United States Senate Energy Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests is one of four subcommittees of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
This subcommittee's jurisdiction includes oversight and legislative responsibilities for: public lands administered by the
Bureau of Land Managementand U.S. Forest Service including farming and grazing thereon, and wilderness areas; establishment of wildlife refuges on public lands and wilderness designation therein; military land withdrawals; reserved water rights; Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act; territorial affairs; national mining and minerals policy and general mining laws; surface mining, reclamation and enforcement; mining education and research; Federal mineral leasing; Outer Continental Shelfleasing; Naval oil shale reserves; National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska; and deep seabed mining.
=Members, 110th Congress=
The Committee is chaired by Democrat
Ron Wydenof Oregon. The Ranking Minority Member Larry Craigtemporarily stepped down from his position on August 29, 2007at the request of Senate Republican leaders, due to an Ethics investigation. [http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0807/CNN_Craig_stepping_down_from_committee_assignments.html]
* [http://energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=About.Subcommittee&Subcommittee_ID=8 U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests, official web site]
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