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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 3, 2017 DENVER—Today the House of Representatives passed a resolution of disapproval to eliminate the Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste rule, which limits flaring and venting from drilling operations on public lands. A vote by the Senate is expected next week. If signed by the president, this Congressional Review Act […]

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Friday, February 3rd, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 2, 2017 DENVER—Late last night Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz announced on Instagram that he will withdraw HR 621, the Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act of 2017. This had been the fifth time Congressman Chaffetz introduced the bill, which required the Interior Department to sell off 3.3 million acres of American public […]

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Today's Latest

Coal-conomics

Navajo Generating Station, Salt River Project New Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is promising to “look at everything across the board” when it comes to coal on public lands. Zinke suggested to reporters on Friday that Interior could both jump-start coal leasing and increase royalties for taxpayers. The catch, of course, is that economic fundamentals are moving […]

March 6th, 2017

Clumsy at best, irresponsible at worst

The federal hiring freeze brings chaos at Montana’s national parks and forests, public lands supporters to rally today at noon in Helena, Montana, and more.

January 30th, 2017

A monumental legacy

New CWP story map walks through the years of conservation under Obama, listen to the former Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor talk about the challenges facing public lands, and more.

January 30th, 2017