Hoeven Statement on Biden Administration Rescinding LWCF Local Consultation Order

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement after the Biden administration rescinded a Secretarial Order that required local consultation in the federal land and water acquisition process under the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The Secretarial Order rescinded by the Biden administration also provided greater flexibility for states and localities in spending and securing matches for grants under LWCF. Hoeven offered an amendment to the budget resolution recently considered by the Senate that would have preserved local consultation over the LWCF acquisition process. Hoeven’s amendment was cosponsored by Senators Kevin Cramer, James Lankford, Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski.

“The LWCF provides states and local governments with resources to improve access to a wide range of outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing, while also bolstering locally-led conservation efforts. At the same time, local communities and small businesses, including agriculture and energy producers, have legitimate concerns about the federal government acquiring land and water resources without adequate consultation. That’s why I supported the Trump administration in issuing this order and authored legislation to preserve it. The communities most impacted by federal land acquisition deserve to have a voice in the process.”