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H.R. 3905: Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act

On Passage of the Bill in the House

Passed · Nov 30, 2017 at 1:50 p.m. ET · Source:

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3905 in the House.

H.R. 3905 would require Congressional approval for mineral withdrawal and monument designation in National Forest System lands in the Minnesota. The bill would also allow for the renewal of mineral leases in the area and would ensure that future leases remain valid and renewed, consistent with current law. Finally, the bill excludes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from these provisions and requires environmental review of any leases issued under the bill.

In January of 2017 the Obama Administration proposed a federal mineral withdrawal of National Forest System lands in the Superior National Forest. The proposal would place 425,000 acre area off limits to development for up to two years while the withdrawal is considered. This land includes 95,000 acres of state school trust fund lands. The Minnesota Constitution mandates that state trust lands ensure a long-term source of funds for K-12 education. Minnesota is projected to lose up to $3 billion in royalty revenues for the State’s Permanent School Trust Fund if the proposed withdrawal application continues.

In addition, the Bureau of Land Management rejected the renewal for two hard rock mineral leases in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest that were signed in 1966 and renewed in 1989 and 2004. If left unchecked, these actions are estimated to block the creation of 17,000 jobs and an estimated generation of $2.5 billion annually for the economy.

Source: Republican Policy Committee


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