Franken, Klobuchar and Nolan Announce Legislation to Streamline Voyageurs National Park Land Management Passes Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, along with Congressman Rick Nolan, announced that their legislation to ensure all of the lands within Voyageurs National Park will be managed consistently passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today. “Voyageurs Park is a national treasure that should be preserved for generations to come,” said Franken, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “And that starts with how the park is managed. I’m pleased that our legislation giving the National Park Service the ability to more effectively care for Voyageurs took a critical step forward today. I’ll keep working to make sure that our commonsense measure becomes law.”

“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. “This action moves our legislation to provide more consistency to the land management of Voyageurs Nation Park while also saving taxpayer dollars forward. We’ll keep working to make Voyageurs National Park an even better place to visit and enjoy.”

“I’m pleased that our measure to improve land management at one of Minnesota’s crown jewels, Voyageurs National Park, has passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee,” 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.”

S.2805/ H.R.4944 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 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.