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Bishop Statement on House Passage of Six Federal Lands Bills


WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2018 -

Today, the House passed H.R. 3607 (Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif.), H.R. 4609 (Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo.), H.R. 443 (Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.), H.R. 146 (Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.), H.R. 3961 (Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla.), and S. 167 (Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.). Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) issued the following statement:

“The passage of these bills in the House further communicates that Congress is serious about improving the management and access to public lands. I look forward to working with our colleagues in the Senate to ensure commonsense federal lands legislation reaches President Trump’s desk for signature.”

H.R. 3607 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to establish fees for medical services provided in units of the National Park System (NPS).

H.R. 4609, the West Fork Fire Station Act of 2017, allows the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to convey 3.61 acres of undeveloped USFS land in Delores County, Colorado to Delores County to be used for a fire station.  

H.R. 443, the James K. Polk Presidential Home Study Act, authorizes the NPS to conduct a feasibility study of the James K. Polk home in Columbia, Tennessee for inclusion in the NPS.

H.R. 146, the Eastern Band Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act, places approximately 96 acres of Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) land and easements in Monroe County, Tennessee, on the shores of Little Tennessee River/Tellico Reservoir into trust for the benefit of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

H.R. 3961, the Kissimmee River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2018, designates segments of the Kissimmee River in Central Florida for study for potential inclusion into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

S. 167, the National Memorial to Fallen Educators Act, designates an existing memorial to fallen educators located in the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kansas as the “National Memorial to Fallen Educators.” 


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