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

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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

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Thursday, July 7th, 2016

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

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Thursday, March 31st, 2016

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

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

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.

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Wednesday, December 2nd, 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.

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Thursday, November 19th, 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taxpayers could lose more than $500 million over the next decade if Congress lifts the crude oil export ban and ignores outdated royalty rates.

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Thursday, September 10th, 2015

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

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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

“Under a statute now over a century old, public lands must be transferred to private ownership at the request of any person who discovers minerals on them. We thus have no effective control over mining on these properties. Because the public lands belong to all Americans, this 1872 Mining Act should be repealed and replaced […]

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Monday, August 17th, 2015

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What pulling out of the Paris agreement could mean for public lands

As President Trump announced his intention to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke experienced climate change first hand on his visit to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

June 2nd, 2017

CO oil & gas companies spend millions on politicians, PR

A Center for Western Priorities review of Colorado campaign finance records shows that since 2012, Anadarko Petroleum and Noble Energy have collectively spent more than $21.6 million on state political races and ballot initiatives.

June 1st, 2017

Monuments through history

Since President Trump issued his review of national monuments, Utah officials have argued monument designations today are 47 times larger than they were when the Antiquities Act was passed in 1906.

May 31st, 2017