LIVESTREAMS NEXT WEEK: Overcrowding in National Parks on Tuesday, Committee Markup on Thursday

Washington, D.C. – The Natural Resources Committee is holding two livestreamed events next week.


The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, led by Chair Katie Porter (D-Calif.), will hold a hearing titled, Lessons from the Field: Overcrowding in National Parks.

National parks have a dual mandate to protect natural and cultural resources and provide enjoyment for current and future generations of visitors, but sky rocketing visitation numbers are harming the quality of visitors’ experiences and park resources. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to overcrowding, but parks like Zion and Yosemite are successfully piloting visitor management strategies that may hold valuable lessons for other national parks. Successfully addressing overcrowding takes careful planning, partnerships, and good data to inform decision making and ensure equitable access to America’s national parks.


Panel I

  • Jeff Bradybaugh Superintendent, Zion National Park, National Park Service

Panel II

  • Frank Dean, President & CEO, Yosemite Conservancy
  • Hannah Downey, Policy Director, Property and Environment Research Center
  • Will Rice, PhD, Assistant Professor of Outdoor Recreation and Wildland Management, University of Montana

When: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1:00 p.m. Eastern time

Watch Live: https://youtu.be/v2tK7SbdpT8




The full Committee, led by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), will hold a markup on the following bills: 

  • H.R. 3681 (RSoto), To direct the Director of the United States Geological Survey to establish a program to map zones that are at greater risk of sinkhole formation, and for other purposes. Sinkhole Mapping Act of 2021.
  • H.R. 5522 (Kind), To require the Secretary of the Interior to develop and maintain a cadastre of Federal real property. Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act of 2021.
  • H.R. 6032 (Huffman), To take certain Federal lands located in Siskiyou County, California, and Humboldt County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Karuk Tribe, and for other purposes. Katimiîn and Ameekyáaraam Sacred Lands Act. 
  • H.R. 6427  (Johnson), To amend the Red River National Wildlife Refuge Act to modify the boundary of the Red River National Wildlife Refuge, and for other purposes. Red River National Wildlife Refuge Boundary Modification Act.
  • H.R. 6611 (Keating), To authorize the Embassy of France in Washington, DC, to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs to honor the extraordinary contributions of Jean Monnet to restoring peace between European nations and establishing the European Union, and for other purposes. 
  • H.R. 6720 (Raskin), To authorize the Thomas Paine Memorial Association to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 6964 (Strickland), To authorize leases of up to 99 years for lands held in trust for the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation.
  • H.R. 7615 (Moore), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into partnerships to develop housing, and for other purposes. LODGE Act or Lodging Options Developed for Government Employees Act.
  • H.R. 7918 (Keating), To require the Secretary of Commerce to establish the Sea Turtle Rescue Assistance Grant Program. Sea Turtle Rescue Assistance Act of 2022. 
  • H.R. 7952 (Dean), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue a right-of-way permit with respect to a natural gas distribution pipeline within Valley Forge National Historical Park, and for other purposes. Valley Forge Park Realignment Permit and Promise Act. 
  • H.R. 8115 (LaMalfa), To amend the Recreation and Public Purposes Act to authorize sales and leases of certain Federal land to federally recognized Indian Tribes, and for other purposes. Recreation and Public Purposes Tribal Parity Act.
  • S. 314 (Merkley), A bill to repeal the Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Act. Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Repeal Act.

Watch Live: https://youtu.be/rDpY57NrkZA

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