USFS roads target of House panel hearing in Elko

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ELKO, Nev. (AP) -- A congressional panel is in northeast Nevada for a field hearing on what critics say is excessive environmental regulation on federal lands across the West.

The House Resources subcommittee on national parks, forests and public lands will hear from a number of witnesses from Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona at the hearing beginning at 1 p.m. Monday at the Elko Convention Center.

The House panel is chaired by Utah Republican Rob Bishop. He says the hearing will examine the "Explosion of Federal Regulations Threatening Jobs and Economic Survival in the West."

Nevada Republican Congressman Mark Amodei requested the hearing based on criticism of the U.S. Forest Service's travel management plans. Critics say the agency wants to make criminals out of anyone who travels on closed roads on national forests.

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Information from: Elko Daily Free Press, http://www.elkodaily.com