Hearing targets contentious BLM conservation plans

By Scott Streater | 03/18/2024 06:23 AM EDT

The Natural Resources subcommittee hearing will also tackle legislation on national monuments and against natural asset companies.

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.).

Legislation from Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) against a contested land management plan will get a hearing this week. Francis Chung/POLITICO

A House panel this week will take up a slew of Republican-led public lands bills designed to quash Biden administration conservation measures, including future national monument designations.

The highlight of Wednesday’s Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands hearing is two bills that seek to block the Bureau of Land Management from finalizing conservation-focused land use plan updates covering millions of acres in Wyoming and Colorado.

H.R. 6085, sponsored by Rep. Harriet Hageman (R-Wyo.), targets BLM’s controversial draft plan for the Rock Springs Field Office in southwest Wyoming.


The proposed resource management plan update has drawn fierce opposition from Wyoming’s congressional delegation, Republican Gov. Mark Gordon, and the state Legislature since first proposed by BLM in August.