About The Committee

The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources considers legislation and conducts congressional oversight on all issues within the Committee’s jurisdiction, including the ongoing climate crisis; environmental justice; public lands, waters, oceans, wildlife, and cultural resources; energy development and mining; Indigenous affairs; the U.S. Insular Areas; and all activities of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. 

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Committee Democrats' Mission and Subcommittee Priorities

Under the leadership of Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva, House Natural Resources Committee Democrats advance meaningful, justice-oriented solutions to fight climate change, pursue a healthier, more sustainable planet, and elevate the interests of Indigenous Peoples and residents of U.S. Insular Areas.


Energy and Mineral Resources

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by onshore and offshore fossil fuel energy development.
  • Prioritize clean, renewable energy, including solar and wind.
  • End subsidies for exploitive, polluting industries and hold them accountable to the American people.

Federal Lands

  • Protect and enhance America’s national parks, national forests, and other public lands, waters, and special places.
  • Promote meaningful tribal consultation and tribal co-management of public lands, waters, and special places.
  • Strengthen bedrock environmental and public participation protections, namely the National Environmental Policy Act.
  • Foster opportunities for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation.

Water, Wildlife and Fisheries

  • Protect our oceans, coasts, and wildlife from pollution, climate change, and other threats.
  • Support sustainable fisheries and resilient coastal and ocean economies
  • Secure water supply certainty for tribal communities and prepare communities for climate change-related impacts on water supplies.
  • Conserving and recovering American species and their habitats
  • Enhancing international wildlife conservation efforts

Indian and Insular Affairs

  • Strengthen tribal sovereignty and self-governance, honor the federal government’s trust and treaty responsibilities, and protect ancestral homelands and tribal cultural resources.
  • Acknowledge and elevate Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge in federal decision making.
  • Foster political, economic, and social development of the U.S. Territories and reckon with the unjust impacts of America's colonialist history.
  • Affirm our relationships with and support economic self-sufficiency of the Freely Associated States.

Oversight and Investigations

  • Conduct congressional oversight of activities of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Atmospheric Administration, and the industries that engage with these agencies.
  • Ensure federal decisions and actions are grounded in science and free of undue influence.