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December 21, 2006, As Reported by the Resources Committee

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House Report 109-735 - REPORT ON LEGISLATIVE AND OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES of the COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES during the ONE HUNDRED NINTH CONGRESS




[House Report 109-735]
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                                                 Union Calendar No. 437
109th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     109-735
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                  REPORT ON LEGISLATIVE AND OVERSIGHT

                               ACTIVITIES

                                 of the

                         COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES

                                 of the

                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                               during the

                       ONE HUNDRED NINTH CONGRESS

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 December 21, 2006.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on 
            the State of the Union and ordered to be printed


                         COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES

                 RICHARD W. POMBO, California, Chairman
       NICK J. RAHALL II, West Virginia, Ranking Democrat Member
DON YOUNG, Alaska                    DALE E. KILDEE, Michigan
JIM SAXTON, New Jersey               ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA,
ELTON GALLEGLY, California             American Samoa
JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee       NEIL ABERCROMBIE, Hawaii
WAYNE T. GILCHREST, Maryland         SOLOMON P. ORTIZ, Texas
KEN CALVERT, California              FRANK PALLONE, Jr., New Jersey
BARBARA CURBIN, Wyoming              DONNA M. CHRISTENSEN, Virgin 
GEORGE RADANOVICH, California            Islands
WALTER B. JONES, North Carolina      RON KIND, Wisconsin
CHRIS CANNON, Utah                   GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California
JOHN E. PETERSON, Pennsylvania       TOM UDALL, New Mexico
JIM GIBBONS, Nevada                  RAUL M. GRIJALVA, Arizona
GREG WALDEN, Oregon                  MADELEINE Z. BORDALLO, Guam
THOMAS G. TANCREDO, Colorado         JIM COSTA, California
J.D. HAYWORTH, Arizona               CHARLIE MELANCON, Louisiana
JEFF FLAKE, Arizona                  DAN BOREN, Oklahoma
RICK RENZI, Arizona                  GEORGE MILLER, California
STEVAN PEARCE, New Mexico            EDWARD J. MARKEY, Massachusetts
HENRY E. BROWN, Jr., South Carolina  PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon
THELMA D. DRAKE, Virginia            JAY INSLEE, Washington
LUIS G. FORTUNO, Puerto Rico         MARK UDALL, Colorado
CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS, Washington   DENNIS A. CARDOZA, California
BOBBY JINDAL, Louisiana              STEPHANIE HERSETH, South Dakota
LOUIE GOHMERT, Texas
MARILYN N. MUSGRAVE, Colorado
VACANCY

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On January 26, 2005, pursuant to H. Res. 48, the Majority (Republican) 
Members were elected to the Committee.
On January 26, 2005, pursuant to H. Res. 49, the Minority (Democrat) 
Members were elected to the Committee.
On February 2, 2005, pursuant to H. Res. 62, the following Members were 
elected to the Committee: George Miller, California; Edward J. Markey, 
Massachusetts; Peter A. DeFazio, Oregon; Jay Inslee, Washington; Mark 
Udall, Colorado; Dennis A. Cardoza, California; and Stephanie Herseth, 
South Dakota.
On February 2, 2005, Mark E. Souder resigned from the Committee.
On February 16, 2005, pursuant to H. Res. 112, Marilyn N. Musgrave was 
elected to the Committee.
On May 5, 2005, Devin Nunes resigned from the Committee.


          STANDING SUBCOMMITTEES OF THE COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES
                     Subcommittee on National Parks

                  STEVAN PEARCE, New Mexico, Chairman
     DONNA M. CHRISTENSEN, Virgin Islands, Ranking Democrat Member
JIM SAXTON, New Jersey               DALE E. KILDEE, Michigan
ELTON GALLEGLY, California           NEIL ABERCROMBIE, Hawaii
JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee       RON KIND, Wisconsin
GEORGE RADANOVICH, California        TOM UDALL, New Mexico
WALTER B. JONES, North Carolina      MADELEINE Z. BORDALLO, Guam
HENRY E. BROWN, South Carolina,      CHARLIE MELANCON, Louisiana
  Vice Chair                         NICK J. RAHALL II, Ex-Officio
LUIS G. FORTUNO, Puerto Rico
MARILYN N. MUSGRAVE, Colorado
RICHARD W. POMBO, Ex-Officio
                                 ------                                

               Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health

                     GREG WALDEN, Oregon, Chairman
             TOM UDALL, New Mexico, Ranking Democrat Member
JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee       DALE E. KILDEE, Michigan
WAYNE T. GILCHREST, Maryland         NEIL ABERCROMBIE, Hawaii
CHRIS CANNON, Utah                   DAN BOREN, Oklahoma
JOHN E. PETERSON, Pennsylvania,      PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon
  Vice Chair                         JAY INSLEE, Washington
THOMAS G. TANCREDO, Colorado         MARK UDALL, Colorado
J.D. HAYWORTH, Arizona               DENNIS A. CARDOZA, California
JEFF FLAKE, Arizona                  STEPHANIE HERSETH, South Dakota
RICK RENZI, Arizona                  NICK J. RAHALL II, Ex-Officio
HENRY E. BROWN, Jr., South Carolina
CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS, Washington
PRICHARD W. POMBO, Ex-Officio
                                 ------                                

              Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

                     JIM GIBBONS, Nevada, Chairman
           RAUL M. GRIJALVA, Arizona, Ranking Democrat Member
DON YOUNG, Alaska                    ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA,
BARBARA CUBIN, Wyoming                 American Samoa
CHRIS CANNON, Utah                   SOLOMON P. ORTIZ, Texas
JOHN E. PETERSON, Pennsylvania       JIM COSTA, California
STEVAN PEARCE, New Mexico            CHARLIE MELANCON, Louisiana
THELMA D. DRAKE, Virginia,           DAN BOREN, Oklahoma
  Vice Chair                         EDWARD J. MARKEY, Massachusetts
BOBBY JINDAL, Louisiana              NICK J. RAHALL II, Ex-Officio
LOUIE GOHMERT, Texas
RICHARD W. POMBO, Ex-Officio
                    Subcommittee on Water and Power

                GEORGE RADANOVICH, California, Chairman
        GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California, Ranking Democrat Member
KEN CALVERT, California              RAUL M. GRIJALVA, Arizona
BARBARA CUBIN, Wyoming               JIM COSTA, California
GREG WALDEN, Oregon                  GEORGE MILLER, California
THOMAS G. TANCREDO, Colorado         MARK UDALL, Colorado
J.D. HAYWORTH, Arizona               DENNIS A. CARDOZA, California
STEVAN PEARCE, New Mexico            VACANCY
CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS, Washington,  VACANCY
  Vice Chair                         NICK J. RAHALL II, Ex-Officio
LOUIE GOHMERT, Texas
RICHARD W. POMBO, Ex-Officio
                                 ------                                

                  Subcommittee on Fisheries and Oceans

                 WAYNE T. GILCHREST, Maryland, Chairman
        FRANK PALLONE, Jr., New Jersey, Ranking Democrat Member
DON YOUNG, Alaska                    ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA,
JIM SAXTON, New Jersey, Vice Chair     American Samoa
WALTER B. JONES, North Carolina      NEIL ABERCROMBIE, Hawaii
THELMA D. DRAKE, Virginia            SOLOMON P. ORTIZ, Texas
LUIS G. FORTUNO, Puerto Rico         RON KIND, Wisconsin
BOBBY JINDAL, Louisiana              MADELEINE Z. BORDALLO, Guam
MARILYN N. MUSGRAVE, Colorado        NICK J. RAHALL II, Ex-Officio
RICHARD W. POMBO, Ex-Officio
                                 ------                                

     Task Force on Improving the National Environmental Policy Act

                  CATHY McMORRIS, Washington, Chairman
             TOM UDALL, New Mexico, Ranking Democrat Member
KEN CALVERT, California              GEORGE MILLER, California
GEORGE RADANOVICH, California        ED MARKEY, Massachusetts
CHRIS CANNON, Utah                   FRANK PALLONE, New Jersey
JIM GIBBONS, Nevada                  GRACE NAPOLITANO, California
GREG WALDEN, Oregon                  JAY INSLEE, Washington
RICK RENZI, Arizona                  MARK UDALL, Colorado
STEVAN PEARCE, New Mexico            RAUL GRIJALVA, Arizona
HENRY BROWN, South Carolina          JIM COSTA, California
THELMA D. DRAKE, Virginia            NICK J. RAHALL II, Ex-Officio
LOUIE GOHMERT, Texas
RICHARD W. POMBO, Ex-Officio
      Task Force on Updating the National Environmental Policy Act

                  CATHY McMORRIS, Washington, Chairman
             TOM UDALL, New Mexico, Ranking Democrat Member
KEN CALVERT, California              GEORGE MILLER, California
GEORGE RADANOVICH, California        ED MARKEY, Massachusetts
CHRIS CANNON, Utah                   FRANK PALLONE, New Jersey
JIM GIBBONS, Nevada                  GRACE NAPOLITANO, California
GREG WALDEN, Oregon                  JAY INSLEE, Washington
RICK RENZI, Arizona                  MARK UDALL, Colorado
STEVAN PEARCE, New Mexico            RAUL GRIJALVA, Arizona
HENRY BROWN, South Carolina          JIM COSTA, California
THELMA D. DRAKE, Vriginia            NICK J. RAHALL II, Ex-Officio
LOUIE GOHMERT, Texas
RICHARD W. POMBO, Ex-Officio
                          FULL COMMITTEE STAFF

                       Steve Ding, Chief of Staff
                    Tom Brierton, Professional Staff
                  Kurt Christensen, Professional Staff
            Melissa Delaney, Deputy Communications Director
   Christopher Fluhr, Director-Office of Native American and Insular 
                                Affairs
 Chris Foster, Legislative Staff-Office of Native American and Insular 
                                Affairs
                     Rob Gordon, Professional Staff
   Jim Hall, Legislative Staff-Office of Native American and Insular 
                                Affairs
                   Amber Hendren, Executive Assistant
                 Brian Kennedy, Communications Director
                        Dan Kish, Senior Advisor
                        Nancy Locke, Chief Clerk
                Linda J. Livingston, Executive Assistant
   Joanna Mackay, Calendar Clerk/Legislative Assistant to the Chief 
                                Counsel
       Tammy McDougald, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff
                    Kathy Miller, Editor and Printer
                   Matt S. Miller, Professional Staff
                      Lisa Pittman, Chief Counsel
                 Vincent Sampson, Deputy Chief Counsel
             Kristen Schrader, Director of External Affairs
                 Adrian Sferle, Deputy Press Secretary
                  Matt Vacarro, Systems Administrator
                  Ed Van Scoyoc, Systems Administrator
 Sophia Varnasidis, Clerk-Office of Native American and Insular Affairs
                    Seth Voyles, Professional Staff
                 Lisa Wallace, Chief Financial Officer
                 Andrew Whelan, Deputy Press Secretary

                            Democratic Staff

                     James H. Zoia, Staff Director
                    Ann Adler, Senior Policy Advisor
                    Laurel Angell, Legislative Staff
                    Tony Babauta, Legislative Staff
                       Linda Booth, Administrator
                   Domenick Carroll, Staff Assistant
                    Marie Howard, Legislative Staff
                     Allyson Ivins, Press Secretary
                    Tracey Parker, Legislative Staff
                   Jeffrey P. Petrich, Chief Counsel
                    Heather Warren, Staff Assistant
                           SUBCOMMITTEE STAFF
                     Subcommittee on National Parks
                  Room H2-187 Ford, Phone 202/226-7736

                         Rob Howarth, Director
                    Casey Hammond, Legislative Staff
                 Brian Morgenstern, Subcommittee Clerk

              Richard Healy, Democratic Legislative Staff
              David Watkins, Democratic Legislative Staff

                  Subcommittee on Fisheries and Oceans
                  Room H2-188 Ford, Phone 202/226-0200

                      Harry F. Burroughs, Director
                   Bonnie B. Bruce, Legislative Staff
                   David S. Whaley, Legislative Staff
                   Perry Williams, Subcommittee Clerk

               Dave Jansen, Democratic Legislative Staff
               Lori Sonken, Democratic Legislative Staff

              Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
                Room 1626 Longworth, Phone 202/225-9297

                      Maryam Sabbaghian, Director
                 Kathleen Benedetto, Legislative Staff
                    Ross Branch, Subcommittee Clerk

       Deborah Von Hoffmann Lanzone, Democratic Legislative Staff
               Lauren Garry, Democratic Legislative Staff

                    Subcommittee on Water and Power
                Room 1522 Longworth, Phone 202/225-8331

                         Kiel Weaver, Director
                   Michael Correia, Legislative Staff
                    Lane Dickson, Subcommittee Clerk

            J. Stevens Lanich, Democratic Legislative Staff
               David Zacher, Democratic Legislative Staff

               Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health
                Room 1337 Longworth, Phone 202/225-0691

                        Doug Crandall, Director
                     Erica Rhoad, Legislative Staff
                     Jason Knox, Subcommittee Clerk

              Meghan Conklin, Democratic Legislative Staff
               David Zacher, Democratic Legislative Staff


                         LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

                                                 December 21, 2006.
Hon. Karen L. Haas,
Clerk of the House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.
    Dear Ms. Haas: Pursuant to clause 1(d)(1) of Rule XI and 
Rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives, here is a 
report of the legislative and oversight activities of the 
Committee on Resources during the 109th Congress.
            Sincerely,
                                        Richard W. Pombo, Chairman.


                            C O N T E N T S

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                                                                   Page
Letter of Transmittal............................................    ix
Overview.........................................................     1
    Full Committee...............................................     2
        Legislative Activities...................................     2
        Oversight Activities.....................................    11
    Subcommittee on National Parks...............................    12
        Legislative Activities...................................    12
        Oversight Activities.....................................    15
    Subcommittee on Fisheries and Oceans.........................    16
        Legislative Activities...................................    16
        Oversight Activities.....................................    18
    Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.................    19
        Legislative Activities...................................    19
        Oversight Activities.....................................    19
    Subcommittee on Water and Power..............................    20
        Legislative Activities...................................    20
        Oversight Activities.....................................    23
    Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health....................    24
        Legislative Activities...................................    24
        Oversight Activities.....................................    27
    Task Force on the National Environmental Policy Act..........28, 29
        Oversight Activities.....................................28, 29
Appendices:
    Printed Hearings.............................................    31
    Legislation Passed House.....................................    37
    List of Public Laws..........................................    55
    Committee Prints.............................................    59
    Committee Legislative Reports................................    61
    Oversight Summary............................................    71


109th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     109-735

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  LEGISLATIVE AND OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES, 
                             109TH CONGRESS

                                _______
                                

 December 21, 2006.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on 
            the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

  Mr. Pombo, from the Committee on Resources, submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                                Overview

    The Committee on Resources met on February 2, 2005, for an 
organizational meeting of the 109th Congress under the 
direction of Chairman Richard W. Pombo. The Committee 
Membership was 52 Members with 28 Republicans and 24 Democrats.
    The Committee established five subcommittees: National 
Parks (Stevan Pearce, Chairman); Fisheries and Oceans (Wayne 
Gilchrest, Chairman); Energy and Mineral Resources (Jim 
Gibbons, Chairman); Water and Power (George Radanovich, 
Chairman); and Forests and Forest Health (Greg Walden, 
Chairman).

                              Jurisdiction

    The jurisdiction of the Committee on Resources, as 
prescribed by Clause 1(l) of Rule X of the Rules of the House 
is as follows:
    (1) Fisheries and wildlife, including research, 
restoration, refuges, and conservation.
    (2) Forest reserves and national parks created from the 
public domain.
    (3) Forfeiture of land grants and alien ownership, 
including alien ownership of mineral lands.
    (4) Geological Survey.
    (5) International fishing agreements.
    (6) Interstate compacts relating to apportionment of waters 
for irrigation purposes.
    (7) Irrigation and reclamation, including water supply for 
reclamation projects and easements of public lands for 
irrigation projects; and acquisition of private lands when 
necessary to complete irrigation projects.
    (8) Native Americans generally, including the care and 
allotment of Native American lands and general and special 
measures relating to claims that are paid out of Native 
American Funds.
    (9) Insular possessions of the United States generally 
(except those affecting the revenue and appropriations).
    (10) Military parks and battlefields, national cemeteries 
administered by the Secretary of the Interior, parks within the 
District of Columbia, and the erection of monuments to the 
memory of individuals.
    (11) Mineral land laws and claims and entries thereunder.
    (12) Mineral resources of the public lands.
    (13) Mining interests generally.
    (14) Mining schools and experimental stations.
    (15) Marine affairs, including coastal zone management 
(except for measures relating to oil and other pollution of 
navigable waters).
    (16) Oceanography.
    (17) Petroleum conservation on the public lands and 
conservation of the radium supply in the United States.
    (18) Preservation of prehistoric ruins and objects of 
interest on the public domain.
    (19) Public lands generally, including entry, easements, 
and the grazing thereon.
    (20) Relations of the United States with Native Americans 
and Native American tribes.
    (21) Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline (except ratemaking).

                            Activities Report

                     Committee on Resources Statistics

Total number of bills and resolutions referred....................   813
Total number of meeting days:
    Full Committee (46)
    Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources (19)
    Subcommittee on Fisheries and Oceans (33)
    Subcommittee Forests and Forest Health (30)
    Subcommittee on National Parks (33)
    Subcommittee on Water and Power (39)
    Task Force on the National Environmental Policy Act (7)
        Total.....................................................   207
Total number of bills ordered reported from Committee.............   130
Total number of reports filed.....................................   127
Total number of bills referred to/discharged by Committee on 
    Resources and passed by the House of Representatives..........   217
Total number of public laws.......................................   118
Total number of bills enacted into law*...........................   163

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* Includes 5 House/Senate Resolutions, 1 Private Law, and all bills 
awaiting signature by the President.

                             Full Committee


                       I. LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES

A. Legislative and Administrative Hearings and Markups

    February 2, 2005--Full Committee met to organize for the 
109th Congress.
    February 10, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 512, to require the 
prompt review by the Secretary of the Interior of the 
longstanding petitions for Federal recognition of certain 
Indian tribes, and for other purposes.
    April 13, 2005--Markup held on a Committee Print ``Domestic 
Energy Security Act''.
    April 20, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 1595, to implement the 
recommendations of the Guam War Claims Review Commission.
    May 18, 2005--Markup held on H.R. 38, to designate a 
portion of the White Salmon River as a component of the 
National Wild and Scenic Rivers System; H.R. 125, to authorize 
the Secretary of the Interior to construct facilities to 
provide water for irrigation, municipal, domestic, military, 
and other uses from the Santa Margarita River, California, and 
for other purposes; H.R. 362, to designate the Ojito Wilderness 
Study Area as wilderness, to take certain land into trust for 
the Pueblo of Zia, and for other purposes; H.R. 394, to direct 
the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a boundary study to 
evaluate the significance of the Colonel James Barrett Farm in 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the suitability and 
feasibility of its inclusion in the National Park System as 
part of the Minute Man National Historical Park, and for other 
purposes; H.R. 432, Private Bill; to require the Secretary of 
the Interior to permit continued occupancy and use of certain 
lands and improvements within Rocky Mountain National Park; 
H.R. 481, to further the purposes of the Sand Creek Massacre 
National Historic Site Establishment Act of 2000; H.R. 517, to 
reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-
Determination Act of 2000, and for other purposes; H.R. 539, to 
designate certain National Forest System land in the 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as components of the National 
Wilderness Preservation System; H.R. 599, to provide a source 
of funds to carry out restoration activities on Federal lands 
under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior or the 
Secretary of Agriculture, and for other purposes; H.R. 774, to 
adjust the boundary of Rocky Mountain National Park in the 
State of Colorado; H.R. 853, to remove certain restrictions on 
the Mammoth Community Water District's ability to use certain 
property acquired by that District from the United States; H.R. 
873, to provide for a nonvoting delegate to the House of 
Representatives to represent the Commonwealth of the Northern 
Mariana Islands, and for other purposes; H.R. 975, to provide 
consistent enforcement authority to the Bureau of Land 
Management, the National Park Service, the United States Fish 
and Wildlife Service, and the Forest Service to respond to 
violations of regulations regarding the management, use, and 
protection of public lands under the jurisdiction of these 
agencies, and for other purposes; H.R. 1084, to authorize the 
establishment at Antietam National Battlefield of a memorial to 
the officers and enlisted men of the Fifth, Sixth, and Ninth 
New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry Regiments and the First New 
Hampshire Light Artillery Battery who fought in the Battle of 
Antietam on September 17, 1862, and for other purposes; H.R. 
1428, to authorize appropriations for the National Fish and 
Wildlife Foundation, and for other purposes; H.R. 1492, to 
provide for the preservation of the historic confinement sites 
where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II, and 
for other purposes; H.R. 1797, to provide for equitable 
compensation to the Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane 
Reservation for the use of tribal land for the production of 
hydropower by the Grand Coulee Dam, and for other purposes; 
H.R. 1905, to amend the Small Tracts Act to facilitate the 
exchange of small tracts of land, and for other purposes; H.R. 
2130, to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to 
authorize research programs to better understand and protect 
marine mammals, and for other purposes; and H.R. 2362, to 
reauthorize and amend the National Geologic Mapping Act of 
1992.
    September 21, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 3824, to amend and 
reauthorize the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide 
greater results conserving and recovering listed species, and 
for other purposes.
    September 22, 2005--Markup held on H.R. 3824, to amend and 
reauthorize the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide 
greater results conserving and recovering listed species, and 
for other purposes; H.R. 1129, to authorize the exchange of 
certain land in the State of Colorado; H.R. 2383, to 
redesignate the facility of the Bureau of Reclamation located 
at 19550 Kelso Road in Byron, California, as the ``C.W. `Bill' 
Jones Pumping Plant''; H.R. 2875, to amend the Public Lands 
Corps Act of 1993 to provide for the conduct of projects that 
protect forests, and for other purposes; H.R. 3351, to make 
technical corrections to laws relating to Native Americans, and 
for other purposes; and S. 1339, to reauthorize the Junior Duck 
Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act of 1994.
    September 28, 2005--Markup held on a Committee Print 
``National Energy Supply Diversification and Disruption 
Prevention Act''.
    October 19, 2005--Markup held on H. Con. Res. 267, 
Expressing the sense of the Congress upholding the Makah Tribe 
treaty rights; H.R. 323, to redesignate the Ellis Island 
Library on the third floor of the Ellis Island Immigration 
Museum, located on Ellis Island in New York Harbor, as the 
``Bob Hope Memorial Library''; H.R. 326, to amend the Yuma 
Crossing National Heritage Area Act of 2000 to adjust the 
boundary of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area and to 
extend the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to 
provide assistance under that Act; H.R. 679, to direct the 
Secretary of the Interior to convey a parcel of real property 
to Beaver County, Utah; H.R. 1096, to establish the Thomas 
Edison National Historical Park in the State of New Jersey as 
the successor to the Edison National Historic Site; H.R. 1183, 
to require the Secretary of the Interior to provide public 
access to Navassa National Wildlife Refuge and Desecheo 
National Wildlife Refuge; H.R. 1436, to remove certain use 
restrictions on property located in Navajo County, Arizona; 
H.R. 1564, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey 
certain buildings and lands of the Yakima Project, Washington, 
to the Yakima-Tieton Irrigation District; H.R. 1972, to direct 
the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource 
study to determine the suitability and feasibility of including 
in the National Park System certain sites in Williamson County, 
Tennessee, relating to the Battle of Franklin; H.R. 3443, to 
direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain water 
distribution facilities to the Northern Colorado Water 
Conservancy District; H.R. 3818, to authorize the Secretary of 
Agriculture to enter into partnership agreements with entities 
and local communities to encourage greater cooperation in the 
administration of Forest Service activities on and near 
National Forest System lands, and for other purposes; and S. 
229, to clear title to certain real property in New Mexico 
associated with the Middle Rio Grande Project, and for other 
purposes.
    October 26, 2005--Markup held on Recommendations for Budget 
Reconciliation.
    October 27, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 3405, to prohibit 
the provision of Federal economic development assistance for 
any State or locality that uses the power of eminent domain 
power to obtain property for private commercial development or 
that fails to pay relocation costs to persons displaced by use 
of the power of eminent domain for economic development 
purposes.
    November 16, 2005--Markup held on H.R. 452, to authorize 
the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to determine 
the suitability and feasibility of designating the Soldiers' 
Memorial Military Museum located in St. Louis, Missouri, as a 
unit of the National Park System; H.R. 1071, to direct the 
Secretary of Energy to make incentive payments to the owners or 
operators of qualified desalination facilities to partially 
offset the cost of electrical energy required to operate such 
facilities, and for other purposes; H.R. 1090, to designate a 
Forest Service trail at Waldo Lake in the Willamette National 
Forest in the State of Oregon as a national recreation trail in 
honor of Jim Weaver, a former Member of the House of 
Representatives; H.R. 1190, to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to conduct a feasibility study to design and construct 
a four reservoir intertie system for the purposes of improving 
the water storage opportunities, water supply reliability, and 
water yield of San Vicente, El Capitan, Murray, and Loveland 
Reservoirs in San Diego County, California in consultation and 
cooperation with the City of San Diego and the Sweetwater 
Authority, and for other purposes; H.R. 1595, to implement the 
recommendations of the Guam War Claims Review Commission; H.R. 
1728, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to study the 
suitability and feasibility of designating the French Colonial 
Heritage Area in the State of Missouri as a unit of the 
National Park System, and for other purposes; H.R. 2720, to 
further the purposes of the Reclamation Projects Authorization 
and Adjustment Act of 1992 by directing the Secretary of the 
Interior, acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation, to 
carry out an assessment and demonstration program to control 
salt cedar and Russian olive, and for other purposes; H.R. 
3124, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to allow the 
Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation to increase the diameter 
of a natural gas pipeline located in the Delaware Water Gap 
National Recreation Area; H.R. 3153, to reauthorize the Upper 
Colorado and San Juan River Basin endangered fish recovery 
implementation programs; H.R. 3626, to authorize the Secretary 
of the Interior to study the feasibility of enlarging the 
Arthur V. Watkins Dam Weber Basin Project, Utah, to provide 
additional water for the Weber Basin Project to fulfill the 
purposes for which that project was authorized; H.R. 3897, to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the 
Bureau of Reclamation to enter into a cooperative agreement 
with the Madera Irrigation District for purposes of supporting 
the Madera Water Supply and Groundwater Enhancement Project; 
H.R. 3929, to amend the Water Desalination Act of 1996 to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior to assist in research 
and development, environmental and feasibility studies, and 
preliminary engineering for the Municipal Water District of 
Orange County, California, Dana Point Desalination Project 
located at Dana Point, California; H.R. 4192, to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to designate the President William 
Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home in Hope, Arkansas, as a 
National Historic Site and unit of the National Park System, 
and for other purposes; H.R. 4195, to authorize early repayment 
of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within Rogue River 
Valley Irrigation District or within Medford Irrigation 
District; H.R. 4292, to amend Public Law 107-153 to further 
encourage the negotiated settlement of tribal claims; and S. 
362, to establish a program within the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration and the United States Coast Guard to 
help identify, determine sources of, assess, reduce, and 
prevent marine debris and its adverse impacts on the marine 
environment and navigation safety, in coordination with non-
Federal entities, and for other purposes.
    December 8, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 4322, to provide for 
Indian trust asset management reform and resolution of 
historical accounting claims, and for other purposes.
    March 15, 2006--Markup held on H.R. 4882, to ensure the 
proper remembrance of Vietnam veterans and the Vietnam War by 
providing a deadline for the designation of a visitor center 
for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; and H.R. 4200, to improve 
the ability of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary 
of the Interior to promptly implement recovery treatments in 
response to catastrophic events affecting Federal lands under 
their jurisdiction, including the removal of dead and damaged 
trees and the implementation of reforestation treatments, to 
support the recovery of non-Federal lands damaged by 
catastrophic events, to revitalize Forest Service experimental 
forest, and for other purposes.
    March 15, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 4893, to amend section 
20 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to restrict off-
reservation gaming.
    March 16, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 4857, to better inform 
consumers regarding costs associated with compliance for 
protecting endangered and threatened species under the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973.
    March 29, 2006--Markup held on H.J. Res. 78, approving the 
location of the commemorative work in the District of Columbia 
honoring former President Dwight D. Eisenhower; H.R. 122, to 
amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and 
Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to 
participate in the Eastern Municipal Water District Recycled 
Water System Pressurization and Expansion Project; H.R. 374, to 
direct the Secretary of the Interior to take certain tribally-
owned reservation land into trust for the Puyallup Tribe; H.R. 
413, to establish the Bleeding Kansas and the Enduring Struggle 
for Freedom National Heritage Area, and for other purposes; 
H.R. 518, to require the Secretary of the Interior to refine 
the Department of the Interior program for providing assistance 
for the conservation of neotropical migratory birds; H.R. 1307, 
to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate portions 
of the Musconetcong River in the State of New Jersey as a 
component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and 
for other purposes; H.R. 2563, to authorize the Secretary of 
the Interior to conduct feasibility studies to address certain 
water shortages within the Snake, Boise, and Payette River 
systems in Idaho, and for other purposes; H.R. 2978, to allow 
the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian 
Reservation to enter into a lease or other temporary conveyance 
of water rights recognized under the Fort Peck-Montana Compact 
for the purpose of meeting the water needs of the Dry Prairie 
Rural Water Association, Incorporated, and for other purposes; 
H.R. 3418, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater 
Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to participate in the Central Texas Water Recycling 
and Reuse Project, and for other purposes; H.R. 3462, to 
provide for the conveyance of the Bureau of Land Management 
parcels known as the White Acre and Gambel Oak properties and 
related real property to Park City, Utah, and for other 
purposes; H.R. 3682, to redesignate the Mason Neck National 
Wildlife Refuge in Virginia as the Elizabeth Hartwell Mason 
Neck National Wildlife Refuge; H.R. 3967, to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to reallocate costs of the Pactola 
Dam and Reservoir, South Dakota, to reflect increased demands 
for municipal, industrial, and fish and wildlife purposes; H.R. 
4013, to amend the Reclamation Projects Authorization and 
Adjustment Act of 1992 to provide for conjunctive use of 
surface and groundwater in Juab County, Utah; H.R. 4080, to 
extend the contract for the Glendo Unit of the Missouri River 
Basin Project in the State of Wyoming; H.R. 4084, to amend the 
Forest Service use and occupancy permit program to restore the 
authority of the Secretary of Agriculture to utilize the 
special use permit fees collected by the Secretary in 
connection with the establishment and operation of marinas in 
units of the National Forest System derived from the public 
domain, and for other purposes; H.R. 4200, to improve the 
ability of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of 
the Interior to promptly implement recovery treatments in 
response to catastrophic events affecting Federal lands under 
their jurisdiction, including the removal of dead and damaged 
trees and the implementation of reforestation treatments, to 
support the recovery of non-Federal lands damaged by 
catastrophic events, to revitalize Forest Service experimental 
forest, and for other purposes; H.R. 4204, to direct the 
Secretary of the Interior to transfer ownership of the American 
River Pump Station Project, and for other purposes; H.R. 4686, 
to reauthorize various fisheries management laws, and for other 
purposes; S. 584, to require the Secretary of the Interior to 
allow the continued occupancy and use of certain land and 
improvements within the Rocky Mountain National Park; S. 1165, 
to provide for the expansion of the James Campbell National 
Wildlife Refuge, Honolulu County, Hawaii; and S. 1869, to 
reauthorize the Coastal Barrier Resources Act, and for other 
purposes.
    March 29, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 3350, to amend the 
Native American Business Development, Trade Promotion, and 
Tourism Act of 2000 to establish the Tribal Development 
Corporation Feasibility Study Group.
    April 5, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 4893, to amend section 
20 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to restrict off-
reservation gaming.
    April 25, 2006--Field hearing held in New Bedford, 
Massachusetts, on H.R. 4940, to amend the Magnuson-Stevens 
Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and for other 
purposes; and H.R. 5018, to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens 
Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and for other 
purposes.
    May 3, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 5018, to reauthorize the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and 
for other purposes; and H.R. 1431, to amend the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to modify 
requirements for the appointments and training of members of 
Regional Fishery Management Councils, and for other purposes.
    May 17, 2006--Markup held on H.R. 5018, to authorize the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and 
for other purposes.
    June 14, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 4761, to provide for 
exploration, development, and production activities for mineral 
resources on the outer Continental Shelf, and for other 
purposes.
    June 20, 2006--Hearing held on S. 1003, Navajo-Hopi Land 
Settlement Amendments of 2005.
    June 21, 2006--Markup held on H.R. 512, to require the 
prompt review by the Secretary of the Interior of the 
longstanding petitions for Federal recognition of certain 
Indian tribes, and for other purposes; H.R. 854, to provide for 
certain lands to be held in trust for the Utu Utu Gwaitu Paiute 
Tribe; H.R. 2069, to authorize the exchange of certain land in 
Grand and Uintah Counties, Utah, and for other purposes; H.R. 
2134, to establish the Commission to Study the Potential 
Creation of a National Museum of the American Latino Community 
to develop a plan of action for the establishment and 
maintenance of a National Museum of the American Latino 
Community in Washington, DC, and for other purposes; H.R. 2925, 
to amend the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 
1991 to extend the authority for drought assistance; H.R. 3085, 
to amend the National Trails System Act to update the 
feasibility and suitability study originally prepared for the 
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail and provide for the 
inclusion of new trail segments, land components, and 
campgrounds associated with that trail, and for other purposes; 
H.R. 3817, to withdraw the Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson 
National Forest in New Mexico from location, entry, and patent 
under the mining laws, and for other purposes; H.R. 4165, to 
clarify the boundaries of Coastal Barrier Resources System Clam 
Pass Unit FL-64P; H.R. 4275, to amend Public Law 106-348 to 
extend the authorization for establishing a memorial in the 
District of Columbia or its environs to honor veterans who 
became disabled while serving in the Armed Forces of the United 
States; H.R. 4294, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior 
to enter into cooperative agreements to protect natural 
resources of units of the National Park System through 
collaborative efforts on land inside and outside of units of 
the National Park System, and for other purposes; H.R. 4301, to 
direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain parcels 
of land acquired for the Blunt Reservoir and Pierre Canal 
features of the initial stage of the Oahe Unit, James Division, 
South Dakota, to the Commission of Schools and Public Lands and 
the Department of Game, Fish, and Parks of the State of South 
Dakota for the purpose of mitigating lost wildlife habitat, on 
the condition that the current preferential leaseholders shall 
have an option to purchase the parcels from the Commission, and 
for other purposes; H.R. 4376, to authorize the National Park 
Service to enter into a cooperative agreement with the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts on behalf of Springfield 
Technical Community College, and for other purposes; H.R. 4612, 
to redesignate Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park 
in the State of Ohio as ``Wright Brothers-Dunbar National 
Historic Park,'' and for other purposes; H.R. 4761, to provide 
for exploration, development, and production activities for 
mineral resources on the outer Continental Shelf, and for other 
purposes; H.R. 4947, to expand the boundaries of the Cahaba 
River National Wildlife Refuge, and for other purposes; H.R. 
5057, to authorize the Marion Park Project and Committee of the 
Palmetto Conservation Foundation to establish a commemorative 
work on Federal land in the District of Columbia, and its 
environs to honor Brigadier General Francis Marion; H.R. 5061, 
to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey Paint Bank 
National Fish Hatchery and Wytheville National Fish Hatchery to 
the State of Virginia; H.R. 5079, to provide for the 
modification of an amendatory repayment contract between the 
Secretary of the Interior and the North Unit Irrigation 
District, and for other purposes; H.R. 5094, to require the 
conveyance of Mattamuskeet Lodge and surrounding property, 
including the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge 
headquarters, to the State of North Carolina to permit the 
State to use the property as a public facility dedicated to the 
conservation of the natural and cultural resources of North 
Carolina; H.R. 5232, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to 
initiate and complete an evaluation of lands and waters located 
in Northeastern Pennsylvania for their potential acquisition 
and inclusion in a future Cherry Valley National Wildlife 
Refuge, and for other purposes; H.R. 5312, to amend the Indian 
Health Care Improvement Act to revise and extend that Act; H.R. 
5340, to promote Department of the Interior efforts to provide 
a scientific basis for the management of sediment and nutrient 
loss in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, and for other 
purposes; H.R. 5411, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to 
establish a demonstration program to facilitate landscape 
restoration programs within certain units of the National Park 
System established by law to preserve and interpret resources 
associated with American history, and for other purposes; H.R. 
5622, to reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, 
and for other purposes; S. 260, to authorize the Secretary of 
the Interior to provide technical and financial assistance to 
private landowners to restore, enhance, and manage private land 
to improve fish and wildlife habitats through the Partners for 
Fish and Wildlife Program; and S. 1496, to direct the Secretary 
of the Interior to conduct a pilot program under which up to 15 
States may issue electronic Federal migratory bird hunting 
stamps.
    July 19, 2006--Markup held on H.R. 138, to revise the 
boundaries of John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System 
Jekyll Island Unit GA-06P; H.R. 233, to designate certain 
National Forest System lands in the Mendocino and Six Rivers 
National Forests and certain Bureau of Land Management lands in 
Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, and Napa Counties in the State of 
California as wilderness, to designate the Elkhorn Ridge 
Potential Wilderness Area, to designate certain segments of the 
Black Butte River in Mendocino County, California as a wild or 
scenic river, and for other purposes; H.R. 383, to designate 
the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail, and for other 
purposes; H.R. 631, to provide for acquisition of subsurface 
mineral rights to land owned by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and land 
held in trust for the Tribe, and for other purposes; H.R. 1796, 
to amend the National Trails System Act to designate the route 
of the Mississippi River from its headwaters in the State of 
Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico for study for potential 
addition to the National Trails System as a national scenic 
trail, national historic trail, or both, and for other 
purposes; H.R. 2110, to provide for a study of options for 
protecting the open space characteristics of certain lands in 
and adjacent to the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in 
Colorado, and for other purposes; H.R. 2334, to amend the 
Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act 
to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in 
the design, planning, and construction of permanent facilities 
for the GREAT project to reclaim, reuse, and treat impaired 
waters water in the area of Oxnard, California; H.R. 3350, to 
amend the Native American Business Development, Trade 
Promotion, and Tourism Act of 2000 to establish the Tribal 
Development Corporation Feasibility Study Group; H.R. 3534, to 
designate the Piedras Blancas Light Station and the surrounding 
public land as an Outstanding Natural Area to be administered 
as a part of the National Landscape Conservation System, and 
for other purposes; H.R. 3603, to promote the economic 
development and recreational use of National Forest System 
lands and other public lands in central Idaho, to designate the 
Boulder-White Cloud Management Area to ensure the continued 
management of certain National Forest System lands and Bureau 
of Land Management lands for recreational and grazing use and 
conservation and resource protection, to add certain National 
Forest System lands and Bureau of Land Management lands in 
central Idaho to the National Wilderness Preservation System, 
and for other purposes; H.R. 3961, to authorize the National 
Park Service to pay for services rendered by subcontractors 
under a General Services Administration Indefinite Deliver/
Indefinite Quantity Contract issued for work to be completed at 
the Grand Canyon National Park; H.R. 4382, to provide for the 
conveyance of certain land in Clark County, Nevada, for use by 
the Nevada National Guard; H.R. 4588, to reauthorize grants for 
and require applied water supply research regarding the water 
resources research and technology institutes established under 
the Water Resources Research Act of 1984; H.R. 4750, to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to 
determine the feasibility of implementing a water supply and 
conservation project to improve water supply reliability, 
increase the capacity of water storage, and improve water 
management efficiency in the Republican River Basin between 
Harlan County Lake in Nebraska and Milford Lake in Kansas; H.R. 
4789, to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey 
certain public land located wholly or partially within the 
boundaries of the Wells Hydroelectric Project of Public Utility 
District No. 1 of Douglas County, Washington, to the utility 
district; H.R. 4857, to better inform consumers regarding costs 
associated with compliance for protecting endangered and 
threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973; 
H.R. 4957, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey 
the Tylersville division of the Lamar National Fish Hatchery 
and Fish Technology Center to the State of Pennsylvania; H.R. 
5016, to provide for the exchange of certain Bureau of Land 
Management land in Pima County, Arizona, and for other 
purposes; H.R. 5025, to protect for future generations the 
recreational opportunities, forests, timber, clean water, 
wilderness and scenic values, and diverse habitat of Mount Hood 
National Forest, Oregon, and for other purposes; H.R. 5132, to 
direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special 
resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of 
including in the National Park System certain sites in Monroe 
County, Michigan, relating to the Battles of the River Raisin 
during the War of 1812; H.R. 5381, to establish a volunteer 
program and promote community partnerships for the benefit of 
national fish hatcheries and fisheries program offices; H.R. 
5539, to reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation 
Reauthorization Act; and H.R. 5802, to amend the National Park 
Service Concessions Management Improvement Act of 1998, to 
extend to additional small businesses the preferential right to 
renew a concessions contract entered into under such Act, to 
facilitate the renewal of a commercial use authorization 
granted under such Act, and for other purposes.
    July 26, 2006--Markup held on H.R. 479, to replace a 
Coastal Barrier Resources System map relating to Coastal 
Barrier Resources System Grayton Beach Unit FL-95P in Walton 
County, Florida; H.R. 4893, to amend section 20 of the Indian 
Gaming Regulatory Act to restrict off-reservation gaming; H.R. 
5861, to amend the National Historic Preservation Act, and for 
other purposes; and S. 1773, bill to resolve certain Native 
American claims in New Mexico, and for other purposes.
    September 13, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 5617, the 13th 
Regional Corporation Land Entitlement Act; and H.R. 5781, the 
Cooper Valley Native Allotment Resolution Act.

      II. OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES OF THE FULL COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES

A. Oversight Hearings

    February 16, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Status of the 
Indian Trust Fund Lawsuit, Cobell v. Norton.
    March 17, 2005--Oversight hearing on a discussion draft to 
amend the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to restrict off-
reservation gaming.
    April 27, 2005--Oversight hearing on Tribal proposals to 
acquire land-in-trust for gaming across state lines and how 
such proposals are affected by the off-reservation discussion 
draft bill.
    April 30, 2005--Oversight field hearing in Jackson, 
Mississippi, on Lessons Learned Protecting and Restoring 
Wildlife in the Southern United States under the Endangered 
Species Act.
    May 25, 2005--Joint oversight hearing with the Committee on 
International Relations, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific 
on the United States Nuclear Legacy in the Marshall Islands: 
Consideration of Issues Relating to the Changed Circumstances 
Petition.
    June 6, 2005--Oversight field hearing in Sacramento, 
California, on a discussion draft bill regarding Indian gaming 
and its need and effects in Northern California.
    July 14, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Status of Settling 
Recognized Tribes Land Claims in the State of New York.
    July 19, 2005--Joint oversight hearing with the Committee 
on Financial Services, on Improving Land Title Grant Procedures 
for Native Americans.
    July 19, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Status of the 
Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) and the Petition to List 
the Eastern Oyster as Endangered or Threatened under the 
Endangered Species Act.
    October 27, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Operations of 
the Regional Fishery Management Councils and the 
Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation 
and Management Act.
    November 9, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Second 
Discussion Draft of Legislation Regarding Off-Reservation 
Indian Gaming.
    February 27, 2006--Oversight field hearing in Stockton, 
California, on Scientific Assessments of Declining Pelagic Fish 
Populations in the California Bay-Delta.
    March 1, 2006--Joint oversight hearing with the Senate 
Committee on Indian Affairs, on the Settlement of Cobell v. 
Norton.
    April 27, 2006--Oversight hearing on The Report by the 
President's Task Force on Puerto Rico's Status.
    May 11, 2006--Oversight hearing on the Minimum Internal 
Control Standards (MICS) for Indian Gaming.
    August 5, 2006--Oversight field hearing in Santee, 
California, on Border Security on Federal Lands: What can be 
done to mitigate impacts along the Southwestern Border.
    August 28, 2006--Oversight field hearing in Hamilton, 
Montana, on Border Security on Federal Lands: The Importance of 
Securing the Northern Border.
    September 18, 2006--Oversight field hearing in Greeley, 
Colorado, on Abuses of the Endangered Species Act: the So-
Called ``Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse.''

                     Subcommittee on National Parks


                       I. LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES

A. Legislative Hearings and Markups

    April 14, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 432 (Private Bill), to 
require the Secretary of the Interior to permit continued 
occupancy and use of certain lands and improvements within 
Rocky Mountain National Park; H.R. 481, to further the purposes 
of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Establishment 
Act of 2000; and H.R. 1492, to provide for the preservation of 
the historic confinement sites where Japanese Americans were 
detained during World War II, and for other purposes.
    May 12, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 323, to redesignate the 
Ellis Island Library on the third floor of the Ellis Island 
Immigration Museum, located on Ellis Island in New York Harbor, 
as the ``Bob Hope Memorial Library''; H.R. 774, to adjust the 
boundary of Rocky Mountain National Park in the State of 
Colorado; and H.R. 1084, to authorize the establishment at 
Antietam National Battlefield of a memorial to the officers and 
enlisted men of the Fifth, Sixth, and Ninth New Hampshire 
Volunteer Infantry Regiments and the First New Hampshire Light 
Artillery Battery who fought in the Battle of Antietam on 
September 17, 1862, and for other purposes.
    June 9, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 562, to authorize the 
Government of Ukraine to establish a memorial on Federal land 
in the District of Columbia to honor the victims of the manmade 
famine that occurred in Ukraine in 1932-1933; H.R. 1096, to 
establish the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in the 
State of New Jersey as the successor to the Edison National 
Historic Site; and H.R. 1515, to adjust the boundary of the 
Barataria Preserve Unit of the Jean Lafitte National Historical 
Park and Preserve in the State of Louisiana, and for other 
purposes.
    September 29, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 326, to amend the 
Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Act of 2000 to adjust the 
boundary of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area and to 
extend the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to 
provide assistance under that Act; H.R. 1436, to remove certain 
use restrictions on property located in Navajo County, Arizona; 
and H.R. 1972, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to 
conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability 
and feasibility of including in the National Park System 
certain sites in Williamson County, Tennessee, relating to the 
Battle of Franklin.
    November 3, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 3699, to provide for 
the sale, acquisition, conveyance, and exchange of certain real 
property in the District of Columbia to facilitate the 
utilization, development, and redevelopment of such property, 
and for other purposes.
    November 10, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 413, to establish 
the Bleeding Kansas and the Enduring Struggle for Freedom 
National Heritage Area; H.R. 452, to authorize the Secretary of 
the Interior to conduct a study to determine the suitability 
and feasibility of designating the Soldiers' Memorial Military 
Museum located in St. Louis, Missouri, as a unit of the 
National Park System; and H.R. 1307, to amend the Wild and 
Scenic Rivers Act to designate portions of the Musconetcong 
River in the State of New Jersey as a component of the National 
Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
    March 30, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 2134, to establish the 
Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum 
of the American Latino Community to develop a plan of action 
for the establishment and maintenance of a National Museum of 
the American Latino Community in Washington, DC; H.R. 3961, to 
authorize the National Park Service to pay for services 
rendered by subcontractors under a General Services 
Administration Indefinite Deliver/Indefinite Quantity Contract 
issued for work to be completed at Grand Canyon National Park; 
H.R. 4294, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter 
into cooperative agreements to protect natural resources of 
units of the National Park System through collaborative efforts 
on land inside and outside of units of the National Park 
System, and for other purposes.
    April 27, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 1796, to amend the 
National Trails System Act to designate the route of the 
Mississippi River from its headwaters in the State of Minnesota 
to the Gulf of Mexico for study for potential addition to the 
National Trails System as a national scenic trail, national 
historic trail, or both, and for other purposes; H.R. 3085, to 
amend the National Trails System Act to update the feasibility 
and suitability study originally prepared for the Trail of 
Tears National Historic Trail and provide for the inclusion of 
new trail segments, land components, and campgrounds associated 
with that trail, and for other purposes; and H.R. 4612, to 
redesignate Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park in 
the State of Ohio as ``Wright Brothers-Dunbar National Historic 
Park,'' and for other purposes.
    May 25, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 4275, to amend Public 
Law 106-348 to extend the authorization for establishing a 
memorial in the District of Columbia or its environs to honor 
veterans who became disabled while serving in the Armed Forces 
of the United States; H.R. 5057, to authorize the Marion Park 
Project and Committee of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation 
to establish a commemorative work on Federal land in the 
District of Columbia, and its environs to honor Brigadier 
General Francis Marion; and S. 1627, to authorize the Secretary 
of the Interior to conduct a special resources study to 
evaluate resources along the coastal region of the State of 
Delaware and to determine the suitability and feasibility of 
establishing a unit of the National Park System in Delaware.
    June 28, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 2692, to extend the 
Acadia National Park Advisory Commission, to provide improved 
visitor services at the park, and for other purposes; H.R. 
3871, to authorize the Secretary of Interior to convey to The 
Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Interpretive Trail and 
Visitor Center Foundation, Inc. certain Federal lands 
associated with the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail in 
Nebraska, to be used as an historical interpretive site along 
the trail; and H.R. 5145, to authorize the National War Dogs 
Monument, Inc. to establish a national monument in honor of 
military working dog teams.
    July 13, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 383, to designate the 
Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail, and for other purposes; 
H.R. 4581, to amend the National Trails System Act relating to 
the statute of limitations that applies to certain claims; and 
H.R. 5132, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a 
special resource study to determine the suitability and 
feasibility of including in the National Park System certain 
sites in Monroe County, Michigan, relating to the Battles of 
the River Raisin during the War of 1812.
    September 7, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 3532, to direct the 
Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of maritime sites 
in the State of Michigan; H.R. 5452, to make the National Parks 
and Federal Recreational Lands Pass available at a discount to 
certain veterans; H.R. 5485, to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of 
establishing the Columbia-Pacific National Heritage Area in the 
States of Washington and Oregon, and for other purposes; and 
H.R. 5978, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to 
conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability 
and feasibility of including the battlefields and related sites 
of the First and Second Battles of Newtonia, Missouri, during 
the Civil War as part of Wilson's Creek National Battlefield or 
designating the battlefields and related sites as a separate 
unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes.
    September 28, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 1344, to amend the 
Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a segment of the 
Farmington River and Salmon Brook in the State of Connecticut 
for study as potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic 
Rivers System, and for other purposes; H.R. 4529, to provide 
for the establishment of a memorial within Kalaupapa National 
Historical Park located on the island of Molokai, in the State 
of Hawaii, to honor and perpetuate the memory of those 
individuals who were forcibly relocated to the Kalaupapa 
Peninsula from 1866 to 1969, and for other purposes; H.R. 5195, 
to establish the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National 
Heritage Area, and for other purposes; H.R. 5466, to amend the 
National Trails System Act to designate the Captain John Smith 
Chesapeake National Historic Trail; H.R. 5665, to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land and 
improvements of the Gooding Division of the Minidoka Project, 
Idaho; and H.R. 5817, to adjust the boundary of the Minidoka 
Internment National Monument to include the Nidoto Nai Yoni 
Memorial in Bainbridge Island, Washington, and for other 
purposes.

     II. OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PARKS

A. Oversight Hearings

    March 17, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Fiscal Year 2006 
National Park Service Budget.
    April 6, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Implementation of 
the National Park Service Concessions Act of 1998.
    April 12, 2005--Oversight hearing on Snowmobile Use in the 
National Park System.
    April 21, 2005--Oversight hearing on the National Historic 
Preservation Act.
    May 4, 2005--Oversight hearing on Personal Watercraft Use 
in the National Park System.
    July 9, 2005--Oversight field hearing in Carlsbad, New 
Mexico, on the National Park Service Involvement in Border 
Security: Is it Their Responsibility?
    July 13, 2005--Joint oversight hearing with Subcommittee on 
Forests and Forest Health on Motorized Recreational Use on 
Federal Lands.
    July 26, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Implementation of 
the National Trails System Act.
    November 17, 2005--Oversight hearing on the National Park 
Service's efforts to combat the growth of illegal drug farms in 
national parks.
    December 14, 2005--Oversight hearing on the National Park 
Service Organic Act and its Implementation through Daily Park 
Management.
    December 19, 2005--Oversight field hearing in Pea Ridge, 
Arkansas, on Park Landscape Restoration Programs and Retention 
of Funds from Timber Removal.
    February 15, 2006--Oversight hearing on the National Park 
Service 2006 Draft Management Policies and Proposed Changes to 
Director's Order 21.
    March 2, 2006--Oversight hearing on The National Park 
Service's proposed 2007 Budget.
    March 16, 2006--Oversight hearing on the National Park 
Service Business Strategies, Including the Development and 
Implementation of National Park Service Business Plans.
    April 6, 2006--Oversight hearing on Visitation Trends in 
the National Park System.
    May 11, 2006--Oversight hearing on Disability Access in the 
National Park System.
    June 22, 2006--Oversight hearing on Reauthorization of the 
National Park System Advisory Board.
    July 25, 2006--Oversight hearing on The Recently Released 
Final Draft of the National Park Service Management Policies.
    September 13, 2006--Oversight hearing on Visitation Trends 
in the National Park System--Part II.
    October 4, 2006--Oversight field hearing in Clarksville, 
Indiana, on the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 
and the Potential Extension of the Lewis and Clark National 
Historic Trail.

                  Subcommittee on Fisheries and Oceans


                       I. LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES

A. Legislative Hearings and Markups

    April 19, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 1489, to authorize the 
Secretary of Commerce to establish a coastal ocean observation 
system.
    April 26, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 1428, to authorize 
appropriations for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, 
and for other purposes.
    May 19, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 50, to provide for the 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other 
purposes.
    June 23, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 518, to require the 
Secretary of the Interior to refine the Department of the 
Interior program for providing assistance for the conservation 
of neotropical migratory birds; and on H.R. 2693, to amend the 
Great Ape Conservation Act to reauthorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to provide project grants and emergency assistance to 
address critical great ape conservation needs, and for other 
purposes.
    June 27, 2005--Field hearing held in Groton, Connecticut, 
on H.R. 307, to establish the Long Island Sound Stewardship 
Initiative.
    July 21, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 1494, to direct the 
Secretary of the Interior to conduct a pilot program under 
which up to 15 States may issue electronic Federal migratory 
bird hunting stamps; and H.R. 3179, to reauthorize and amend 
the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act of 
1994.
    September 23, 2005--Hearing held on S. 260, to authorize 
the Secretary of the Interior to provide technical and 
financial assistance to private landowners to restore, enhance, 
and manage private land to improve fish and wildlife habitats 
through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program; and H.R. 
2018, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide 
technical and financial assistance to private landowners to 
restore, enhance, and manage private land to improve fish and 
wildlife habitats through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife 
Program.
    September 29, 2005--Joint hearing with the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard 
and Maritime Transportation, on S. 362, to establish a program 
within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and 
the United States Coast Guard to help identify, determine 
sources of, assess, reduce, and prevent marine debris and its 
adverse impacts on the marine environment and navigation 
safety, in coordination with non-Federal entities, and for 
other purposes.
    November 8, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 3552, to reauthorize 
the Coastal Barrier Resources Act.
    December 6, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 2866, to provide for 
the expansion of the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, 
Honolulu County, Hawaii; and H.R. 3682, to redesignate the 
Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia as the 
Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge.
    February 16, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 4686, to 
reauthorize various fisheries management laws, and for other 
purposes.
    April 6, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 138, to revise the 
boundaries of John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System 
Jekyll Island Unit GA-06P; H.R. 479, to replace a Coastal 
Barrier Resources System map relating to Coastal Barrier 
Resources System Grayton Beach Unit FL-95P in Walton County, 
Florida; H.R. 1656, to correct maps depicting Unit T-10 of the 
John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System; H.R. 3280, to 
exempt certain coastal barrier areas in Florida from 
limitations on Federal expenditures and financial assistance 
under the Coastal Barriers Resources Act, and limitations on 
flood insurance coverage under the National Flood Insurance Act 
of 1968; and H.R. 4165, to clarify the boundaries of Coastal 
Barrier Resources System Clam Pass Unit FL-64P.
    May 4, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 3835, to establish a 
coordinated national ocean exploration program within the 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
    May 10, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 4947, to expand the 
boundaries of the Cahaba National Wildlife Refuge; H.R. 5094, 
to require the conveyance of Mattamuskeet Lodge and surrounding 
property, including the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge 
headquarters, to the state of North Carolina to permit the 
state to use the property as a public facility dedicated to the 
conservation of the natural and cultural resources in North 
Carolina; and H.R. 5232, to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to initiate and complete an evaluation of lands and 
waters located in Northeastern Pennsylvania for their potential 
acquisition and inclusion in a future Cherry Valley National 
Wildlife Refuge.
    June 15, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 4957, to direct the 
Secretary of the Interior to convey the Tylersville division of 
the Lamar National Fish Hatchery and Fish Technology Center to 
the State of Pennsylvania; H.R. 5061, to direct the Secretary 
of the Interior to convey Paint Bank National Fish Hatchery and 
Wytheville National Fish Hatchery to the State of Virginia; 
H.R. 5381, to establish a volunteer program and promote 
community partnerships for the benefit of National Fish 
Hatcheries and Fisheries Program Offices.
    June 29, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 5539, to reauthorize 
the North American Wetlands Conservation Reauthorization Act.
    September 14, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 4953/S. 2430, to 
amend the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 1990 
to provide for implementation of recommendations of the United 
States Fish and Wildlife Service contained in the Great Lakes 
Fishery Resources Restoration Study; and H.R. 4345/S. 2041, to 
provide for the conveyance of a United States Fish and Wildlife 
Service administrative site to the city of Las Vegas, Nevada.
    September 21, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 4315, to amend the 
acts popularly known as the Duck Stamp Act and the Wetland Loan 
Act to reauthorize appropriations to promote the conservation 
of migratory waterfowl and to offset or prevent the serious 
loss of important wetlands and other waterfowl habitat 
essential to the preservation of such waterfowl, and for other 
purposes.

  II. OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FISHERIES AND OCEANS

A. Oversight Hearings

    March 1, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Coral Reef 
Conservation Act of 2000.
    March 10, 2005--Oversight hearing on the FY'06 Budget 
Request of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
    April 14, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Relationship 
between the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.
    May 24, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Federal Fish 
Hatchery System.
    May 26, 2005--Oversight hearing on Public Access within the 
National Wildlife Refuge System.
    June 8, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Scientific Review of 
Oceans Systems.
    July 6, 2005--Oversight field hearing in Ketchikan, Alaska, 
on Fisheries Management Successes in Alaska and the 
Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation 
and Management Act.
    July 8, 2005--Oversight field hearing in Kodiak, Alaska, on 
Fisheries Management Successes in Alaska and the 
Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation 
and Management Act.
    November 3, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Growing Problem 
of Invasive Asian Carp in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River 
System.
    December 15, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Effects of 
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Fishing Resources, the Fishing 
Industry, and Fishing Communities in the Gulf of Mexico.
    March 9, 2006--Oversight hearing on the FY'07 Budget 
Request of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
    March 16, 2006--Oversight hearing on the Impact of 
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the National Wildlife Refuge 
System in the Gulf of Mexico.
    March 21, 2006--Oversight field hearing in Gretna, 
Louisiana, on the impact of natural disasters on Louisiana's 
fishery resources, fisheries habitat, and fishing communities.
    July 20, 2006--Oversight hearing on the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service's Growing Operations Crisis Within the 
National Wildlife Refuge System.
    July 27, 2006--Oversight hearing on the Purpose of 
Examining Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation and Management.

              Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources


                       I. LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES

A. Legislative Hearings and Markups

    November 17, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 4318, to terminate 
the effect of all provisions of Federal law that prohibit the 
expenditure of appropriated funds to conduct natural gas 
leasing and preleasing activities for any area of the Outer 
Continental Shelf, to terminate all withdrawals of Federal 
submerged lands of the Outer Continental Shelf from leasing for 
exploration for, and development and production of, natural 
gas, and for other purposes.
    September 20, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 6080, to establish 
the Mineral Commodity Information Administration in the 
Department of the Interior, and for other purposes.

  II. OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND MINERAL 
                               RESOURCES

A. Oversight Hearings

    February 16, 2005--Joint oversight hearing with 
Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health on the Impact of High 
Energy Costs on the Competitiveness of America's Pulp and Paper 
Industry.
    March 10, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Interior Budget 
for FY'06 in Energy and Mineral Programs.
    March 16, 2005--Oversight hearing on U.S. Energy and 
Mineral Needs, Security and Policy: Impacts of Sustained 
Increases in Global Energy and Mineral Consumption by Emerging 
Economies such as China and India.
    April 28, 2005--Oversight hearing on Improving the 
Competitiveness of America's Mining Industry.
    May 19, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Impacts of High 
Energy Costs to the American Consumer.
    June 16, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Impacts of 
Environmental Regulations on Energy and Mineral Development: 
the Wildlands Project.
    June 23, 2005--Oversight hearing on The Vast North American 
Resource Potential of Oil Shale, Oil Sands, and Heavy Oils 
(Part I).
    June 30, 2005--Oversight hearing on The Vast North American 
Resource Potential of Oil Shale, Oil Sands, and Heavy Oils 
(Part II).
    July 28, 2005--Oversight hearing on Sustainable Development 
Opportunities in Mining Communities.
    August 13, 2005--Oversight field hearing in Port Fourchon, 
Louisiana, on The Benefits of Offshore Oil and Natural Gas 
Development.
    February 8, 2006--Joint oversight hearing with Subcommittee 
on Forests and Forest Health on Effect of High Energy Costs and 
Potential for Expanded Use of Biomass for Energy.
    April 6, 2006--Oversight hearing on The Role of the Federal 
Government and Federal Lands in Fueling Renewable and 
Alternative Energy in America.
    April 29, 2006--Oversight field hearing in Reno, Nevada, on 
The Role of State and Local Government, and the Private Sector 
in the Development of Renewable and Alternative Energy in 
America.
    May 4, 2006--Oversight hearing on The Future of Federal 
Coal: Status, Availability and Impact of Technological Advances 
in Using Coal to Create Alternative Energy Resources.
    May 18, 2006--Oversight hearing on The Energy and Mineral 
Requirements for Renewable and Alternative Fuels Used for 
Transportation, and Other Purposes.
    July 13, 2006--Oversight hearing on Opportunities for Good 
Samaritan Cleanup of Hard Rock Abandoned Mine Lands.
    September 18, 2006--Oversight field hearing in Norfolk, 
Virginia, on Renewable Ocean Energy: Tides, Currents and Waves.

                    Subcommittee on Water and Power


                       I. LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES

A. Legislative Hearings and Markups

    May 24, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 1071, to direct the 
Secretary of Energy to make incentive payments to the owners or 
operators of qualified desalination facilities to partially 
offset the cost of electrical energy required to operate such 
facilities, and for other purposes.
    September 27, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 1564, to authorize 
the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain buildings and 
lands of the Yakima Project, Washington, to the Yakima-Tieton 
Irrigation District; H.R. 2873, to clear title to certain real 
property in New Mexico associated with the Middle Rio Grande 
Project, and for other purposes; H.R. 2925, to amend the 
Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991 to 
extend the authority for drought assistance; and H.R. 3443, to 
direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain water 
distribution facilities to the Northern Colorado Water 
Conservancy District.
    October 6, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 122, to amend the 
Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act 
to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in 
the Eastern Municipal Water District Recycled Water System 
Pressurization and Expansion Project; H.R. 2341, to amend the 
Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act 
to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in 
the design, planning, and construction of a project to reclaim 
and reuse wastewater within and outside of the service area of 
the City of Austin Water and Wastewater Utility, Texas; H.R. 
3418, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study 
and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior 
to participate in the Central Texas Water Recycling and Reuse 
Project, and for other purposes; and H.R. 3929, to amend the 
Water Desalination Act of 1996 to authorize the Secretary of 
the Interior to assist in research and development, 
environmental and feasibility studies, and preliminary 
engineering for the Municipal Water District of Orange County, 
California, Dana Point Desalination Project located at Dana 
Point, California.
    November 3, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 1190, to direct the 
Secretary of the Interior to conduct a feasibility study to 
design and construct a four reservoir intertie system for the 
purposes of improving the water storage opportunities, water 
supply reliability, and water yield of San Vicente, El Capitan, 
Murray, and Loveland Reservoirs in San Diego County, 
California, in consultation and cooperation with the City of 
San Diego and the Sweetwater Authority, and for other purposes; 
H.R. 2563, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to 
conduct feasibility studies to address certain water shortages 
within the Snake, Boise, and Payette River systems in Idaho, 
and for other purposes; and H.R. 3153, to reauthorize the Upper 
Colorado and San Juan River Basin endangered fish recovery 
implementation programs.
    November 9, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 3626, to authorize 
the Secretary of the Interior to study the feasibility of 
enlarging the Arthur V. Watkins Dam Weber Basin Project, Utah, 
to provide additional water for the Weber Basin Project to 
fulfill the purposes for which that project was authorized; 
H.R. 3967, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to 
reallocate costs of the Pactola Dam and Reservoir, South 
Dakota, to reflect increased demands for municipal, industrial, 
and fish and wildlife purposes; and H.R. 4195, to authorize 
early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation 
within Rogue River Valley Irrigation District or within Medford 
Irrigation District.
    December 7, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 862, to redesignate 
the Rio Grande American Canal in El Paso, Texas, as the 
``Travis C. Johnson Canal''; H.R. 2334, to amend the 
Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act 
to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in 
the design, planning, and construction of permanent facilities 
for the GREAT project to reclaim, reuse, and treat impaired 
water in the area of Oxnard, California; H.R. 2978, to allow 
the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian 
Reservation to enter into a lease or other temporary conveyance 
of water rights recognized under the Fort Peck-Montana Compact 
for the purpose of meeting the water needs of the Dry Prairie 
Rural Water Association, Incorporated, and for other purposes; 
H.R. 4000, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to revise 
certain repayment contracts with the Bostwick Irrigation 
District in Nebraska, the Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District 
No. 2, the Frenchman-Cambridge Irrigation District, and the 
Webster Irrigation District No. 4, all a part of the Pick-Sloan 
Missouri Basin Program, and for other purposes; and S. 101, to 
convey to the town of Frannie, Wyoming, certain land withdrawn 
by the Commissioner of Reclamation.
    February 8, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 4013, to amend the 
Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992 
to provide for conjunctive use of surface and groundwater in 
Juab County, Utah; H.R. 4080, to extend the contract for the 
Glendo Unit of the Missouri River Basin Project in the State of 
Wyoming; H.R. 4204, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to 
transfer ownership of the American River Pump Station Project, 
and for other purposes; and H.R. 4301, to direct the Secretary 
of the Interior to convey certain parcels of land acquired for 
the Blunt Reservoir and Pierre Canal features of the initial 
stage of the Oahe Unit, James Division, South Dakota, to the 
Commission of Schools and Public Lands and the Department of 
Game, Fish, and Parks of the State of South Dakota for the 
purpose of mitigating lost wildlife habitat, on the condition 
that the current preferential leaseholders shall have an option 
to purchase the parcels from the Commission, and for other 
purposes.
    March 8, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 4545, to amend the 
Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act 
to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in 
the Los Angeles County Water Supply Augmentation Demonstration 
project, and for other purposes; and S. 1338, to require the 
Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of 
Reclamation and the United States Geologic Survey, to conduct 
and study on groundwater resources in the State of Alaska, and 
for other purposes.
    April 26, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 1711, to provide 
assistance to the State of New Mexico for the development of 
comprehensive State water plans, and for other purposes; H.R. 
4750, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a 
study to determine the feasibility of implementing a water 
supply and conservation project to improve water supply 
reliability, increase the capacity of water storage, and 
improve water management efficiency in the Republican River 
Basin between Harlan County Lake in Nebraska and Milford Lake 
in Kansas; and S. 166, to amend the Oregon Resource 
Conservation Act of 1996 to reauthorize the participation of 
the Bureau of Reclamation in the Deschutes River Conservancy, 
and for other purposes.
    May 10, 2006--Hearing held on S. 214/H.R. 469, to authorize 
the Secretary of the Interior to cooperate with the States on 
the border with Mexico and other appropriate entities in 
conducting a hydrogeologic characterization, mapping, and 
modeling program for priority transboundary aquifers, and for 
other purposes; H.R. 4588, to reauthorize grants for and 
require applied water supply research regarding the water 
resources research and technology institutes established under 
the Water Resources Research Act of 1984; and H.R. 5079, to 
provide for the modification of an amendatory repayment 
contract between the Secretary of the Interior and the North 
Unit Irrigation District, and for other purposes.
    July 12, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 3558, to amend the 
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Equitable Compensation Act to 
provide compensation to members of the Cheyenne River Sioux 
Tribe for damages resulting from the Oahe Dam and Reservoir 
Project, and for other purposes; H.R. 5282, to amend the 
Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act 
to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in 
the Southern California Desert Region Integrated Water and 
Economic Sustainability Plan; H.R. 5299, to revise a provision 
relating to a repayment obligation of the Fort McDowell Yavapai 
Nation under the Fort McDowell Indian Community Water Rights 
Settlement Act of 1990, and for other purposes; and H.R. 5715, 
to make amendments to the Reclamation Projects Authorization 
and Adjustment Act of 1992.
    July 27, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 630, to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal lands to 
the City of Yuma, Arizona, in exchange for certain lands owned 
by the City of Yuma, Arizona, and for other purposes; H.R. 
5666, to authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau 
of Reclamation within the A&B Irrigation District in the State 
of Idaho; H.R. 5796, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to 
exclude and defer from the pooled reimbursable costs of the 
Central Valley Project the reimbursable capital costs of the 
unused capacity of the Folsom South Canal, Auburn-Folsom South 
Unit, Central Valley Project, and for other purposes; and S. 
895, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish a 
rural water supply program in the Reclamation States to provide 
a clean, safe affordable, and reliable water supply to rural 
residents.
    September 7, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 5566, to facilitate 
the transfer of Spearfish Hydroelectric Plant Number 1 to the 
city of Spearfish, South Dakota, and for other purposes; H.R. 
6014, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior, acting 
through the Bureau of Reclamation, to improve California's 
Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta and water supply; and H.R. 6029, 
to amend the Reclamation Safety of Dams Act of 1978 to 
authorize improvements for the security of dams and other 
facilities, and for other purposes.
    September 26, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 5110, to 
facilitate the use for irrigation and other purposes of water 
produced in connection with development of energy resources; 
H.R. 5786, to authorize the Secretary, in cooperation with the 
City of San Juan Capistrano, California, to participate in the 
design, planning, and construction of, an advanced water 
treatment plant facility and recycled water system, and for 
other purposes; and H.R. 5987, to provide for a feasibility 
study of alternatives to augment the water supplies of the 
Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District and cities served 
by the District.
    October 10, 2006--Field hearing in Scottsdale, Arizona, on 
H.R. 5180, to authorize appropriations for the Bureau of 
Reclamation to carry out the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species 
Conservation Program in the States of Arizona, California, and 
Nevada, and for other purposes.

    II. OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER AND POWER

A. Oversight Hearings

    February 10, 2005--Oversight hearing on Opportunities and 
Challenges on Enhancing Federal Power Generation and 
Transmission.
    March 3, 2005--Oversight hearing on the President's Fiscal 
Year 2006 Budget Request for the Bureau of Reclamation and the 
Water Division of the U.S. Geological Survey.
    March 15, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Power Marketing 
Administrations' Role in Bringing Our Nationwide Electricity 
Transmission system into the 21st Century.
    April 13, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Role of New 
Surface and Groundwater Storage in Providing Reliable Water and 
Power Supplies and Reducing Drought's Impacts.
    May 4, 2005--Oversight hearing on Stabilizing Rural 
Electricity Service Through Common Sense Application of the 
Endangered Species Act.
    May 24, 2005--Oversight hearing on Reducing Power and other 
Costs of the Desalination Process.
    June 6, 2005--Oversight field hearing in Clarkston, 
Washington, on Keeping the Columbia/Snake a Working River.
    June 11, 2005--Oversight field hearing in Fresno, 
California, on the Economic and Environmental Benefits of New 
Water Storage in the San Joaquin Valley.
    June 22, 2005--Oversight hearing on Environmental 
Regulations and Water Supply Reliability.
    July 19, 2005--Oversight hearing on Maintaining and 
Upgrading the Bureau of Reclamation's Facilities to Improve 
Power Generation, Enhance Water Supply and Keep our Homeland 
Secure.
    July 28, 2005--Oversight hearing on Implementation of the 
Westside Regional Drainage Plan as a Way to Improve San Joaquin 
River Water Quality.
    September 27, 2005--Oversight hearing on Draft Legislation 
regarding a water supply project near Madera, California.
    October 20, 2005--Oversight hearing on Water Supply 
Vulnerabilities in the Sacramento/San Joaquin River System.
    March 1, 2006--Oversight hearing on How the Federal Power 
Marketing Administrations are Implementing the Energy Policy 
Act of 2005 and an Assessment of the Proposed Fiscal Year 2007 
Budgets for these Agencies.
    March 2, 2006--Oversight hearing on The President's Fiscal 
Year 2007 Budget Requests for the Bureau of Reclamation and the 
Water Division of the U.S. Geological Survey.
    March 24, 2006--Oversight field hearing in Fresno, 
California, on Assessing the Impacts of the Central Valley 
Project Improvement Act.
    April 5, 2006--Oversight hearing on The Bureau of 
Reclamation's 21st Century Challenges in Managing, Protecting 
and Developing Water and Power Supplies.
    April 6, 2006--Oversight hearing on Protecting Sacramento/
San Joaquin Bay-Delta Water Supplies and Responding to 
Catastrophic Failures in California Water Deliveries.
    May 3, 2006--Joint oversight hearing with Subcommittee on 
Forests and Forest Health on the Need for Proper Forest 
Management on Federal Rights of Way to Ensure Reliable 
Electricity Service.
    June 22, 2006--Oversight hearing on Securing the Bureau of 
Reclamation's Water and Power Infrastructure: A Consumer's 
Perspective.
    June 27, 2006--Joint oversight hearing with Subcommittee on 
Forests and Forest Health on Meeting Electricity Demand in the 
West through Responsible Development of Energy Rights-of-Way on 
Federal Lands.
    July 7, 2006--Oversight field hearing in Pasco, Washington, 
on Electricity Costs and Salmon: Finding the Balance.
    August 9, 2006--Oversight field hearing in Wheatland, 
Wyoming, on Keeping the Lights On and Maintaining Wyoming's 
Jobs: Overcoming the Challenges Facing Western Power Generation 
Facilities.
    September 21, 2006--Oversight hearing on the San Joaquin 
River Restoration Settlement Act.

               Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health


                       I. LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES

A. Legislative Hearings and Markups

    March 9, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 410, to provide for a 
land exchange in the State of Arizona between the Secretary of 
Agriculture and Yavapai Ranch Limited Partnership; H.R. 599, to 
provide a source of funds to carry out restoration activities 
on Federal lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the 
Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture, and for other 
purposes; and H.R. 975, to provide consistent enforcement 
authority to the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park 
Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the 
Forest Service to respond to violations of regulations 
regarding the management, use, and protection of public lands 
under the jurisdiction of these agencies, and for other 
purposes.
    May 11, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 38, to designate a 
portion of the White Salmon River as a component of the 
National Wild and Scenic Rivers System; H.R. 517, to 
reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-
Determination Act of 2000, and for other purposes; H.R. 539, to 
designate certain National Forest System land in the 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as components of the National 
Wilderness Preservation System; and H.R. 1905, to amend the 
Small Tracts Act to facilitate the exchange of small tracts of 
land, and for other purposes.
    July 14, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 233, to designate 
certain National Forest System lands in the Mendocino and Six 
Rivers National Forests and certain Bureau of Land Management 
lands in Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, and Napa Counties in the 
State of California as wilderness, to designate the Elkhorn 
Ridge Potential Wilderness Area, to designate certain segments 
of the Black Butte River in Mendocino County, California, as a 
wild or scenic river, and for other purposes; H.R. 1129, to 
authorize the exchange of certain land in the State of 
Colorado; H.R. 2720, to further the purposes of the Reclamation 
Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992 by directing 
the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Commissioner 
of Reclamation, to carry out an assessment and demonstration 
program to control salt cedar and Russian olive, and for other 
purposes; and H.R. 2875, to amend the Public Lands Corps Act of 
1993 to provide for the conduct of projects that protect 
forests, and for other purposes.
    September 27, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 679, to direct the 
Secretary of the Interior to convey a parcel of real property 
to Beaver County, Utah; H.R. 2069, to authorize the exchange of 
certain land in Grand and Uintah Counties, Utah, and for other 
purposes; H.R. 3462, to provide for the conveyance of the 
Bureau of Land Management parcels known as the White Acre and 
Gambel Oak properties and related real property to Park City, 
Utah, and for other purposes; and H.R. 3818, to authorize the 
Secretary of Agriculture to enter into partnership agreements 
with entities and local communities to encourage greater 
cooperation in the administration of Forest Service activities 
on and near National Forest System lands, and for other 
purposes.
    October 27, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 1090, to designate a 
Forest Service trail at Waldo Lake in the Willamette National 
Forest in the State of Oregon as a national recreation trail in 
honor of Jim Weaver, a former Member of the House of 
Representatives; H.R. 3603, to promote the economic development 
and recreational use of National Forest System lands and other 
public lands in central Idaho, to designate the Boulder-White 
Cloud Management Area to ensure the continued management of 
certain National Forest System lands and Bureau of Land 
Management lands for recreational and grazing use and 
conservation and resource protection, to add certain National 
Forest System lands and Bureau of Land Management lands in 
central Idaho to the National Wilderness Preservation System, 
and for other purposes; H.R. 3817, to withdraw the Valle Vidal 
Unit of the Carson National Forest in New Mexico from location, 
entry, and patent under the mining laws, and for other 
purposes; and H.R. 4084, to amend the Forest Service use and 
occupancy permit program to restore the authority of the 
Secretary of Agriculture to utilize the special use permit fees 
collected by the Secretary in connection with the establishment 
and operation of marinas in units of the National Forest System 
derived from the public domain, and for other purposes.
    November 10, 2005--Hearing held on H.R. 4200, to improve 
the ability of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary 
of the Interior to promptly implement recovery treatments in 
response to catastrophic events affecting Federal lands under 
their jurisdiction, including the removal of dead and damaged 
trees and the implementation of reforestation treatments, to 
support the recovery of non-Federal lands damaged by 
catastrophic events, to revitalize Forest Service experimental 
forests, and for other purposes.
    March 9, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 1370, to require the 
Secretary of the Interior to develop a multipurpose cadastre of 
Federal real property to assist with Federal land management, 
resource conservation, and development of Federal real 
property, including identification of any such property that is 
no longer required to be owned by the Federal Government, and 
for other purposes; H.R. 1644, to protect the critical aquifers 
and watersheds that serve as a principal water source for the 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, to protect the tropical forests of 
the Karst Region of the Commonwealth, and for other purposes; 
H.R. 2110, to provide for a study of options for protecting the 
open space characteristics of certain lands in and adjacent to 
the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in Colorado, and for 
other purposes; H.R. 4382, to provide for the conveyance of 
certain land in Clark County, Nevada, for use by the Nevada 
National Guard; H.R. 4789, to require the Secretary of the 
Interior to convey certain public land located wholly or 
partially within the boundaries of the Wells Hydroelectric 
Project of Public Utility District No. 1 of Douglas County, 
Washington, to the utility district; and S. 56, to establish 
the Rio Grande Natural Area in the State of Colorado, and for 
other purposes.
    April 5, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 3534, to designate the 
Piedras Blancas Light Station and the surrounding public land 
as an Outstanding Natural Area to be administered as a part of 
the National Landscape Conservation System, and for other 
purposes; H.R. 5016, to provide for the exchange of certain 
Bureau of Land Management land in Pima County, Arizona, and for 
other purposes; and H.R. 5025, to protect for future 
generations the recreational opportunities, forests, timber, 
clean water, wilderness and scenic values, and diverse habitat 
of Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon, and for other purposes.
    July 27, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 2039, to direct the 
Secretary of the Interior to undertake a program to reduce the 
risks from and mitigate the effects of avalanches on 
recreational users of the public; H.R. 2718, to authorize the 
exchange of certain Federal land within the State of Idaho, and 
for other purposes; H.R. 4235, to designate certain National 
Forest System lands in the Pike and San Isabel National Forests 
and certain lands in the Royal Gorge Resource Area of the 
Bureau of Land Management in the State of Colorado as 
wilderness, and for other purposes; H.R. 4784, to direct the 
Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Bureau of Land 
Management land to the City of Eugene, Oregon; H.R. 5149, to 
maintain the rural heritage of the Eastern Sierra and enhance 
the region's tourism economy by designating certain public 
lands as wilderness and certain rivers as wild and scenic 
rivers in the State of California and for other purposes; H.R. 
5760, to fulfill President Clinton's commitments made as part 
of the designation of Giant Sequoia National Monument by 
presidential proclamation to provide a transition from the 
timber sale program in effect before the designation to the 
more restrictive management anticipated for the national 
monument, to promote the Kings River Research Project in the 
Sierra National Forest, and for other purposes; and S. 225, to 
direct the Secretary of the Interior to undertake a program to 
reduce the risks from and mitigate the effects of avalanches on 
recreational users of the public.
    September 14, 2006--Hearing held on H.R. 5690, to adjust 
the boundaries of the Ouachita National Forest in the States of 
Oklahoma and Arkansas; H.R. 5756, to provide additional 
authority to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of 
the Interior to implement hazardous fuel reduction projects in 
the State of Colorado in response to dangerous fuel levels and 
insect infestations in forested Federal land in Colorado, to 
extend the maximum duration of stewardship contracts carried 
out in Colorado, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to 
extend the credit for electricity produced from biomass, and 
for other purposes; H.R. 5769, to establish wilderness areas, 
promote conservation, improve public land, and provide for high 
quality economic development in Washington County, Utah, and 
for other purposes; and S. 447, to authorize the conveyance of 
certain Federal land in the State of New Mexico.

  II. OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FORESTS AND FOREST 
                                 HEALTH

A. Oversight Hearings

    February 16, 2005--Joint oversight hearing with 
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on the Impact of 
High Energy Costs on the Competitiveness of America's Pulp and 
Paper Industry.
    February 17, 2005--Oversight hearing on GAO Five Year 
Update on Wildland Fire and Forest Service/Bureau of Land 
Management Accomplishments in Implementing the Healthy Forests 
Restoration Act.
    March 9, 2005--Oversight hearing on FY'06 President's 
Budget for the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land 
Management.
    April 13, 2005--Oversight hearing on Management Challenges 
for Grazing and Range Conservation in the Forest Service and 
Bureau of Land Management.
    April 27, 2005--Oversight hearing on Reforestation Problems 
on National Forests: A GAO Report on the Increasing Backlog.
    May 24, 2005--Oversight hearing on Current Obstacles in 
Biomass Utilization: A GAO Report on Problems Agencies Face in 
the Utilization of Woody Biomass, and the Extent to Which They 
are Addressing These Problems.
    June 15, 2005--Oversight hearing on the Impacts of Federal 
Land Ownership on Communities and Local Governments.
    July 13, 2005--Joint oversight hearing with Subcommittee on 
National Parks on Motorized Recreational Use on Federal Lands.
    August 29, 2005--Oversight field hearing in Colville, 
Washington, on Issues Affecting Forest Health and Management in 
Eastern Washington--National Forests, Tribal Lands, and Local 
Communities.
    August 31, 2005--Oversight field hearing in Hill City, 
South Dakota, on Forest Health Conditions and Forest Management 
Practices in the Black Hills National Forest.
    October 7, 2005--Oversight hearing on Restoration after 
Recent Hurricanes and other Natural Disasters: Federal Role in 
Recovery after Catastrophic Events Affecting Forest Lands.
    February 8, 2006--Joint oversight hearing with Subcommittee 
on Energy and Mineral Resources on Effects of High Energy Costs 
and Potential for Expanded Use of Biomass for Energy.
    February 24, 2006--Oversight field hearing in Medford, 
Oregon, on Scientific Research and the Knowledge-base 
Concerning Forest Management Following Wildfires and Other 
Major Disturbances.
    April 27, 2006--Oversight hearing on the GAO Report on 
Promoting Woody Biomass for Energy and Other Uses.
    May 3, 2006--Joint oversight hearing with Subcommittee on 
Water and Power on the Need for Proper Forest Management on 
Federal Rights of Way to Ensure Reliable Electricity Service.
    June 21, 2006--Oversight hearing on Addressing Forest 
Insects and Disease: A Growing National Problem, ``GAO Report 
on Invasive Forest Pests''.
    June 27, 2006--Joint oversight hearing with Subcommittee on 
Water and Power on Meeting Electricity Demand in the West 
through Responsible Development of Energy Rights-of-Way on 
Federal Lands.
    June 29, 2006--Oversight hearing on Healthy Forests: 
Targets and Accomplishments.
    July 13, 2006--Oversight hearing on Working Ranches, 
Healthy Range and Maintaining Open Space.
    October 4, 2006--Oversight field hearing in Okanogan, 
Washington, on Wildfires and Their Aftermath: Protecting 
Communities, Watersheds, and Wildlife.

 III. OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES OF THE TASK FORCE ON IMPROVING THE NATIONAL 
       ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT (APRIL 6, 2005-NOVEMBER 30, 2005)

A. Oversight Hearings

    April 23, 2005--Oversight field hearing in Spokane, 
Washington, on the Role of NEPA in the States of Washington, 
Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
    June 18, 2005--Oversight field hearing in Lakeside, 
Arizona, on the Role of NEPA in the Southwestern States.
    July 23, 2005--Oversight field hearing in Nacogdoches, 
Texas, on the Role of NEPA in the Southern States.
    August 1, 2005--Oversight field hearing in Rio Rancho, New 
Mexico, on the Role of NEPA in the Intermountain States.
    September 17, 2005--Oversight field hearing in Norfolk, 
Virginia, on the Role of NEPA in the Mid-Atlantic States.

  IV. OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES OF THE TASK FORCE ON UPDATING THE NATIONAL 
      ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT (OCTOBER 7, 2005-NOVEMBER 30, 2005)

A. Oversight Hearings

    November 10, 2005--Oversight hearing on NEPA Litigation: 
The Causes, Effects and Solutions.
    November 17, 2005--Oversight hearing on NEPA: Lessons 
Learned and Next Steps.
                               APPENDIX I

                            Printed Hearings

    109-1--Hearing on H.R. 512, to require the prompt review by 
the Secretary of the Interior of the longstanding petitions for 
Federal recognition of certain Indian tribes, and for other 
purposes. February 10, 2005, Washington, D.C. (Full Committee).
    109-2--Oversight hearing on the Status of the Indian Trust 
Fund Lawsuit, Cobell v. Norton. February 16, 2005, Washington, 
D.C. (Full Committee).
    109-3--Oversight hearing on GAO Five-Year Update on 
Wildland Fire and Forest Service/Bureau of Land Management 
Accomplishments in Implementing the Healthy Forests Restoration 
Act. February 17, 2005, Washington, D.C. (Subcommittee on 
Forests and Forest Health).
    109-4--Oversight hearing on U.S. Energy and Mineral Needs, 
Security and Policy: Impacts of Sustained Increases in Global 
Energy and Mineral Consumption by Emerging Economies such as 
China and India. March 16, 2005, Washington, D.C. (Subcommittee 
on Energy and Mineral Resources).
    109-5--Oversight hearing on a discussion draft bill to 
amend the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to restrict off-
reservation gaming, and for other purposes. March 17, 2005, 
Washington, D.C. (Full Committee).
    109-6--Oversight hearing on the Relationship between the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and 
the National Environmental Policy Act. April 17, 2005, 
Washington, D.C. (Subcommittee on Fisheries and Oceans).
    109-7--Oversight hearing on the National Historic 
Preservation Act. April 14, 2005, Washington, D.C. 
(Subcommittee on National Parks).
    109-8--Oversight field hearing on the Role of NEPA in the 
States of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. April 
23, 2005, Spokane, Washington. (Task Force on Improving NEPA).
    109-9--Oversight hearing on Tribal proposals to acquire 
land-in-trust for gaming across state lines and how such 
proposals are affected by the off-reservation discussion draft 
bill. April 27, 2005, Washington, D.C. (Full Committee).
    109-10--Oversight hearing on Reforestation Problems on 
National Forests: A GAO Report on the Increasing Backlog. April 
27, 2005, Washington, D.C. (Subcommittee on Forests and Forest 
Health).
    109-11--Oversight field hearing on Lessons Learned 
Protecting and Restoring Wildlife in the Southern United States 
under the Endangered Species Act. April 30, 2005, Jackson, 
Mississippi. (Full Committee).
    109-12--Oversight hearing on Stabilizing Rural Electricity 
Service Through Common Sense Application of the Endangered 
Species Act. May 4, 2005, Washington, D.C. (Subcommittee on 
Water and Power).
    109-13--Oversight hearing on the Impacts of High Energy 
Costs to the American Consumer. May, 10, 2005, Washington, D.C. 
(Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources).
    109-14--Hearing on H.R. 1071, to direct the Secretary of 
Energy to make incentive payments to the owners or operators of 
qualified desalination facilities to partially offset the cost 
of electrical energy required to operate such facilities, and 
for other purposes; and Oversight hearing on Reducing Power and 
other Costs of the Desalination Process. May 24, 2005, 
Washington, D.C. (Subcommittee on Water and Power).
    109-15--Joint oversight hearing on the United States 
Nuclear Legacy in the Marshall Islands: Consideration of Issues 
Relating to the Changed Circumstances Petition. May 25, 2005, 
Washington, D.C. (Full Committee and the Committee on 
International Relations, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific).
    109-16--Oversight hearing on Public Access within the 
National Wildlife Refuge System. May 26, 2005, Washington, D.C. 
(Subcommittee on Fisheries and Oceans).
    109-17--Oversight field hearing on Keeping the Columbia/
Snake a Working River. June 6, 2005, Clarkston, Washington. 
(Subcommittee on Water and Power).
    109-18--Oversight field hearing on a Discussion Draft Bill 
Regarding Indian Gaming and its need and effects in Northern 
California. June 6, 2005, Sacramento, California (Full 
Committee).
    109-19--Oversight field hearing on the Economic and 
Environmental Benefits of New Water Storage in the San Joaquin 
Valley. June 11, 2005, Fresno, California (Subcommittee on 
Water and Power).
    109-20--Oversight hearing on Impacts of Environmental 
Regulations on Energy and Mineral Development: the Wildlands 
Project. June 16, 2005, Washington, D.C. (Subcommittee on 
Energy and Mineral Resources).
    109-21--Oversight field hearing on the Role of NEPA in the 
Southwestern States. June 18, 2005, Lakeside, Arizona (Task 
Force on Improving NEPA).
    109-22--Oversight hearings on the Vast North American 
Resource Potential of Oil Shale, Oil Sands, and Heavy Oils: 
Parts 1 and 2. June 23 and June 30, 2005, Washington, D.C. 
(Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources).
    109-23--Oversight field hearings on Fisheries Management 
Successes in Alaska and the Reauthorization of the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. July 6 and 
July 8, 2005, Ketchikan and Kodiak, Alaska (Subcommittee on 
Fisheries and Oceans).
    109-24--Oversight hearing on the Status of the Eastern 
Oyster and the Petitions to List the Eastern Oyster as 
Endangered or Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. July 
19, 2005, Washington, D.C. (Full Committee).
    109-25--Joint oversight hearing on Improving Land Title 
Grant Procedures for Native Americans. July 19, 2005, 
Washington, D.C. (Full Committee and the Committee on Financial 
Services).
    109-26--Oversight field hearing on the Role of NEPA in the 
Southern States. July 23, 2005, Nacogdoches, Texas (Task Force 
on Improving NEPA).
    109-27--Oversight hearing on Sustainable Development 
Opportunities in Mining Communities. July 28, 2005, Washington, 
D.C. (Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources).
    109-28--Oversight field hearing on the Role of NEPA in the 
Intermountain States. August 1, 2005, Rio Rancho, New Mexico 
(Task Force on Improving NEPA).
    109-29--Oversight field hearing on the Benefits of Offshore 
Oil and Natural Gas Development. August 13, 2005, Port 
Fourchon, Louisiana (Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral 
Resources).
    109-30--Oversight field hearing on the Role of NEPA in the 
Mid-Atlantic States. September 17, 2005, Norfolk, Virginia 
(Task Force on Improving NEPA).
    109-31--Hearing on H.R. 3824, to amend and reauthorize the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide greater results 
conserving and recovering listed species, and for other 
purposes. ``Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act of 
2005''. September 21, 2005, Washington, D.C. (Full Committee).
    109-32--Oversight hearing on Water Supply Vulnerabilities 
in the Sacramento/San Joaquin River System. October 20, 2005, 
Washington, D.C. (Subcommittee on Water and Power).
    109-33--Hearing on H.R. 3405, Strengthening the Ownership 
of Private Property Act of 2005 (STOPP). October 27, 2005, 
Washington, D.C. (Full Committee).
    109-34--Oversight hearing on the Second Discussion Draft of 
Legislation Regarding Off-Reservation Indian Gaming. November 
9, 2005, Washington, D.C. (Full Committee).
    109-35--Oversight hearing on NEPA Litigation: The Causes, 
Effects and Solutions. November 10, 2005, Washington, D.C. 
(Task Force on Updating NEPA).
    109-36--Hearing on H.R. 4318, Outer Continental Shelf 
Natural Gas Relief Act. November 17, 2005, Washington, D.C. 
(Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources).
    109-37--Oversight hearing on NEPA: Lessons Learned and Next 
Steps. November 17, 2005, Washington, D.C. (Task Force on 
Updating NEPA).
    109-38--Hearing on H.R. 4322, Indian Trust Reform Act of 
2005. December 8, 2005, Washington, D.C. (Full Committee).
    109-39--Oversight field hearing on Scientific Research and 
the Knowledge-base concerning Forest Management Following 
Wildfires and Other Major Disturbances. February 24, 2006, 
Medford, Oregon (Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health).
    109-40--Oversight field hearing on Scientific Assessments 
of Declining Pelagic Fish Populations in the California Bay-
Delta. February 27, 2006, Stockton, California (Full 
Committee).
    109-41--Oversight hearing on How the Federal Power 
Marketing Administrations are Implementing the Energy Policy 
Act of 2005 and an Assessment of the Proposed Fiscal Year 2007 
Budgets for These Agencies. March 1, 2006, Washington, D.C. 
(Subcommittee on Water and Power).
    109-42--Joint oversight hearing on the Settlement of Cobell 
v. Norton. March 1, 2006, Washington, D.C. (Full Committee and 
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs).
    109-43--Hearing on H.R. 4893, to amend section 20 of the 
Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to restrict off-reservation 
gaming. March 15, 2006, Washington, D.C. (Full Committee).
    109-44--Hearing on H.R. 4857, to better inform consumers 
regarding costs associated with compliance for protecting 
endangered and threatened species under the Endangered Species 
Act of 1973. March 16, 2006, Washington, D.C. (Full Committee).
    109-45--Oversight hearing on the Impact of Hurricanes 
Katrina and Rita on the National Wildlife Refuge System. March 
16, 2006, Washington, D.C. (Subcommittee on Fisheries and 
Oceans).
    109-46--Hearing on H.R. 4893, to amend section 20 of the 
Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to restrict off-reservation 
gaming. April 5, 2006, Washington, D.C. (Full Committee).
    109-47--Oversight hearing on Protecting Sacramento/San 
Joaquin Bay-Delta Water Supplies and Responding to Catastrophic 
Failures in California Water Deliveries. April 6, 2006, 
Washington, D.C. (Subcommittee on Water and Power).
    109-48--Hearings on H.R. 5018, to amend the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and for other 
purposes; H.R. 4940, to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act, and for other purposes; and 
H.R. 1431, to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation 
Management Act to modify requirements for the appointment and 
training of members of Regional Fishery Management Councils, 
and for other purposes. April 25 and May 3, 2006. New Bedford, 
Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. (Full Committee).
    109-49--Oversight hearing on The Report by the President's 
Task Force on Puerto Rico's Status. April 27, 2006, Washington, 
D.C. (Full Committee).
    109-50--Joint oversight hearing on The Need for Proper 
Forest Management on Federal Rights of Way to Ensure Reliable 
Electricity Service. May 3, 2006. Washington, D.C. 
(Subcommittees on Water and Power and Forests and Forest 
Health).
    109-51--Oversight hearing on The Future of Federal Coal: 
Status, Availability and Impact of Technology Advances in Using 
Coal to create Alternative Energy Resources. May 4, 2006. 
Washington, D.C. (Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral 
Resources).
    109-52--Oversight hearing on the Minimum Internal Control 
Standards (MICS) for Indian Gaming. May 11, 2006. Washington, 
D.C. (Full Committee).
    109-53--Oversight hearing on Disability Access in the 
National Park System. May 11, 2006. Washington, D.C. 
(Subcommittee on National Parks).
    109-54--Oversight hearing on the Energy and Mineral 
Requirements for Renewable and Alternative Fuels Used for 
Transportation and Other Purposes. May 18, 2006. Washington, 
D.C. (Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources).
    109-55--Hearing on H.R. 4761, the Domestic Energy 
Production through Offshore Exploration and Equitable Treatment 
of State Holdings Act of 2006. June 14, 2006. Washington, D.C. 
(Full Committee).
    109-56--Oversight hearing on Securing the Bureau of 
Reclamation's Water and Power Infrastructure: A Consumer's 
Perspective. June 22, 2006. Washington, D.C. (Subcommittee on 
Water and Power).
    109-57--Oversight hearing on Meeting Electricity Demand in 
the West though Responsible Development of Energy Rights-of-Way 
on Federal Lands. June 27, 2006. Washington, D.C. (Subcommittee 
on Water and Power).
    109-58--Oversight field hearing on Electricity Costs and 
Salmon: Finding the Balance. July 7, 2006. Pasco, Washington. 
(Subcommittee on Water and Power).
    109-59--Oversight hearing on Opportunities for Good 
Samaritan Cleanup of Hard Rock Abandoned Mine Lands. July 13, 
2006. Washington, D.C. (Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral 
Resources).
    109-60--Oversight field hearing on Border Security on 
Federal Lands: What can be done to mitigate impacts along the 
Southwestern Border. August 5, 2006. Santee, California. (Full 
Committee).
    Oversight field hearing on Border Security on Federal 
Lands: the importance of securing the Northern Border. August 
28, 2006. Hamilton, Montana. (Full Committee).
    109-61--Oversight field hearing on Keeping the Lights on 
and Maintaining Wyoming's Jobs: Overcoming the Challenges 
Facing Western Power Generation Facilities. August 9, 2006. 
Washington, D.C. (Subcommittee on Water and Power).
    109-62--Hearing on H.R. 6080, to establish the Mineral 
Commodity Information Agency (MICA) within the Department of 
the Interior, and for other purposes. September 20, 2006. 
Washington, D.C. (Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral 
Resources).
    109-63--Oversight hearing on the San Joaquin River 
Restoration Settlement Act. September 21, 2006. Washington, 
D.C. (Subcommittee on Water and Power).
                              APPENDIX II

                        Legislation Passed House

                       BILLS PASSED HOUSE BY DATE

    (Asterisk (*) denotes bills for which the Committee on 
Resources was not the lead Committee)
    3/14/05--H.R. 62, to create the Office of Chief Financial 
Officer of the Government of the Virgin Islands, and for other 
purposes. Passed House by voice vote.
    3/14/05--H.R. 126, to amend Public Law 89-366 to allow for 
an adjustment in the number of free roaming horses permitted in 
Cape Lookout National Seashore. Passed House by voice vote. 
(Public Law 109-117)
    3/14/05--H.R. 186, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior, acting through the Bureau of Reclamation and in 
coordination with other Federal, State, and local government 
agencies, to participate in the funding and implementation of a 
balanced, long-term groundwater remediation program in 
California, and for other purposes. Passed House as amended by 
voice vote. (Public Law 109-338)
    3/14/05--H.R. 412, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to conduct a study to determine the suitability and 
feasibility of establishing the Western Reserve Heritage Area. 
Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-338)
    3/14/05--H.R. 486, to provide for a land exchange involving 
private land and Bureau of Land Management land in the vicinity 
of Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, for the purpose of 
removing private land from the required safety zone surrounding 
munitions storage bunkers at Holloman Air Force Base. Passed 
House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-xxx)
    3/14/05--H.R. 584, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to recruit volunteers to assist with, or facilitate, 
the activities of various agencies and offices of the 
Department of the Interior. Passed House by voice vote. (Public 
Law 109-125)
    3/14/05--H.R. 680, to direct the Secretary of Interior to 
convey certain land held in trust for the Paiute Indian Tribe 
of Utah to the City of Richfield, Utah, and for other purposes. 
Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-126)
    3/14/05--H.R. 694, to enhance the preservation and 
interpretation of the Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage, and for 
other purposes. Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    3/14/05--H.R. 816, to direct the Secretary of Agriculture 
to sell certain parcels of National Forest System land in 
Carson City and Douglas County, Nevada. Passed House by voice 
vote.
    4/12/05--H.R. 18, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior, acting through the Bureau of Reclamation and in 
coordination with other Federal, State, and local government 
agencies, to participate in the funding and implementation of a 
balanced, long-term groundwater remediation program in 
California, and for other purposes. Passed House as amended by 
voice vote.
    4/12/05--H.R. 135, to establish the ``Twenty-First Century 
Water Commission'' to study and develop recommendations for a 
comprehensive water strategy to address future water needs. 
Passed House by vote of 402-22.
    4/12/05--H.R. 482, to provide for a land exchange involving 
Federal lands in the Lincoln National Forest in the State of 
New Mexico, and for other purposes. Passed House by voice vote. 
(Public Law 109-xxx)
    4/12/05--H.R. 541, to direct the Secretary of Agriculture 
to convey certain land to Lander County, Nevada, and the 
Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land to Eureka 
County, Nevada, for continued use as cemeteries. Passed House 
by vote of 423-0. (Public Law 109-46)
    4/12/05--H.R. 794, to correct the south boundary of the 
Colorado River Indian Reservation in Arizona, and for other 
purposes. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-47)
    4/21/05--H.R. 6, to ensure jobs for our future with secure, 
affordable, and reliable energy. Passed House as amended by 
vote of 249-183. (Public Law 109-58)
    5/16/05--H.R. 485, to provide that the royalty rate on the 
output from Federal lands of potassium and potassium compounds 
from the mineral sylvite in the 5-year period beginning on the 
date of the enactment of this Act shall be reduced to 1.0 
percent, and for other purposes. Passed House as amended by 
voice vote.
    5/16/05--H.R. 540, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to convey the Newlands Project Headquarters and 
Maintenance Yard Facility to the Truckee-Carson Irrigation 
District. Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    5/16/05--H.R. 938, to establish the Upper Housatonic Valley 
National Heritage Area in the State of Connecticut and the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and for other purposes. Passed 
House as amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-338)
    5/16/05--H.R. 1046, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to contract with the city of Cheyenne, Wyoming, for 
the storage of the city's water in the Kendrick Project, 
Wyoming. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-48)
    5/16/05--H.R. 2107, to amend Public Law 104-329 to modify 
authorities for the use of the National Law Enforcement 
Officers Memorial Maintenance Fund, and for other purposes. 
Passed House by vote of 392-0. (Public Law 109-314)
    5/23/05--H.R. 606, to authorize appropriations to the 
Secretary of the Interior for the restoration of the Angel 
Island Immigration Station in the State of California. Passed 
House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-119)
    5/23/05--H.R. 849, to provide for the conveyance of certain 
public land in Clark County, Nevada, for use as a heliport. 
Passed House by voice vote.
    5/23/05--H.R. 1101, to revoke a Public Land Order with 
respect to certain lands erroneously included in the Cibola 
National Wildlife Refuge, California. Passed House by voice 
vote. (Public Law 109-127)
    5/25/05--H.R. 2566*, to provide an extension of highway, 
highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other 
programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment 
of a law reauthorizing the Transportation Equity Act for the 
21st Century. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-14)
    6/9/05--H. Res. 309, Expressing the importance of 
immediately reopening the famous Beartooth All-American Highway 
from Red Lodge, Montana, to Yellowstone National Park in 
Wyoming. Passed House by unanimous consent.
    6/27/05--H.R. 38, to designate a portion of the White 
Salmon River as a component of the National Wild and Scenic 
Rivers System. Passed House as amended by voice vote. (Public 
Law 109-44)
    6/27/05--H.R. 481, to further the purposes of the Sand 
Creek Massacre National Historic Site Establishment Act of 
2000. Passed House as amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-
45)
    6/27/05--H.R. 1084, to authorize the establishment at 
Antietam National Battlefield of a memorial to the officers and 
enlisted men of the Fifth, Sixth, and Ninth New Hampshire 
Volunteer Infantry Regiments and the First New Hampshire Light 
Artillery Battery who fought in the Battle of Antietam on 
September 17, 1862, and for other purposes. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote.
    6/27/05--H.R. 1428, to authorize appropriations for the 
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and for other purposes. 
Passed House as amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-363)
    6/27/05--H.R. 1512, to direct the Secretary of the Interior 
to conduct a special resources study regarding the suitability 
and feasibility of designating certain historic buildings and 
areas in Taunton, Massachusetts, as a unit of the National Park 
System, and for other purposes. Passed House as amended by 
voice vote.
    6/27/05--H.R. 2362, to reauthorize and amend the National 
Geologic Mapping Act of 1992. Passed House as amended by voice 
vote.
    6/29/05--H.R. 432, Private Bill; to require the Secretary 
of the Interior to permit continued occupancy and use of 
certain lands and improvements within Rocky Mountain National 
Park. Passed House by unanimous consent.
    6/30/05--H.R. 3104*, to provide an extension of highway, 
highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other 
programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment 
of a law reauthorizing the Transportation Equity Act for the 
21st Century. Passed House by unanimous consent. (Public Law 
109-20)
    7/19/2005--H.R. 3332*, to provide an extension of highway, 
highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other 
programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment 
of a law reauthorizing the Transportation Equity Act for the 
21st Century. Passed House by unanimous consent. (Public Law 
109-35)
    7/21/2005--H.R. 3377*, to provide an extension of highway, 
highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other 
programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment 
of a law reauthorizing the Transportation Equity Act for the 
21st Century. Passed House by unanimous consent. (Public Law 
109-37)
    7/25/2005--H.R. 1797, to provide for equitable compensation 
to the Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation for 
the use of tribal land for the production of hydropower by the 
Grand Coulee Dam, and for other purposes. Passed House by voice 
vote.
    7/27/2005--H.R. 3453*, to provide an extension of highway, 
highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other 
programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment 
of a law reauthorizing the Transportation Equity Act for the 
21st Century. Passed House by unanimous consent. (Public Law 
109-40)
    7/29/2005--H.R. 3512*, to provide an extension of 
administrative expenses for highway, highway safety, motor 
carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the 
Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a law reauthorizing the 
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century. Passed House by 
unanimous consent. (Public Law 109-42)
    9/13/2005--H.R. 3649*, to ensure funding for sportfishing 
and boating safety programs funded out of the Highway Trust 
Fund through the end of fiscal year 2005, and for other 
purposes. Passed House by vote of 401-1. (Public Law 109-74)
    9/13/2005--S. 252, to direct the Secretary of the Interior 
to convey certain land in Washoe County, Nevada, to the Board 
of Regents of the University and Community College System of 
Nevada. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-69)
    9/13/2005--S. 264, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and 
Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize certain 
projects in the State of Hawaii. Passed House by voice vote. 
(Public Law 109-70)
    9/13/2005--S. 276, to revise the boundary of the Wind Cave 
National Park in the State of South Dakota. Passed House by 
vote of 295-106. (Public Law 109-71)
    9/13/2005--H.R. 539, to designate certain National Forest 
System land in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as components of 
the National Wilderness Preservation System. Passed House by 
voice vote. (Public Law 109-118)
    9/20/2005--H.R. 409, to provide for the exchange of land 
within the Sierra National Forest, California, and for other 
purposes. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-375)
    9/20/2005--H.R. 394, to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to conduct a boundary study to evaluate the 
significance of the Colonel James Barrett Farm in the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the suitability and 
feasibility of its inclusion in the National Park System as 
part of the Minute Man National Historical Park, and for other 
purposes. Passed House as amended by voice vote. (Public Law 
109-xxx)
    9/20/2005--S. 1340, to amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife 
Restoration Act to extend the date after which surplus funds in 
the wildlife restoration fund become available for 
apportionment. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-75)
    9/29/2005--H.R. 3824, to amend and reauthorize the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide greater results 
conserving and recovering listed species, and for other 
purposes. Passed House as amended by vote of 229-193.
    10/7/2005--H.R. 3893*, to expedite the construction of new 
refining capacity in the United States, to provide reliable and 
affordable energy for the American people, and for other 
purposes. Passed House as amended by vote of 212-210.
    10/18/2005--H.R. 177, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater 
and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to participate in the Prado Basin 
Natural Treatment System Project, to authorize the Secretary to 
carry out a program to assist agencies in projects to construct 
regional brine lines in California, to authorize the Secretary 
to participate in the Lower Chino Dairy Area desalination 
demonstration and reclamation project, and for other purposes. 
Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    10/18/2005--S. 55, to adjust the boundary of Rocky Mountain 
National Park in the State of Colorado. Passed House by voice 
vote. (Public Law 109-93)
    10/18/2005--S. 156, to designate the Ojito Wilderness Study 
Area as wilderness, to take certain land into trust for the 
Pueblo of Zia, and for other purposes. Passed House by voice 
vote. (Public Law 109-94)
    11/15/2005--H.R. 1564, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to convey certain buildings and lands of the Yakima 
Project, Washington, to the Yakima-Tieton Irrigation District. 
Passed House by vote of 420-0.
    11/15/2005--H.R. 1972, to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the 
suitability and feasibility of including in the National Park 
System certain sites in Williamson County, Tennessee, relating 
to the Battle of Franklin. Passed House as amended by voice 
vote. (Public Law 109-120)
    11/15/2005--H.R. 3507, to transfer certain land in 
Riverside County, California, and San Diego County, California, 
from the Bureau of Land Management to the United States to be 
held in trust for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians, 
and for other purposes. Passed House by voice vote.
    11/15/2005--H.R. 3721, to amend the Omnibus Parks and 
Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to allow certain commercial 
vehicles to continue to use Route 209 within Delaware Water Gap 
National Recreation Area and to allow the National Park Service 
to continue to collect fees from those vehicles, and for other 
purposes. Passed House as amended by voice vote. (See S. 1310, 
Public Law 109-156)
    11/15/2005--H.R. 3981, to authorize the Secretary of 
Agriculture to carry out certain land exchanges involving small 
parcels of National Forest System land in the Tahoe National 
Forest in the State of California, and for other purposes. 
Passed House by voice vote.
    11/15/2005--S. 161, to provide for a land exchange in the 
State of Arizona between the Secretary of Agriculture and 
Yavapai Ranch Limited Partnership. Passed House by voice vote. 
(Public Law 109-110)
    11/15/2005--H.R. 318, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of 
designating Castle Nugent Farms located on St. Croix, Virgin 
Islands, as a unit of the National Park System, and for other 
purposes. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-317)
    11/15/2005--H.R. 323, to redesignate the Ellis Island 
Library on the third floor of the Ellis Island Immigration 
Museum, located on Ellis Island in New York Harbor, as the 
``Bob Hope Memorial Library''. Passed House by vote of 419, 1 
voting present.
    11/15/2005--H.R. 326, to amend the Yuma Crossing National 
Heritage Area Act of 2000 to adjust the boundary of the Yuma 
Crossing National Heritage Area and for other purposes. Passed 
House as amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-318)
    11/16/2005--H.R. 3351, to make technical corrections to 
laws relating to Native Americans, and for other purposes. 
Passed House as amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-221)
    11/16/2005--H.R. 562, to authorize the Government of 
Ukraine to establish a memorial on Federal land in the District 
of Columbia to honor the victims of the manmade famine that 
occurred in Ukraine in 1932-1933. Passed House as amended by 
voice vote. (Public Law 109-340)
    11/16/2005--H.R. 1492, to provide for the preservation of 
the historic confinement sites where Japanese Americans were 
detained during World War II, and for other purposes. Passed 
House as amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-xxx)
    12/6/2005--S. 52, to direct the Secretary of the Interior 
to convey a parcel of real property to Beaver County, Utah. 
(Public Law 109-130)
    12/6/2005--S. 136, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to provide supplemental funding and other services 
that are necessary to assist certain local school districts in 
the State of California in providing educational services for 
students attending schools located within Yosemite National 
Park, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to adjust the 
boundaries of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, to 
adjust the boundaries of Redwood National Park, and for other 
purposes. (Public Law 109-131)
    12/6/2005--S. 212, to amend the Valles Caldera Preservation 
Act to improve the preservation of the Valles Caldera, and for 
other purposes. (Public Law 109-132)
    12/6/2005--S. 279, to amend the Act of June 7, 1924, to 
provide for the exercise of criminal jurisdiction. (Public Law 
109-133)
    12/6/2005--H.R. 585, to require Federal land managers to 
support, and to communicate, coordinate, and cooperate with, 
designated gateway communities, to improve the ability of 
gateway communities to participate in Federal land management 
planning conducted by the Forest Service and agencies of the 
Department of the Interior, and to respond to the impacts of 
the public use of the Federal lands administered by these 
agencies, and for other purposes. Passed House as amended by 
voice vote.
    12/6/2005--H.R. 1129, to authorize the exchange of certain 
land in the State of Colorado. Passed House as amended by voice 
vote. (Public Law 109-377)
    12/6/2005--H.R. 3812, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to prepare a feasibility study with respect to the 
Mokelumne River, and for other purposes. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-338)
    12/6/2005--H.R. 4195, to authorize early repayment of 
obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within Rogue River 
Valley Irrigation District or within Medford Irrigation 
District. (Public Law 109-138)
    12/7/2005--H.R. 327, to allow binding arbitration clauses 
to be included in all contracts affecting land within the Gila 
River Indian Community Reservation. Passed House by voice vote. 
(Public Law 109-147)
    12/13/2005--H.R. 125, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to construct facilities to provide water for 
irrigation, municipal, domestic, military, and other uses from 
the Santa Margarita River, California, and for other purposes. 
Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    12/13/2005--H.R. 452, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to conduct a study to determine the suitability and 
feasibility of designating the Soldiers' Memorial Military 
Museum located in St. Louis, Missouri, as a unit of the 
National Park System. Passed House by voice vote.
    12/13/2005--H.R. 853, to remove certain restrictions on the 
Mammoth Community Water District's ability to use certain 
property acquired by that District from the United States. 
Passed House by voice vote.
    12/13/2005--H.R. 975, to provide consistent enforcement 
authority to the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park 
Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the 
Forest Service to respond to violations of regulations 
regarding the management, use, and protection of public lands 
under the jurisdiction of these agencies, and for other 
purposes. Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    12/13/2005--H.R. 3443, to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to convey certain water distribution facilities to the 
Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-321)
    12/19/2005--S. 205, to authorize the American Battle 
Monuments Commission to establish in the State of Louisiana a 
memorial to honor the Buffalo Soldiers. (Public Law 109-152)
    12/19/2005--S. 652, to provide financial assistance for the 
rehabilitation of the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial in 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the development of an exhibit 
to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin 
Franklin. (Public Law 109-153)
    12/19/2005--S. 1310, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to allow the Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation to 
increase the diameter of a natural gas pipeline located in the 
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. (Public Law 109-
156)
    12/19/2005--S. 1238, to amend the Public Lands Corps Act of 
1993 to provide for the conduct of projects that protect 
forests, and for other purposes. (Public Law 109-154)
    12/19/2005--S. 1481, to amend the Indian Land Consolidation 
Act to provide for probate reform. (Public Law 109-157)
    12/19/2005--S. 1892, to amend Public Law 107-153 to modify 
a certain date. (Public Law 109-158)
    12/19/2005--H.R. 2099, to establish the Arabia Mountain 
National Heritage Area, and for other purposes. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-338)
    12/19/2005--H.R. 3179, to reauthorize and amend the Junior 
Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act of 1994. Passed 
House by unanimous consent. (Public Law 109-165)
    12/19/2005--H.R. 4000, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to revise certain repayment contracts with the 
Bostwick Irrigation District in Nebraska, the Kansas Bostwick 
Irrigation District No. 2, the Frenchman-Cambridge Irrigation 
District, and the Webster Irrigation District No. 4, all a part 
of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, and for other 
purposes. Passed House by unanimous consent. (Public Law 109-
386)
    2/28/2006--S. 449, to facilitate shareholder consideration 
of proposals to make Settlement Common Stock under the Alaska 
Native Claims Settlement Act available to missed enrollees, 
eligible elders, and eligible persons born after December 18, 
1971. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-179)
    2/28/2006--H.R. 1096, to establish the Thomas Edison 
National Historical Park in the State of New Jersey as the 
successor to the Edison National Historic Site. Passed House as 
amended by vote of 399-1.
    2/28/2006--H.R. 1728, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of 
designating the French Colonial Heritage Area in the State of 
Missouri as a unit of the National Park System. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-319)
    3/8/2006--H.R. 1190, to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to conduct a feasibility study to design and construct 
a four reservoir intertie system for the purposes of improving 
the water storage opportunities, water supply reliability, and 
water yield of San Vicente, El Capitan, Murray, and Loveland 
Reservoirs in San Diego County, California in consultation and 
cooperation with the City of San Diego and the Sweetwater 
Authority. Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    3/8/2006--H.R. 2383, to redesignate the facility of the 
Bureau of Reclamation located at 19550 Kelso Road in Byron, 
California, as the ``C.W. `Bill' Jones Pumping Plant''. Passed 
House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-384)
    3/8/2006--H.R. 4192, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to designate the President William Jefferson Clinton 
Birthplace Home in Hope, Arkansas, as a National Historic Site 
and unit of the National Park System. Passed House by vote of 
409-12.
    3/8/2006--S. 1578, to reauthorize the Upper Colorado and 
San Juan River Basin endangered fish recovery implementation 
programs. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-183)
    3/14/2006--H.R. 4841, to amend the Ojito Wilderness Act to 
make a technical correction. Passed House by voice vote. 
(Public Law 109-309)
    3/28/2006--H.R. 4882, to ensure the proper remembrance of 
Vietnam veterans and the Vietnam War by providing a deadline 
for the designation of a visitor center for the Vietnam 
Veterans Memorial. Passed House by vote of 404-4.
    4/25/2006--H.J. Res. 83, to memorialize and honor the 
contribution of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. Passed 
House by voice vote.
    4/25/2006--H.R. 2341, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater 
and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to participate in the design, 
planning, and construction of a project to reclaim and reuse 
wastewater within and outside of the service area of the City 
of Austin Water and Wastewater Utility, Texas. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote.
    4/25/2006--S.J. Res. 28, to approve the location of the 
commemorative work in the District of Columbia honoring former 
President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Passed House by vote of 411 to 
0. (Public Law 109-220)
    4/25/2006--S. 592, to extend the contract for the Glendo 
Unit of the Missouri River Basin Project in the State of 
Wyoming. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-219)
    5/2/2006--S. 584, to require the Secretary of the Interior 
to allow the continued occupancy and use of certain land and 
improvements within Rocky Mountain National Park. Passed House 
on the call of the Private calendar. (Private Law 109-1)
    5/2/2006--H.R. 2720, to further the purposes of the 
Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992 
by directing the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the 
Commissioner of Reclamation, to carry out an assessment and 
demonstration program to control salt cedar and Russian olive, 
and for other purposes. Passed House as amended by voice vote. 
(Public Law 109-320)
    5/2/2006--H.R. 3351, concur in the Senate amendment, to 
make technical corrections to laws relating to Native 
Americans, and for other purposes. Passed House by voice vote. 
(Public Law 109-221)
    5/2/2006--H.R. 3418, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater 
and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to participate in the Central Texas 
Water Recycling and Reuse Project. Passed House as amended by 
voice vote.
    5/2/2006--H.R. 3929, to amend the Water Desalination Act of 
1996 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to assist in 
research and development, environmental and feasibility 
studies, and preliminary engineering for the Municipal Water 
District of Orange County, California, Dana Point Desalination 
Project located at Dana Point, California. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote.
    5/9/2006--H.R. 4204, to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to transfer ownership of the American River Pump 
Station Project, and for other purposes. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote.
    5/9/2006--H.R. 5311, to establish the Upper Housatonic 
Valley National Heritage Area. Passed House by voice vote.
    5/9/2006--S. 1382, to require the Secretary of the Interior 
to accept the conveyance of certain land, to be held in trust 
for the benefit of the Puyallup Indian tribe. Passed House by 
voice vote. (Public Law 109-224)
    5/16/2006--H.R. 518, to require the Secretary of the 
Interior to refine the Department of the Interior program for 
providing assistance for the conservation of neotropical 
migratory birds. Passed House as amended by voice vote. (Public 
Law 109-363)
    5/16/2006--H.R. 586, to preserve the use and access of pack 
and saddle stock animals on public lands, including wilderness 
areas, national monuments, and other specifically designated 
areas administered by the National Park Service, the Bureau of 
Land Management, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 
or the Forest Service where there is a historical tradition of 
such use. Passed House by voice vote.
    5/16/2006--H.R. 2978, to allow the Assiniboine and Sioux 
Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation to enter into a 
lease or other temporary conveyance of water rights recognized 
under Fort-Peck-Montana Compact for the purpose of meeting the 
water needs of the Dry Prairie Rural Water Association, 
Incorporated, and for other purposes. Passed House by voice 
vote.
    5/16/2006--H.R. 3682, to redesignate the Mason Neck 
National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia as the Elizabeth Hartwell 
Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Passed House by voice 
vote.
    5/16/2006--S. 1165, to provide for the expansion of the 
James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, Honolulu County, 
Hawaii. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-225)
    5/16/2006--S. 1869, to reauthorize the Coastal Barrier 
Resources Act, and for other purposes. Passed House by voice 
vote. (Public Law 109-226)
    5/17/2006--H.R. 4200, to improve the ability of the 
Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to 
promptly implement recovery treatments in response to 
catastrophic events affecting Federal lands under their 
jurisdiction, including the removal of dead and damaged trees 
and the implementation of reforestation treatments, to support 
the recovery of non-Federal lands damaged by catastrophic 
events, to revitalize Forest Service experimental forests. 
Passed House by vote of 243-182.
    6/12/2006--H.R. 4013, to amend the Reclamation Projects 
Authorization and Adjustments Act of 1992 to provide for 
conjunctive use of surface and groundwater in Juab County, 
Utah. Passed House by voice vote.
    6/12/2006--H.R. 4162, to provide for an exchange of lands 
between the Secretary of Agriculture and the United Water 
Conservation District of California to eliminate certain 
private inholdings in the Los Padres National Forest, and for 
other purposes. Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    6/12/2006--H.R. 3967, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to reallocate costs of the Pactola Dam and Reservoir, 
South Dakota, to reflect increased demands for municipal, 
industrial, and fish and wildlife purposes. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote.
    6/29/2006--H.R. 4761, to provide for exploration, 
development, and production activities for mineral resources on 
the Outer Continental Shelf. Passed House as amended by vote of 
232 to 187.
    7/10/2006--H.R. 122, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater 
and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to participate in the Eastern 
Municipal Water District Recycled Water System Pressurization 
and Expansion Project. Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    7/10/2006--H.R. 2563, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to conduct feasibility studies to address certain 
water shortages within the Snake, Boise, and Payette River 
systems in Idaho. Passed House as amended by vote of 366-1.
    7/10/2006--H.R. 3897, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior, acting through the Bureau of Reclamation to enter 
into a cooperative agreement with the Madera Irrigation 
District for purposes of supporting the Madera Water Supply and 
Groundwater Enhancement Project. Passed House as amended by 
voice vote.
    7/10/2006--H.R. 3462, to provide for the conveyance of the 
Bureau of Land Management parcels known as the White Acre and 
Gambel Oak properties and related real property to Park City, 
Utah. Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    7/10/2006--H.R. 5061, to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to convey Paint Bank National Fish Hatchery and 
Wytheville National Fish Hatchery to the State of Virginia. 
Passed House by vote of 366-0. (Public Law 109-388)
    7/10/2006--H.R. 5232, to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to initiate and complete an evaluation of lands and 
waters located in Northeastern Pennsylvania for their potential 
acquisition and inclusion in a future Cherry Valley National 
Wildlife Refuge. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-
363)
    7/17/2006--H.R. 4075, to amend the Marine Mammal Protection 
Act of 1972 to provide for better understanding and protection 
of marine mammals, and for other purposes. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-xxx)
    7/17/2006--H.R. 4376, to authorize the National Park 
Service to enter into a cooperative agreement with the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts on behalf of Springfield 
Technical Community College, and for other purposes. Passed 
House as amended by voice vote.
    7/17/2006--H.R. 3085, to amend the National Trails System 
Act to update the feasibility and suitability study originally 
prepared for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail and 
provide for the inclusion of new trail segments, land 
components, and campgrounds associated with that trail, and for 
other purposes. Passed House as amended by vote of 365-5. 
(Public Law 109-378)
    7/24/2006--H.R. 5025, to protect for future generations the 
recreational opportunities, forests, timber, clean water, 
wilderness and scenic values, and diverse habitat of Mount Hood 
National Forest, Oregon. Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    7/24/2006--H.R. 854, to provide for certain lands to be 
held in trust for the Utu Utu Gwaitu Paiute Tribe. Passed House 
as amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-xxx)
    7/24/2006--H.R. 1307, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers 
Act to designate portions of the Musconetcong River in the 
State of New Jersey as a component of the National Wild and 
Scenic Rivers System. Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    7/24/2006--H.R. 4947, to expand the boundaries of the 
Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge. Passed House as amended 
by voice vote. (Public Law 109-363)
    7/24/2006--H.R. 5057, to authorize the Marion Park Project 
and Committee of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation to 
establish a commemorative work on Federal land in the District 
of Columbia, and its environs to honor Brigadier General 
Francis Marion. Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    7/24/2006--S. 310, to direct the Secretary of the Interior 
to convey the Newlands Project Headquarters and Maintenance 
Yard Facility to the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District in the 
State of Nevada. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-
265)
    7/24/2006--S. Con. Res. 60, to designate the Negro Leagues 
Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, as America's National 
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Passed House by voice vote.
    7/24/2006--S. 1496, to direct the Secretary of the Interior 
to conduct a pilot program under which up to 15 States may 
issue electronic Federal migratory bird hunting stamps. Passed 
House by vote of 358-4. (Public Law 109-266)
    7/24/2006--S. 203, to reduce temporarily the royalty 
required to be paid for sodium produced on Federal lands. 
Passed House as amended by vote of 323-39. (Public Law 109-338)
    7/24/2006--H.R. 3817, to withdraw the Valle Vidal Unit of 
the Carson National Forest in New Mexico from location, entry, 
and patent under the mining laws. Passed House by voice vote. 
(Public Law 109-385)
    7/24/2006--H.R. 4301, to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to convey certain parcels of land acquired for the 
Blunt Reservoir and Pierre Canal features of the initial stage 
of the Oahe Unit, James Division, South Dakota, to the 
Commission of Schools and Public Lands and the Department of 
Game, Fish, and Parks of the State of South Dakota for the 
purpose of mitigating lost wildlife habitat, on the condition 
that the current preferential leaseholders shall have an option 
to purchase the parcels from the Commission. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote.
    7/24/2006--H.R. 3603, to promote the economic development 
and recreational use of National Forest System lands and other 
public lands in central Idaho, to designate the Boulder-White 
Cloud Management Area to ensure the continued management of 
certain National Forest System lands and Bureau of Land 
Management lands for recreational and grazing use and 
conservation and resource protection, to add certain National 
Forest System lands and Bureau of Land Management lands in 
central Idaho to the National Wilderness Preservation System. 
Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    7/24/2006--H.R. 233, to designate certain National Forest 
System lands in the Mendocino and Six Rivers National Forests 
and certain Bureau of Land Management lands in Humboldt, Lake, 
Mendocino, and Napa Counties in the State of California as 
wilderness, to designate the Elkhorn Ridge Potential Wilderness 
Area, to designate certain segments of the Blake Butte River in 
Mendocino County, California, as wild or scenic river. Passed 
House as amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-362)
    9/12/2006--S. 1773, to resolve certain Native American 
claims in New Mexico, and for other purposes. Passed House by 
voice vote. (Public Law 109-286)
    9/12/2006--H.R. 631, to provide for the acquisition of 
subsurface mineral rights to land owned by the Pascua Yaqui 
Tribe and land held in trust for the Tribe, and for other 
purposes. Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    9/12/2006--H.R. 5094, to require the conveyance of 
Mattamuskeet Lodge and surrounding property, including the 
Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, to the 
State of North Carolina to permit the State to use the property 
as a public facility dedicated to the conservation of the 
natural and cultural resources of North Carolina. Passed House 
by voice vote. (Public Law 109-358)
    9/12/2006--H.R. 5539, to reauthorize the North American 
Wetlands Conservation Reauthorization Act. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-322)
    9/12/2006--H.R. 138, to revise the boundaries of John H. 
Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Jekyll Island Unit GA-
06P. Passed House as amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-
354)
    9/12/2006--H.R. 479, to replace a Coastal Barrier Resources 
System map relating to Coastal Barrier Resources System Grayton 
Beach Unit FL-95P in Walton County, Florida. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-355)
    9/12/2006--H.R. 5381, to establish a volunteer program and 
promote community partnerships for the benefit of national fish 
hatcheries and fisheries program offices. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-360)
    9/12/2006--H. Res. 175, to recognize the importance of 
establishing a national memorial at the World Trade Center site 
to commemorate and mourn the events of February 26, 1993, and 
September 11, 2001. Passed House by vote of 394-0.
    9/20/2006--S. 1025, to authorize the Equus Beds Division of 
the Wichita Project. (Public Law 109-299)
    9/20/2006--H.R. 4957, to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to convey the Tylersville division of the Lamar 
National Fish Hatchery and Fish Technology Center to the State 
of Pennsylvania. Passed House as amended by voice vote. (Public 
Law 109-363)
    9/20/2006--S. 260, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to provide technical and financial assistance to 
private landowners to restore, enhance, and manage private land 
to improve fish and wildlife habitats through the Partners for 
Fish and Wildlife Program. Passed House by voice vote. (Public 
Law 109-294)
    9/20/2006--H.R. 2334, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater 
and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to participate in the design, 
planning, and construction of permanent facilities for the 
GREAT project to reclaim, reuse, and treat impaired waters in 
the area of Oxnard, California. Passed House as amended by 
voice vote.
    9/25/2006--H.R. 1344, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers 
Act to designate a segment of the Farmington River and Salmon 
Brook in the State of Connecticut for study for potential 
addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Passed 
House as amended by voice vote.
    9/25/2006--H.R. 3961, to authorize the National Park 
Service to pay for services rendered by subcontractors under a 
General Services Administration Indefinite Deliver/Indefinite 
Quantity Contract issued for work to be completed at the Grand 
Canyon National Park. Passed House by voice vote.
    9/25/2006--H.R. 4382, to provide for the conveyance of 
certain land in Clark County, Nevada, for use by the Nevada 
National Guard. Passed House by voice vote.
    9/25/2006--H.R. 4588, to reauthorize grants for and require 
applied water supply research regarding the water resources 
research and technology institutes established under the Water 
Resources Research Act of 1984. Passed House as amended by 
voice vote. (Public Law 109-xxx)
    9/25/2006--H.R. 5079, to provide for the modification of an 
amendatory repayment contract between the Secretary of the 
Interior and the North Unit Irrigation District. Passed House 
as amended by voice vote.
    9/25/2006--H.R. 383, to designate Ice Age Floods National 
Geologic Route, and for other purposes. Passed House as amended 
by voice vote.
    9/25/2006--H.R. 1515, to adjust the boundary of the 
Barataria Preserve Unit of the Jean Lafitte National Historical 
Park and Preserve in the State of Louisiana. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote.
    9/25/2006--H.R. 5861, to amend the National Historic 
Preservation Act. Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    9/25/2006--H.R. 4275, to amend Public Law 106-348 to extend 
the authorization for establishing a memorial in the District 
of Columbia or its environs to honor veterans who became 
disabled while serving in the Armed Forces of the United 
States. Passed House by voice vote.
    9/25/2006--H.R. 3871, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to convey to the Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark 
Interpretive Trail and Visitor Center Foundation, Inc. certain 
Federal land associated with the Lewis and Clark National 
Historic Trail in Nebraska, to be used as an historical 
interpretive site along the trail. Passed House as amended by 
voice vote.
    9/25/2006--H.R. 5132, to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the 
suitability and feasibility of including in the National Park 
System certain sites in Monroe County, Michigan, relating to 
the Battles of the River Raisin during the War of 1812. Passed 
House as amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-xxx)
    9/25/2006--H.R. 1796, to amend the National Trails System 
Act to designate the route of the Mississippi River from its 
headwaters in the State of Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico for 
study for potential addition to the National Trails System as a 
national scenic trail, national historic trail, or both. Passed 
House by voice vote.
    9/25/2006--H.R. 3534, to designate the Piedras Blancas 
Light Station and the surrounding public land as an Outstanding 
Natural Area to be administered as a part of the National 
Landscape Conservation System. Passed House by voice vote.
    9/27/2006--H.R. 5946, to amend Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act to authorize activities to 
promote improved monitoring and compliance for high seas 
fisheries, or fisheries governed by international fishery 
management agreements, and for other purposes. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-xxx)
    9/27/2006--H.R. 6014, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior, acting through the Bureau of Reclamation, to improve 
California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and water supply. 
Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    9/27/2006--H.R. 1711, to provide assistance to the State of 
New Mexico for the development of comprehensive State water 
plans. Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    9/27/2006--H.R. 5160, to establish the Long Island Sound 
Stewardship Initiative. Passed House as amended by voice vote. 
Passed House as amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-359)
    9/27/2006--H.R. 2069, to authorize the exchange of certain 
land in Grand and Uintah Counties. Passed House as amended by 
voice vote.
    9/27/2006--H.R. 5842, to compromise and settle all claims 
in the case of Pueblo of Isleta v. United States, to restore, 
improve, and develop the valuable on-reservation land and 
natural resources of the Pueblo. Passed House by voice vote. 
(Public Law 109-379)
    9/27/2006--H.R. 4789, to require the Secretary of the 
Interior to convey certain public land located wholly or 
partially within the boundaries of the Wells Hydroelectric 
Project of Public Utility District No. 1 of Douglas County, 
Washington, to the utility district. Passed House as amended by 
voice vote.
    9/27/2006--H.R. 3626, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to study the feasibility of enlarging the Arthur V. 
Watkins Dam Weber Basin Project, Utah, to provide additional 
water for the Weber Basin Project to fulfill the purposes for 
which that project was authorized. Passed House as amended by 
voice vote.
    9/27/2006--H.R. 4750, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of 
implementing a water supply and conservation project to improve 
water supply reliability, increase the capacity of water 
storage, and improve water management efficiency in the 
Republican River Basin between Harlan County Lake in Nebraska 
and Milford Lake in Kansas. Passed House as amended by voice 
vote.
    9/27/2006--H.R. 5016, to provide for the exchange of 
certain Bureau of Land Management land in Pima County, Arizona. 
Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    9/27/2006--H.R. 5692, to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to carry out a study to determine the suitability and 
feasibility of establishing memorials to the Space Shuttle 
Columbia on parcels of land in the State of Texas. Passed House 
as amended by voice vote.
    9/27/2006--S. 56, to establish the Rio Grande Natural Area 
in the State of Colorado. Passed House by voice vote. (Public 
Law 109-337)
    9/27/2006--S. 2430, to amend the Great Lakes Fish and 
Wildlife Restoration Act of 1990 to provide for implementation 
of recommendations of the United States Fish and Wildlife 
Service contained in the Great Lakes Fishery Resources 
Restoration Study. Passed House as amended by voice vote. 
(Public Law 109-326)
    9/27/2006--H.R. 5690, to adjust the boundaries of the 
Ouachita National Forest in the States of Oklahoma and 
Arkansas. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-391)
    9/27/2006--H.R. 4876, to ratify a conveyance of a portion 
of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation to Rio Arriba County, State 
of New Mexico, pursuant to the settlement of litigation between 
the Jicarilla Apache Nation and Rio Arriba County, State of New 
Mexico, to authorize issuance of a patent for said lands, and 
to change the exterior boundary of the Jicarilla Apache 
Reservation accordingly. Passed House by voice vote.
    9/27/2006--H.R. 5516, to allow for the renegotiation of the 
payment schedule of contracts between the Secretary of the 
Interior and the Redwood Valley County Water District. Passed 
House by voice vote.
    9/27/2006--H.R. 3606, to modify a land grant patent issued 
by the Secretary of the Interior. Passed House by voice vote.
    9/27/2006--H.R. 2134, to establish the Commission to Study 
the Potential Creation of a National Museum of the American 
Latino Community to develop a plan of action for the 
establishment and maintenance of a National Museum of the 
American Latino Community in Washington, DC. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote.
    9/27/2006--H.R. 5340, to promote Department of the Interior 
efforts to provide a scientific basis for the management of 
sediment and nutrient loss in the Upper Mississippi River 
Basin. Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    9/27/2006--S. 213, to direct the Secretary of the Interior 
to convey certain Federal land to Rio Arriba County, New 
Mexico. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-324)
    9/27/2006--H.R. 2110, to provide for a study of options for 
protecting the open space characteristics of certain lands in 
and adjacent to the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in 
Colorado. Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    9/27/2006--S. 362, Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and 
Reduction Act. Passed House as amended by voice vote. (Public 
Law 109-xxx)
    9/28/2006--S. 2464, to revise a provision relating to a 
repayment obligation of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation under 
the Fort McDowell Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Act 
of 1990. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-373)
    9/28/2006--H.R. 4545, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater 
and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to participate in the Los Angeles 
County Water Supply Augmentation Demonstration Project. Passed 
House as amended by voice vote.
    11/13/2006--S. 1131, to authorize the exchange of certain 
Federal land within the State of Idaho. Passed House by voice 
vote. (Public Law 109-372)
    11/13/2006--S. 435, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act 
to designate a segment of the Farmington River and Salmon Brook 
in the State of Connecticut for study for potential addition to 
the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Passed House by 
voice vote. (Public Law 109-370)
    11/13/2006--S. 819, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to reallocate costs of the Pactola Dam and Reservoir, 
South Dakota, to reflect increased demands for municipal, 
industrial, and fish and wildlife purposes. Passed House by 
vote of 387-0. (Public Law 109-371)
    11/15/2006--S. 101, to convey to the town of Frannie, 
Wyoming, certain land withdrawn by the Commissioner of 
Reclamation. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-380)
    11/15/2006--S. 4001, to designate certain land in New 
England as wilderness for inclusion in the National 
Preservation System and certain land as a National Recreation 
Area. Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-382)
    12/5/2006--H.R. 5666, to authorize early repayment of 
obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the A&B 
Irrigation District in the State of Idaho. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote.
    12/5/2006--H.R. 5466, to amend the National Trails System 
Act to designate the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National 
Historic Trail. Passed House as amended by voice vote. (Public 
Law 109-418)
    12/5/2006--S. 1219, to authorize certain tribes in the 
State of Montana to enter into a lease or other temporary 
conveyance of water rights to meet the water needs of the Dry 
Prairie Rural Water Association, Inc. Passed House as amended 
by voice vote. (Public Law 109-410)
    12/5/2006--H.R. 5110, to facilitate the use for irrigation 
and other purposes of water produced in connection with 
development of energy resources. Passed House as amended by 
voice vote.
    12/5/2006--H.R. 395, to adjust the boundary of Lowell 
National Historical Park. Passed House by voice vote.
    12/6/2006--S. 895, to direct the Secretary of the Interior 
to establish a rural water supply program in the Reclamation 
States to provide a clean, safe, affordable, and reliable water 
supply to rural residents. Passed House as amended by voice 
vote. (Public Law 109-xxx)
    12/6/2006--S. 1829, to repeal certain sections of the Act 
of May 26, 1936, pertaining to the Virgin Islands, and for 
other purposes. Passed House as amended by voice vote.
    12/6/2006--S. 214, to authorize the Secretary of the 
Interior to cooperate with the States on the border with Mexico 
and other appropriate entities in conducting a hydrogeologic 
characterization, mapping, and modeling program for priority 
transboundary aquifers. Passed House as amended by voice vote. 
(Public Law 109-xxx)
    12/6/2006--S. 1346, to direct the Secretary of the Interior 
to conduct a study of maritime sites in the State of Michigan. 
Passed House by voice vote. (Public Law 109-xxx)
    12/8/2006--H.R. 6111*, to amend the Internal Revenue Code 
of 1986 to extend expiring provisions, and for other purposes. 
Passed House by vote of 367-45. (Public Law 109-xxx)
    12/9/2006--H.R. 5946, to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act to authorize activities to 
promote improved monitoring and compliance for high seas 
fisheries, or fisheries governed by international fishery 
management agreements, and for other purposes. Passed House as 
amended by voice vote. (Public Law 109-xxx)
    12/9/2006--S. 1529, to provide for the conveyance of 
certain Federal land in the city of Yuma, Arizona. Passed House 
by unanimous consent. (Public Law 109-xxx)
    12/9/2006--S. 2150, to direct the Secretary of the Interior 
to convey certain Bureau of Land Management Land to the City of 
Eugene, Oregon. Passed House by unanimous consent. (Public Law 
109-xxx)
    12/9/2006--S. 2205, to direct the Secretary of the Interior 
to convey certain parcels of land acquired for the Blunt 
Reservoir and Pierre Canal features of the initial stage of the 
Oahe Unit, James Division, South Dakota, to the Commission of 
Schools and Public Lands and the Department of Game, Fish, and 
Parks of the State of South Dakota for the purpose of 
mitigating lost wildlife habitat, on the condition that the 
current preferential leaseholders shall have an option to 
purchase the parcels from the Commission, and for other 
purposes. Passed House by unanimous consent. (Public Law 109-
xxx)
    12/9/2006--S. 1378, to amend the National Historic 
Preservation Act to provide appropriation authorization and 
improve the operations of the Advisory Council on Historic 
Preservation. Passed House by unanimous consent. (Public Law 
109-xxx)
    12/9/2006--S. 1096, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act 
to designate portions of the Musconetcong River in the State of 
New Jersey as a component of the National Wild and Scenic 
Rivers System, and for other purposes. Passed House by 
unanimous consent. (Public Law 109-xxx)

                Bills Which Failed To Pass House by Date

    9/13/2006--H.R. 4893, to amend section 20 of the Indian 
Gaming Regulatory Act to restrict off-reservation gaming. 
Failed House under suspension of the rules by vote of 247-171.
    12/8/2006--H.R. 6423, to reauthorize the Secure Rural 
Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 and to 
offset the cost of payments to States and counties under such 
Act, and for other purposes. Failed House by unanimous consent.
                              APPENDIX II

                          List of Public Laws

    *Denotes bills that were not referred to the Committee on 
Resources but contain legislation that was referred to the 
Committee on Resources.
    Public Law 109-13 (H.R. 1268*; H.R. 731)
    Public Law 109-14 (H.R. 2566)
    Public Law 109-20 (H.R. 3104)
    Public Law 109-35 (H.R. 3332)
    Public Law 109-37 (H.R. 3377)
    Public Law 109-40 (H.R. 3453)
    Public Law 109-42 (H.R. 3512)
    Public Law 109-44 (H.R. 38)
    Public Law 109-45 (H.R. 481)
    Public Law 109-46 (H.R. 541)
    Public Law 109-47 (H.R. 794)
    Public Law 109-48 (H.R. 1046)
    Public Law 109-54 (H.R. 2361*; H.R. 2588)
    Public Law 109-58 (H.R. 6; H.R. 2930)
    Public Law 109-69 (S. 252; H.R. 542)
    Public Law 109-70 (S. 264; H.R. 843)
    Public Law 109-71 (S. 276; H.R. 546)
    Public Law 109-74 (H.R. 3649)
    Public Law 109-75 (S. 1340)
    Public Law 109-93 (S. 55; H.R. 774)
    Public Law 109-94 (S. 156; H.R. 362)
    Public Law 109-110 (S. 161; H.R. 410)
    Public Law 109-117 (H.R. 126)
    Public Law 109-118 (H.R. 539)
    Public Law 109-119 (H.R. 606)
    Public Law 109-120 (H.R. 1972)
    Public Law 109-125 (H.R. 584)
    Public Law 109-126 (H.R. 680)
    Public Law 109-127 (H.R. 1101)
    Public Law 109-130 (S. 52; H.R. 679)
    Public Law 109-131 (S. 136; H.R. 353; H.R. 361)
    Public Law 109-132 (S. 212)
    Public Law 109-133 (S. 279; H.R. 600)
    Public Law 109-138 (H.R. 4195; H.R. 3618)
    Public Law 109-147 (H.R. 327; S. 1482)
    Public Law 109-152 (S. 205)
    Public Law 109-153 (S. 652; H.R. 1645)
    Public Law 109-154 (S. 1238; H.R. 2875)
    Public Law 109-156 (S. 1310; H.R. 3124; H.R. 3721)
    Public Law 109-157 (S. 1481)
    Public Law 109-158 (S. 1892; H.R. 4292)
    Public Law 109-163 (H.R. 1815*; H.R. 1503; H.R. 2111; H.R. 
2652; H.R. 4064; H.R. 4181)
    Public Law 109-166 (H.R. 3179; S. 1339)
    Public Law 109-171 (S. 1932*)
    Public Law 109-179 (S. 449)
    Public Law 109-183 (S. 1578; H.R. 3153)
    Public Law 109-219 (S. 592; H.R. 4080)
    Public Law 109-220 (S.J. Res. 28; H.J. Res. 78)
    Public Law 109-221 (H.R. 3351; S. 1295; S. 1480; S. 1484; 
S. 1758)
    Public Law 109-223 (H.J. Res 83)
    Public Law 109-224 (S. 1382)
    Public Law 109-225 (S. 1165)
    Public Law 109-226 (S. 1869)
    Public Law 109-241 (H.R. 889*; H.R. 372)
    Public Law 109-265 (S. 310)
    Public Law 109-266 (S. 1496; H.R. 1494)
    Public Law 109-269 (H.R. 3682)
    Public Law 109-272 (H.R. 5683)
    Public Law 109-286 (S. 1773)
    Public Law 109-294 (S. 260; H.R. 2018)
    Public Law 109-299 (S. 1025; H.R. 1327)
    Public Law 109-309 (H.R. 4841)
    Public Law 109-314 (H.R. 2107)
    Public Law 109-317 (H.R. 318)
    Public Law 109-318 (H.R. 326)
    Public Law 109-319 (H.R. 1728)
    Public Law 109-320 (H.R. 2720)
    Public Law 109-321 (H.R. 3443)
    Public Law 109-322 (H.R. 5539)
    Public Law 109-324 (S. 213)
    Public Law 109-326 (S. 2430; H.R. 4953)
    Public Law 109-337 (S. 56)
    Public Law 109-338 (S. 203; H. Con. Res 456; H.R. 61; H.R. 
87; H.R. 186; H.R. 412; H.R. 413; H.R. 472; H.R. 522; H.R. 694; 
H.R. 732; H.R. 811; H.R. 888; H.R. 938/H.R. 5311; H.R. 1289; 
H.R. 1820; H.R. 2099/H.R. 2297; H.R. 3775; H.R. 3812; H.R. 
3866)
    Public Law 109-340 (H.R. 562)
    Public Law 109-354 (H.R. 138; S. 2492)
    Public Law 109-355 (H.R. 479)
    Public Law 109-358 (H.R. 5094)
    Public Law 109-359 (H.R. 5160; H.R. 307)
    Public Law 109-360 (H.R. 5381)
    Public Law 109-362 (H.R. 233; S. 128)
    Public Law 109-363 (H.R. 4957; H.R. 518; H.R. 1428; H.R. 
4345/S. 2041; H.R. 2693/S. 1250; H.R. 4947; H.R. 5232)
    Public Law 109-370 (S. 435)
    Public Law 109-371 (S. 819; H.R. 3967)
    Public Law 109-372 (S. 1131; H.R. 2718)
    Public Law 109-373 (S. 2464)
    Public Law 109-375 (H.R. 409)
    Public Law 109-377 (H.R. 1129)
    Public Law 109-378 (H.R. 3085)
    Public Law 109-379 (H.R. 5842)
    Public Law 109-380 (S. 101)
    Public Law 109-382 (S. 4001; H.R. 5157; H.R. 5059; H.R. 
5062)
    Public Law 109-384 (H.R. 2383)
    Public Law 109-385 (H.R. 3817)
    Public Law 109-386 (H.R. 4000)
    Public Law 109-388 (H.R. 5061)
    Public Law 109-391 (H.R. 5690)
    Public Law 109-396 (H.R. 3699)
    Public Law 109-410 (S. 1219)
    Public Law 109-418 (H.R. 5466)
    Public Law 109-xxx (H.R. 394)
    Public Law 109-xxx (H.R. 482)
    Public Law 109-xxx (H.R. 486)
    Public Law 109-xxx (H.R. 854)
    Public Law 109-xxx (H.R. 1492)
    Public Law 109-xxx (H.R. 4588)
    Public Law 109-xxx (H.R. 5132)
    Public Law 109-xxx (H.R. 5946; S. Con. Res. 123; H.R. 6119; 
H.R. 4075; H.R. 5447; H.R. 5446)
    Public Law 109-xxx (H.R. 6111*; S. 3711; H.R. 2721)
    Public Law 109-xxx (S. 214)
    Public Law 109-xxx (S. 362)
    Public Law 109-xxx (S. 895)
    Public Law 109-xxx (S. 1096)
    Public Law 109-xxx (S. 1346)
    Public Law 109-xxx (S. 1378)
    Public Law 109-xxx (S. 1529)
    Public Law 109-xxx (S. 2150)
    Public Law 109-xxx (S. 2205)
    Private Law 109-1 (S. 584)
                              APPENDIX IV

                            Committee Prints

    Endangered Species Act of 1973 (As Amended through December 
2004) February, 2005 (109-A).
                               APPENDIX V

                     Committee Legislative Reports

    House Report 109-107 (H.R. 481), to further the purposes of 
the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Establishment 
Act of 2000.
    House Report 109-108 (H.R. 774), to adjust the boundary of 
Rocky Mountain National Park in the State of Colorado.
    House Report 109-109 (H.R. 853), to remove certain 
restrictions on the Mammoth Community Water District's ability 
to use certain property acquired by that District from the 
United States.
    House Report 109-110 (H.R. 873), to provide for a nonvoting 
delegate to the House of Representatives to represent the 
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and for other 
purposes.
    House Report 109-111 (H.R. 1084), to authorize the 
establishment at Antietam National Battlefield of a memorial to 
the officers and enlisted men of the Fifth, Sixth, and Ninth 
New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry Regiments and the First New 
Hampshire Light Artillery Battery who fought in the Battle of 
Antietam on September 17, 1862, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-112 (H.R. 1428), to authorize 
appropriations for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, 
and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-113 (H.R. 2362), to reauthorize and amend 
the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992.
    House Report 109-114 (H.R. 432), Private Bill; To require 
the Secretary of the Interior to permit continued occupancy and 
use of certain lands and improvements within Rocky Mountain 
National Park.
    House Report 109-117 (pt. 1) (H.R. 517), to reauthorize the 
Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 
2000, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-125 (H.R. 38), to designate a portion of 
the White Salmon River as a component of the National Wild and 
Scenic Rivers System.
    House Report 109-126 (H.R. 539), to designate certain 
National Forest System land in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico 
as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System.
    House Report 109-128 (pt. 1) (H.R. 975), to provide 
consistent enforcement authority to the Bureau of Land 
Management, the National Park Service, the United States Fish 
and Wildlife Service, and the Forest Service to respond to 
violations of regulations regarding the management, use, and 
protection of public lands under the jurisdiction of these 
agencies, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-129 (pt. 1) (H.R. 599), to provide a 
source of funds to carry out restoration activities on Federal 
lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior 
or the Secretary of Agriculture, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-135 (H.R. 394), to direct the Secretary of 
the Interior to conduct a boundary study to evaluate the 
significance of the Colonel James Barrett Farm in the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the suitability and 
feasibility of its inclusion in the National Park System as 
part of the Minute Man National Historical Park, and for other 
purposes.
    House Report 109-142 (H.R. 1492), to provide for the 
preservation of the historic confinement sites where Japanese 
Americans were detained during World War II, and for other 
purposes.
    House Report 109-149 (H.R. 362), to designate the Ojito 
Wilderness Study Area as wilderness, to take certain land into 
trust for the Pueblo of Zia, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-150 (H.R. 1797), to provide for equitable 
compensation to the Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane 
Reservation for the use of tribal land for the production of 
hydropower by the Grand Coulee Dam, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-169 (pt. 1) (H.R. 1905), to amend the 
Small Tracts Act to facilitate the exchange of small tracts of 
land, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-180 (H.R. 2130), to amend the Marine 
Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to authorize research programs to 
better understand and protect marine mammals, and for other 
purposes.
    House Report 109-237 (H.R. 3824), to amend and reauthorize 
the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide greater results 
conserving and recovering listed species, and for other 
purposes.
    House Report 109-246 (S. 1339), to reauthorize the Junior 
Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act of 1994.
    House Report 109-247 (H.R. 2383), to redesignate the 
facility of the Bureau of Reclamation located at 19550 Kelso 
Road in Byron, California, as the ``C.W. `Bill' Jones Pumping 
Plant''.
    House Report 109-252 (H.R. 1129), to authorize the exchange 
of certain land in the State of Colorado.
    House Report 109-273 (pt. 1) (H.R. 2875), to amend the 
Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 to provide for the conduct of 
projects that protect forests, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-283 (H. Con. Res. 267), Expressing the 
sense of the Congress upholding the Makah Tribe treaty rights.
    House Report 109-284 (H.R. 323), to redesignate the Ellis 
Island Library on the third floor of the Ellis Island 
Immigration Museum, located on Ellis Island in New York Harbor, 
as the ``Bob Hope Memorial Library''.
    House Report 109-285 (H.R. 679), to direct the Secretary of 
the Interior to convey a parcel of real property to Beaver 
County, Utah.
    House Report 109-286 (H.R. 1096), to establish the Thomas 
Edison National Historical Park in the State of New Jersey as 
the successor to the Edison National Historic Site.
    House Report 109-287 (H.R. 1436), to remove certain use 
restrictions on property located in Navajo County, Arizona.
    House Report 109-288 (H.R. 1564), to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to convey certain buildings and lands 
of the Yakima Project, Washington, to the Yakima-Tieton 
Irrigation District.
    House Report 109-289 (H.R. 1972), to direct the Secretary 
of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to 
determine the suitability and feasibility of including in the 
National Park System certain sites in Williamson County, 
Tennessee, relating to the Battle of Franklin.
    House Report 109-290 (H.R. 3443), to direct the Secretary 
of the Interior to convey certain water distribution facilities 
to the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.
    House Report 109-294 (H.R. 326), to amend the Yuma Crossing 
National Heritage Area Act of 2000 to adjust the boundary of 
the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area and for other 
purposes.
    House Report 109-297 (pt. 1) (H.R. 125), to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to construct facilities to provide 
water for irrigation, municipal, domestic, military, and other 
uses from the Santa Margarita River, California, and for other 
purposes.
    House Report 109-298 (pt. 1) (H.R. 3351), to make technical 
corrections to laws relating to Native Americans, and for other 
purposes.
    House Report 109-311 (S. 229), to clear title to certain 
real property in New Mexico associated with the Middle Rio 
Grande Project, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-319 (H.R. 452), to authorize the Secretary 
of the Interior to conduct a study to determine the suitability 
and feasibility of designating the Soldiers' Memorial Military 
Museum located in St. Louis, Missouri, as a unit of the 
National Park System.
    House Report 109-320 (H.R. 1183), to require the Secretary 
of the Interior to provide public access to Navassa National 
Wildlife Refuge and Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge.
    House Report 109-321 (H.R. 1190), to direct the Secretary 
of the Interior to conduct a feasibility study to design and 
construct a four reservoir intertie system for the purposes of 
improving the water storage opportunities, water supply 
reliability, and water yield of San Vicente, El Capitan, 
Murray, and Loveland Reservoirs in San Diego County, California 
in consultation and cooperation with the City of San Diego and 
the Sweetwater Authority, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-322 (H.R. 4192), to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to designate the President William 
Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home in Hope, Arkansas, as a 
National Historic Site and unit of the National Park System, 
and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-323 (H.R. 4195), to authorize early 
repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within 
Rogue River Valley Irrigation District or within Medford 
Irrigation District.
    House Report 109-324 (H.R. 4292), to amend Public Law 107-
153 to further encourage the negotiated settlement of tribal 
claims.
    House Report 109-325 (pt. 1) (H.R. 3818), to authorize the 
Secretary of Agriculture to enter into partnership agreements 
with entities and local communities to encourage greater 
cooperation in the administration of Forest Service activities 
on and near National Forest System lands, and for other 
purposes.
    House Report 109-331 (H.R. 1090), to designate a Forest 
Service trail at Waldo Lake in the Willamette National Forest 
in the State of Oregon as a national recreation trail in honor 
of Jim Weaver, a former Member of the House of Representatives.
    House Report 109-332 (pt. 1) (S. 362), to establish a 
program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration and the United States Coast Guard to help 
identify, determine sources of, assess, reduce, and prevent 
marine debris and its adverse impacts on the marine environment 
and navigation safety, in coordination with non-Federal 
entities, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-334 (H.R. 3124), to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to allow the Columbia Gas 
Transmission Corporation to increase the diameter of a natural 
gas pipeline located in the Delaware Water Gap National 
Recreation Area.
    House Report 109-335 (pt. 1) (H.R. 3929), to amend the 
Water Desalination Act of 1996 to authorize the Secretary of 
the Interior to assist in research and development, 
environmental and feasibility studies, and preliminary 
engineering for the Municipal Water District of Orange County, 
California, Dana Point Desalination Project located at Dana 
Point, California.
    House Report 109-338 (H.R. 1728), to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and 
feasibility of designating the French Colonial Heritage Area in 
the State of Missouri as a unit of the National Park System, 
and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-339 (H.R. 3626), to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to study the feasibility of enlarging 
the Arthur V. Watkins Dam Weber Basin Project, Utah, to provide 
additional water for the Weber Basin Project to fulfill the 
purposes for which that project was authorized.
    House Report 109-340 (H.R. 3153), to reauthorize the Upper 
Colorado and San Juan River Basin endangered fish recovery 
implementation programs.
    House Report 109-341 (pt. 1) (H.R. 2720), to further the 
purposes of the Reclamation Projects Authorization and 
Adjustment Act of 1992 by directing the Secretary of the 
Interior, acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation, to 
carry out an assessment and demonstration program to control 
salt cedar and Russian olive, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-368 (H.R. 3897), to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of 
Reclamation to enter into a cooperative agreement with the 
Madera Irrigation District for purposes of supporting the 
Madera Water Supply and Groundwater Enhancement Project.
    House Report 109-380 (H.R. 1071), to direct the Secretary 
of Energy to make incentive payments to the owners or operators 
of qualified desalination facilities to partially offset the 
cost of electrical energy required to operate such facilities, 
and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-400 (H.R. 4882), to ensure the proper 
remembrance of Vietnam veterans and the Vietnam War by 
providing a deadline for the designation of a visitor center 
for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
    House Report 109-418 (H.R. 3462), to provide for the 
conveyance of the Bureau of Land Management parcels known as 
the White Acre and Gambel Oak properties and related real 
property to Park City, Utah, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-419 (H.R. 2978), to allow the Assiniboine 
and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation to enter 
into a lease or other temporary conveyance of water rights 
recognized under the Fort Peck-Montana Compact for the purpose 
of meeting the water needs of the Dry Prairie Rural Water 
Association, Incorporated, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-420 (H.R. 2563), to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to conduct feasibility studies to 
address certain water shortages within the Snake, Boise, and 
Payette River systems in Idaho, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-421 (H.R. 518), to require the Secretary 
of the Interior to refine the Department of the Interior 
program for providing assistance for the conservation of 
neotropical migratory birds.
    House Report 109-422 (H.R. 374), to direct the Secretary of 
the Interior to take certain tribally-owned reservation land 
into trust for the Puyallup Tribe.
    House Report 109-423 (H.R. 122), to amend the Reclamation 
Wastewater and Groundwater Study Facilities Act to authorize 
the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the Eastern 
Municipal Water district Recycled Water System Pressurization 
and Expansion Project.
    House Report 109-425 (H.J. Res. 78), approving the location 
of the commemorative work in the District of Columbia honoring 
former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
    House Report 109-426 (S. 584), to require the Secretary of 
the Interior to allow the continued occupancy and use of 
certain land and improvements within Rocky Mountain National 
Park.
    House Report 109-427 (H.R. 1307), to amend the Wild and 
Scenic Rivers Act to designate portions of the Musconetcong 
River in the State of New Jersey as a component of the National 
Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-428 (S. 1869), to reauthorize the Coastal 
Barrier Resources Act, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-429 (S. 1165), to provide for the 
expansion of the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, 
Honolulu County, Hawaii.
    House Report 109-430 (H.R. 4204), to direct the Secretary 
of the Interior to transfer ownership of the American River 
Pump Station Project, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-431 (H.R. 3967), to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to reallocate costs of the Pactola 
Dam and Reservoir, South Dakota, to reflect increased demands 
or municipal, industrial, and fish and wildlife purposes.
    House Report 109-432 (H.R. 4080), to extend the contract 
for the Glendo Unit of the Missouri River Basin Project in the 
State of Wyoming.
    House Report 109-433 (H.R. 3682), to redesignate the Mason 
Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia as the Elizabeth 
Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge.
    House Report 109-437 (H.R. 1595), to implement the 
recommendations of the Guam War Claims Review Commission.
    House Report 109-442 (H.R. 3418), to amend the Reclamation 
Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the 
Central Texas Water Recycling and Reuse Project, and for other 
purposes.
    House Report 109-443 (H.R. 4013), to amend the Reclamation 
Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992 to provide 
for conjunctive use of surface and groundwater in Juab County, 
Utah.
    House Report 109-444 (H.R. 4686), to reauthorize various 
fisheries management laws, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-451 (H.R. 4200), to improve the ability of 
the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior 
to promptly implement recovery treatments in response to 
catastrophic events affecting Federal lands under their 
jurisdiction, including the removal of dead and damaged trees 
and the implementation of reforestation treatments, to support 
the recovery of non-Federal lands damaged by catastrophic 
events, to revitalize Forest Service experimental forests, and 
for other purposes.
    House Report 109-490 (H.R. 4084), to amend the Forest 
Service use and occupancy permit program to restore the 
authority of the Secretary of Agriculture to utilize the 
special use permit fees collected by the Secretary in 
connection with the establishment and operation of marinas in 
units of the National Forest System derived from the public 
domain, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-531 (H.R. 4761), to provide for 
exploration, development, and production activities for mineral 
resources on the outer Continental Shelf, and for other 
purposes.
    House Report 109-533 (H.R. 5061), to direct the Secretary 
of the Interior to convey Paint Bank National Fish Hatchery and 
Wytheville National Fish Hatchery to the State of Virginia.
    House Report 109-534 (H.R. 413), to establish the Bleeding 
Kansas and the Enduring Struggle for Freedom National Heritage 
Areas.
    House Report 109-547 (H.R. 5232), to direct the Secretary 
of the Interior to initiate and complete an evaluation of lands 
and waters located in Northeastern Pennsylvania or their 
potential acquisition and inclusion in a future Cherry Valley 
National Wildlife Refuge, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-548 (H.R. 4275), to amend Public Law 106-
348 to extend the authorization for establishing a memorial in 
the District of Columbia or its environs to honor veterans who 
became disabled while serving in the Armed Forces of the United 
States.
    House Report 109-549 (H.R. 3085), to amend the National 
Trails System Act to update the feasibility and suitability 
study originally prepared for the Trail of Tears National 
Historic Trail and provide for the inclusion of new trail 
segments, land components, and campgrounds associated with that 
trail, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-556 (S. 1496), to direct the Secretary of 
the Interior to conduct a pilot program under which up to 15 
States may issue electronic Federal migratory bird hunting 
stamps.
    House Report 109-557 (H.R. 854), to provide for certain 
lands to be held in trust for the Utu Utu Gwaitu Paiute Tribe.
    House Report 109-558 (H.R. 4294), to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to enter into cooperative agreements 
to protect natural resources of units of the National Park 
System through collaborative efforts on land inside and outside 
of units of the National Park System.
    House Report 109-559 (H.R. 4376). To authorize the National 
Park Service to enter into a cooperative agreement with the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts on behalf of Springfield 
Technical Community College.
    House Report 109-560 (H.R. 5094), to require the conveyance 
of Mattamuskeet Lodge and surrounding property, including the 
Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, to the 
State of North Carolina to permit the State to use the property 
as a public facility dedicated to the conservation of the 
natural and cultural resources of North Carolina.
    House Report 109-561 (H.R. 5340), to promote Department of 
the Interior efforts to provide a scientific basis for the 
management of sediment and nutrient loss in the Upper 
Mississippi River Basin.
    House Report 109-562 (S. 260), to authorize the Secretary 
of the Interior to provide technical and financial assistance 
to private landowners to restore, enhance, and manage private 
land to improve fish and wildlife habitats through the Partners 
for Fish and Wildlife Program.
    House Report 109-567 (H.R. 5018), to reauthorize the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
    House Report 109-568 (H.R. 2925), to amend the Reclamation 
States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991 to extend the 
authority for drought assistance.
    House Report 109-581 (H.R. 4165), to clarify the boundaries 
of Coastal Barrier Resources System Clam Pass Unit FL-64P.
    House Report 109-582 (H.R. 5057), to authorize the Marion 
Park Project and Committee of the Palmetto Conservation 
Foundation to establish a commemorative work on Federal land in 
the District of Columbia, and its environs to honor Brigadier 
General Francis Marion.
    House Report 109-583 (H.R. 3817), to withdraw the Valle 
Vidal Unit of the Carson National entry, and patent under the 
mining laws.
    House Report 109-584 (H.R. 2134), to establish the 
Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum 
of the American Latino Community to develop a plan of action 
for the establishment and maintenance of a National Museum of 
the American Latino Community in Washington.
    House Report 109-586 (H.R. 5411), to direct the Secretary 
of the Interior to establish a demonstration program to 
facilitate landscape restoration programs within certain units 
of the National Park System established by law to preserve and 
interpret resources associated with American history, and for 
other purposes.
    House Report 109-587 (H.R. 4947), to expand the boundaries 
of the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, and for other 
purposes.
    House Report 109-588 (H.R. 4301), to direct the Secretary 
of the Interior to convey certain parcels of land acquired for 
the Blunt Reservoir and Pierre Canal features of the initial 
stage of the Oahe Unit, James Division, South Dakota, to the 
Commission of Schools and Public Lands and the Department of 
Game, Fish, and Parks of the State of South Dakota for the 
purpose of mitigating lost wildlife habitat, on the condition 
that the current preferential leaseholders shall have an option 
to purchase the parcels from the Commission, and for other 
purposes.
    House Report 109-612 (H.R. 4957), to direct the Secretary 
of the Interior to convey the Tylersville division of the Lamar 
National Fish Hatchery and Fish Technology Center to the State 
of Pennsylvania.
    House Report 109-618 (H.R. 138), to revise the boundaries 
of John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Jekyll 
Island Unit GA-06P.
    House Report 109-619 (H.R. 383), to designate the Ice Age 
Floods National Geologic Trail, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-620 (H.R. 479), to replace a Coastal 
Barrier Resources System map relating to Coastal Barrier 
Resources System Grayton Beach Unit FL-95P in Walton County, 
Florida.
    House Report 109-621 (H.R. 631), to provide for acquisition 
of subsurface mineral rights to land owned by the Pascua Yaqui 
Tribe and land held in trust for the Tribe, and for other 
purposes.
    House Report 109-622 (H.R. 1796), to amend the National 
Trails System Act to designate the route of the Mississippi 
River from its headwaters in the State of Minnesota to the Gulf 
of Mexico for study for potential addition to the National 
Trails System as a national scenic trail, national historic 
trail, or both, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-623 (H.R. 2069), to authorize the exchange 
of certain land in Grand and Uintah Counties, Utah, and for 
other purposes.
    House Report 109-624 (H.R. 2110), to provide for a study of 
options for protecting the open space characteristics of 
certain lands in and adjacent to the Arapaho and Roosevelt 
National Forests in Colorado, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-625 (H.R. 2334), to amend the Reclamation 
Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the 
design, planning, and construction of permanent facilities for 
the GREAT project to reclaim, reuse, and treat impaired waters 
water in the area of Oxnard, California.
    House Report 109-626 (H.R. 3350), to amend the Native 
American Business Development, Trade Promotion, and Tourism Act 
of 2000 to establish the Tribal Development Corporation 
Feasibility Study Group.
    House Report 109-627 (H.R. 3534), to designate the Piedras 
Blancas Light Station and the surrounding public land as an 
Outstanding Natural Area to be administered as a part of the 
National Landscape Conservation System, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-628 (H.R. 3961), to authorize the National 
Park Service to pay for services rendered by subcontractors 
under a General Services Administration Indefinite Deliver/
Indefinite Quantity Contract issued for work to be completed at 
the Grand Canyon National Park.
    House Report 109-629 (H.R. 4382), to provide for the 
conveyance of certain land in Clark County, Nevada, for use by 
the Nevada National Guard.
    House Report 109-630 (H.R. 4588), to reauthorize grants for 
and require applied water supply research regarding the water 
resources research and technology institutes established under 
the Water Resources Research Act of 1984.
    House Report 109-631 (H.R. 4612), to redesignate Dayton 
Aviation Heritage National Historic Park in the State of Ohio 
as ``Wright Brothers-Dunbar National Historic Park,'' and for 
other purposes.
    House Report 109-632 (H.R. 4750), to authorize the 
Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to determine the 
feasibility of implementing a water supply and conservation 
project to improve water supply reliability, increase the 
capacity of water storage, and improve water management 
efficiency in the Republican River Basin between Harlan County 
Lake in Nebraska and Milford Lake in Kansas.
    House Report 109-633 (S. 1773), to resolve certain Native 
American claims in New Mexico, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-634 (H.R. 4789), to require the Secretary 
of the Interior to convey certain public land located wholly or 
partially within the boundaries of the Wells Hydroelectric 
Project of Public Utility District No. 1 of Douglas County, 
Washington, to the utility district.
    House Report 109-635 (H.R. 5016), to provide for the 
exchange of certain Bureau of Land Management land in Pima 
County, Arizona, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-636 (H.R. 5079), to provide for the 
modification of an amendatory repayment contract between the 
Secretary of the Interior and the North Unit Irrigation 
District, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-637 (H.R. 5132), to direct the Secretary 
of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to 
determine the suitability and feasibility of including in the 
National Park System certain sites in Monroe County, Michigan, 
relating to the Battles of the River Raisin during the War of 
1812.
    House Report 109-638 (H.R. 5381), to establish a volunteer 
program and promote community partnerships for the benefit of 
national fish hatcheries and fisheries program offices.
    House Report 109-639 (H.R. 5539), to reauthorize the North 
American Wetlands Conservation Reauthorization Act.
    House Report 109-640 (H.R. 5802), to amend the National 
Park Service Concessions Management Improvement Act of 1998, to 
extend to additional small businesses the preferential right to 
renew a concessions contract entered into under such Act, to 
facilitate the renewal of a commercial use authorization 
granted under such Act, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-641 (H.R. 5861), to amend the National 
Historic Preservation Act, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-650 (H.R. 4893), to amend section 20 of 
the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to restrict off-reservation 
gaming.
    House Report 109-661 (H.R. 5312), to amend the Indian 
Health Care Improvement Act to revise and extend that Act.
    House Report 109-665 (H.R. 5622), to reauthorize the Coral 
Reef Conservation Act of 2000, and for other purposes.
    House Report 109-693 (H.R. 4857), to better inform 
consumers regarding costs associated with compliance for 
protecting endangered and threatened species under the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973.
    House Report 109-694 (H.R. 512), to require the prompt 
review by the Secretary of the Interior of the longstanding 
petitions for Federal recognition of certain Indian tribes, and 
for other purposes.
                              APPENDIX VI

                           Oversight Summary

    Under House of Representatives Rule X, clause 2, each 
standing committee of the House has general oversight 
responsibilities to determine whether laws and programs 
addressing subjects within its jurisdiction are being 
implemented in accordance with the intent of Congress and to 
determine whether they should be continued, curtailed or 
eliminated. The Committee on Resources has had extensive 
experience in this area, owing in part to its broad legislative 
jurisdiction and the dozens of federal agencies and almost 100 
major statutes under its purview. During the 108th Congress, 
the Committee and its subcommittees held 85 oversight hearings. 
This tradition will continue as the Committee will review the 
application, administration, and effectiveness of laws and 
programs addressing subjects within its extensive jurisdiction 
and seek to eliminate duplicative and outdated programs.
    In addition, the Committee expects that a majority of its 
oversight activities and hearings will take place outside 
Washington, D.C., to ensure that those who cannot travel to the 
Nation's Capitol will also have a voice in Committee 
deliberations and to guarantee Members of the Committee a 
personal view of real-life situations involving federal 
programs and other activities under the Committee's 
jurisdiction.

                         Endangered Species Act

    The Full Committee will hold oversight hearings as part of 
the effort to update and strengthen implementation of the 
Endangered Species Act. Winter/Spring/Summer 2005--DONE

                   National Environmental Policy Act

    The Full Committee will examine the structure and 
implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 
including impacts of litigation on NEPA's effectiveness. 
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall 2005--DONE

                         Native American Issues

    Budget Overview: The Committee will oversee that portion of 
the President's budget which relates to Native Americans. This 
includes programs within the Department of the Interior, the 
Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human 
Services. Spring 2005
    Indian Gaming: The Committee will continue its ongoing 
effort to oversee the many gaming-related difficulties which 
have arisen in the implementation of the 1988 Indian Gaming 
Regulatory Act. This will include further examination of gaming 
opportunities that are being pursued on off-reservation lands. 
The operation of the National Indian Gaming Commission created 
pursuant to the Act will also receive Committee attention. 
Spring 2005/Fall 2005--DONE
    Mismanagement of Indian Trust Accounts: The Committee will 
review remedial steps taken by the Department of the Interior 
relating to the mismanagement of Indian Trust accounts. Funds 
which tribes and individual tribal members recover from land or 
water settlements, treaty provisions, oil or gas leases, hard 
rock mineral leases, timber sales, and other sources are 
deposited into trust fund accounts managed by the Office of 
Trust Fund Management. Hundreds of thousands of these accounts 
have not been reconciled and are now the subject of litigation 
between account owners and the Department of the Interior. Fall 
2005/Winter 2006--DONE
    Tribal Recognition/Enrollment/Membership: The Committee 
will review comprehensive issues relating to the tribal 
recognition process, tribal enrollment and tribal membership. 
Spring 2005
    Regulation Reform: The Committee will review the need for, 
and advisability of, reducing and eliminating those federal 
rules and regulations falling within its jurisdiction which 
relate to Native Americans. Summer 2006--DONE
    Tribal Self-Governance: The Committee will oversee the 
implementation of ``self-governance'' agreements under the 
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, with a 
focus on such agreements in which qualified tribes undertake 
contracts for certain management functions of areas under the 
jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior. Spring 2005.

                          Insular Area Issues

    Budget Overview: The Committee will oversee that portion of 
the President's budget which relates to the insular areas of 
the United States, which include 16 United States territories 
and three freely associated states. The five principal 
territories are: American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana 
Islands, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. All 
but the Northern Marianas have representation in the House of 
Representatives. The three freely associated states are fully 
self-governing separate republics which emerged from the 
islands of the former United Nations Trust territory of the 
Pacific Island, which the United States administered. These 
are: the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the 
Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Spring 2005
    Regulation Reform: The Committee will review the need for, 
and advisability of, reducing and eliminating those federal 
rules and regulations falling within its jurisdiction which 
relate to the insular areas of the United States. Fall 2005/
Winter 2006
    Compacts of Free Association: Federal law requires multiple 
governmental entities with the Department of the Interior to 
assist with the implementation of the Compacts of Free 
Association with the Marshall Islands and the Federated States 
of Micronesia (P.L. 108-88). The Committee expects to oversee 
the implementation of this Public Law and the work undertaken 
by the Department of the Interior as it relates to the Joint 
Economic Management Committee and the Joint Economic Management 
and Financial Accountability Committee. Fall 2005--DONE
    General Oversight Activities: The Committee expects to 
review the fundamental issues facing each of the territories 
and freely associated states: support and development of self-
government and self-determination; economic development and 
self-sufficiency through the private sector; accountability of 
federal funds in areas like American Samoa and the United 
States Virgin Islands, where concerns have been raised; 
enforcement of federal laws; and management of limited land and 
water resources. Winter 2006

                     Subcommittee on National Parks

Department of the Interior--National Park Service (NPS) and Bureau of 
        Land Management (BLM)
    Fiscal Year 2006 Budget: The Committee will conduct its 
annual hearing on the budget for National Park Service and the 
Bureau of Land Management. Early 2005--DONE
    Oversight Hearing on implementation of NPS 2004-2005 
Snowmobile Rule for Yellowstone and Grand Teton: Conduct an 
oversight hearing at Yellowstone National Park or at the 
gateway community of West Yellowstone, Montana, to evaluate the 
effectiveness of the first year of the three-year temporary 
snowmobile rule. Early 2005--DONE
    Private Property Rights: As part of the Committee's 
extensive plan to raise the consciousness of property rights as 
it relates to its inclusion in Federal legislation, the 
Committee will conduct an oversight hearing on the impacts of 
the National Historic Preservation Act on private property. 
Spring 2005--DONE
    Oversight Hearing on Wild and Scenic Rivers Act: The 
purpose of the hearing is to help the Committee develop a 
policy for proceeding with legislation to establish additional 
wild and scenic river corridors. Spring 2006
    Oversight Hearing on the Congaree National Park, South 
Carolina: The Congaree National Park was established via the 
Fiscal Year 2005 Interior Appropriations bill (previously was 
known as a National Monument) During that time frame, the 
Resources Committee received over 500 letters from concerned 
citizens in Richland County, SC, who opposed designation of the 
park and the addition of 4,000 acres. The President of the 
South Carolina Property Rights Watch, as well as the President 
of the Richland County Chapter of the NAACP testified in the 
Senate against establishment of the new designation. Summer/
Fall 2005
    Border Security for Public Lands: Whose Responsibility Is 
It?: Since September 11, 2001, the National Park Service and 
the Bureau of Land Management have had to absorb costs 
associated with required new enforcement responsibilities 
(i.e., border control, prevent drug running, etc.), for which 
they have not be formally trained, nor has it been their 
mandate to do so. An oversight hearing would focus on the 
budget impacts of these new responsibilities, why existing 
Federal agencies are not performing these tasks, and when and 
how these agencies will be reimbursed for these costs. Summer/
Fall 2005--DONE
    Federal Law Enforcement Jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land 
Management & Forest Service: Some ranchers and other users of 
the public lands are increasingly experiencing problems with 
law enforcement. Grazing animals have been confiscated and use 
of water has been restricted. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Land 
Management proposed regulations in 2004 aimed at expanding law 
enforcement authority of federal land managers. Fall 2005--DONE
    Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area: Since it 
was established, property owners within the boundaries of the 
National Recreation Area have experienced problems with the 
National Park Service. The hearing would take place within the 
NRA and would focus on the sources of ongoing conflict and 
possible solutions. The hearing would also provide an 
opportunity to address potential conflict with the proposed Rim 
of the Valley Study Area. Summer/Fall 2006
    Impediments to Recreation Opportunities Throughout the 
California Desert Conservation Area: Since the creation of the 
California Desert Conservation Area, recreationists--
particularly mechanized users--have come into conflict with the 
National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and 
environmentalists from using the public lands. A hearing would 
offer the OHV and other recreationists the opportunity to voice 
their concerns and help the Committee develop legislation to 
improve opportunities in the Conservation Area. Summer/Fall 
2005
    Oversight Hearing on the Implementation of the Wild Free-
Roaming Horses and Burros Act: The hearing would cover such 
increasingly controversial issues associated with the long-term 
management of wild horse and burros on public land, such as 
appropriate management levels (AML); the BLM Five-Year 
Reduction Initiative; holding facilities; wild horse and burro 
adoption program; alternatives to adoption; fertility control 
efforts, and conflicts with grazing community. Fall 2006
    National Trails System/Condemnation Authority: There are 
now over 35,000 miles of federally-designated trails in the 
country and there has been little consideration given to the 
long-term consequences of these designations. For example, the 
federal government has spent about $2 million per mile to 
acquire the viewshed along the Appalachian Trail. Further, 
while most of these trails are presented largely as volunteer 
efforts, there is increasing support within the trail-user 
community for these trails to be designated as units of the 
National Park system, and to receive an annual appropriation. 
The Committee is also interested in the condemnation authority 
used by NPS to acquire lands along trails, especially the 
Appalachian Trail. A number of individual condemnations of 
private property have come to the attention of the Committee 
which is very concerned in regard to their necessity. The 
Committee is committed to examine and understand the long-term 
consequences of the current program, will look at the impacts 
of expanding the scope of the national trails system, and 
examine whether condemnation is necessary and appropriate. 
Early 2006--DONE
    Oversight Hearing on the NPS Organic Act and its 
Implementation Through the 2001 Management Policies: The NPS 
Organic Act established the National Park Service and its 
purpose to preserve the resources while providing for enjoyment 
of the same. The 2001 Management Policies made it the policy of 
the NPS that preservation is its primary mission and that 
recreation is secondary. These policies have permeated every 
action (i.e., management plans, regulations, etc.) of the NPS 
and continue to cause conflict within the recreation community. 
Summer 2005--DONE
    NPS Concessions: Hearing would address continued problems 
faced by the National Park Service in its implementation of the 
1998 National Park Service Concessions Management Improvement 
Act. Hearing would focus on the ``threshold for Preferential 
Right of Renewal,'' contract extensions, Leasehold Surrender 
Interest, and franchise fees. Summer 2005
    National Park Service Natural Resource Management Policy 
and Science Program: The NPS science program was abolished and 
relocated to the U.S. Geological Survey in 1994. The effects of 
the elimination of the research program place park resources at 
risk. In recent reports, the General Accounting Office has 
noted that the NPS has inadequate data on the condition of 
resources entrusted to its management. More than one-third of 
threats to park resources have yet to be scientifically 
evaluated. Insufficient science within NPS may lead directly to 
policies which threaten the resources which the agency is 
charged to protect. This situation is of greater concern 
because Congress has been allocating over $210 million per year 
to the agency for resource stewardship. As a result of these 
deficiencies, the 105th Congress passed S. 1693, a 
comprehensive National Parks package which was signed into law 
November 13, 1998. Title II of this package (National Park 
System Resource Inventory and Management) called for NPS to 
enhance management and protection of park resources by 
providing authority and direction to conduct scientific studies 
along with a resource inventory and monitoring program. The 
Committee intends to conduct oversight on the success of this 
program. Summer/Fall 2006--DONE
    Disposition of the Public Domain: Today, the Bureau of Land 
Management administers over 291 million surface acres of public 
land and approximately 700 million acres of Federal subsurface 
mineral estate in the United States, much of it in the Western 
States and Alaska. With the rapid growth of many western 
cities, there is a growing need for more land--much of it 
controlled by the BLM. The Committee would explore with the BLM 
ways to expedite the identification and expeditious disposal of 
lands no longer serving a public purpose. Fall/Winter 2005

                    Subcommittee on Water and Power

    General Background: Many communities throughout the United 
States face decreasing water and power supplies due to 
continuing drought, impacts stemming from the Endangered 
Species Act and lack of adequate funding. Some communities need 
more storage for increased power generation and water 
deliveries while others will need more transmission 
capabilities to meet energy needs. The Committee will continue 
to devote considerable time and effort into ensuring that these 
federal water and power projects are operated in an efficient 
manner and maximized to their full generation and delivery 
potentials.
    Budget Overview: The Committee will hold a hearing each 
year on that portion of the President's budget proposal falling 
within its jurisdiction. This includes the Bureau of 
Reclamation of the Department of the Interior, the U.S. 
Geological Survey/Water Resources Division of the Department of 
the Interior, and the Power Marketing Administrations of the 
Department of Energy. March 2005/March 2006--DONE
    Water Technology Development: The Committee will hold 
hearings on various aspects of water technology development 
that affect federal water management, reclamation activities, 
and how to assist the states in water resource planning. Summer 
2005--DONE
Department of Energy--Power Marketing Administrations
    Federal Power Marketing Administrations (PMA) Budget 
Overview: These PMAs deliver electricity generated at federal 
dams to communities throughout the Nation. The Committee will 
hold an oversight hearing on the PMAs, focusing on each 
agency's budget issues, how the agencies work with customers, 
and what role they can play in grid reliability and in a 
restructured electricity marketplace. March 2005--DONE
    Enhancing Federal Power Generation and Transmission: 
Although the Committee will focus separately on the budget 
aspects of the PMAs, the Committee will also hold an oversight 
hearing on solutions to increase federal generation and 
transmission in the energy sector. February 2005--DONE
    The Endangered Species Act's Impact on Federal Power: The 
Committee will examine how federal power projects are affected 
by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). At a time of continuing 
drought, population growth and the uncertainties provided by 
the ESA, communities are in need of a reliable and lower cost 
power supply. This hearing will assess the extent of ESA 
effects on the federal power system. Spring 2005--DONE
    Power Generation and Transmission Field Hearings: The 
Committee plans on holding field hearings in numerous locations 
to examine the role of federal power generation and 
transmission in certain regions of the Nation.--DONE
    Reducing Power Costs in the Desalination Process: The 
Committee will examine the obstacles to cost-effective 
desalination, including the electricity costs, which represent 
over half of the costs of producing desalinated water. Summer 
2005--DONE
Department of the Interior--Bureau of Reclamation
    Bureau of Reclamation Project Transfers: The Committee will 
review the status of the Administration's effort to transfer 
certain Bureau of Reclamation facilities out of federal 
ownership. Since the Reclamation program began in the early 
1900s there has been an expectation that many of the Bureau 
constructed facilities would ultimately be transferred to the 
local entities they were built to serve. As an indication of 
this objective, Reclamation has turned over the operation and 
maintenance responsibilities of nearly 400 of the 600 projects 
in the western United States to local beneficiaries. However, 
steps to begin actual transfer of ownership have been rare and 
significant progress is needed in this matter. Fall 2005
    Oversight of Colorado River Operations/California Water 
Allocation: The Committee will hold hearings on the operation 
of the entire Colorado River, and the effect of drought on 
water and power deliveries and surplus water flows within 
California and the remaining six Colorado River Basin states. 
Summer 2005
    California Bay-Delta (CALFED) Funding and Program 
Management: The Committee will examine the CALFED Program to 
carry out restoration, increased water supply, and levee 
activities in California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta. 
The examination will determine how federal dollars are being 
spent under the CALFED Program, and what changes are necessary, 
to increase water supply yield, and how to provide regulatory 
certainty to California water users under the Program. Fall 
2005--DONE
    Central Valley Project Improvement Act Implementation: The 
Committee will continue to review actions taken by federal and 
state agencies to implement the various provisions of the 
Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA), which was 
enacted in 1992. The Committee will review the results of the 
last decade and opportunities to improve the reliability and 
water quality of CVP water deliveries and impacts on the power 
aspects of the CVP. Summer 2005--DONE
    Water Project Financing: The Committee will review the 
funding mechanisms for financing Bureau of Reclamation 
facilities. In addition, the Committee will look at alternative 
financing mechanisms to develop additional water supplies and 
rehabilitate current water projects. Such analysis will include 
a loan guarantee program. Winter 2006.
    Rural Water Projects: The Committee will review the status 
of several rural water proposals relating to water supply 
management in the Western United States. Winter 2006
    States Rights in Water Allocation: The Committee will 
examine federal actions, such as the reallocation of water for 
endangered fish species, and efforts to establish federal 
reserved water rights within western states. Winter 2006
    Oversight of the Salton Sea: The Committee will continue to 
monitor proposals that are being developed to restore the 
Salton Sea. Spring 2006
    Safety of Dams: The Bureau of Reclamation has its own 
standards for safety of dams under its jurisdiction, and does 
its own safety inspections. Dam safety and site security issues 
have been raised following the terrorist attacks of 9/11. An 
oversight hearing may be held to evaluate the public risk 
throughout the Bureau of Reclamation's inventory of 358 program 
dams, and the role of the project beneficiaries in the planning 
of any proposed dam modification and site security activities. 
Winter 2006
    Indian Water Right Settlements: The Committee will analyze 
the broad impacts of Indian water rights and articulate the 
statutory, regulatory, and judicial history of implied federal 
reserved water rights. Ongoing
    Oversight of Klamath Basin: Conflicts among federal water 
service contractors, Native Americans and environmental issues 
have created challenges for the Bureau of Reclamation for 
managing water deliveries in the Klamath River Basin of Oregon 
and California. The Committee will continue to examine federal 
actions related to water deliveries in the Klamath Basin. 
Summer 2005--DONE
Department of the Interior--U.S. Geologic Survey/Water Resource 
        Division
    Program Management within the Water Resources Division of 
the USGS: The Committee will review the programs within the 
Water Resources Division to determine if there are areas where 
better coordination can be encouraged with other state and 
federal agencies. Winter 2006
    Water Treatment Technologies: The Committee will hold 
hearings on various water treatment technologies currently 
being developed which will enhance water reclamation and reuse 
activities, as well as salinity control efforts throughout the 
United States. Summer 2005

                  Subcommittee on Fisheries and Oceans

    Budget Review: The Committee will hold an oversight hearing 
on the President's Fiscal Year 2006 and Fiscal Year 2007 budget 
recommendations for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), 
the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and certain 
``wet'' programs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA). Winter 2005/Winter 2006--DONE
Department of the Interior--U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
    National Wildlife Refuge System: This system is comprised 
of federal lands that have been acquired for the conservation 
and enhancement of fish and wildlife. Totaling about 94 million 
acres, the system provides habitat for hundreds of fish and 
wildlife species, including more than 165 species listed under 
the Endangered Species Act. The system is currently comprised 
of 545 refuges, which are located in all 50 states and the five 
territories. During the 105th Congress, the landmark National 
Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 was enacted. 
This Act established for the first time an organic statute for 
our refuge system. The Committee intends to review the status 
of the required comprehensive conservation plans for each 
refuge and whether these plans are denying legitimate access 
for various users. During the past few years, a growing list of 
individuals have been denied the opportunity to visit, operate 
amateur radios, fly model airplanes and jog within various 
refuge units. Spring 2005--DONE
    National Wildlife Refuge System Maintenance Backlog: The 
Committee has conducted several oversight hearings on the 
maintenance backlog affecting our National Wildlife Refuge 
System. As a result of these hearings and the public exposure 
they generated, the Bush Administration has placed a higher 
priority on reducing this backlog. The Committee leadership has 
also been successful in convincing members of the 
Appropriations Committee to take significant steps to pay down 
this backlog. For instance, the backlog has been reduced from 
nearly $1 billion to about $660 million. In FY '05, Congress 
appropriated $91.7 million for the refuge maintenance account. 
These funds will be used to repair or rebuild visitors centers, 
observation towers, roads, bridges, dams, canals, and water 
management structures. It is appropriate to reexamine the 
progress that is being made to further reduce the maintenance 
backlog and to assess whether other innovative approaches, like 
an increased use of volunteer labor, would help to revitalize 
this vast system of public lands. Spring 2005
    Concession Properties in the National Wildlife Refuge 
System: The Secretary of the Interior retains title to certain 
buildings at various National Wildlife Refuge units that are 
rented by concessionaires that provide services to refuge 
visitors. Based on a 2002 survey, it appears there are about 
fifty refuge units that have various concession type services. 
In many instances, buildings within these units are in a state 
of disrepair and neither the Fish and Wildlife Service nor the 
concessionaires have the current legal authority to remedy this 
situation. The Committee will try to determine what is the best 
solution to fix this problem. Summer 2005--DONE
    National Fish Hatchery System: There are currently 69 
national fish hatcheries that produce and distribute 150 
million fish and 120 million fish eggs this year for recovery, 
restoration, mitigation and special conservation activities 
nationwide. The value of these products is over $5 billion. 
These hatcheries also assist in the recovery of federal listed 
species that have recovery plans. Regrettably, the vast 
majority of these hatcheries are more than 50 years old and 
they required extensive annual maintenance. This oversight 
hearing will focus on the physical condition of these 
hatcheries and the current authorities and goals of the various 
federally-funded hatchery programs. Summer 2005--DONE
    Migratory Bird Population Overabundance: For the past four 
years, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been examining 
ways to effectively deal with the population explosion of 
double crested cormorants, Mid-Continent Light Geese and 
resident Canada geese. The populations of these species have so 
dramatically increased that they are causing serious problems 
in terms of habitat destruction, human health concerns and 
negative impacts on both aquaculture facilities and Great Lake 
fisheries. The Committee will carefully review each of the 
Service's solutions on these three migratory bird populations. 
Summer 2005
    Non-Indigenous Species: The Committee will continue its 
ongoing efforts to address the problems caused by non-
indigenous, non-native and exotic species. These invasive 
species, in some cases introduced intentionally, are causing 
problems to commercial fisheries, effecting habitat for native 
species, causing native species to decline, undermining flood 
control projects, and are affecting businesses which rely on 
clean water intake. Fall 2005
    Asian Carp: The Committee, as part of its continuing 
oversight over invasive species programs, will review efforts 
to contain the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes. 
Several species of carp have been spreading throughout the 
Midwest and into river systems which feed into the Great Lakes. 
Of particular concern is a ``jumping'' carp which has caused 
numerous injuries to boaters. These fish jump out of the water 
when startled by things like engine noises and have caused 
injury to boaters when struck by the airborne fish. Fall 2005--
DONE
    Southern Sea Otter Recovery Efforts: The Department of the 
Interior listed this species as endangered under the Endangered 
Species Act. At the time of listing, the USFWS proposed the 
establishment of an experimental population that would be moved 
from its normal range to protect the population from any 
potential oil spill. This experimental population has now 
caused conflicts with some commercial fisheries because animals 
have left the management zone and the Service has not followed 
through with their commitment to recapture these animals. The 
Committee will continue to investigate why the Fish and 
Wildlife Service has been unable to meet its statutory 
obligation and how these conflicts can be alleviated in the 
future. Winter 2006
Department of the Interior--Minerals Management Service
    Artificial Reef/Rigs-to-Reefs: In recent years, there has 
been an increasing number of oil and gas platforms, 
particularly in the Gulf of Mexico, that are scheduled to be 
decommissioned and removed in the near future. These facilities 
have become fish aggregating devices and may be beneficial to 
fisheries recruitment. This oversight hearing will examine 
whether man-made structures can be considered essential fish 
habitat and whether the existing laws governing the removal of 
platforms should be revised to allow these structures to serve 
their habitat function or as research facilities. Summer 2005
Department of Commerce--National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
    Recommendations of the President on the U.S. Commission on 
Ocean Policy: President Bush has submitted his recommendations 
to Congress on the more than 200 suggestions approved by the 
U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. These Commission ideas include 
proposed action on NOAA governance, ocean-land-atmosphere 
connections, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act reforms, coral reef protection, marine protected 
areas, multiple use management, marine biodiversity, ecosystem-
based management, best available science and funding 
requirements. The Committee will conduct one or more oversight 
hearings on these recommendations and will review whether 
existing or new laws are necessary to address our nation's 
oceans policy. Winter 2005
    Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act 
Reauthorization: The Committee will be conducting several 
hearings on the reauthorization of this landmark law that 
affects both commercial and recreational fishermen throughout 
this nation. This hearing will focus on the issue of scientific 
information available to the Regional Fishery Management 
Councils and how this scientific information is evaluated and 
peer reviewed. Spring 2005--DONE
    Marine Mammal Protection Act Amendments: The MMPA 
establishes protections for marine mammals taken incidentally 
in commercial fishing operations and for marine mammals held in 
captivity. The Committee will continue its oversight efforts 
regarding changes to the definition of harassment, the 
permitting process, and fishery interactions. The authorization 
expired on September 30, 1999. Spring 2005
    International Fisheries and Marine Mammal Treaty 
Implementation: There are several treaties which have been 
signed by the United States which will require Congressional 
review and will need domestic implementing legislation. These 
may include the U.S.-Russia Polar Bear Agreement, the U.S.-
Canada Agreement on Pacific Whiting, and the Convention on the 
Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in 
the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. In addition, the 
Committee will look at other existing treaties and agreements. 
Summer 2005--DONE
    Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Fishery Management: The 
management of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico remains a 
highly contentious issue. There has been debate over the stock 
assessments, rebuilding targets and schedules, and allocations 
among user groups for years, leading to Congressionally-
mandated independent reviews of NMFS's science and decisions. 
In addition, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is 
reviewing options for an Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) 
management system for this fishery. The Committee will review 
each of these issues. Fall 2005
    Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery Program: The Committee has 
held numerous hearings on native oyster recovery efforts and 
plans by the States of Virginia and Maryland to introduce non-
native oysters to the Chesapeake Bay. This would be a follow-up 
oversight hearing to examine the current state of the native 
oyster recovery efforts and funding and the highly contentious 
effort to introduce non-native Asian oysters into the 
Chesapeake Bay. Winter 2005
    Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act 
Reauthorization: The Committee will be conducting several 
oversight hearings on the reauthorization of this landmark law 
that affects both commercial and recreational fishermen 
throughout this nation. This hearing will focus on the ability 
of fishery managers to implement ecosystem-based fisheries 
management or ecosystem approaches to fisheries management. 
This hearing will review progress already being made to 
incorporate this type of multi-species management and will also 
including a review of what scientific information is still 
needed by fishery managers to implement this type of 
management. Winter 2005--DONE
    Shrimp Economic Disaster Issues: Recent trade cases against 
countries exporting shrimp products to the U.S. have 
highlighted the precarious economic viability of the domestic 
shrimp harvesting industry. Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico in 
2004 have made the economic conditions even worse. Spring 2006
    Aquaculture: This oversight hearing will focus on which 
agencies have a role in permitting open ocean aquaculture 
activities and whether legislation is needed to clarify those 
authorities. It may also examine whether statutory restrictions 
are necessary to regulate off-shore aquaculture and aquaculture 
research activities. Summer 2006
    NMFS Lawsuits: The National Marine Fisheries Service has 
been overwhelmed by lawsuits and is unable to conduct necessary 
research and other management activities due to these lawsuits. 
The Committee will examine this issue, especially in the 
context of the budget request for the agency. Summer 2006
    Seafood Labeling Issues: The issue of seafood labeling has 
began to attract an increasing amount of attention over the 
last few years. This hearing will examine labeling issues 
including eco-labeling, Country-of-Origin Labeling, wild 
harvest and aquaculture labels, and organic labeling for 
seafood. Fall 2006
    Saltonstall-Kennedy Program: The Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant 
Program is administered by the National Marine Fisheries 
Service and is used to provide grants for fisheries research 
and development projects. Funding is provided by the Department 
of Agriculture as a percentage of the gross receipts collected 
on imported fish and fish products. All grant projects undergo 
technical and industry review and are encouraged to have a 
cost-sharing component. A number of concerns have been raised 
about the selection of priorities for projects, the review of 
potential grants, and the awarding of grants. The Committee 
will review the amount received and granted under this program. 
Fall 2006

Department of Commerce--National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
        (NOAA)

    NOAA Organic Act: Unlike many other federal agencies, NOAA 
does not have an ``organic act'' which defines its roles, 
structures and general authorities. Legislation has been 
proposed to provide this structure and the Committee will 
examine what NOAA should look like in the future as a part of 
this discussion. Spring 2005
    Marine Protected Areas (MPAs): The Committee will examine 
the existing authorities under numerous statutes for creating 
marine protected or marine managed areas. These areas have been 
designated for a different reasons and under different 
authorities and efforts to link these designations under an 
umbrella authority have been proposed. The Committee will 
examine whether existing designations have been effective in 
achieving their stated goals, whether existing designation 
authorities are adequate or conflicting, and whether new 
statutory authority is necessary to clarify the need to base 
these designations on scientific information. Fall 2005
    National Marine Sanctuaries Program Reauthorization: The 
Committee will examine issues relating to the implementation of 
the 1972 National Marine Sanctuaries Act including resource 
conflicts, funding levels, preparation and implementation of 
long-term management plans. The Act's authorization for 
appropriations expires on September 30, 2005. Winter 2005
    Ocean Observation Systems Authorization: The U.S. has been 
developing regional ocean observation systems to collect 
physical, geological, chemical, and biological parameters for 
the oceans and the coasts. However, there is a need for an 
integrated national ocean observation system. The Committee 
held one hearing on how to integrate the regional systems to 
develop a national system. The Committee will continue to 
examine the issue and develop legislation to authorize a 
national program. Fall 2006--DONE
    Mapping and Charting Program: In the last twenty years, 
advances in computer technology have caused dramatic leaps 
forward in marine navigation technology. Satellite-based 
Differential Global Positioning Systems and the ability to 
monitor real-time and current data hold the promise of 
significant economic efficiencies. Unfortunately, we can only 
exploit those efficiencies if we have accurate, up-to-date 
nautical charts. Many of these charts are based on data 
collected in the 19th century. As a result, the accuracy of 
this information is totally insufficient for today's larger 
ships and advanced navigation capabilities. The Committee will 
evaluate efforts to modernize our nautical charts and to try to 
determine the level of federal investment that is necessary to 
ensure the safe passage of vessels using various U.S. ports. 
Fall 2006
    Coral Reef Conservation and Management: Legislation was 
enacted in 2000 as a lifeline for coral reef ecosystems. It 
authorized $16 million per year to finance coral reef 
assistance grants. These grants are used to protect and restore 
coral reef ecosystems; map the location of coral reefs; 
research factors that cause the loss of coral reefs and promote 
safe waterborne navigation. In addition, the Department of the 
Interior has designated National Wildlife Refuges in state and 
federal waters for the protection of coral reefs while the 
Department of Commerce currently has management authority for 
corals and fisheries in coral reef areas under the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The Committee 
will examine whether this dual management for coral reefs is 
causing conflict and will examine whether the current grant 
program has been effective in protecting coral reefs. Spring 
2005--DONE

              Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

    Budget Oversight: The Committee oversees four Interior 
Department agencies, and programs in one other: U.S. Geological 
Survey (USGS), Office of Surface Mining (OSM), Minerals 
Management Service (MMS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and 
the minerals and geology program of the Forest Service (USDA). 
The Committee will examine these agencies' programs for 
efficiencies, streamlining, privatization opportunities, and 
otherwise streamlining research programs.--DONE

Department of the Interior--Energy and Mining Issue

    Energy and Minerals Policies--General: The energy and 
minerals industries provide the foundation upon which our 
economy is built. The consuming industries--manufacturing, 
healthcare, telecommunications, chemicals, etc.--are heavily 
dependent on a stable, reliable and affordable supply of energy 
and minerals to deliver their goods and services to the 
American public. Yet the country's trade deficit in energy is 
more than 25% of our total balance of payments, and continues 
to increase at a rapid rate. Additionally, America's growing 
dependence on foreign sources of energy and minerals continues 
to threaten domestic resources security as worldwide demand for 
natural resources increases significantly in developing 
countries with burgeoning economies such as China and India 
that continue to lock-up available global supplies. The 
Committee will be looking at the country's energy and minerals 
policies and how they affect the consuming industries such as 
healthcare, manufacturing, agricultural, and chemical, the U.S. 
energy and minerals security, and the viability of the domestic 
energy and minerals industries. 2005/2006--DONE
    Comprehensive National Energy Policy: The Committee will 
perform necessary oversight to support passage of an Energy 
Bill that addresses the economic and national security needs of 
the country through comprehensive national energy policy. 
Winter 2005--DONE
    National Minerals Policy: The last time the Congress acted 
on major minerals and materials legislation was in 1980. The 
Committee proposes to provide oversight on the need for a 
revitalized National Minerals Policy for the 21st Century. The 
Committee would like to continue to build on Congress' national 
minerals policy record with additional oversight hearings 
focusing on the economic and national security implications of 
minerals policy and its impacts on other industries. The 
Committee would identify those issues that a revitalized 
minerals policy would require to promote domestic manufacturing 
and sound economic policy. The Committee would highlight the 
current impediments to minerals production in the U.S. and look 
at policy changes that would improve access to minerals on 
federal lands. Oversight activities would take place throughout 
the year. Spring/Summer/Fall 2005--DONE
    Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation Reauthorization: Under the 
abandoned mined land reclamation provisions of the Surface 
Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA), a 
reclamation fee is levied on every ton of coal mined in the 
nation, irrespective of the ownership of the coal rights, to 
replenish an abandoned mine lands (AML) trust fund for the 
restoration of pre-1977 abandoned coal mines. Fee collection 
authority was set to expire on September 30, 2004, but was 
extended through a short-term CR and once again to June 30, 
2005, through the Interior Appropriations provisions of the 
FY2005 omnibus appropriations bill. An enormous inventory of 
priority projects remain, especially in Appalachian states. 
Furthermore, Congress has deemed that a portion of the interest 
generated by the fund is to be used to pay premiums of certain 
retired coal miners and their spouses who were guaranteed 
lifetime healthcare benefits in nationwide coal wage agreements 
signed from 1950 and later. Reform of SMCRA is necessary to 
achieve the reclamation goals envisioned by Congress as well as 
keeping the healthcare guarantee to retirees. Furthermore, the 
states with coal production were assured that not less than 
half of the AML fees collected from mines within their borders 
would be returned to that state for AML programs, yet over 
three-fourths of a billion dollars assigned to the 23 states 
and tribes with modern production remains in the Treasury 
unappropriated to these states. AML fund interest is not 
assigned to the ``state share'' balance; therefore, the states 
are penalized by the lack of full appropriations because the 
dollars returned in reclamation grants are worth far less 
decades after the funds should have been returned. Winter 
2005--DONE
    Oversight on Leasing and Permitting on Federal Lands: The 
Committee intends to perform numerous oversight functions on 
leasing and permitting for energy and minerals on federal 
lands. The Committee wants to focus on the current impediments 
to energy and minerals development on federal lands and 
concentrate on where the flaws are in the current system and 
how to correct them. The Committee has an on-going study 
request with GAO on the opportunities and occurrences for 
litigation over development of energy on federal lands. The 
Committee plans to take the study to Interior and USFS to show 
them the extent of the problem and work with them to reform the 
current system to reduce the opportunities for future 
litigation over leasing and permitting on federal lands. 
Spring/Summer 2005
    Ongoing Energy Initiatives: In general, the Committee plans 
to perform rigorous oversight on BLM, MMS and USFS over their 
leasing and permitting practices, their adherence to the 
President's Executive Orders on energy (EOS 13211 and 13212) 
and their overall strategy to boost domestic energy production. 
The Committee will continue to identify U.S. policies and the 
link between access to energy resources and the economy, jobs 
and consuming public.
    The Committee will focus on the terms and conditions 
(including royalties and regulatory climate) of producing 
energy on federal lands in the U.S. and compare these 
conditions with those in other nations around the world that 
are more successful in attracting energy developers. 
Additionally, the Committee will examine the role of 
conventional energy resources in the development of the 
hydrogen economy. The Committee also plans to examine successes 
in reclamation of energy development sites as well as 
technological, environmental and efficiency improvements 
associated with modern energy exploration and production 
practices. Summer/Fall 2005
    Bonding and Financial Capacity in the Mining Industries: 
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the existing bonding 
(insurance) system used by the industries and government has 
been broken. There remain only two companies interested in 
servicing the mining bond market. This system needs to be 
strengthened should the U.S. seek to continue to encourage 
domestic investment in minerals production. The lack of access 
to surety bonds and other bonds (often required to operate 
energy and minerals projects on federal lands) are hurting 
development of domestic resources by absorbing the limited 
amounts of capital available to the industries. The Committee 
wants to look at the bonding crisis and current bonding 
requirements to determine their impact on industry and 
determine whether or not a better system can be developed to 
mitigate risk for companies operating on federal lands. The 
Committee will look at issues affecting the ability of domestic 
operators to raise and utilize capital for domestic exploration 
and production operations. Summer/Fall 2005
    Oil Shale, Tar Sands, Heavy Oil: Vast domestic resources of 
oil shale, tar sands, and heavy oil have been known to exist 
for decades, yet very little of these resources are any closer 
to production than they were in 1975. The Committee will 
examine recent reports showing significant resource potential 
in the U.S. with a focus on improving the federal leasing 
system and providing incentives to develop these resources. 
Winter/Spring/Summer 2005--DONE
    Oceans Policy: The Committee's jurisdiction over the 
nation's oil, natural gas and other mineral resources on the 
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in federal offshore waters 
extends out some 200+ nautical miles. The treatment by the 
Committee of a national oceans policy will have great impact on 
the development of energy and minerals in the federal OCS. 
Currently, about 30 percent of the oil and 23 percent of the 
gas produced domestically comes from these federal waters. In 
general, the Committee plans to participate in the Committee's 
examination of a national oceans policy as it relates to energy 
and minerals development in federal waters. The Committee wants 
to help examine the impacts of a national oceans policy on the 
country's ability to continue responsible production and 
extraction of oil, natural gas, and minerals on the federal 
OCS. Additionally, the Committee will examine the issue of 
revenue sharing and offshore boundaries as they relate to 
States. Timeline dependent on Full Committee.--DONE
    North American Energy Plan: The EIA has projected that 
world oil consumption will increase by more than 50% by 2025. 
Scientific and technical reports have shown that North America 
(Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.) possesses the oil and natural 
gas resources necessary to become energy independent by 2025. 
The Committee plans to explore the potential for coordinated 
action among these three countries necessary to achieve that 
result. Winter/Spring/Summer 2005--DONE
    Energy and Mineral Development on Tribal Lands: The 
Committee believes the potential for energy and mineral 
resources development on tribal lands will become increasingly 
important as domestic energy and mineral resource development 
needs increase. The Committee plans to examine successful and 
ongoing energy and mineral development on tribal lands. Summer/
Fall 2005
    Military Lands and Energy and Mineral Issues: The Committee 
has found that U.S. military installations have different 
leasing policies for different lands within the same 
installation. The result is that significant energy and mineral 
resources are not being made available for development. The 
extent of this problem is unknown and the Committee therefore 
plans to examine existing resource development management 
practices on U.S. military lands, much of whose subsurface 
mineral estate is under the control of the Committee, with an 
eye toward assessing energy potential on these lands where not 
inconsistent with military mission, and look at a shared 
revenues regime with the military to develop this resource 
potential. Fall 2005/Winter 2006
    Energy and Mineral Workforce and Related Issues: The well-
documented aging of the energy and minerals workforce is a 
potential crisis in the making for the viability of the 
industries they serve. The Committee has been working with 
stakeholders and the Department of Labor to examine the impacts 
this aging workforce (and subsequent lack of a ``farm team'' to 
replace aging workers) could have on the security of our 
domestic supplies of energy and minerals. The Committee will 
continue to examine the status of the Energy and Minerals 
Workforce as it relates to the well-being and viability of our 
domestic energy and minerals security. The Committee will 
examine the role played by the federal government in fostering 
training and education in the energy and minerals industries. 
The role of the federal government in supporting University-
level research also will be examined. Summer/Fall 2005
    Alternative/Renewable Energy: An increase in the use of 
alternative and renewable energy sources will be needed to help 
broaden the nation's energy portfolio. The Committee will 
continue to examine impediments to alternative energy 
production on federal lands and plan to use the success of H.R. 
4513 (Renewable Energy Project Siting Improvement Act) as one 
of the avenues to move this process forward. These energy 
sources include, but are not limited to, wind, solar, 
geothermal and tidal forces. Winter/Spring 2005
    Impact of EPA Policies on Resources Development: The 
Committee will examine the Committee's oversight role for EPA 
in ``matters involving mining regulation and enforcement . . . 
reclamation of mined lands . . . environmental effects of 
mining, and . . . long-range mineral programs. . . .'' Fall 
2005/Winter 2006--DONE
    United States Geological Survey: The Committee will examine 
the need to update old/existing energy and minerals basin maps 
as well as create new maps for potential new resource basins in 
the U.S. Additionally, the Committee plans to examine the 
waiver process regarding volcanic activity monitoring equipment 
siting in wilderness areas. Spring 2006

               Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health

    Budget Overview: The Committee will oversee that portion of 
the President's budget which relates to national forest lands.

Department of Agriculture--U.S. Forest Service

    Healthy Forests Initiative (HFI): Following two decades of 
increasing wildfire activity and immediately following one of 
the largest and most destructive fire seasons in the last half-
century, President George W. Bush unveiled the Healthy Forests 
Initiative in the fall of 2002. The Initiative streamlined 
certain analysis procedures and gave the U.S. Forest Service 
and Bureau of Land Management the authority to enter into long-
term stewardship contracts with private entities. To date, the 
Forest Service has taken advantage of HFI and is engaged in 
many projects under its authorities. The Committee will conduct 
oversight on these administrative procedures and projects, 
while continuing to review opportunities to loosen burdensome 
procedural constraints on land managers grappling with the 
wildfire and restoration crisis.--DONE
    Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA): With 3,361 homes 
and over 700,000 acres in Southern California burned in the 
fall of 2003, Congress passed the Healthy Forests Restoration 
Act (HFRA). Title I (Hazardous Fuels) of the HFRA included many 
new tools for both the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land 
Management to use for fuels reduction and fire prevention. An 
expedited environmental review process was created to allow for 
projects to be developed and implemented in a timelier manner 
for the primary purpose of protecting communities from 
catastrophic wildfire. Priority was given to hazardous fuels 
reduction in the wildland urban interface. The law also 
streamlines the appeals process and requires judges to balance 
the harms of inaction (such as a wildfire) as compared to the 
proposed action. Other titles in the law include biomass, 
insects and disease, watershed forestry assistance, and a new 
forest reserve program. In the past year, Title I of HFRA was 
funded and is in the process of being implemented. In its first 
year, both the BLM and Forest Service surpassed their targets 
for acres treated, though some regions performed much better 
than others. In addition, the remaining titles of HFRA, for the 
most part, have yet to be implemented and many are in need of 
adequate funding. The Committee will hold oversight hearings on 
implementation of all titles of HFRA.
    Post-Catastrophic Event Restoration: While HFRA was passed 
to address the mitigation of catastrophic wildfire, post-fire 
restoration is still hampered by procedural gridlock. Millions 
of acres burned by wildfire in the past couple of years have 
yet to be restored and reforested, not to mention other forests 
devastated by blow-down, insect infestation, hurricanes and 
other natural disasters. The Forest Service has a massive 
reforestation backlog, generally due to a lack of money that 
was once supplied by a sustainable timber program. The lack of 
funding coupled with a burdensome decision-making process has 
left millions of acres destined to become brushfields or mono-
species forests. For example, the Biscuit Fire in Southern 
Oregon burned roughly 500,000 acres, yet the Forest Service 
plans to reforest and restore only about 31,000 acres. 
Consequently, legislation is needed to remove some of the 
barriers to forest restoration. At the request of the 
Committee, the GAO will release a study on the reforestation 
and restoration backlog in early 2005. The Committee will 
address this issue through hearings and possible legislation.--
DONE
    Biomass: The HFRA authorizes expedited fuels reduction 
projects on 20 million acres of public lands. As fuels 
reduction projects increase, a huge amount of small diameter 
wood and woody debris will be removed from the forest with 
little chance of ever being utilized. This material is 
expensive to remove and transport, but, as energy prices 
escalate, there is an enormous potential for affordable woody 
biomass energy production. Additionally, woody biomass can also 
be utilized for furniture, building materials, shavings, 
packaging, etc. The development of woody biomass markets and 
infrastructure would aid the Forest Service with the expensive 
task of paying for fuels reduction while also restoring the 
nation's forests. While the HFRA does include a biomass title, 
it does little to address the size and scope of woody materials 
that should be coming out of forests. The Committee will work 
with the Energy and Commerce Committee to include woody biomass 
provisions in the upcoming energy bill (including provisions 
already included in the 108th Congress energy bill), will 
introduce legislation, and conduct hearings on the issue.--DONE
    Tribal Forests Protection Act: In 2003, 20 Indian 
reservations were invaded by catastrophic fires from nearby 
federal lands. In southern California 11 reservations were 
burned, two completely, and a number of lives were tragically 
lost. As a result, Chairman Pombo introduced the Tribal Forest 
Protection Act and it became law in 2004. This legislation 
allows tribes to engage in fuels reduction projects on adjacent 
Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management land therefore 
reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire and helping to 
protect their land. The Forest Service is currently working on 
putting the program together, but to date, no projects have 
been proposed. The Committee will conduct oversight hearings 
and continue encouraging the use of the authorities provided in 
this law. In addition, the Committee will work with tribes to 
hold an oversight hearing on the successes of tribal forestry.
    Roadless Area Management Regulations: In the waning hours 
of the Clinton Administration, the U.S. Forest Service issued 
new regulations that set aside nearly 60 million acres of 
National Forest System lands (nearly one-third of the entire 
National Forest System) from most forms of access, use, 
enjoyment and management. The regulations are known informally 
as the Roadless Area Rule. Since the rule was finalized, it has 
been subject to lawsuits in Alaska, Idaho, Utah, North Dakota, 
Wyoming and the District of Columbia. In June of 2003 a federal 
court struck down the rule stating it violated the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Wilderness Act. In July 
of 2004, the Forest Service issued its new proposed rule 
addressing inventoried roadless areas. The rule allows 
governors to work with the Forest Service and communities to 
develop rules for preserving roadless areas in their states. 
Governors would then petition the Secretary of Agriculture and 
each state rule would be subject to NEPA analysis and public 
comment. Recently the public comment period was extended. The 
Forest Service is currently reviewing those comments.
    Forest Health: Insect and disease problems plague nearly 60 
million acres of forest land nationwide, potentially causing 
irreversible damage to entire watersheds and even regions. From 
spruce beetle infestations in Colorado to a renewed attack from 
the southern pine beetle in the Southeast, from Asian long-
horned beetle activity in the Northeast to widespread hardwood 
decline in the Southern Appalachians and the disruption of 
historic fire regimes in the Inland West, serious problems 
abound that cannot be addressed by inaction. Research programs 
must be continued and, in some cases, expanded, while 
application of forest health treatments must be greatly 
accelerated. Title IV of the HFRA addressed some of these 
concerns, but has yet to be adequately implemented. Continued 
oversight and a possible hearing will be necessary to ensure 
agency progress on these issues.--DONE
    Forest Planning Rules and Land Management Decisions: The 
National Forest Management Act requires the development, 
periodic revision and amendment of the planning documents that 
govern the Nation's 155 national forests and 20 grasslands. 
Existing plans for these lands were developed under regulations 
adopted in 1982. In 2000, under the Clinton Administration, new 
planning regulations were drafted, but the U.S. Forest Service 
halted implementation, as agency officials feared they could 
not be effectively implemented due to their cost and 
complexity. In November 2002, the Forest Service released a new 
planning rule, which was finalized and then released in 
December of 2004. Namely the rule would use an Environmental 
Management System (EMS), a tool widely used by both the public 
and private sector, to improve performance and accountability 
during the planning process. EMS's require independent audits 
that would evaluate whether desired results identified in 
forest plans were achieved. The rule also emphasizes meaningful 
public involvement, sustainability, use of science, and 
monitoring and evaluation. In addition, the proposal provides 
forest managers with more flexibility to tailor analyses to the 
specific characteristics and challenges presented by their 
forests and grasslands. Finally, it also eliminates certain 
procedural requirements and redundancies in the planning 
process. It is estimated that with the new planning rules 
forests will complete their plans in 2-3 years rather than 5-7 
under the old rules.
    Forest Service Accountability: Fiscal Year 2002 marks the 
first time that the U.S. Forest Service received a clean audit 
from the Office of Inspector General. However, the General 
Accounting Office (GAO) still ranks the U.S. Forest Service 
high on its list of agencies at high risk of waste, fraud and 
abuse. Additionally, measuring performance of the agency's 
program activities has been problematic. The Committee with the 
assistance of the GAO will focus on the longstanding problem 
and progress made in addressing both financial management and 
performance measures of the agency.
    Appeals Reform: The Forest Service is the only land 
management agency that has an administrative appeals process 
enshrined in statute for all project level activities--the 
Appeals Reform Act (ARA). The Chief of the Forest Service and 
others have said that ARA is a flawed procedure that places a 
premium on conflict rather than up-front participation and 
collaboration. The ARA should be reviewed and new procedures 
developed to reform this cumbersome process, making public 
involvement more effective and improving agency decision-
making.
    Access for Recreation and Private Property Inholdings: As 
recreation on national forests has become increasingly 
important to the American public, congressional oversight is 
needed to ensure that all interested groups and organizations 
are allowed input and given proper recourse concerning 
application of any new recreation policies. The Committee will 
examine this in an oversight hearing and will continue to work 
with recreation groups to ensure proper access to public 
lands.--DONE
    County Payments: The ``Secure Rural Schools and Community 
Self-Determination Act of 2000,'' has unprecedented provisions 
allowing for community involvement on Bureau of Land Management 
and Forest Service lands. The law restores much-needed funding 
for rural schools and roads once provided by an active timber 
management program. It also provides funds and procedures for 
community Resource Advisory Committees (RACs) to implement 
projects on public lands that meet certain criteria. RACs have 
become one of the few successful tools used to bring once 
polarized interests to the table to agree on natural resource 
management. This legislation expires in 2006 and would have a 
devastating impact to many rural communities if not 
reauthorized. The Committee will continue to work with 
interested members of Congress in the House as well as the 
Senate on hearings and reauthorization.
    Fire Suppression Funding: The Forest Service and other fire 
suppression agencies have experienced chronic funding 
shortfalls in fire suppression budgets. These borrowing 
activities have had a substantial adverse affect on a broad 
range of other program areas in the Forest Service, as the 
agency has been forced to borrow out of everything from 
recreational programs to the hazardous fuels reduction program. 
Last year the Committee helped to successfully include language 
in the budget as well as the appropriations omnibus to provide 
an additional $500 million for fire suppression through a 
flexible spending cap. This year, the Committee will once again 
work with the Budget and Appropriations Committee to address 
this problem. A permanent solution to the problem is still 
needed and will also be examined.--DONE
    Grazing: As Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management 
grazing permits are eliminated and buyout programs gain 
support, public land ranchers are threatened to go out of 
business. Lack of funding for the range program and 
administration, lack of monitoring, drought, and a backlog of 
needed environmental analysis required under NEPA has led to a 
decline in grazing on public lands. The Committee will address 
the various issues affecting public lands grazing through 
oversight hearings and possible legislation.--DONE