Massive outdoor industry trade show gets closer to leaving state in protest It’s no secret that Utah’s elected officials have led a sustained attack against national public lands. Now it seems that leading outdoor recreation companies, which depend on public lands for their business, have had enough. Governor Gary Herbert is seeking to quell a growing […]

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

We learned more about Congressman Ryan Zinke’s plans to run the Interior Department during his confirmation hearing Tuesday. The Montanan, who’s vying to run the department that oversees the management of national parks, wildlife refuges, and other public lands, professed his admiration for Theodore Roosevelt, whose legacy of conserving our national public lands lives on […]

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Thursday, January 19th, 2017

After more than 80 years of efforts to protect the Bears Ears region in southeastern Utah, President Obama recently designated the area as a national monument. Encompassing some 1.35 million acres of stunning redrock scenery, the Bears Ears National Monument is home to an astonishing number of archaeological sites, including ruins and rock art, that […]

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Monday, January 9th, 2017

By Jesse Prentice-Dunn This fall voters across the West not only cast their votes for president, they decided races for governor, senators and representatives. Public lands played a prominent role in a number of Western races, with candidates touting their commitment to protecting public lands and preserving access for hunting, fishing, and other forms of […]

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Thursday, November 17th, 2016

The Bundys and their followers don’t speak for the large majority of Westerners After last week’s surprise verdict in Oregon, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, and their father Cliven remain behind bars and will stand trial next year for their role in the 2014 armed standoff with law enforcement in Nevada. But even from prison, the […]

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Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

“Vegetable and melon farm” outbidding competition for prime parcels near national parks Two weeks ago, the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) sold off nearly 400 acres of state-owned lands within the proposed Bears Ears National Monument. Situated along Comb Ridge, a striking fin of red rock full of Ancestral Puebloan ruins and rock […]

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
Nevada's Rainbow Mountain Wilderness

Last night the University of Nevada-Las Vegas hosted the third and final presidential debate. While this showdown took place in the West, one issue that touches the lives of all Westerners was not discussed – public lands. The West is not just home to some of our most iconic places, such as the Grand Canyon […]

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Thursday, October 20th, 2016

While production of oil in Wyoming remained steady in 2015 and production of natural gas fell, communities across the state continue to experience the impacts of drilling, including oil and brine spills. A new analysis from the Center for Western Priorities finds that oil and gas companies in Wyoming reported 626 spills in 2015, an […]

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Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Thursday, the National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary, commemorating a legacy of protecting and preserving America’s national and cultural wonders for future generations. This week President Obama added to the legacy of our parks by designating the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in northern Maine and expanding the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off […]

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Friday, August 26th, 2016

Although production of oil and gas has stagnated across much of the country, communities across the West continue to feel the impacts, including toxic spills and air pollution. According to an analysis by E&E News, hundreds of oil and gas-related spills affected surface and groundwater sources throughout the country last year. Spills impacting water sources […]

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Monday, August 8th, 2016

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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