by Allison Barker
WASHINGTON, D.C. – + Video – Chairman of the Federal Lands Action Group, Rep. Chris Stewart, and Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rep. Rob Bishop, hosted the first in a series of forums aimed at exploring historical precedents and best practices with regard to public land management and ownership.
The forum included witnesses from the academic, legal and natural resource sectors. Witnesses presented testimony and answered questions from members of Congress in the action group…
Greg Walcher, President, Natural Resources Group — “the federal government simply does not trust state and local governments not to destroy public resources, as if people have a self-interest in destroying their own back yards. The federal and state governments both represent the public, and they both have legal ability to preserve the environment. Both have legal protections for endangered species, clean air and water, and other environmental values. Both have strong enforcement abilities, and both care deeply about protecting such special places. Yet the federal government consistently refuses to acknowledge and value state and local cooperative efforts”