Forestry and Conservation

As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, I am committed to working with my colleagues to protect our forested lands. Congress must work find responsible, bipartisan ways to improve wildfire fighting and prevention.

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September 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) joined members on both sides of the aisle in the House of Representatives to pass H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act: a legislative package that takes concrete actions to work toward a clean energy economy, invests in updating American energy innovation infrastructure, creates new, good-paying jobs, and tackles the climate crisis.

September 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raul Grijalva asking that the pair work together to host a joint hearing between the two Committees to explore the federal role in reducing fire risk.

July 31, 2020 In The News

Congress last week approved a bill that will provide nearly $1 billion annually to maintain national parks and buy additional land to protect wildlife, scenery and natural resources.

Arizona Congressman Tom O’Halleran co-sponsored the Great American Outdoors Act and hailed its passage by a 310 to 107 vote in the House. O’Halleran’s a Democrat whose district includes Flagstaff, the Navajo and Hopi reservations and the White Mountains.

July 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 7092, the Great American Outdoors Act, legislation cosponsored by Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually and create the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, which will provide funding to the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S.

July 22, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON — Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package.

The bill would provide $9.5 billion over five years to pay down the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog and provide permanent funding at $900 million per year for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which supports natural areas and recreation activities.

February 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, following reports that the Mohave County Board of Supervisors voted in support of expanded uranium mining on lands adjacent to the Grand Canyon, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement:  

“I am extremely displeased to see this vote in Mohave County. Expanding uranium mine operations on lands near the Grand Canyon puts more than just the natural beauty and cultural significance of the area at risk—it threatens the health of Arizonans, our water supply, and our state’s tourism economy.

February 12, 2020 In The News

After years of fighting for federal table scraps, the city’s Rio De Flag flood control project was fully funded by the United States Army Corps of Engineers this week.

The Corps included $52 million to fund the project in its fiscal year 2020 civil works plan.

In a statement, Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans said the funding provided by the Army Corps means the real work can get underway.

November 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), along with Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) introduced the bipartisan Drought Relief Through Innovative Projects (DRIP) Act, legislation to address drought conditions and protect the water supply of the southwest by removing and replacing invasive, non-native salt cedars.

October 15, 2019 In The News

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — NewLife Forest Products, LLC held an official ground breaking ceremony Oct. 9 for Windfall Sawmill, a new mill on Garland Prairie Road.

According to officials with NewLife, the mill site has been under construction for several months and will be one of the most technologically advanced mills in the Southwest.

Representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, the city of Williams, Coconino County, Rep. Tom O’Halleran’s office and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s office were on hand as Julie Pastrick from the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce introduced mill officials.

September 18, 2019 Contributed Columns

Coconino Voices: Land and Water Conservation Fund needs full funding

Arizonans take tremendous pride in our connection with nature. For us, places like the Coconino National Forest and Grand Canyon National Park are more than just landmarks; they are part of our Arizonan identity.

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