Full Committee Hearing to Examine the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Users of Public Lands, Forests, and National Parks

July 23, 2020
10:00 AM
366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

The hearing will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 10:00 am EDT in Room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. 

The purpose of the hearing is to examine the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on users of public lands, forests, and national parks.

Members of the committee may participate in person or online. The committee will follow guidelines developed in consultation with the Office of the Attending Physician and the Senate Rules Committee to protect the health of members, staff, and the public. This includes maintaining six-foot social distance spacing in the hearing room. Pursuant to this guidance, Senate office buildings are not open to the public other than official business visitors and credentialed press at this time. Accordingly, in-person visitors cannot be accommodated at this hearing.

The hearing will be webcast live on the committee’s website, and an archived video will be available shortly after the hearing concludes. Witness testimony will be available on the website at the start of the hearing.

Archived Webcast

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Opening Remarks

  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski

    Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Sen. Joe Manchin

    Ranking Member
    Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Witness Panel 1

  • The Honorable Kelly Hepler

    Secretary, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks
    On Behalf of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)
  • Mr. Doug Kemper

    Executive Director
    Colorado Water Congress
  • Mr. Ethan Lane

    Vice President of Government Affairs
    National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • Mr. Will Shafroth

    President and CEO
    National Park Foundation
  • Ms. Jess Turner

    Executive Director
    Outdoor Recreation Roundtable