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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, during a hearing in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) testified on how the United States Forest Service’s (USFS) arbitrary decision to move the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) reservation system from the lottery system to a first-come, first-serve basis devastated small businesses in northeastern Minnesota.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) introduced legislation to return the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) reservation portal on recreation.gov for nonmotorized and motorized boats back to the effective lottery system in place prior to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) changing it to a first-come, first-serve basis. The Letting Outdoor Tourism Thrive for Every Recreation Year (LOTTERY) Act would require the USFS to switch the current first-come, first-serve reservation system back to a lottery system by 2020.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) introduced H.R. 527, the Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation provides legal certainty by codifying the land exchange between PolyMet Mining, Inc. and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) into statute. The legislation will move PolyMet one step closer to responsibly developing the NorthMet ore body located in northeastern Minnesota. This is Stauber’s first bill introduced as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.