Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Klobuchar, Franken and Nolan Introduce Measure to Streamline Voyageurs National Park Land Management

Apr 19, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Congressman Rick Nolan, have introduced legislation to ensure all of the lands within the boundary of Voyageurs National Park will be managed consistently.

H.R.4944/S.2805 codifies a Department of Interior inter-agency land transfer and will save staff time and taxpayer dollars by eliminating the need for a duplicative land management renewal procedure that has required publication and notice in the Federal Register – a burdensome process for lands that were originally intended to be administered by the National Park Service when Voyageurs National Park was established.

The measure, which has been introduced to the House Natural Resources Committee and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, also proposes to exchange certain tracts of State and Federal land for more beneficial and mutual management.

According to the National Park Service, there are no anticipated costs associated with the inter-agency land transfer itself.

“Voyageurs National Park is our nation’s premier water-based Park and we must preserve it so visitors can continue to experience it for decades to come,” said Klobuchar. “Our new legislation will provide more consistency to the land management of Voyageurs Nation Park while also saving taxpayer dollars. We’ll keep working to make Voyageurs National Park an even better place to visit and enjoy.”

“Voyageurs is a national treasure that should be preserved for generations to come,” said Franken. “And that starts with how the park is managed. Our legislation will give the National Park Service the ability to more effectively care for Voyageurs, which is a commonsense step to support an already beautiful natural resource.”

“I’m proud to introduce this measure to improve land management at Minnesota’s crown jewel in the system, Voyageurs National Park,” said Nolan. “Our legislation will ensure that all of Voyageurs National Park will be managed consistently to provide thousands of visitors with an even better experience here in our beautiful Minnesota north country.”