Bishop: Cooperation Efforts on PLI Ignored

Efforts to work together have been ignored, says Representative Rob Bishop, who outlines in a Thursday release the efforts he and Jason Chaffetz have taken to include language from the Bear Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition and Department of the Interior in the Public Lands Initiative. “The coalition has refused to provide any language and, in recent communication, refused to collaborate on the issue,” shares Bishop. The release states that Bishop personally called the Secretary of the Interior with no response and during a September 14th subcommittee hearing, Bishop reiterated his desire to hear from the Department of the Interior on language for co-management within the PLI. No response has ever been made by the Department of the Interior. Two letters were also sent to the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition without response. Bishop says that it is important for Congress to protect Bear Ears and only a change in statute can do this which he would like to see done through co-management. “It is frustrating that efforts to work with people who claim a great interest in this area are continuously rebuffed with arguments that parrot special interest groups,” says Bishop. “Ironically, if this group is banking on a monument, they will never get the co-management they want.”  

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