WASHINGTON, D.C. — The largest public lands bill considered by Congress in a decade passed Tuesday. It’s called the Natural Resources Management Act.
To summarize, the bill sets up provisions regarding various programs, projects, and studies for the management and conservation of natural resources on federal lands. More specifically, it addresses land exchanges, acquisitions, withdrawals and more.
While it includes land exchanges across the country, it does not include a bill proposed by Minnesota Congressman Pete Stauber – the Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act of 2019.
Stauber’s bill would codify the exchange of approximately 6,650 acres of federally-owned surface land above and around the NorthMet ore body to PolyMet and 6,690 acres of private land to the U.S. Forest Service
In a statement Stauber said he was disappointed in the bill.
“My Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act would allow the responsible development of our resources, bring high-paying jobs to our region, and increase public access to trails and recreation,” said Stauber. “My bipartisan bill would be a win-win for Northeastern Minnesota, so I was frustrated to learn it was not included in this lands package.”
While Stauber voted against the bill Tuesday, it did pass the House in a 363 – 62 vote.
It will now go to the White House for the president’s signature.