Secretary Zinke Names Land Transfer Proponent as Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management

Written by on Thursday, November 16th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 16, 2017 DENVER—Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today that he named Brian Steed as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, replacing career BLM staffer Mike Nedd. Before being appointed...

RESPONSE to Trump plan to shrink Bears Ears National Monument

Written by on Friday, October 27th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 27, 2017 President bows to anti-public lands politicians in Utah DENVER—Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said today that President Trump called him to announce his intent to shrink Bears Ears National Monument in Utah....

RESPONSE to leak of Interior Department Five-Year Strategic Plan

Written by on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 25, 2017 The Zinke Doctrine Comes Into Focus DENVER—The Department of the Interior has sent a draft 5-year strategic plan to the White House, first reported by The Nation. The strategic plan scrubs any...

Senate budget resolution opens the door to massive sell-off of American public lands

Written by on Thursday, October 19th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 19, 2017 DENVER—The United States Senate tonight passed a budget resolution that could grease the skids for the largest sell-off of American public lands in our lifetimes. The resolution provides instructions to the...

New Scorecard Ranks Western State Policies on Public Lands Access, Outdoor Recreation, and Responsible Energy Development

Written by on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Colorado and Montana receive high marks; New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming in the middle of the pack; Idaho and Arizona receive low marks FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 17, 2017 DENVER—The Center for Western Priorities...

STATEMENT on Rep. Rob Bishop’s “No New Parks” bill to eviscerate the Antiquities Act

Written by on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 10, 2017 DENVER—The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources will consider a bill on Wednesday that would gut the Antiquities Act, the law responsible for protecting some of America’s most prized national parks...

RESPONSE to Interior Department upending landmark sage-grouse conservation plans

Written by on Thursday, October 5th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2017 DENVER—Today the Interior Department announced it will undermine sage-grouse conservation plans across the West, opening the door to mining and development on critical habitat. The result of years of negotiation by...

RESPONSE to Interior Department proposal to delay methane waste rule

Written by on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 4, 2017 DENVER—The Department of the Interior announced today it will seek a delay in implementing the methane waste rule. Finalized by the Bureau of Land Management in 2016, the methane waste rule...

STATEMENT and TIMELINE on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s Private Flight to Montana

Written by on Thursday, September 28th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 DENVER—News broke Thursday night that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke joins the ranks of HHS Secretary Tom Price and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who flew private flights in lieu of commercial at...

RESPONSE to Interior Secretary Zinke’s attacks on Interior Department employees

Written by on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 26, 2017 DENVER—In speeches to the National Petroleum Council and the National Clean Energy Week symposium, Interior Secretary Zinke made claims that one-third of Interior Department employees are not loyal to...

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@SecretaryZinke rocked moccasins to celebrate native cultures. But tribes are focused on his plans to rock Bears Ears, via @bydarrylfears @eilperin
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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