FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 3, 2017 DENVER—In response to today’s announcement that President Trump is donating his first quarter salary to the National Park Service, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Deputy Director Greg Zimmerman: “President Trump and Secretary Zinke should be embarrassed by today’s publicity stunt. You can’t propose $1.6 […]

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Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Corporate giveaway won’t bring coal back Today President Trump signed an executive order to demolish climate and energy policies set by the previous administration — eliminating some altogether and instructing regulators to rewrite key rules related to energy development. While the focus of the executive order is dismantling the Clean Power Plan, two provisions will particularly […]

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Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 20, 2017   National Park Service maintenance backlog contains $389 million that should be paid by concessionaires, not taxpayers DENVER—The Center for Western Priorities released a new analysis of the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog, revealing hundreds of millions of dollars in deferred maintenance that should be the responsibility of private […]

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Monday, March 20th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2017 The vote sets land managers, Western communities back decades DENVER—Following a vote last month by the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate today used the Congressional Review Act to undermine the Bureau of Land Management rule known as Planning 2.0. Rescinding Planning 2.0 means that Western communities will […]

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

President Trump’s administration is looking to take a hacksaw to the Department of the Interior’s budget and the incoming Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is “not happy” about it. According to reports from E&E News, the new administration is looking to cut 10 percent from Interior’s annual budget, which translates into a $1.3 billion reduction from […]

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Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Utah politicians are asking Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and President Trump to rescind Bears Ears National Monument—a move that would be both unprecedented and probably illegal. Zinke has a choice: Will he follow in Teddy Roosevelt’s footsteps, or will he join Utah’s attacks on our parks and public lands? It’s time for Ryan Zinke to […]

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Friday, March 3rd, 2017

It’s the end of the line — after good-faith negotiations with Utah Governor Gary Herbert, the Outdoor Retailer trade show is leaving Utah in response to the state’s anti-public lands policies. Yesterday, Gov. Herbert met with the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and industry leaders Patagonia, REI, and The North Face to discuss the future of the trade […]

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Friday, March 3rd, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2017 DENVER—Today the United States Senate voted to confirm Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior Department. Zinke served as U.S. Representative from Montana from 2015 through 2017. The Center for Western Priorities issued the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala following the vote: “Ryan Zinke has said he […]

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Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 10, 2017 DENVER—What began as a trickle has become a flood, as more outdoor recreation businesses announced Friday they will skip the Outdoor Retailer trade show in protest of Utah politicians’ anti-public lands agenda. The twice-yearly trade show generates about $45 million annually for Utah’s economy.The Center for Western Priorities issued the […]

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Friday, February 10th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 7, 2017 DENVER—In response to reports that House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz discussed Bears Ears National Monument and the Antiquities Act in a meeting with President Trump, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Advocacy Director Jesse Prentice-Dunn: “Just last week Representative Chaffetz withdrew a piece of anti-public […]

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Tuesday, February 7th, 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