Fire Lines: Comparing Wildfire Risk on State and U.S. Public Lands

Written by on Wednesday, September 20th, 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....

Winning the West: Election 2016

Written by on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

In 2016, the outdoor recreation economy and public lands conservation became wedge issues in a number of key contests....

Going to Extremes: The Anti-Government Extremism Behind the Growing Movement to Seize America’s Public Lands

Written by on Thursday, July 7th, 2016

In the wake of the Malheur standoff, Bundy-inspired bills continue to flourish in the West, supported by extremist legislators....

REPORT CARD: Congressman Rob Bishop as Chairman

Written by on Thursday, April 28th, 2016


Busting the Myth of the Obama Administration’s “War on Oil”

Written by on Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Protecting American lands and promoting responsible energy development are not mutually exclusive goals....

The Wrong Side of History: 100 Years of Opposition to Our Nation’s Natural Treasures

Written by on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

“A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?”
—Ronald Reagan...

The Mining Burden: Why State Land Seizures Could Cost Billions

Written by on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Should state land takeover efforts move forward, Western states would be saddled with the costs of cleaning up 100,000 abandoned mines that exist on public lands today....

The $51 million impact of the proposed Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument

Written by on Thursday, November 19th, 2015

A new economic analysis finds the proposed Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument area in northern Arizona provides $51 million in economic benefits each year....

Taxpayers Lose Big if Congress Lifts Oil Export Ban and Ignores Antiquated Royalty Rates

Written by on Thursday, September 10th, 2015

American taxpayers could lose more than $500 million over the next decade if Congress lifts the crude oil export ban and ignores outdated royalty rates....

Friendly Fire: Overwhelming Bipartisan Support for Stalled Wildfire Funding Solution

Written by on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

CWP analysis finds the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act has more bipartisan support than any natural resources bill before Congress....

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House committee chairman attacks reporter for doing his job

Utah Congressman Rob Bishop, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, has made no secrets about his disdain for America’s...

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