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July 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) released the following statement in response to the Department of Agriculture’s announcement that they will initiate rulemaking to restore 2001 Roadless Rule protections on the Tongass National Forest:


April 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Natural Resources Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva led 47 Members of Congress in sending a letter urging the Biden Administration to immediately restore the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument and to strongly consider expanding the Monument in line with the original proposal of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition. After its designation as a National Monument in 2016, Bears Ears was slashed by illegal executive action under the Trump administration, leaving 85% of its land unprotected.

October 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— Today the U.S. Forest Service announced its official decision to move forward with stripping Roadless Rule protections from Tongass National Forest in Alaska, one of the world’s largest remaining intact temperate rain forests and a place that has been treasured by Americans for generations. The Roadless Rule has protected Tongass National Forest since 2001.

July 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the house Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released its congressional climate action plan aimed at achieving net-zero carbon pollution by 2050 and addressing the legacy of environmental injustice harming America’s low-income communities and communities of color.

January 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved the Tribal Wildlife Corridors Act of 2019 to support the use of wildlife corridors on Tribal lands. The bill was introduced by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), chairman of the House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples, and U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

December 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) led over 70 of their colleagues in submitting official comments yesterday in opposition to the U.S. Forest Service’s plan to exempt Tongass National Forest in Alaska from protections under the Roadless Rule.

November 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples, introduced the Tribal Wildlife Corridors Act of 2019 to support the use of wildlife corridors on Tribal lands.

The legislation is supported by U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.).

October 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, criticized the Trump administration’s elimination of long-standing protections for roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.

July 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Trump Administration published its proposed management plan for what remains of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah after the Trump Administration took drastic, unprecedented steps to illegally shrink the monument in 2017.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) issued the following statement following passage of five key FY 2020 Appropriations bills – Commerce-Justice-Science, Agriculture-Related Agencies, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-VA, and Transportation-HUD: