Center for Western Priorities Facebook
Center for Western Priorities Twitter
Center for Western Priorities Videos


Statement on the 101st Anniversary of the National Park Service

DENVER—As the National Park Service celebrates its 101st birthday today, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Advocacy Director Jesse Prentice-Dunn:

“It is the height of hypocrisy for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to celebrate our parks the day after he proposed wiping vast parts of our national monuments off the map. Indeed, Secretary Zinke has launched an unprecedented attack on the Antiquities Act—the law that protected or expanded half of America’s national parks, and nearly 70 percent of national parks in the West.

“America’s national parks have been called our nation’s ‘best idea’ with good reason—for the last century, presidents have recognized the need to protect our most precious public lands. Today, sadly, our park service is led by an administration that is trying to lay off park rangers and eliminate protections at a time when our parks are more popular than ever.

“We call on Secretary Zinke and President Trump to honor our nation’s parks by fully funding the National Park Service and ending their unprecedented crusade against America’s protected lands.”


Photo: Grand Teton National Park, 1930. National Park Service

Latest News

@WstrnPriorities on Twitter

14 hours ago
Putting Karen Budd-Falen at the head of @BLMNational would send a clear signal to land seizure advocates that @SecretaryZinke is on their side.
3 days ago
@SecretaryZinke rocked moccasins to celebrate native cultures. But tribes are focused on his plans to rock Bears Ears, via @bydarrylfears @eilperin
WstrnPriorities photo


House committee chairman attacks reporter for doing his job

Utah Congressman Rob Bishop, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, has made no secrets about his disdain for America’s...

November 10th, 2017

Trying to shrink Bears Ears, Trump makes it clear whose heritage he cares about

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said Friday that President Trump had called him to announce his intent to dramatically shrink Bears...

October 27th, 2017

The Zinke Doctrine: Make public lands hard for the public to use, easy for industry to abuse

More than six months into Secretary Ryan Zinke’s tenure at the Interior Department, we’re getting a clear picture of what...

October 27th, 2017