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taxpayers could lose more than $500 million over the next decade if Congress lifts the crude oil export ban and ignores outdated royalty rates.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 Because the public lands belong to all Americans, this 1872 Mining Act should be repealed and replaced […]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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America’s monuments under attack

Today, President Trump will sign an executive order launching a review of national monuments over 100,000 acres. The review will target 24 monuments designated in the past two decades…

April 26th, 2017

Outdoor economy climbs to new heights

According to a new report released today by the the Outdoor Industry Association, the outdoor recreation economy accounts for $887 billion in consumer spending each year and 7.6 million American jobs…

April 25th, 2017

The money behind the votes

A new analysis from the Center for Western Priorities finds the 17 politicians sponsoring legislation to kill the Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste rule have received contributions totaling nearly $17 million from oil and gas interests…

April 24th, 2017