UC Hastings law professor emeritus and former Interior Department Solicitor John Leshy talks about the Antiquities Act and a strange ruling from the U.S. Court of Claims

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Thursday, November 9th, 2017

In this episode of Go West, Young Podcast, a conversation with scientist Michelle Elise Spicer, who studies the effects of deer overpopulation and logging on forest biodiversity. Spicer works out of Dr. Walter Carson’s lab at the University of Pittsburgh. Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play Also mentioned in this episode: The Zinke Doctrine

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Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 27, 2017 President bows to anti-public lands politicians in Utah DENVER—Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said today that President Trump called him to announce his intent to shrink Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. In response, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Deputy Director Greg Zimmerman: “President Trump and his administration […]

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Friday, October 27th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 25, 2017 The Zinke Doctrine Comes Into Focus DENVER—The Department of the Interior has sent a draft 5-year strategic plan to the White House, first reported by The Nation. The strategic plan scrubs any mention of climate change and sets a goal for privatizing national park operations, while prioritizing extraction of publicly-owned resources. In […]

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Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 19, 2017 DENVER—The United States Senate tonight passed a budget resolution that could grease the skids for the largest sell-off of American public lands in our lifetimes. The resolution provides instructions to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to pursue fast-track legislation to raise a billion dollars in new revenue within the committee to offset proposed […]

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Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Jesse Prentice-Dunn and Sara Rose Tannenbaum walk us through the Center for Western Priorities’ new state conservation scorecard.

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Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
Rigging the System

A data-driven website about oil and gas on America’s public lands.

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Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Congressman Bishop’s attack on the Antiquities Act is not a serious piece of legislation. It’s a manifesto put forward by the most anti-park members of Congress in American history.

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Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 10, 2017 DENVER—The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources will consider a bill on Wednesday that would gut the Antiquities Act, the law responsible for protecting some of America’s most prized national parks and monuments. The bill—HR 3990, the “National Monument Creation and Protection Act”—is one of the most extreme attacks on America’s […]

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Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

In an administration that’s famous for its love of “alternative facts,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is quickly earning a reputation as one of the most egregious purveyors of misleading statements and outright lies. (We’ve counted more than 30 in his 19-page memo to President Trump on national monuments.) Over the weekend, while most news outlets […]

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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

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@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. https://t.co/oeA1rz6pHn
3 days ago
@SecretaryZinke rocked moccasins to celebrate native cultures. But tribes are focused on his plans to rock Bears Ears, via @bydarrylfears @eilperin
https://t.co/hJJcLWTvTZ https://t.co/MpgFr6aVpE
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FROM THE BLOG


House committee chairman attacks reporter for doing his job

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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