Paul Gosar has served in the US House of Representatives since 2011. He currently represents Arizona’s 4th congressional district. He opposes sage grouse conservation and efforts to curb methane pollution, and has criticized the Land and Water Conservation Fund. He has applauded the Trump administration’s national monument reductions, and supports giving the Bureau of Land Management more authority to seize and sell off public land.
Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy
Rep. Gosar supports the Trump administration’s rollback of national monuments.
Gosar applauded Zinke for rolling back the “gluttony” of the Obama administration. He praised Secretary Zinke for his rolling back of the Bears Ears national monument and for “recognizing this bureaucratic monstrosity be reduced.” [Press Release, 06/12/17]
Gosar is critical of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Gosar criticized LWCF funding because it would “lock up more land.” He criticized how the bill has “no meaningful reforms” and just “lock[s] up more land, even though the federal government can’t even manage the land it currently owns.” [Press Release, 12/17/15]
Gosar supports giving BLM more power to seize and sell off public land.
Gosar cosponsored legislation facilitating land seizures. He called for the BLM to create an inventory of public lands that would be “eligible for disposal.” [Adventure Journal, 04/16]
Gosar opposes sage grouse conservation.
Gosar called sage grouse listing the “greatest threat to livelihood” of communities. He said “removing or modifying overly restrictive ‘sagebrush focal areas,’ increasing livestock grazing, removing ‘hard triggers,’ allowing for new mineral leasing and working with local stakeholders are all common sense activities when discussing an issue that impacts 11 western states and 67 million acres of total land.” [Press Release, 08/07/17]
Gosar opposes reducing methane emissions.
Gosar criticized the EPA for imposing an “unnecessary” rule, that would “cost businesses and job creators $530 million in 2025 alone.” [Press Release, 05/13/16]