Utah Conveyance - Statement of Chad Calvert, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.   House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health (9/27/05).

H.R. 3462, Park City, Utah Land Conveyance - Statement of Chad Calvert, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health (9/27/05).

H.R. 2069, Utah Recreational Land Exchange Act - Statement of Chad Calvert, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health (9/27/05).

Oversight Hearing - Meeting America’s Natural Gas Demand: Are We in a Crisis? - Statement of Rebecca W. Watson, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Energy and Resources (9/14/05).

S. 1170, Fort Stanton-Snowy River National Cave Conservation Area Act - Statement of Lawrence E. Benna, Deputy Director, Operations, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (7/20/05).

S. 703, Conveyance of Certain Bureau of Land Management Land in the State of Nevada to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Statement of Lawrence E. Benna, Deputy Director, Operations, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (7/20/05).

Hearing on S.1131, the "Idaho Land Enhancement Act" - Statement of Lawrence E. Benna, Deputy Director, Operations, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural and Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (7/20/05).

H.R. 1101, An Act to revoke a Public Land Order with respect to certain lands erroneously included in the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, California - Statement of Lawrence E. Benna, Deputy Director, Operations, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (7/20/05).

H.R. 233, Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Act - Statement of Chad Calvert, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health (7/14/05).

Joint Oversight Hearing on "Motorized Recreational Use on Federal Land" - Statement of Ed Shepard, Assistant Director for Renewable Resources and Planning, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks and Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health (7/13/05).

Oversight Hearing, The Vast North American Resource Potential of Oil Shale, Oil Sands and Heavy Oils - Part 2 - Statement of Chad Calvert, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (6/30/05).

Impacts of Federal Land Ownership on Communities and Local Governments - Statement of Jim Hughes, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health (6/15/05).

H.R. 486, A Land Exchange in the Vicinity of Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico - Statement of Thomas P. Lonnie, Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (5/11/05).

Oversight Hearing on Reforestation Problems on National Forests: A GAO Report on the Increasing Backlog - Statement of Ed Shepard, Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior. House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health (4/27/05).

Firefighting Preparedness - Statement of Mark Rey, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Lynn Scarlett, Assistant Secretary, Policy, Management and Budget, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (4/26/05).

Oversight Hearing on Oil Shale Development Efforts Bureau of Land Management - Statement of Thomas Lonnie, Assistant Director for Minerals, Realty & Resource Protection, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (4/12/05).

Oversight Hearing on the FY 2006 Energy and Minerals Budget Request of the Bureau of Land Management - Statement Of Jim Hughes, Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (3/10/05).

H.R. 975, the “Trail Responsibility and Accountability for the Improvement of Lands Act of 2005,” and H.R. 599, the “Federal lands Restoration, Enhancement, Public Education, and Information Resources Act of 2005” - Statement of Kim Thorsen, Assistant Director, Office of Law Enforcement and Security, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health (3/16/05).

Oversight Hearing: Bureau of Land Management's FY 2006 Budget Request - Statement of Kathleen Clarke, Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health (3/9/05).

S.267, Reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (P.L.106-393) - Statement of Christopher Kearney, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (3/8/05).

Hearing on S. 476, the Boy Scouts of America Land Transfer Act of 2005 - Statement of Christopher Kearney, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (3/8/05).

S.213, Rio Arriba County Land Conveyance - Statement of Christopher Kearney, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (3/8/05).

The Administration’s Implementation of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act  - Statement of Rebecca Watson, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  House Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health(2/17/05).

 Oversight Hearing on Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 - Statement of Ed Shepard, Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.  Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests (2/8/05).