Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Liz Cheney applauds the passage of her bill, Restoring Local Input and Access to Public Lands Act, out of the House Natural Resources Committee.
“The passage of the Restoring Local Input and Access to Public Lands Act in the Natural Resources Committee is a win for the locally driven efforts to resolve the status of Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) in Big Horn, Lincoln, and Sweetwater Counties. Congress is responsible for designating WSAs, listening to local input, and ultimately legislating on whether these lands should be returned to multiple-use sustained yield management. For over 40 years, federal land in Wyoming has languished in WSA status. Recreation, ranching, and other economic activities have been negatively impacted by the decades-old WSA designation, which prevents access, locks up land and resources, restricts grazing rights, and hinders good rangeland and resource management. I am pleased the Natural Resources Committee passed my bill out of committee today. This is a crucial step towards finally bringing resolution to this long-standing issue.”