Actually what happened was the House Natural Resources Committee, now under new management 🙂 held a hearing on the transformation of the West’s economics and society, and balancing that with conserving the beauty and resources.
The most notable thing was those who were invited to testify — no oil company lobbyists and land developers like defeated ex-chair Richard Pombo would have stacked the hearing list with.
Two Native Americans were invited to testify!
Story from the Missoulian. Congress puts focus on West’s evolution. By Noelle Straub.