Panel mulls national monument, land transfer bills

By Rebekah Alvey | 03/04/2024 06:38 AM EST

One measure on the agenda would protect Plum Island in New York.

Plum Island.

People on a tour of Plum Island, off the coast of Long Island, watch seals relaxing on the rocky shore. Seth Weinig/AP

A House Natural Resources panel will take up a slate of bills to designate monuments or transfer public land.

The Federal Lands Subcommittee, led by Chair Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.), will consider H.R.1584, the “Plum Island National Monument Act,” from Rep. Nick LaLota (R-N.Y.).

The bill would turn the site off the coast of Long Island a national monument for ecological conservation and historical preservation. The plan currently has five co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.


For years, Plum Island housed a government animal disease testing facility. After the facility relocated, conservationists and East Coast lawmakers pushed for protecting rather than selling the land.