March 1, 2019

Washington, DC –  Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) released the following statement after the passage of the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47), which is full of Utah centric priorities, including his Emery County Public Land Management Act and Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act.

The public lands package passed in the Senate on February 12th and the House of Representatives this afternoon on February 26th. It now heads to President Trump’s desk for signature. The Congressman spoke on the House floor earlier today, lauding the legislation. 

“After 20 years of outreach to a wide variety of stakeholders, I am excited to see the hard work of the Emery County Commissioners, Emery County Public Lands Council, and other local leaders be nationally recognized,” said Curtis. “This legislation will bring long-term certainty to the area through various designations and expanding Goblin Valley State Park for better management. It will also generate millions of dollars to help Utah’s school children through school trust land exchanges. It is hard work to create such broad consensus among a diverse range of interests. Emery County should be applauded for this accomplishment, and it was a privilege to take their collaborative effort and help turn it into legislation that earned the approval of Congress. I believe the final product has wins for all stakeholders and will benefit Utahns for decades into the future.”


The Natural Resources Management Act is a comprehensive, bipartisan public lands package that comprises over 100 individual bills. Two of these bills are sponsored by Representative John Curtis, the Emery County Public Land Management Act and the Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act. S. 47 includes 8 pieces of legislation that are sponsored by members of the Utah congressional delegation, in addition to many other bills that will benefit all Utahns who use public lands.

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