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John Stewart

Herger Proposes Antiquities Act Ammendment

(Sept 13, 2011) - Congressman Wally Herger (R-CA) testified before the Natural Resources Committee regarding his legislation, H.R. 817, which would amend the Antiquities Act of 1906 to require that national monument designations be subject to the approval of Congress. The President currently has the unilateral authority to make such designations. Congressman Herger's statement follows:

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John Stewart

Hearing on Forest Service Regulations Scheduled

Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Forest Service Regulatory Roadblocks to Productive Land Use and Recreation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, November 15th the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forest and Public Lands will hold an oversight hearing on “Forest Service Regulatory Roadblocks to Productive Land Use and Recreation: Proposed Planning Rule, Special-use Permits, and Travel Management.”

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John Stewart

Wilderness Proposals Should Come from States

Wilderness Designations Require Congressional Approval in Addition to Local Support

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today issued the following comment in response to the Interior Department’s recommendation that 18 backcountry areas in nine states be designated as either wilderness or national conservation areas:

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John Stewart

Historical Maps Now Covering 36 States

 The release of more than 13,688 historical topographic maps covering California highlights the rapid pace of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Historical Topographic Map Collection.

Nearly 124,000 high resolution scans of the more than 200,000 historical USGS topographic maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available online. The Historical Topographic Map Collection includes published U.S. maps of all scales and editions, and are offered as a geo-referenced digital download or as a scanned print from the USGS Store.

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Spending Bill Reaffirms Restriction on “Wild Lands” Designations

WASHINGTON, D.C.(Dec 16, 2011) – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today unveiled language included in the 2012 Interior spending bill that blocks federal land management agencies from creating new wilderness areas without first getting Congressional approval.

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