Fair Share Scorecard: Ensuring Taxpayers Receive a Fair Share for America’s Public Resources

Written by on Monday, August 17th, 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...

Going to Extremes: The anti-government extremism behind the growing movement to seize America’s public lands

Written by on Monday, August 10th, 2015

A new investigation by the non-partisan watchdog Center for Western Priorities has uncovered wide-ranging ties between anti-government extremist groups and Western legislators....

A Fair Share: The Case for Updating Oil and Gas Royalty Rates on Our Public Lands

Written by on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

A report highlighting how Western state taxpayers lose between $490 million and $730 million annually due to low royalty rates for oil and gas extracted from U.S. public lands....

The Golden Rush: How Public Lands Draw Retirees and Create Economic Growth

Written by on Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

A report finds that seniors are three times more likely to move into Western counties with a higher percentage of protected public lands....

Economic Impacts of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument

Written by on Thursday, February 19th, 2015

A new report highlights the economic benefits of Montana's Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument....

Public Lands Oil and Gas Lease Tracker: 2014 Summary

Written by on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Stay up to date on who is leasing your national public lands for oil and gas exploration....

The Boom from Above: Visualizing The Rapid Pace of Drilling in Colorado’s Communities

Written by on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Colorado is in the midst of a fast-paced oil and natural gas boom that has secured the state a spot as one of the top ten oil and gas producers in the nation....

A Progress Report on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s Agenda for Balance

Written by on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

A look at Interior Secretary Sally Jewell's accomplishments thus far and opportunities for the Interior Department over these final years of the Obama administration....

Opportunity Knocks: How the Colorado Governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force Can Find Success

Written by on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

A report outlining four areas that merit the attention of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's oil and gas task force....

The Wildfire Burden: Why Public Land Seizure Proposals Would Cost Western States Billions of Dollars

Written by on Thursday, August 21st, 2014

A report showing for the first time how much the U.S. Forest Service spends fighting wildfires in each Western state....

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States step up to lead on conservation and public lands policy in the Trump era

At a time when Westerners are feeling less than confident about the federal government’s commitment to respecting and protecting our...

October 17th, 2017

Oh, the places Secretary Ryan Zinke will go (for political fundraisers and speeches)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has been all over the news in recent weeks — and it hasn’t been the kind...

October 17th, 2017

Anti-park congressman introduces “No New Parks” bill

Congressman Bishop’s attack on the Antiquities Act is not a serious piece of legislation. It’s a manifesto put forward by...

October 10th, 2017