DENVER—President Trump signed an executive order this morning targeting dozens of national monuments protected in recent years. The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala: “President Trump has launched an all-out assault on our national monuments and public lands. He made it clear today that he will eliminate protections […]

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Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

New Map Reveals the Dozens of Monuments At Risk DENVER—As President Trump prepares to sign an executive order to review more than 20 years of national monument designations, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala: “Our national monuments are monuments to America’s heritage and history, which is why […]

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

DENVER—The Outdoor Industry Association released a new report today that reveals the outdoor economy drives $887 billion in consumer spending and 7.6 million American jobs. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke attended OIA’s event at the National Press Club this morning, 24 hours before President Trump is expected to sign an executive order laying the groundwork for […]

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

DENVER—In response to today’s announcement from the Outdoor Industry Association that the outdoor recreation economy generates 7.6 million jobs and $887 billion in annual consumer spending, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Advocacy Director Jesse Prentice-Dunn: “Today’s report shows that outdoor recreation on public lands helps communities across the West thrive. […]

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Oil industry lobbyists have made eliminating the “BLM methane waste rule” a top priority since Congress went back to work in 2017. The industry, which spent over $100 million supporting candidates for federal office in 2016, is now expecting politicians to fall in line and vote to scrap a rule whose stated purpose is to […]

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Monday, April 24th, 2017

David Bernhardt, one of President Trump’s leading candidates for a top job at the Interior Department, has a long history of making money off of sketchy clients, ranging from a Ukranian-Russian-American oligarch’s oil conglomerate to a company looking to drain an aquifer underneath the California desert. Now Bernhardt is poised to cash in on a […]

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Friday, April 21st, 2017

In this episode of Go West, Young Podcast, a conversation with author Michael Finkel about Christopher Knight, the “North Pond Hermit” who lived for 27 years alone in the Maine woods. Michael’s book is The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the the Last True Hermit. Michael’s book is based on this GQ article from 2014 […]

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Thursday, April 13th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 13, 2017 DENVER—New documents published today show years of communication and coordination between local Utah stakeholders and elected officials prior to President Obama permanently protecting Bears Ears as a national monument. The documents directly contradict multiple statements from Utah politicians who claimed the monument designation came as a surprise and without […]

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Thursday, April 13th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 3, 2017 Monuments to America built in response to threats from Congress DENVER—The Center for Western Priorities announced a $500,000 advertising campaign to raise awareness of threats to national monuments and the Antiquities Act. The first 30-second Monuments to America ad, titled “Monumental Legacy”, began running Monday in Washington, D.C., and […]

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Monday, April 3rd, 2017

In this episode of Go West, Young Podcast, Congressman Raúl Grijalva, ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, talks about President Trump’s executive order gutting climate protections, and which issues he hopes to work with Republicans on in the coming months. More reading: When the power of protest works Host/producer: Aaron Weiss Feedback: podcast@westernpriorities.org Music: […]

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Thursday, March 30th, 2017

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America’s monuments under attack

Today, President Trump will sign an executive order launching a review of national monuments over 100,000 acres. The review will target 24 monuments designated in the past two decades…

April 26th, 2017

Outdoor economy climbs to new heights

According to a new report released today by the the Outdoor Industry Association, the outdoor recreation economy accounts for $887 billion in consumer spending each year and 7.6 million American jobs…

April 25th, 2017

The money behind the votes

A new analysis from the Center for Western Priorities finds the 17 politicians sponsoring legislation to kill the Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste rule have received contributions totaling nearly $17 million from oil and gas interests…

April 24th, 2017