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COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS

HENRY M. JACKSON, Washington, Chairman FRANK CHURCH, Idaho

PAUL J. FANNIN, Arizona LEE METCALF, Montana

CLIFFORD P. HANSEN, Wyoming J. BENNETT JOHNSTON, Louisiana

MARK O. HATFIELD, Oregon JAMES ABOUREZK, South Dakota

JAMES A. MCCLURE, Idaho FLOYD K. HASKELL, Colorado

DEWEY F. BARTLETT, Oklahoma
JOHN GLENN, Ohio
RICHARD STONE, Florida
DALE BUMPERS, Arkansas

GRENVILLE GARSIDE, Special Counsel and Staff Director
DANIEL A. DREYFUS, Deputy Staff Director for Legislation

WILLIAM J. VAN NESS, Chief Counsel
D. MICHAEL HARVEY, Deputy Chief Counsel

HARRISON LOESCH, Minority Counsel

SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND LAND RESOURCES

FLOYD K. HASKELL, Colorado, Chairman HENRY M. JACKSON, Washington

JAMES A. MCCLURE, Idaho FRANK CHURCH, Idaho

MARK O. HATFIELD, Oregon LEE METCALF, Montana

CLIFFORD P. HANSEN, Wyoming JAMES ABOUREZK, South Dakota

DEWEY F. BARTLETT, Oklahoma
JOHN GLENN, Ohio
DALE BUMPERS, Arkansas

STEVEN P. QUARLES, Counsel
THOMAS B. WILLIAMS, Professional Staff Member

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STATEMENTS

Alderson, George, Director of Federal Affairs, the Wilderness So-
ciety

289, 293
Bettwy, Andrew L., Land Commissioner, State of Arizona-

262, 272
Clusen, Charles M., a Washington representative of the Sierra Club - 297
Cullen, Richard P., Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Association --- 247, 251, 261
Edwards, Howard L., vice president and secretary, the Anaconda Com-
pany, on behalf of the American Mining Congress.

351
Evans, James, legislative representative, National Association of Coun-
ties, Washington, D.C.

242, 244

Garrett, Tom, conservation director, Friends of the Earth.--

305

Goodier, John, chief, Mineral Development Division, Wyoming Depart-

ment of Economic Planning and Development, appearing on behalf of

Hon. Ed Herschler, Governor of the State of Wyoming--

227, 234

Landstrom, Karl, attorney, Sportsman's Paradise Homeowners Associa-

tion

378, 385

MacCleery, Doug, forester, National Forest Products Association; accom-

panied by John F. Hall, vice sident for forestry affairs---

311, 316

McGuire, Hon. John R., Chief, Forest Service, Department of Agriculture_- 224

Riley, Robert B., member, Regional Development and Natural Resources

Committee of the American Institute of Architects; accompanied by John

Gaillard, director of housing and urban programs..

338, 342

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Silcock, Burton W., Federal co-chairman, Joint Federal-State Land Use

Planning Commission for Alaska, and David S. Jackman, State cochairman, Joint Federal-State Land Use Planning Commission for Alaska ; accompanied by John Katz, counsel for Joint Federal-State Land Page Use Planning Commission for Alaska.

237 Williams, Darrell, landowner in the State of Idaho

369 Wilson, Cynthia E., National Audubon Society --

303

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL

378

Landstrom, Karl S., atorney, Sportsman's Paradise Homeowners Associa

tion, letter to Senator Haskell, February 5, 1975--
Mathews, William L., State director, Bureau of Land Management, Boise,

Idaho, February 28, 1975---
Williams, Darrell T., letter to William L. Mathews, February 24, 1975---

373 372

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STATEMENTS

Cavanaugh, Thomas J., general counsel of the Public Lands Council.---
Clapper, Louis S., on behalf of the National Wildlife Federation.--
Green, Kass, representing the Friends of the Earth.
Poole, Daniel A., president, Wildlife Management Institute---

393 396 405 411

427

429

430

COMMUNICATIONS
Haskell, Hon. Floyd K., a U.S. Senator from the State of Colorado, letters
received from:
Alan M. Nedry, special counsel, Southern California Edison Co., Wash-

ington, D.C., March 4, 1975_-
C. R. Gutermuth, president, National Rifle Association of America,

Washington, D.O., March 6, 1975----
John C. Datt, director Congressional Relations, American Farm Bu-

reau of Federation, March 10, 1975---
James Whaley, chairman, National Resources Committee, Wyoming

Farm Bureau Federation, May 9, 1975--
Jackson, Hon. Henry M., a U.S. Senator from the State of Washington,
letters received from:
Alan M. Nedry, special counsel, Southern California Edison Co., Wash-

ington, D.C., February 5, 1975...
William R. Denton, vice president, Southern Pacific Co., Washington,

D.C., March 19, 1975_-
McClure, Hon. James A., a U.S. Senator from the State of Idaho, letter

received from J. Vard Chatburn, member, House of Representatives,
State of ho, March 1975_-

433

422

425

437

MANAGEMENT OF NATIONAL RESOURCE LANDS

FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 1975

U.S. SENATE,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND LAND RESOURCES,
OF THE COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS,

Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met at 10:30 a.m., pursuant to notice, in room 3110, Dirksen Office Building, Hon. Floyd K. Haskell presiding.

Present: Senators Haskell, Hansen, and McClure.

Also present: Steven P. Quarles, counsel; Thomas B. Williams, professional staff member; and W. 0. Craft, Jr., deputy minority counsel.

Senator HASKELL. The subcommittee will come to order.

OPENING STATEMENT OF HON. FLOYD K. HASKELL, A

U.S. SENATOR FROM THE STATE OF COLORADO The purpose of this hearing before the Subcommittee on the Environment and Land Resources is to take testimony on S. 507, the National Resource Lands Management Act.

This bill, often referred to as the “BLM Organic Act”, would provide the first comprehensive statement of congressional goals, policies, and authority for the use and management of 451 million acres of federally owned lands administered by the Secretary of the Interior through the Bureau of Land Management. As most of you know, S. 507, as introduced, is virtually identical to S. 424, which was ordered reported unanimously from the Interior Committee and passed the Senate by a 71-1 vote last Congress.

I firmly believe this bill is one of the most important measures pending before the committee. Its importance is readily discernible from the fact that the national resource lands comprise two-thirds of all Federal land and one-fifth of our entire land base, and that the Bureau of Land Management is the only major Federal land agency without a modern statutory mandate. The only management tools available to the BLM remain some 3,000 public land laws which have accumulated over the last 170 years. A goodly proportion of these laws were written in the last century at a time when the policy of rapid disposal, rather than retention, of the public lands prevailed. Not unexpectedly, therefore, these laws are often conflicting, sometimes truly contradictory, certainly incomplete and inadequate, and largely lacking in enforcement authority.

S. 507 will provide the vitally needed modern statutory mandate to the BLM.

I plan to make this measure a priority item of business for the subcommittee and look forward to the same level of bipartisan support enjoyed by S. 424 during the last Congress.

At this point I will insert in the record the text of S. 507, departmental reports, and a statement from Senator Church.

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