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2013 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 2013.


Confirmation Hearing: Neil Kornze, Nominee for the Position of Director, Bureau of Land Management- Statement of Neil Kornze, Nominee for the Position of Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior; Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (12-17-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 916, Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act- Statement for the Record, U.S. Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources (12-5-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 1479, Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act- Statement of Steven A. Ellis, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, & Mining (11-20-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 1415, Canyon Mountain Land Conveyance Act- Statement of Steven A. Ellis, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, & Mining (11-20-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 1414, Oregon Coastal Lands Conveyance Act- Statement of Steven A. Ellis, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, & Mining (11-20-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 841, Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act of 2013- Statement of Steven A. Ellis, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, & Mining (11-20-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 771, Soledad Canyon Settlement Act- Statement of Steven A. Ellis, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, & Mining (11-20-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 483, Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Act- Statement of Steven A. Ellis, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, & Mining (11-20-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 339, Southeast Arizona Land Exchange & Conservation Act- Statement of Steven A. Ellis, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, & Mining (11-20-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 182, Anchorage Land Conveyance Act- Statement of Steven A. Ellis, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, & Mining (11-20-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 2657, Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act- Statement for the Record, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulation (10-3-2013). 

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 2259, North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2013- Statement for the Record, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulation (10-3-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 2015, Las Vegas Valley Public Land and Tule Springs- Statement for the Record, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulation (10-3-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 1633, Small Lands Tracts Conveyance Act- Statement for the Record, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulation (10-3-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 1167, Restoring Storey County Act- Statement for the Record, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulation (10-3-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 974, Las Vegas Valley Public Land and Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument- Statement for the Record, Bureau of Land Management, Deptartment of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks (7-31-13).

Legislative Hearing: S. 1300, Stewardship Contracting Reauthorization and Improvement Act- Statement of Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, & Mining (7-30-2013).

Legislative Hearing:Public Lands Withdrawal Bills: S. 753, Boundary Solutions at White Sands Missile Rand & Fort Bliss; S. 1169, Limestone Hills Training Area Withdrawal Act; S. 1309, Military Land Withdrawals Act- Statement of Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, & Mining (7-30-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 364, Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act- Statement of Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, & Mining (7-30-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 343, Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act- Statement of Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, & Mining (7-30-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 37, Forest Jobs and Recreation Act- Statement of Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, & Mining (7-30-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 507, Pascua Yaqui Tribe Trust Land Act- Statement of Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, & Mining (7-30-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 2728, Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act- Statement for the Record, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources (7-25-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 2455, Nevada Native Nations Lands Act- Statement for the Record, United States Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian & Alaska Native Affairs (7-23-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 2388, Land into Trust for the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians- Statement for the Record, United States Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian & Alaska Native Affairs (7-23-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 1103, Alexander Creek Village Recognition Act- Statement for the Record, United States Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian & Alaska Native Affairs (7-23-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 1025, Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Act- Statement of Carl Rountree, Assistant Director, National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partnerships, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulations (7-23-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 433, Pine Forest Range Recreation Enhancement Act- Statement of Carl Rountree, Assistant Director, National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partnerships, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulations (7-23-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 130, Powell Shooting Range Land Conveyance Act- Statement of Jamie Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulations (7-19-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 2095, Land Disposal Transparency and Efficiency Act- Statement of Jamie Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulations (7-19-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 2068, Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act Reauthorization- Statement of Jamie Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulations (7-19-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 1170, Authorizing the Sale of Certain Federal Lands to the City of Fernley, Nevada- Statement for the Record, U.S. Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulation (7-19-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 1168, Authorizing the Sale of Certain Federal Lands to the City of Carlin, Nevada- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Pulic Lands & Environmental Regulation (7-19-2013).

Oversight Hearing: "America's Helium Supply: Options for Producing More Helium from Federal Lands"- Statement of Timothy R. Spisak, Deputy Assistant Director, Minerals and Realty Management, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources (7-11-2013).

Oversight Hearing: "Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Forest Management on Federal Lands"- Statement of Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee (6-25-2013).

Oversight Hearing: "Mining in America: The Administration's Use of Claim Maintenance Fees and Cleanup of Abandoned Mine Lands"- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources (6.13.13).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 585, Anchorage Land Conveyance Act- Statement for the Record, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (6-6-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 1965, the Federal Lands Jobs & Energy Security Act- Statement of Jamie Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources (5-22-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 1964, the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act- Statement of Jamie Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources (5-22-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 1394, Planning for American Energy Act of 2013- Statement of Jamie Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources (5-22-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 555, BLM Live Internet Auctions Act- Statement of Jamie Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources (5-22-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 1411, California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act- Statement of Carl Rountree, Assistant Director, National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partnerships, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environment Regulation (5-9-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 995, Organ Mountains National Monument Establishment Act- Statement of Carl Rountree, Assistant Director, National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partnerships, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (5-9-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 783, Helium Stewardship Act- Statement of Timothy R. Spisak, Deputy Assistant Director, Minerals and Realty Management, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee (5-7-2013).

Oversight Hearing: FY 2014 Budget Request- Statement of Neil G. Kornze, Principal Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (5-7-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 1299, White Sands Missile Range Security Enhancement Act- Statement of Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (4-26-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 1169, Naval Air Station Fallon Housing and Safety Development Act- Statement of Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation (4-26-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 757, Multispecies Habitat Conservation Plan Implementation Act- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (4-25-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 609, San Juan County Federal Land Conveyance Act- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (4-25-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 368, Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act Reauthorization- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (4-25-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 366, Concerning Claimants of a Small Miner Waiver  - Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (4-25-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 353, Oregon Treasures Act- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (4-25-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 342, Pine Forest Range Recreation Enhancement Act- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (4-25-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 341, San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (4-25-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 340, Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (4-25-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 327, Good Neighbor Forestry Act- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (4-25-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 258, Grazing Improvement Act- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (4-25-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 255, North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2013- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (4-25-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 241, Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Act- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (4-25-2013).

Legislative Hearing: S. 159, Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (4-25-2013). 

Legislative Hearing: S. 27, Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; Senate Energy & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining (4-25-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 934, Lower Merced Wild and Scenic River Amendment- Statement of Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Lands and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulation (4-18-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 696, Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act- Statement of Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Lands and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulation (4-18-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 657, Grazing Improvement Act- Statement of Ned Farquhar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Lands and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulation (4-18-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 1345, Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act- Statement for the Record, Department of the Interior; House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulation (4-11-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 818, Healthy Forests Management & Wildfire Prevention Act-Statement for the Record, Department of the Interior; House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands & Environmental Regulation (4-11-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 767, Oil and Gas Pilot Project Offices- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (3-21-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 761, National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (3-21-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 697, Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources (3-21-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 687, Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources (3-21-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 957, American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act - Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources (3-21-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 1063, National Strategic and Critical Minerals Policy Act- Statement of Jamie E. Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (3-21-2013).

Legislative Hearing: H.R. 527, Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act- Statement of Timothy R. Spisak, Deputy Assistant Director, Minerals and Realty Management, Bureau of Land Managment, Department of the Interior; House Committee on Natural Resources (2-14-2013).