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taxpayers could lose more than $500 million over the next decade if Congress lifts the crude oil export ban and ignores outdated royalty rates....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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Secretary Zinke must enforce the law, confiscate Bundy’s illegal cows

Will the Interior Department be a “good neighbor” or Cliven’s doormat?...

January 9th, 2018

The Trump administration gave presents to oil and gas companies; taxpayers got a lump of coal

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke kept himself busy while while you were on vacation....

January 2nd, 2018

Photos: Drilling America’s Heritage

Under Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Interior Department has become a rubber stamp for the oil and gas industry. A recent...

December 18th, 2017