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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

Representing the 1st District of Hawaii

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa Elected Ranking Member Of The United States House Natural Resources Subcommittee On Federal Lands

January 24, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Under the leadership of Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the Democratic Caucus of the House Natural Resources Committee held an organizational meeting today during which Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa was elected to serve as the Ranking Member of the subcommittee on Federal Lands.

Under the House Natural Resources Committee, the subcommittee on Federal Lands has expansive jurisdiction including, but not limited to:

  1. Measures and matters related to the National Park System and its units, including Federal reserved water rights;
  2. The National Wilderness Preservation System;
  3. Wild and Scenic Rivers System, National Trails System, national heritage areas and other national units established for protection, conservation, preservation or recreational development, other than coastal barriers;
  4. Military parks and battlefields, national cemeteries administered by the Secretary of Interior, parks in and within the vicinity of the District of Columbia and the erection of monuments to the memory of individuals;
  5. Federal and non-Federal outdoor recreation plans, programs and administration including the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 and the Outdoor Recreation Act of 1963;
  6. Preservation of prehistoric ruins and objects of interest on the public domain and other historic preservation programs and activities, including national monuments, historic sites and programs for international cooperation in the field of historic preservation;
  7. Matters concerning the following agencies and programs:  Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery Program, Historic American Building Survey, Historic American Engineering Record, and U.S. Holocaust Memorial;
  8. Public lands generally, including measures or matters relating to entry, easements, withdrawals, grazing and Federal reserved water rights;
  9. Forfeiture of land grants and alien ownership, including alien ownership of mineral lands;
  10. Cooperative efforts to encourage, enhance and improve international programs for the protection of the environment and the conversation of natural resources otherwise within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee;
  11. Forest reservation, including management thereof, created from the public domain;
  12. Public forest land generally, including measures or matters related to entry, easements, withdrawals, grazing and Federal reserved water rights;
  13. Wildlife resources, including research, restoration, refuges and conservation, including National Wildlife Refuges.

Congresswoman Hanabusa:  “I am excited to take on the role of ranking member of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands.  Not only does this subcommittee have significant jurisdiction over federal lands, national parks and national wildlife refuges in the State of Hawaii, the lands under its jurisdiction are some of the most treasured natural resources in the United States and the lands and agencies tasked with their oversight will need aggressive representation in Congress if the Republicans proceed with their plans to under-value public lands and reduce federal protections and oversight.”

Ranking Member Grijalva:  “I’m thrilled to have Rep. Hanabusa back on the Natural Resources Committee and excited that she’ll be serving as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Federal Lands,” said Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.). “As an avid advocate for our national parks, oceans and natural places, I’m confident she will do everything she can to fight back against Trump Republicans efforts as they try to give away our public lands.”

To learn more about the subcommittee on Federal Lands, visit the website: