Colorado and Montana receive high marks; New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming in the middle of the pack; Idaho and Arizona receive low marks FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 17, 2017 DENVER—The Center for Western Priorities released a new Western States Conservation Scorecard today, ranking state policies on public lands access, outdoor recreation, and responsible energy […]

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Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

An analysis of lands and energy policy across the West The Center for Western Priorities’ Western States Conservation Scorecard ranks state policies on public lands access, outdoor recreation, and responsible energy development in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. The goal of the scorecard is to illuminate best practices and gaps […]

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Monday, October 16th, 2017

Wildfire is an ever-present reality for many communities in the Western United States. As the West’s fires burn longer and hotter, some politicians have taken to scapegoating the region’s public lands, alleging that wildfire is worse on U.S. public lands than state-owned lands. Their claim, according to a new analysis of wildfire risk in the […]

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Thursday, September 21st, 2017

A first-of-its-kind analysis of wildfire data shows that the percent of U.S. public lands and state-owned lands at a high risk of wildfire are approximately equal.

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Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 22, 2017 Local leaders call on President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke to stop the assault on America’s national monuments SALT LAKE CITY, UT—The Center for Western Priorities’ Monuments to America RV road tour stopped in Utah today, where leaders urged President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to stop the assault on […]

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Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, July 19, 2016 Arizona leaders call on Interior Secretary Zinke to support and protect public lands, national monuments FLAGSTAFF, AZ—The Center for Western Priorities’ Monuments to America RV road tour stopped in Flagstaff today, where leaders urged President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to stop the assault on popular national monuments […]

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2017 New Mexico leaders call on Interior Secretary Zinke to support and protect public lands, national monuments ALBUQUERQUE, NM—The Center for Western Priorities’ Monuments to America RV road tour stopped in Albuquerque today, where leaders urged President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to stop the assault on popular […]

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Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

At Tuesday’s budget hearing, Secretary Zinke had few answers for senators who asked about his proposed $400 million in cuts to national parks and $370 million in cuts at the Bureau of Indian Affairs…

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Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

With Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommending President Trump take the unprecedented and likely illegal step of drastically shrinking the monument’s boundary, attorneys with the Native American Rights Fund are preparing to take legal action…

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Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Rose Marcario is on the offensive. The CEO of outdoor clothing giant Patagonia is preparing to lead the corporate resistance against President Trump’s anti-public lands agenda…

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Monday, June 19th, 2017

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