House Passes Natural Resources Management Act Including Rep. Cook’s Critical Lands Legislation

By on March 3, 2019

Rep. Paul Cook (R-8th District-Apple Valley) expressed his pleasure on last Tuesday when the U.S. House overwhelmingly passed S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act. The bill had passed in the U.S. Senate earlier this month.

The package of bipartisan public lands-related bills that comprises the Natural Resources Management Act includes critical lands legislation that had been introduced by Rep. Cook in the last Congress. It also includes the Santa Ana Wash Land Exchange Act and the California Desert Protection and Recreation Act (previously known as the California Off-road Recreation and Conservation Act).

“This historic legislation is the culmination of years of work by members of both parties in both chambers, as well as countless groups and individuals on the ground,” said Rep. Cook. “When it becomes law, this will be the most comprehensive public lands legislation to pass Congress in over a decade. I’m particularly proud of what we were able to include locally. Groups, such as off-roaders and environmentalists, who have historically been at odds over how best to manage and use our public lands were able to work together, forging a compromise to protect the desert and all its uses. This is truly a model for how grassroots legislating should work and I look forward to it becoming law.”

The legislation now goes to President Trump for his signature. For more information on the inclusion of the benefits of this bill for California, go to: