During the hearing – intended to focus on the President’s FY 2015 budget proposal – Interior Secretary Jewell was questioned on the Antiquities Act by the sponsor of the Preventing New Parks Bill, Congressman Rob Bishop.
There is some positive news coming out of northern Colorado this week – the Bureau of Land Management is committing to keeping critical wildlands and wildlife habitat off-limits to oil and gas drilling.
First is the nominee for Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals in the Department of Interior. President Obama has nominated Janice Schneider, a veteran of the department, to fill the position that has been vacant for more than 2 years.
Nineteen years ago, President Bill Clinton signed the California Desert Protection Act, doubling the amount of designated wilderness in California and creating Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park and the Mojave National Preserve.