LIVESTREAMS NEXT WEEK: Parks and Public Lands Bills on Tuesday, Committee Markup on Wednesday, Water and Wildlife Bills on Thursday

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


Subcommittee National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands

The Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, led by Chair Neguse (D-Colo.), will hold a legislative hearing on the following bills:

  • H.R. 1548 (Cartwright), To establish a pilot program for native plant species, and for other purposes. Native Plant Species Pilot Program Act of 2021.
  • H.R. 4658 (Lieu) To designate the Encinal Trailhead on the Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area as the “Anthony ‘Tony’ Beilenson Trailhead.” Beilenson Trailhead Designation Act.
  • H.R. 6364 (Cartwright), To amend the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act to extend the exception to the closure of certain roads within the Recreation Area for local businesses, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 6442 (Fulcher), To amend section 101703 of title 54, United States Code, to include Tribal Governments and quasi-governmental entities, and for other purposes. Partnership Agreements Creating Tangible Savings Act or the PACTS Act.
  • H.R. 7496 (Plaskett), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to install a plaque at the peak of Ram Head in the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John, United States Virgin Islands, to commemorate the slave rebellion that began on St. John in 1733.
  • H.R. 7615 (Moore), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into partnerships to develop housing, and for other purposes. Lodging Options Developed for Government Employees Act or the LODGE Act.
  • H.R. 7693 (Westerman), To amend title 54, United States Code, to reauthorize the National Park Foundation. National Park Foundation Reauthorization 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.


Panel I: Congressional Panel

  • Rep. Matt Cartwright (H.R 1548 & H.R. 6364), Pennsylvania, 8th District
  • Rep. Ted Lieu (H.R. 4658), California, 2nd District
  • Rep. Russ Fulcher (H.R. 6442), Idaho, 1st District
  • Rep. Stacey Plaskett (H.R. 7496), Virgin Islands, At-Large
  • Rep. Blake Moore (H.R. 7615), Utah, 1st District
  • Rep. Bruce Westerman (H.R. 7615), Arkansas, 4th District
  • Rep. Madeleine Dean (H.R. 7952), Pennsylvania, 4th District

Panel II: Administration Panel

  • Ms. Lena McDowall (All Bills), Deputy Director, Management and Administration, National Park Service

Panel III: Expert Witness Panel

  • Ms. Karen Gilhuly (H.R. 1548), Chair, National Affairs and Legislation, The Garden Club of America
  • Ms. Margaret Everson (H.R. 6442 & H.R. 7615), Executive Director, Oak Grove Initiative
  • Ms. Patrice Horstman (H.R. 6442 & H.R. 7615), Chair, Board of Supervisors, Coconino County, Arizona
  • Dr. Hadiya Sever (H.R. 7496), President & Co-Founder, St. JanCo: the St. John Heritage Collective
  • Mr. Will Shafroth (H.R. 7693), President & CEO, National Park Foundation

When: 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

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



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

  • H.R. 263 (Quigley), To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, to further the conservation of certain wildlife species, and for other purposes. Big Cat Public Safety Act.
  • H.R. 5444 (Davids), To establish the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the United States, and for other purposes. Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act.
  • H.R. 6063 (McCollum), To provide for the equitable settlement of certain Indian land disputes regarding land in Illinois, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 6181 (Gallego), To reaffirm that certain land has been taken into trust for the benefit of the Samish Indian Nation, and for other purposes. Samish Indian Nation Land Reaffirmation Act.
  • H.R. 6337 (Neguse), To require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to develop long-distance bike trails on Federal land, and for other purposes. Biking on Long-Distance Trails Act.
  • H.R. 6707 (Golden), To amend the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 to advance equality for Wabanaki nations, and for other purposes. Advancing Equality for Wabanaki Nations Act.
  • H.R. 6734 (Jeffries), To amend the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize the volunteer services, community partnership, and refuge education programs of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and for other purposes. Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act of 2022.
  • H.R. 7002 (Wagner), To authorize the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, to be illuminated by blue and yellow lights in support of Ukraine. Gateway Solidarity Act.
  • H.R. 7025 (Grijalva), To prohibit the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service from funding entities that commit, fund, or support gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, and for other purposes. Advancing Human Rights-Centered International Conservation Act of 2022.
  • H.R. 7075 (Spartz), To designate Ukrainian Independence Park in Washington, District of Columbia, and for other purposes. Ukrainian Independence Park Act of 2022.
  • S. 789 (Rounds), To repeal certain obsolete laws relating to Indians. Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes Act or the RESPECT Act 

When: 10:00 a.m. Eastern time 

Watch Live: https://youtu.be/HMtEyUww9TU



Subcommittee Waters, Oceans, and Wildlife

The Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, led by Chair Huffman (D-Calif.), will hold a legislative hearing on the following bills:

  • H.R. 4768 (Joyce), To require the Secretary of the Army to initiate at least 5 projects to reduce the loss and degradation of Great Lakes coastal wetlands, and for other purposes. Detrimental Erosion Forcing Enhanced Needs to Defend (DEFEND) the Great Lakes Act.
  • H.R. 6936 (Stefanik), To provide for the issuance of a semipostal to benefit programs that combat invasive species. Stamp Out Invasive Species Act.
  • H.R. 6949 (Evans), To amend the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act to reauthorize Delaware River Basin conservation programs, and for other purposes. Delaware River Basin Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2022.
  • H.R. 7398 (Cohen), To prohibit wildlife killing contests on public lands, and for other purposes. Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests Act of 2022.
  • H.R. 7792 (Stansbury), To provide for a national water data framework, and for other purposes. Water Data Act.
  • H.R. 7793 (Stansbury), To provide for the water security of the Rio Grande Basin, to reauthorize irrigation infrastructure grants, and for other purposes. Rio Grande Water Security Act.
  • H.R. 7801 (Mike Levin), To amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to allow the Secretary of Commerce to establish a Coastal and Estuarine Resilience and Restoration Program, and for other purposes.


Panel I: Congressional Panel

  • Rep. Melanie Stansbury (H.R. 7792 & H.R. 7793), New Mexico, 1st District

Panel III: Expert Witness Panel

  • Ms. Stephanie Garcia Richard (H.R. 7398), Commissioner of Public Lands, New Mexico State Land Office
  • Mr. Nikki Ghorpade (H.R. 6949), Government Affairs Manager, Great Lakes/Atlantic Region, Ducks Unlimited
  • Mr. Mike Hamman (H.R. 7792 & H.R. 7793), State Engineer, State of New Mexico
  • Minority Witness

When: 9:00 a.m. Eastern time

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

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