U.S. Senators Michael B. Enzi and John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia M. Lummis are announcing that their respective Field Representatives, Jennifer Fernandez, Oaklee Anderson, and Sherlyn Kaiser are scheduled to hold Office Hours in Washakie County on the following date at these locations and times:
Wednesday October 12, 2016
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Worland Town Hall
829 Big Horn Ave
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Ten Sleep Town Hall
415 5th Street
Area residents are encouraged to come to visit with Fernandez, Anderson, and Kaiser on an individual basis to discuss issues, or their views regarding the federal government. These ideas and concerns will then be relayed to Senators Enzi and Barrasso and Congressman Lummis.
If residents are unable to attend at that time, but would like information or assistance, please contact these offices at:
Senator Enzi’s Cody office at 307-527-9444
Senator Barrasso’s Sheridan office at 307-672-6456
Congressman Lummis’ Casper office at 307-261-6596
Friday, October 7, 2016
Powell Office Hours
Powell City Hall Council Chambers
270 No. Clark Street
Cody Office Hours
Cody City Hall Conference Room
1338 Rumsey Avenue
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Meeteetse Office Hours
Meeteetse Town Hall
2044 State Street
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Area residents are encouraged to visit with the representatives of the Wyoming delegation on an individual basis during this time to discuss matters regarding the federal government. These comments and concerns will then be relayed to their U.S. Senators and Congressman.
Their schedule will be:
9:30am to 10:00am
319 Pine St
10:30pm to 11:00pm
301 Adams St
Area residents are encouraged to come and discuss issues or views, questions, or concerns regarding the federal government. These comments will be relayed to Senators Enzi, Barrasso, and Congressman Lummis.
If residents are unable to attend at that time, but would like information or assistance, please contact the District Offices at: Senator Enzi (307-261-6572), Senator Barrasso (307-362-5012), Congressman Lummis (307-772-2595).
Transcript of Rep. Lummis’ remarks:
“I thank the gentleman. I also thank Mr. Rouzer from North Carolina. I also want to thank my former committee chairman on the House Agriculture Committee, now the ranking member, Mr. Peterson, for his support of this bill as well as Chairman Conaway of the House Agriculture Committee.
“Mr. Chairman, in the national forests, especially in areas where there have been bark beetle damage, the trees are starting to fall across the trails. And I’ve talked to outfitters who are taking pack trips into the national forests, they’re only in there for two or three days and when they try to get out they’re having to chop their way out because so many trees have fallen across the trails, even while they’re in the forest. So this maintenance backlog is getting bigger.
“Mr. Chairman, it makes such sense, practically speaking, when we have a huge budget deficit, to maximize the use of volunteers on the national forests to help maintain these trails. Now they will be able to avail themselves of workers comp and that is part of the reason that it has taken this bill such a long time to get to the floor. But it came out of the [Agriculture] committee unanimously, it is one of the most bipartisan bills in the entire Congress, it has 86 cosponsors in the House and 23 in the Senate. And I really want to thank my colleague Mr. Walz, who is co-chairman of this bill, cosponsor, for his work. And I’m hoping he’ll tell the tale that he encountered this summer when he was hiking in the west. More than 50 diverse recreation conservation groups wanted a way to increase volunteer efforts in our national forests, including the national association of counties.
“Mr. Chairman, there’s a couple of additional provisions I want to highlight in this bill. It directs a study be done on utilizing fire crews for maintenance work during off season for wild fires, which is a great way for them to maximize and for us to maximize their skills in the forest. And it also requires the Secretary of Agriculture to identify nine to fifteen priority areas throughout the country to incorporate volunteers and to increase trail maintenance. This bill has broad support. It will produce opportunities for young people to volunteer in our forests. It will allow outfitters and guides to offset some of their permit fees through work on trail maintenance performed by permit holders to construct, improve, or maintain national forest trails systems, trail heads, and develop sites under supervision of our national park service.
“This is kind of a motherhood and apple pie bill, Mr. Chairman. And it’s been my pleasure to work with Mr. Walz and the other proponents of this bill to bring it to the floor this afternoon.
“Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time.”
In June of 2013, the Government Accountability Office released a report that outlined the immense challenges to maintaining the 157,000 miles of trails in the Forest Service trail system and wilderness areas. The Forest Service is only able to maintain about one quarter of the total miles of trails used for hiking, biking, and other activities while close to two-thirds of the trails receive no maintenance at all.The GAO report recognized the importance of volunteers for trail maintenance and recommended taking steps to improve management of volunteers. The Lummis-Walz bill would improve the use of existing resources and require the Forest Service to develop a national strategy to maximize use of volunteers and partners to improve trail maintenance.
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“The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act will stretch taxpayer dollars during these tight fiscal times, to make sure we maximize use of all our existing resources,” said Rep. Lummis. “Refocusing on volunteers and partners will help the Forest Service make real progress on the backlog and open up these trails to public access. The bill also looks into utilizing fire crews during the off season and letting outfitters work off some of their fees. We need to continue exploring the different ways we can clean up our trails and make progress on the $500 million trail maintenance backlog. Thanks to Representative Walz’s help getting it through the committee process, the bill is now ready for consideration on the House floor.”
“From hikers to bikers, outdoor enthusiasts across the country utilize 157,000 miles of National Forest System trails every day for exercise, relaxation, and exploration. Though public use remains high, close to two-thirds of these trails don’t receive any maintenance whatsoever because our Forest Service simply lacks the resources to keep up,” said Rep. Walz, Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. “I am proud the legislation Representative Lummis and I have worked on passed out of the Agriculture Committee today. Protecting our public lands for future generations while increasing access to the great outdoors is our responsibility, and this bill is a step in the right direction.”
In June of 2013, the Government Accountability Office released a report that outlined the immense challenges to maintaining the 157,000 miles of trails in the Forest Service trail system and wilderness areas. The Forest Service is only able to maintain about one quarter of the total miles of trails used for hiking, biking, and other activities while close to two-thirds of the trails receive no maintenance at all.
The GAO report recognized the importance of volunteers for trail maintenance and recommended taking steps to improve management of volunteers. The Lummis-Walz bill would improve the use of existing resources and require the Forest Service to develop a national strategy to maximize use of volunteers and partners to improve trail maintenance.### Read More
“I ranch in Wyoming. My family purchased the ranch next door. It had a Savory Grazing System on it, named after Allen Savory, the gentleman you just saw in the Ted Talk. So it was 2600 acres. It was divided into 16 grazing cells and we would put very large numbers of cattle into each cell and they would graze it down to the nubs and then we would move them frequently from cell to cell using the same herding ideas that were expressed that occur naturally in the wild in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Africa.
“By doing that, it did heal up some of the draws that were bare of all grasses, and the grass did return because you had the hoof action of the cattle depositing with their manure nutrients into the soil that were compacted into the soil by their split hooves before they were moved into the next pasture.
“So, I can attest to the fact that Allen Savory’s theories have worked on the ground in places, including the land that I worked as a rancher. And so it’s something that we should discuss in terms of looking forward about how we manage public lands and prevent damage to our natural resources inadvertently.”
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Washington, DC 20515
Cynthia Lummis (pronounced “Luh-miss”) was elected to represent the people of Wyoming in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. She was raised on her family ranch in Laramie County and graduated from the University of Wyoming with bachelor degrees in Animal Science and Biology. In 1979, Cynthia became the youngest woman ever elected to the Wyoming Legislature. She returned to the University of Wyoming for a law degree, which she received in 1985.
Cynthia then clerked at the Wyoming Supreme Court, practiced law in Cheyenne, and served a total of fourteen years in the Wyoming House and Senate, concentrating on natural resource and taxation issues. She completed her legislative service in 1994 and then chaired Governor-elect Jim Geringer’s transition team. She continued to work in the Governor’s office for two more years, primarily on natural resource issues. Cynthia also served as the interim Director of the Office of State Lands and Investments.
Cynthia was elected Wyoming State Treasurer in 1998. In eight years (two terms) as Wyoming State Treasurer, she converted Wyoming’s primarily fixed income investment portfolio of $3.5 billion to a fully diversified portfolio of equities, real estate and fixed income investments, public and private, domestic and international, totaling $8.5 billion. Her term of office as State Treasurer ended in January 2007.
Cynthia continues to be involved in the daily operations of the Lummis family ranch. She and her husband, Al Wiederspahn, a former Wyoming legislator and Cheyenne attorney, have one daughter, Annaliese.
As the sole House Representative for the state of Wyoming, Cynthia is a staunch advocate for fiscal responsibility, limiting the size and scope of the federal government and developing our nation’s domestic energy capabilities. Cynthia is a member of the House Natural Resources, Oversight and Government Reform and Science, Space and Technology Committees.
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