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The PLF actively monitors Congressional legislation, Federal rulemaking and Executive Orders issued by the president pertaining to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and public lands management. We engage with our partners in providing our perspective on a wide range of issues including the annual BLM appropriations, any program oversight hearings, proposed amendments to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and major environmental review statutes (e.g., the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, etc.).

This is where we must rely on the help and expertise of our members. Reviewing legislation and proposed rules and preparing comments and testimony is time-consuming. We rely on volunteer expertise to help us with this important advocacy work. PLF members, if you can assist us please contact Beau McClure at vpops@publicland.org.

Sources of information include  Congress.gov for Congressional legislation, and for rulemkaing regulations.gov and the Regulatory Agenda. Search the Federal Register for Executive Orders issued by the President. You may search each of these databases for Interior or BLM-related actions or other topics of interest to you. Here are a few examples of searches you can do:

  • congress.gov: To find bills that include “Bureau of Land Management” in the current Congress, click on Advanced Searches, check the box for the current Congress, under Words and Phrases enter in quotes “Bureau of Land Management,” under Legislation Types check “All Legislation,” and hit search. On December 22, 2020 the search results identified 207 bills.
  • regulations.gov: To find proposed rules issued by the BLM: Enter Bureau of Land Management. Filter the search results by selecting the BLM under “Agency,” and check the box for “Proposed Rule.”
  • Reginfo.gov: Select Department of the Interior from the dropdown list and click “submit.” A list of Interior agencies, including BLM will appear. Click on the RIN (Regulation Identifier Number) column to bring up details about the individual regulation entry.
  • https://www.federalregister.gov/presidential-documents/executive-orders:The Federal Register webpage shows Executive Orders issued by the current president and past presidents.

Legislation of the 117th Congress

Topic or IssueBill Number(s)& Name(s): Sponsor(s)Summary Latest ActionsPLF Input
21st Century Conservation Corps ActS.487, Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 0 (R)To make supplemental appropriations for the Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, Homeland Security, Labor, and Commerce for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021 and to remain available through September 30, 2023. The bill would provide the BLM with $2.025 billion for hazardous fuels reduction projects, $25 million for the Every Kid Outdoors program, and $2 billion (1) to provide stewardship for existing system roads and trails; (2) to improve water quality; (3) to improve, maintain, or restore infrastructure for the passage of fish and wildlife; (4) to decommission unneeded roads; (5) to improve visitor services; and (6) to improve recreational and educational access, opportunities, and other services to underserved communities. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 02/25/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
21st Century Conservation Corps ActH.R.1162, Rep Joe Neguse (D-CO) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 0 (R)To make supplemental appropriations for the Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, Homeland Security, Labor, and Commerce for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021 and to remain available through September 30, 2023. The bill would provide the BLM with $2.025 billion for hazardous fuels reduction projects, $25 million for the Every Kid Outdoors program, and $2 billion (1) to provide stewardship for existing system roads and trails; (2) to improve water quality; (3) to improve, maintain, or restore infrastructure for the passage of fish and wildlife; (4) to decommission unneeded roads; (5) to improve visitor services; and (6) to improve recreational and educational access, opportunities, and other services to underserved communities.Introduced in House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Budget – 02/18/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fee Reauthorization Act of 2021H.R.2462, Rep Liz Cheney (R-WY) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 5 (R)To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to make modifications to the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Budget – 04/13/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Acre In, Acre Out Act H.R.247, Rep.Morgan H. Griffith (R-VA) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) A bill to provide for no net increase in the total acreage of certain Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Forest Service, to provide that all net proceeds from the sale of Federal lands pursuant to this bill shall be deposited directly into the Treasury for reduction of the public debt, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Agriculture – 01/11/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Advancing Conservation and Education ActH.R.2348, Rep Chris Stewart (R-UT) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R)This bill allows the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming to relinquish state land grant parcels wholly or primarily within eligible areas and select, in exchange, public land within the state. Eligible areas are areas within the outer boundaries of units or components of the National Park, National Wilderness Preservation, National Wildlife Refuge, or National Landscape Conservation Systems, areas identified by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as having wilderness characteristics, certain designated lands within the National Forest System or administered by the BLM, and sentinel landscapes designated by the Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, or Department of the Interior. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 04/01/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
America's Red Rock Wilderness ActS.1535, Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) Cosponsors: 14 (D) 0 (R) This bill designates specified lands in the following areas of Utah as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System: (1) Great Basin, (2) Grand Staircase-Escalante, (3) Moab-La Sal Canyons, (4) Henry Mountains, (5) Glen Canyon, (6) San Juan-Anasazi, (7) Canyonlands Basin, (8) San Rafael Swell, and (9) Book Cliffs and Uinta Basin. The bill sets forth administrative requirements for (1) the exchange of state-owned lands within such areas, (2) federal reservation of water rights, (3) measurement of setbacks for roads with adjacent wilderness, (4) authorized livestock grazing, and (5) withdrawal of such lands from disposition under certain public land laws. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 05/10/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
America’s Revegetation and Carbon Sequestration Act of 2021 – S.2836S.2836, Sen Manchin, Joseph (D-WV) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 2 (R) 1 (I)A bill to improve revegetation and carbon sequestration activities in the United States, and for other purposes.Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 9/23/2021; Hearing Held – 10/21/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
Bonding Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2021H.R.1505, Rep. Alan S. Lowenthal (D-CA) Cosponsors: 11 (D) 0 (R) A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to make certain adjustments to the regulation of surface-disturbing activities and to protect taxpayers from unduly bearing the reclamation costs of oil and gas development, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 03/8/2021; Ordered reported: 23 (Yeas) 15 (Nays) – 05/05/2021.PLF is tracking this bill.
Buffalo Tract Protection Act S.180, Sen Martin Heinrich (D-NM) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) Subject to valid existing rights, the Federal land referred to is the approximately 4,288 acres of land administered by the Director of the Bureau of Land Management and generally depicted as “Tract A”, “Tract B”, “Tract C”, and “Tract D” on the map entitled “Placitas, New Mexico Area Map” and dated November 13, 2019.Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 02/02/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
California Central Coast Conservation ActH.R.479, Rep Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) Cosponsors: 9 (D) 0 (R) A bill to establish a moratorium on oil and gas leasing on public land on the Central Coast of California. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 01/25/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
California Land Protection Act H.R.456, Rep Salud Carbajal (D-CA) Cosponsors: 2 (D) 0 (R) A bill to require a new supplemental environmental impact statement for oil and gas development in the Bakersfield Field Office planning area, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 01/25/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Canyon Village Land Conveyance ActH.R.436, Rep Don Young (R-AK) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain surface and subsurface interests in land in the State of Alaska to Kian Tr’ee Corporation, and Doyon, Limited, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 01/21/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Boundary Modification Act of 2021S.1321, Sen. Kelly, Mark (D-AZ) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) To modify the boundary of the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 04/22/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Central Coast Heritage Protection Act H.R.973, Rep Salud O. Carbajal (D-CA) Cosponsors: 4 (D) 0 (R) To designate certain Federal lands in the State of California as wilderness, Wild & Scenic Rivers, National Scenic Trails and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 02/1/2021 (Title 4 of the Omnibus Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act H.R. 803.)PLF is tracking this bill.
Cerro de la Olla Wilderness Establishment ActS.177, Sen Martin Heinrich (D-NM) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) This bill designates specified federal land administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Taos County, New Mexico, comprising 13,103 acres in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, to be known as the Cerro de la Olla Wilderness and for other purposes. The bill modifies the boundary of the monument. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 02/02/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Clearing Lines along Electrical At-Risk Zones ActH.R.940, Rep Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 2 (R) To amend FLPMA to establish and modify categorical exclusion for electric utility rights-of-way, and for other purposes.  The bill would categorically exclude development approval and implementation of a routine vegetation management, facility inspection, and operation and maintenance activities conducted under a plan.Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture – 02/8/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Coal Royalty Fairness and Communities Investment Act of 2021 H.R.4799, Rep Matt Cartwright (D-PA) Cosponsors: 4 (D) 0 (R)This bill would amend the Mineral Leasing Act to make certain improvements in the laws relating to coal royalties, and for other purposes.Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Energy and Commerce – 07/29/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act S.173, Sen Michael Bennet (D-CO) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 0 (R) A bill to provide for the designation of certain wilderness areas, recreation management areas, and conservation areas in the State of Colorado, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 02/02/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act H.R.577, Rep Joe Neguse (D-CO) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 0 (R) A bill to provide for the designation of certain wilderness areas, recreation management areas, and conservation areas in the State of Colorado, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 01/28/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Combustion Avoidance along Rural Roads Act – CARR ActH.R.939, Rep Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 2 (R) To exempt forest thinning, hazardous fuel reduction, prescribed burning, and vegetation management on Federal Lands managed by the BLM, NPS, and USFS within 300 feet of any permanent or temporary road from provisions of NEPA and the Endangered Species Act. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture – 02/8/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Community Reclamation Partnerships ActH.R.1146, Rep Darin LaHood (D-IL) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) This bill would amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to authorize partnerships between States and nongovernmental entities for the purpose of reclaiming and restoring land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining activities before August 3, 1977, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Energy and Commerce – 02/18/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
COMPETES ActS.2962, Sen Hickenlooper, John (D-CO) Cosponsors: 2 (D) 0 (R)This bill would amend the Mineral Leasing Act to ensure market competition in onshore oil and gas leasing, and for other purposes.Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 10/07/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2022H.R.4372, Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R)This bill would make appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022.Introduced in House and referred to the Committee on Appropriations – 07/06/2021.PLF is tracking this bill. Related Bill – S.3034.
Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2022S.3034, Sen Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R)This bill would make appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022.Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Appropriations– 10/20/2021PLF is tracking this bill. Related Bill – H.R.4372.
Donument ActH.R.2390, Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) This bill would establish the Southern Border Wall National Monument in the States of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, to protect the southern border wall from alteration. The area included are lands and interests therein comprising approximately 289,920 acres. The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, shall administer the National Monument. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 04/08/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Elko National Cemetery Act S.726, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) This is a bill to transfer administrative jurisdiction over certain Bureau of Land Management land from the Secretary of the Interior to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for use as a national cemetery, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 03/11/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
End Speculative Oil and Gas Leasing Act of 2021S. 607, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) This bill specifies requirements for the leasing of oil and gas resources on federal lands. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), with respect to certain federal land that is covered by a reasonably foreseeable development scenario (i.e., a long-term projection of oil and gas development) shall not offer the land for lease until such scenario includes an assessment of the land's oil and gas potential that specifically identifies the potential for all acres subject to decisions on availability for leasing. In general, the BLM shall not offer for lease certain federal land otherwise available for leasing of oil and gas resources if such land is designated in the applicable reasonably foreseeable development scenario as having low or no potential for the development of oil or gas resources. However, the bill provides for a variance process. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 03/04/2021; Hearing held – 10/19/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
End Speculative Oil and Gas Leasing Act of 2021 H.R.2986, Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) his is a bill to discourage speculative oil and gas leasing and to promote enhanced multiple use management of public land and National Forest System land, and for other purposes. This bill is related to S.607 Introduced in House and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 05/04/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Endangered Species Management Self-Determination ActSen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) This bill would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to permit Governors of States to regulate intrastate endangered species and intrastate threatened species, to amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to permit the taking of certain black vultures and ravens, and for other purposes.ntroduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works – 03/10/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Ending Taxpayer Welfare for Oil and Gas Companies Act of 2021H.R.1517, Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) Cosponsors: 14 (D) 0 (R)A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to make certain adjustments to the fiscal terms for fossil fuel development and to make other reforms to improve returns to taxpayers for the development of Federal energy resources, and for other purposes. ntroduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 03/8/2021; Ordered reported: 23 (Yeas) 14 (Nays) – 05/05/2021.PLF is tracking this bill.
Ensuring Access to Domestic Mineral Production Act H.R.2176, Rep Chris Stewart (R-UT) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) To provide for the continued and uninterrupted production of domestic minerals in the United States by prohibiting the Secretary from any mineral withdrawal until a mineral study has been completed, as required under Section 204 of FLPMA, that demonstrates that the proposed withdrawal will not result in any negative impacts to U.S. national security by limiting access to critical minerals. (b) Prohibits the Secretary from withdrawing Federal lands in excess of five thousand acres unless the withdrawal is expressly approved by Congress. (c) Prior to any withdrawal being initiated, the U.S. Geological Survey—in consultation with the Department of Defense, Department of State, and the U.S. Trade Representative—will conduct a mineral assessment to ensure that the minerals to be withdrawn by a proposed withdrawal does not impede the ability of the U.S. or its allies to procure a secure supply chain of mineral resources necessary for activities designated in Section 3(a), and in turn, result in negative impacts on— (1) U.S. economic or national security; (2) U.S. allies economic or national security; Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Natural Resources– 03/23/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Environmental Justice in Recreation Permitting ActH.R.3687, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) To require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to complete an interagency report, not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, on the effects of special recreation permits on environmental justice communities, and for other purposes. Introduced in House and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture – 06/04/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Environmental Justice Mapping and Data Collection Act of 2021S.101, Sen Edward J. Markey (D-MA) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) To establish the Environmental Justice Mapping Committee to develop a plan for comprehensive public engagement with, and incorporation of feedback from, environmental justice advocates and members of environmental justice communities, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works – 01/28/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
Environmental Justice Mapping and Data Collection Act of 2021H.R.516, Rep Cori Bush (D-MO) Cosponsors: 41 (D) 0 (R) A bill to establish the Environmental Justice Mapping Committee to develop a plan for comprehensive public engagement with, and incorporation of feedback from, environmental justice advocates and members of environmental justice communities, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and to the Committee on Natural Resources – 01/28/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
FIR ActH.R.1174, Rep Mathew M. Rosendale Sr. (R-MT) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 9 (R) This bill specifies that neither the Department of Agriculture nor the Department of the Interior may be required to reinitiate consultation on a land management plan when a species is listed as threatened or endangered, critical habitat is designated, or new information concerning a listed species or critical habitat becomes available. Introduced in House of Representatives and referred to the Committees Natural Resources and Agriculture – 02/18/2021 PLF does not support this bill.
Grand Canyon Protection ActS.387, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) Subject to valid existing rights, provide for withdrawal of approximately 1,006,545 acres of Federal land in the State of Arizona from entry, appropriation, new rights-of-way, or disposal under the public land laws; location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and disposition under all laws relating to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials. Provide for The Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study of uranium stockpiles in the United States that are available to meet future national security requirements. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 02/23/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Grand Canyon Protection Act H.R. 1052, Rep Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) Cosponsors: 22 (D) 0 (R) Subject to valid existing rights, provide for withdrawal of approximately 1,006,545 acres of Federal land in the State of Arizona from entry, appropriation, new rights-of-way, or disposal under the public land laws; location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and disposition under all laws relating to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 02/15/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas ActS.1686, Sen Mike Lee (R-UT) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) This bill amends the Wilderness Act to allow local Federal officials to determine the manner in which nonmotorized uses may be permitted in wilderness areas, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 06/16/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
La Paz County Solar Energy and Job Creation ActS.528, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R)This bill directs the Department of the Interior, after receiving a request from La Paz County, Arizona, to convey approximately 4,800 acres of identified land managed by the Bureau of Land Management to the county. Interior shall exclude from the conveyance any federal land that contains significant cultural, environmental, wildlife, or recreational resources. The federal land is withdrawn from the operation of U.S. mining and mineral leasing laws. As a condition of the conveyance, La Paz County and any subsequent owner shall: make good faith efforts to avoid disturbing tribal artifacts; minimize impacts on tribal artifacts if they are disturbed; coordinate with the Colorado River Indian Tribes Tribal Historic Preservation Office to identify artifacts of cultural and historic significance; and allow tribal representatives to rebury unearthed artifacts at, or near, where they were discovered. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 03/2/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
La Paz County Solar Energy and Job Creation Act of 2021H.R.1499, Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 3 (R) This bill directs the Department of the Interior, after receiving a request from La Paz County, Arizona, to convey approximately 4,800 acres of identified land managed by the Bureau of Land Management to the county. Interior shall exclude from the conveyance any federal land that contains significant cultural, environmental, wildlife, or recreational resources. The federal land is withdrawn from the operation of U.S. mining and mineral leasing laws. As a condition of the conveyance, La Paz County and any subsequent owner shall: make good faith efforts to avoid disturbing tribal artifacts; minimize impacts on tribal artifacts if they are disturbed; coordinate with the Colorado River Indian Tribes Tribal Historic Preservation Office to identify artifacts of cultural and historic significance; and allow tribal representatives to rebury unearthed artifacts at, or near, where they were discovered. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 03/02/2021 PLF is tracking this bill. This bill is related to La Paz County Solar Energy and Job Creation Act – S.528
LOCAL ActH.R.2081, Rep Lauren Boebert (R-CO) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 10 (R) This bill would require the headquarters for the Bureau of Land Management shall remain located in Grand Junction, Colorado. Also that all Bureau of Land Management employee positions stationed in Grand Junction, Colorado on the date of the enactment of this Act shall remain stationed in Grand Junction, Colorado. The bill requires the Secretary shall conduct a study on the feasibility of relocating more existing Bureau of Land Management employee positions to the headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado or a western State specified by the Secretary and determine amongst other things whether such relocation will improve management of Federal lands, increase coordination with local communities, and strengthen tourism, conservation, outdoor recreation, grazing, responsible energy production, or other multiple uses. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 03/19/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
MAPLand ActS.904, Sen. James E Risch (R-ID) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 4 (R) 1 (I)This bill directs the Department of the Interior, the Forest Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to jointly develop and adopt interagency standards to ensure compatibility and interoperability among federal databases for the collection and dissemination of outdoor recreation data related to federal lands. Interior, the Forest Service, and the Corps of Engineers must digitize and publish geographic information system mapping data that includes: federal interests, including easements and rights-of-way, in private land; status information as to whether roads and trails are open or closed; the dates on which roads and trails are seasonally opened and closed; the types of vehicles that are allowed on each segment of roads and trails; the boundaries of areas where hunting or recreational shooting is regulated or closed; and the boundaries of any portion of a body of water that is closed to entry, is closed to watercraft, or has horsepower limitations for watercraft. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 03/23/2021 PLF supports this bill.
Methane Waste Prevention Act of 2021H.R.1492, Rep Diana DeGette (D-CO) Cosponsors: 20 (D) 0 (R) This bill intends to prevent methane waste and pollution from oil and gas operations by requiring regulations that prescribe procedures for the establishment, implementation, and enforcement of standards of performance or design, equipment, work practice, or operational standards, or combination thereof, for existing methane sources and guidelines for States, and for other purposes.Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Energy and Commerce – 03/02/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
National Prescribed Fire Act of 2021S.1734, Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 0 (R) To direct the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to encourage and expand the use of prescribed fire on land managed by the Department of the Interior or the Forest Service. The bill creates prescribed fire accounts for Federal lands and directs that the Secretaries shall significantly increase the number and size of prescribed fires conducted on Federal land. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 05/20/2021; Hearing Held – 10/21/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2021H.R.3240, Rep. Mark E. Amodei (R-NV) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 13 (R)This is a bill to require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently develop domestic sources of the minerals and mineral materials of strategic and critical importance to the economic and national security and manufacturing competitiveness of the United States, and for other purposes. This bill would reform the hard rock mineral permitting process. Introduced in House and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 05/14/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act S.1276, Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon (D-RI) Cosponsors: 9 (D) 0 (R) 1 (I) To designate certain National Forest System land and certain public land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior in the States of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming as wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, wildland recovery areas, and biological connecting corridors, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 04/21/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act H.R.1755, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) Cosponsors: 41 (D) 0 (R) This bill designates specified National Forest System lands, National Park System lands, and public lands in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming as wilderness and as components or additions to existing components of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The bill also designates (1) specified federal lands as biological connecting corridors and as special corridor management areas; (2) segments of specified rivers and creeks in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System; and (3) specified areas as wildland recovery areas. USDA shall develop a wildland recovery plan for each recovery area. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 03/10/2021 PLF is tracking this bill. This Bill is related to the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act– S.1276.
Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests ActH.R.878. Rep Jared Huffman (D-CA) Cosponsors: 2 (D) 0 (R)A bill to provide for restoration, economic development, recreation, and conservation on Federal lands in Northern California. The Bill provides for Restoration and Economic Development Projects, Special Recreation Area and Trail designations, and for designation of Wilderness, Wild and Scenic Rivers, Special Conservation Areas other purposes. (Title 2 of the Omnibus Protecting America’s Wilderness And Public Lands Act H.R. 803.) Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 02/5/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
Oil and Gas Bonding Reform and Orphaned Well Remediation ActS.2177, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) Cosponsors: 2 (D) 0 (R)A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to ensure sufficient bonding and complete and timely reclamation of land and water disturbed by Federal and Indian oil and gas productionIntroduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 06/22/2021.PLF is tracking this bill.
Orphaned Well Cleanup and Jobs Act of 2021H.R.2415, Rep Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-NM) Cosponsors: 23 (D) 0 (R) This bill would amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary of the Interior to establish a program to plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells and surrounding land, to provide funds to State and Tribal governments to plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells and surrounding land, and for other purposes. This bill is related to S.1076. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 04/08/2021; Ordered reported: 22 (Yeas) 17 (Nays) – 05/26/2021.PLF is tracking this bill.
Pecos Watershed Protection ActS.182, Sen Martin Heinrich (D-NM) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R)Subject to valid rights in existence on the date of enactment of this Act, to withdraw certain Federal land in the Pecos Watershed area of the State of New Mexico, depicted as “Pecos Withdrawal” on the map entitled “Pecos Watershed, upstream of I–25 Mineral Withdrawal” and dated September 1, 2020. These Federal Lands will be withdrawn from mineral entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws; location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and disposition under all laws pertaining to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 02/02/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Power Act of 2021S.76, Sen Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 28 (R) This bill prohibits the President from issuing moratoria on leasing and permitting energy and minerals on certain Federal land, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee Energy and Natural Resources – 01/28/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
POWER ActH.R. 543, Rep Yvette Herrell (R-NM) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 46 (R)This bill prohibits the President from issuing moratoria on leasing and permitting energy and minerals on certain Federal land, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Agriculture – 01/28/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Protect Utah’s Rural Economy ActS.31, Sen Mike Lee (R-UT) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 1 (R) A bill to prohibit the President from establishing or extending national monuments in Utah unless the proposed establishment or extension has been authorized by federal statute, and the President has received a notice from the Governor of Utah that the state legislature has enacted legislation approving of the proposed establishment or extension. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 01/22/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
Protecting Americas Wilderness and Public Lands Act of 2021H.R.803,Rep Diana DeGette (D-CO) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 0 (R) This bill designates specified lands in Colorado, California, and Washington managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Forest Service, the NPS, the BOR as wilderness and as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The bill designates certain Federal lands as Wild & Scenic Rivers, National Scenic Trails and for other purposes. The bill makes boundary adjustments to certain existing designations. Subject to valid existing rights, the bill withdraws certain Federal lands from (1) entry, appropriation, and disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) operation of the mineral leasing, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws. The bill creates a “National Heritage Area System managed by the NPS for lands and sites that tell nationally significant stories and to conserve, enhance, and interpret the areas’ natural, historic, scenic, and cultural resources that together illustrate significant aspects of our country’s heritage. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Armed Services – 02/04/2021; Passed House of Representatives 2/26/2021 and referred to Senate. – 03/02/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
Protecting American Energy Jobs ActH.R.959, Rep Lauren Boebert (R-CO) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 23 (R)To prohibit the President from issuing moratoria or carrying out any action that would prohibit or substantially delay the issuance of any of the following on Federal land, unless such an action has been authorized by an Act of Congress: (A) New oil and gas leases, drill permits, approvals, or authorizations (B) New coal leases, permits, approvals, or authorizations (C) New hard rock leases, permits, approvals, or authorizations (D) New critical minerals leases, permits, approvals, or authorizations.Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources, Agriculture, Oversight and Reform, Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce, Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, Intelligence and Armed Services – 02/5/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Protecting New Mexico’s Jobs and Public Education System ActH.R. 757, Rep Yvette Herrell (R-NM) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R)This bill exempts the State of New Mexico from Section 208 of Executive Order 14008 on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, issued on January 27, 202. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 02/3/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2021H.R.3326, Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R)This bill would promote the development of renewable energy on public lands, and for other purposes. The Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy, shall establish priority areas on covered land for geothermal, solar, and wind energy projects, consistent with the principles of multiple use (as defined in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of and the renewable energy permitting goal enacted by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Among applications for a given renewable energy source, proposed projects located in priority areas for that renewable energy source shall be given the highest priority for incentivizing deployment thereon; and be offered the opportunity to participate in any regional mitigation plan developed for the relevant priority areas.Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Agriculture – 05/19/2021; Reported by unanimous consent – 11/17/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
RECLAIM Act of 2021H.R.1733, Rep Matt Cartwright (D-PA) Cosponsors: 34 (D) 10 (R) This bill revises requirements concerning the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund, including by expanding the eligible uses of the fund. Specifically, the bill allows the fund to be used to provide support for economic revitalization, diversification, and development in economically distressed mining communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by abandoned coal mines. In addition, it requires specified amounts to be annually distributed from the fund through FY2026 to states and Indian tribes for reclaiming and restoring lands and waters so affected. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 03/10/2021; Ordered reported to House 02/26/2021. PLF is tracking this bill.
Recreation Not Red Tape ActS.1874. Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) A bill to promote innovative approaches to outdoor recreation on Federal land and to increase opportunities for collaboration with non-Federal partners. This bill substantively reforms Federal lands recreation programs by amending the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and provides for new recreation program related CX authority in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. This bill also establishes a National Recreation Area System. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 05/27/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
REGROW Act of 2021H.R.3585, Rep Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 1 (R)This bill would amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary of the Interior to establish a program to plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells and surrounding land, to provide funds to State and Tribal governments to plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells and surrounding landIntroduced in House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 05/28/2021. Hearing Held – 06/16/21.PLF is tracking this bill. This bill is related to S.1076.
REGROW Act of 2021S.1076, Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 2 (R) This bill would amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary of the Interior to establish a program to plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells and surrounding land, to provide funds to State and Tribal governments to plug, remediate, and reclaim orphaned oil and gas wells and surrounding land. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 04/12/2021; Hearing Held – 06/16/21.PLF is tracking this bill.
Restoring Community Input and Public Protections in Oil and Gas Leasing Act of 2021H.R.1503, Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) Cosponsors: 15 (D) 0 (R)A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to make certain adjustments in leasing on Federal lands for oil and gas drilling, and for other purposes. PLF Position: PLF supports this bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to make certain adjustments in leasing on Federal lands for oil and gas drilling. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture – 03/2/2021; Ordered reported: 24 (Yeas) 15 (Nays) – 05/05/2021.PLF is tracking this bill.
River Democracy Act of 2021S.192, Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) A bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate certain river segments in the State of Oregon as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, to identify administrative authorities for these segments, to provide for the preparation of comprehensive management plans for the covered segments, to identify criteria for boundaries for these segments, and subject to valid existing rights provide for withdrawal of certain areas of lands from entry, appropriation, new rights-of-way, or disposal under the public land laws; location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and disposition under all laws relating to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 02/03/2021.PLF is tracking this bill.
Safeguarding Oil and Gas Permitting Act H.R.519, Rep Liz Cheney (R-WY) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 31 (R) bill to provide that an order or other action by the President, Secretary of the Interior, or Department of the Interior official imposing a moratorium on Federal oil and gas leasing or permitting shall not take effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 01/28/2021.PLF is tracking this bill.
San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection ActH.R.693, Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) Cosponsors: 20 (D) 0 (R) his bill establishes the San Gabriel National Recreation Area in California as a unit of the National Park System, consisting of 49,387 acres of federal lands and interests in land. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture – 02/2/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Saving America’s Mines Act H.R.488, Rep Pete Stauber (R-MN) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 23 (R) A bill to prohibit a moratorium on mineral development on Bureau of Land Management and National Forest System land, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Agriculture – 01/25/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Saving Americas Energy Future ActH.R. 218, Rep August Pfluger (R-TX) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 23 (R)This bill prohibits the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior from declaring a moratorium on issuing new oil and gas leases and drill permits on certain federal lands. In addition, the bill prohibits the departments from declaring a moratorium on renewals of such permits. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Agriculture – 01/06/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Secure Rural Schools Reauthorization Act of 2021 S.435, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) Cosponsors: 13 (D) 5 (R) 1 (I) This bill extends through FY2023 payments made to states and eligible counties containing certain federal land under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. The Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture shall carry out a pilot program to allow the Chief of the Forest Service or the Director of the Bureau of Land Management to nominate members of resource advisory committees. County funds may be used to provide or expand access to (1) broadband telecommunications services at local schools, or (2) the technology and connectivity necessary for students to use a digital learning tool at or outside of a local school campus. Any county funds that were obligated by a county before October 1, 2017, but are unspent on October 1, 2020, may be used by the county for any authorized use and shall be available for projects initiated after October 1, 2020. No county funds may be used for lobbying activity, regardless of the purpose for which the funds are obligated on or before the enactment of this bill. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 02/24/2021 PLF is tracking this bill. This bill is related to the Secure Rural Schools Reauthorization Act of 2021 – H.R.2099
Secure Rural Schools Reauthorization Act of 2021H.R.2099, Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 3 (R) A Bill to extend the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Natural Resources – 03/19/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
SOAR ActH.R.3670, Rep Joe Neguse (D-CO) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 0 (R)To improve access for outdoor recreation through the use of special recreation permits on Federal recreational lands and waters, and for other purposes.Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee’s on Natural Resources and Agriculture – 06/01/2021; Reported by unanimous consent – 10/13/2021.PLF is tracking this bill. Related bill – S.1229
SOAR ActS.1229, Sen Martin Heinrich (D-NM) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) To modify the procedures for issuing special recreation permits for certain public land units, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 04/20/2021 PLF is tracking this bill. Related bill - H.R.3670
Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act S.567, Rep. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R)This bill provides for conservation or transfer of land in Nevada. Specifically, the bill transfers approximately 41,055 acres of land to be held in trust for the Moapa Band of Paiutes of the Moapa River Indian Reservation; adjusts the boundary of the Red Rock National Conservation Area to include additional lands; adjusts the boundary of the Rainbow Gardens Area of Critical Environmental Concern to exclude certain land; conveys, upon request, certain federal land to a governmental entity in Clark County for any public purpose; revokes the Ivanpah Area of Critical Environmental Concern; establishes specified special management areas for conservation purposes; designates the peak of Frenchman Mountain as the Maude Frazier Mountain; makes certain funds available for capital improvements in the Tule Springs Fossil Bed National Monument and for implementation of sustainability and climate initiatives in Clark County; designates additional lands in Nevada as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System; requires land conveyances to local governments in Nevada for specified public purposes; makes certain funds available to the city of Mesquite for implementation of a watershed plan for the Lower Virgin River; expands, and expands eligible uses of, the limited transition area located in the city of Henderson; establishes off-highway vehicle recreation areas; conveys to a public water agency in Clark County, upon request, federal land for the construction and operation of critical water conveyance infrastructure for communities serviced by that agency; and requires completion of the construction of the six erosion control weirs on the lower Las Vegas Wash within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This bill is related to H.R. 1597. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 03/03/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation ActH.R.1597, Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) Cosponsors: 2 (D) 1 (R) This bill provides for conservation or transfer of land in Nevada. Specifically, the bill transfers approximately 41,055 acres of land to be held in trust for the Moapa Band of Paiutes of the Moapa River Indian Reservation; adjusts the boundary of the Red Rock National Conservation Area to include additional lands; adjusts the boundary of the Rainbow Gardens Area of Critical Environmental Concern to exclude certain land; conveys, upon request, certain federal land to a governmental entity in Clark County for any public purpose; revokes the Ivanpah Area of Critical Environmental Concern; establishes specified special management areas for conservation purposes; designates the peak of Frenchman Mountain as the Maude Frazier Mountain; makes certain funds available for capital improvements in the Tule Springs Fossil Bed National Monument and for implementation of sustainability and climate initiatives in Clark County; designates additional lands in Nevada as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System; requires land conveyances to local governments in Nevada for specified public purposes; makes certain funds available to the city of Mesquite for implementation of a watershed plan for the Lower Virgin River; expands, and expands eligible uses of, the limited transition area located in the city of Henderson; establishes off-highway vehicle recreation areas; conveys to a public water agency in Clark County, upon request, federal land for the construction and operation of critical water conveyance infrastructure for communities serviced by that agency; and requires completion of the construction of the six erosion control weirs on the lower Las Vegas Wash within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Introduced in House and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 03/03/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act of 2021H.R.980, Rep Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) To withdraw certain land located in Curry County and Josephine County, Oregon, from all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws, location, entry, and patent under the mining laws, and operation under the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 02/11/2021PLF is tracking this bill. This bill is related to S.1589
Oregon Recreation Enhancement Act S.1589, Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) To designate certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in the State of Oregon as wilderness and national recreation areas and to withdraw certain land located in Curry County and Josephine County, Oregon, from all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws, location, entry, and patent under the mining laws, and operation under the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 05/12/2021 PLF is tracking this bill. This Bill is related to the Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act of 2021– H.R. 980
State Grazing Management Authority ActS.1214, Sen Mike Lee (R-UT) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) A bill to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into cooperative agreements with States to provide for State administration of allotment management plans. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 04/19/2021 PLF does not support this bill.
Streamlining Permitting to Enable Efficient Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure Act of 2021H.R.1069, Rep Greg Pence (R-IN) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 1 (R) This bill would amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide that the Federal Communications Commission is not required to perform any review under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 or division A of subtitle III of title 54, United States Code, as a condition of permitting the placement and installation of a communications facility, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representatives and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Energy and Commerce – 02/15/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
To amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide that Alexander Creek, Alaska, is and shall be recognized as an eligible Native village under that Act, and for other purposesH.R. 440, Rep Don Young (R-AK) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) This bill amends the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) to provide that Alexander Creek, Alaska, is and shall be recognized as an eligible Native village under that Act, and for other purposes. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 01/21/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
To amend title 54, United States Code, to increase public access to recreational areas on Federal land.117th Congress (2021-2022)H.R. 47, Rep Andy Biggs (R-AZ) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) This bill increases, of the amounts made available for expenditure in any fiscal year under the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the minimum amounts to be made available for certain recreational public access projects (e.g., certain projects involving access to hunting and fishing). Specifically, the amounts shall be not less than the greater of (1) 10% percent (rather than 3%) of those amounts, or (2) $50 million (rather than $15 million). Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 01/04/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Transparency in Energy Production ActH.R 1506, Rep. Alan S. Lowenthal (D-CA) Cosponsors: 13 (D) 0 (R)This bill requires certain disclosures by entities seeking a lease or holding a lease to develop renewable energy operations or fossil fuel operations on public lands or any operation using any right-of-way or special use permit that would cross public lands or national forests that would facilitate fossil fuel development. The disclosures are those described in the Sustainability Accounting Standard for the Renewable Resources & Alternative Energy Sector or the Extractives & Mineral Processing Sector. Every two years, the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture must report to Congress on such operations, including greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, water management, biodiversity impacts, production, and the number of sites. For renewable energy operations on public lands, the report must include greenhouse gas emissions that would result from the production of the same amount of energy using fossil fuels. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture – 03/2/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
University of Alaska Fiscal Foundation Act S.1128, Sen Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 1 (R) To provide for the continuation of higher education through the conveyance to the University of Alaska of certain public land in the State of Alaska, and for other purposes. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 04/14/2021 PLF is tracking this bill. This Bill is related to H.R.2546
University of Alaska Fiscal Foundation ActH.R.2546, Rep Don Young (R-AK) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) To provide for the continuation of higher education through the conveyance to the University of Alaska of certain public land in the State of Alaska, and for other purposes. This Bill is related to the University of Alaska Fiscal Foundation Act – S.1128 Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 04/14/2021 PLF is tracking this bill. This Bill is related to the University of Alaska Fiscal Foundation Act – S.1128
Unrecognized Southeast Alaska Native Communities Recognition and Compensation ActH.R. 3231, Rep Don Young (R-AK) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 0 (R) This bill amends the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) to provide for the recognition of certain Alaska Native communities and the settlement of certain claims under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The purpose of this Act is to redress the omission of the southeastern Alaska communities of Haines, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Tenakee, and Wrangell from eligibility under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act by authorizing the Alaska Natives enrolled in the communities— (1) to form Urban Corporations for the communities of Haines, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Tenakee, and Wrangell under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act; and (2) to receive certain settlement land pursuant to that Act. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources – 05/13/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Washington, D.C. Admission Act S.51, Sen Thomas R. Carper (D-DE) Cosponsors: 38 (D) 0 (R) 1 (I)To provide for the admission of the State of Washington, D.C. into the Union. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs – 01/26/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Washington, D.C. Admission ActH.R. 51, Rep Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) Cosponsors: 212 (D) 0 (R) To provide for the admission of the State of Washington, D.C. into the Union. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committees on Oversight and Reform, Rules, Armed Services, Judiciary and Energy and Commerce – 01/04/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.
Wildfire Resilient Communities Act S.2650, Sen Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Cosponsors: 3 (D) 0 (R) A bill to provide mandatory funding for hazardous fuels reduction projects on certain Federal land, and for other purposes.Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 08/05/2021; Hearing Held – 10/21/2021PLF is tracking this bill
Wildland Firefighter Recognition ActS.1221, Sen. Daines Steve (R-MT) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) This is a bill to require the Director of the Office of Personnel Management to create a classification that more accurately reflects the vital role of wildland firefighters. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs – 04/20/2021 PLF is tracking this bill. This bill is related to the Wildland Firefighter Recognition Act – H.R.938
Wildland Firefighter Recognition Act H.R.938, Rep Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) Cosponsors: 1 (D) 0 (R) To require the Director of the Office of Personnel Management to commence development of a distinct wildland firefighter occupational series that includes the designation “Wildland Firefighter and more accurately reflects the variety of duties performed by wildland firefighters and complete this effort within 2 years. Introduced in House of Representative and referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform – 02/8/2021PLF is tracking this bill.
Wyoming Public Lands Initiative Act of 2021S.1750, Sen Jon Barrasso (R-WY) Cosponsors: 0 (D) 1 (R) This is a bill to redesignate land within certain wilderness study areas in the State of Wyoming. This bill creates wilderness, releases wilderness study area acres, and identifies management on certain public lands in Wyoming. Introduced in Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – 05/20/2021 PLF is tracking this bill.

Regulations

Topic or IssueRIN (Regulation Identifier Number) AbstractAgency ContactActionDateFR CitePLF Input
Bonding1004-AE68This regulatory action would update the bonding procedures for (rights-of-way (ROWs)) on BLM managed public land. The proposed rule would change the Bureau of Land Management’s ROW regulations by revising the bonding portion of the regulations to make them clearer and easier to understand, which would facilitate efficient bond calculations. Douglas J. Herrema Division Chief, HQ-350 (Lands, Realty, and Cadastral) Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 Phone:760 507-5607 Email: dherrema@blm.gov NPRM 09/00/2021
Revision of Existing Regulations Pertaining to Fossil Fuel Leases and Leasing Process 43 CFR Parts 3100 and 34001004-AE80The proposed rule would revise the BLM's fossil fuel regulations to update the fees, rents, royalties, and bonding requirements related to development and production. The proposed rule would also update the BLM’s process for leasing to ensure the protection and proper stewardship of the public lands, including potential climate and other impacts associated with fossil fuel activities.Nick Douglas Assistant Director, Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 760 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506 Phone:970 256-4918 Email: ndouglas@blm.gov ANPRM - 09/00/2021 NPRM - 05/00/2022 NPRM Comment Period End - 07/00/2022
Rights-of-Way for Communications Including Broadband1004-AE60The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to amend its right-of-way regulations to improve access to broadband communications.Douglas J. Herrema Division Chief, HQ-350 (Lands, Realty, and Cadastral) Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 Phone:760 507-5607 Email: dherrema@blm.gov NPRM 06/00/2021
Rights-of-Way, Leasing and Operations for Renewable Energy and Transmission Lines 43 CFR Parts 2800, 2880, 32001004-AE78The proposed rule would revise the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) regulations for rights-of-way, leasing, and operations related to all activities associated with renewable energy and transmission lines. The Energy Act of 2020 (Act) and section 207 of Executive Order 14008 (E.O. 14008) prioritize the Department of the Interior’s need to improve all permitting activities and processes to facilitate increased renewable energy production on public lands.Nick Douglas Assistant Director, Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 760 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506 Phone:970 256-4918 Email: ndouglas@blm.gov NPRM - 07/00/2021 NPRM Comment Period End - 09/00/2021 Final Action - 03/00/2022 Final Rule Effective - 04/00/2022
Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation 43 CFR Parts 3160 and 31701004-AE79The rule proposes updates to the BLM’s existing rules governing the venting and flaring of natural gas (methane) from onshore Federal and Indian oil and gas leases. The rulemaking will address the priorities associated with Executive Order 14008 to address tackling the climate crisis which relates to national security. Per Executive Order 13990, this rule will address reducing methane emissions in the oil and gas sector and to bolster resilience to climate change.Nick Douglas Assistant Director, Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 760 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81506 Phone:970 256-4918 Email: ndouglas@blm.gov ANPRM - 06/00/2021 NPRM - 10/00/2020 NPRM Comment Period End - 12/00/2021
Onshore Oil and Gas Operations-Annual Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustments1004-AE77This final rule adjusts the level of civil monetary penalties contained in the BLM's regulations governing onshore oil and gas operations as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and consistent with applicable Office of Management and Budget guidance. The adjustments made by this final rule constitute the 2021 annual inflation adjustments, accounting for 1 year of inflation spanning the period from October 2019 through October 2020.Chandra Little Regulatory Analyst, Division of Regulatory Affairs Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM, Washington, DC 20003 Phone:202 912-7403 Email: cclittle@blm.gov Final Action 05/00/2021 Final Action Effective 05/00/2021
Minerals Management: Adjustment of Cost Recovery Fees1004-AE81BLM regulations provide that the BLM will annually adjust minerals fees according to changes in the Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product, which is published quarterly by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This final rule updates those fees and service charges consistent with that direction.Kyle Moorman Division Chief for Regulatory Affairs and Directives Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240 Phone:202 208-6913 Email: kmoorman@blm.gov Final Rule 10/04/2021 86 FR 54636

Executive Orders

E.O. #SubjectStatusSummaryPLF Position
13990Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis Signed by the President on January 20, 2021 Section 2 of the EO requires the BLM and other agencies to review all agency actions, including regulations and policies, promulgated or issued between January 20, 2017 and January 20, 2021, and consider suspending, revising or rescinding the agency action. In addition, the agency shall consider publishing a notice suspending, revising or rescinding a proposed rule for reducing methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. (The CEQ on February 19, 2021 published a Notice in the FR to rescind previous draft guidance issued in June 2019 on the consideration of greenhouse gas emissions in NEPA documents. The CEQ is expected to issue revised and updated guidance in the near future.) Section 3 of the EO requires the Secretary to conduct a review within 60 days of the boundary modifications made on December 4, 2017 of the Bears Ears National Monument and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and provide a report and recommendations to the President. Section 4 of the EO requires the Secretary to place a temporary moratorium on all activities relating to implementation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program in Alaska. The Secretary is required to conduct, as appropriate, a new and comprehensive analysis of the potential impacts of the oil and gas program. The PLF will be closely tracking these actions and providing comments during any public comment period, as appropriate.
14008Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad Signed by the President on January 27, 2021 Section 207 of the EO requires the Secretary to review renewable energy siting and permitting processes on the public lands and identify steps that can be taken to increase renewable energy production on the public lands. (It should be noted that the Appropriations Act of 2021 set a goal to approve 25 gigawatts of wind, solar, and geothermal energy projects on the public lands by 2025 – a three fold increase in the number of projects currently approved on the public lands.) Section 208 of the EO requires the Secretary to pause new oil and gas leases on the public lands pending completion of a comprehensive review and reconsideration of Federal oil and gas permitting and leasing practices and whether to adjust royalties associated with coal, oil, and gas resources extracted from the public lands or take other appropriate actions to account for corresponding climate costs. (The Western Energy Alliance has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Wyoming challenging the EO as exceeding presidential authority and a violation of the Mineral Leasing Act, NEPA and FLPMA.) Section 211 of the EO requires the BLM and other agencies to prepare a draft Climate Action Plan within 120 days that describes steps the agency can take with regard to its facilities and operations to bolster adaptation and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. Section 215 of the EO requires the Secretary to prepare within 90 days a strategy for creating a Civilian Climate Corps of conservation workers to conserve and restore public lands, increase reforestation, protect biodiversity, and improve access to recreation. Section 216 of the EO requires the Secretary to prepare a report within 90 days on steps that can be taken to achieve a goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our nation’s land and waters by the year 2030. The PLF will be closely tracking these actions and providing comments during any public comment period, as appropriate.
14052Implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs ActSigned by the President on November 15, 2021Establishes an implementation task force and sets priorities. The PLF will be closely tracking these actions and providing comments during any public comment period, as appropriate.