Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart’s (R-Utah) bipartisan legislation, H.R. 4257 the Advancing Conservation and Education (ACE) Act, passed out of the House Committee on Natural Resources.
The ACE Act maximizes land management efficiencies, promotes land conservation and generates education funding for Western communities. Supporters of the bill include the Western States Land Commissioners Association, the Wilderness Society, the State of Utah’s School & Institutional Trust Lands Administration, sportsmen, and other groups.
“The ACE Act is a win for Utah, a win for school kids, and a win for conservation. Exchanging state lands trapped inside of federally protected areas will allow states to generate more revenue and help support rural economies. I’m happy that the Natural Resources Committee is moving this bipartisan piece of legislation forward. The ACE Act proves we can come together to solve complex public land issues,” Rep. Stewart said.
“The Ace Act is a step in the right direction for land management policy in the West. This bill will boost revenue for public education, strengthen land conservation tools and elevate state authority and decision-making. I thank Rep. Stewart for his work on this bill and look forward to working together to advance it through the House,” Chairman Bishop (R- Utah) stated.