FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 17, 2017 Time for a U-turn Utah… New Billboard Tells Utah Leaders “Attacking Public Lands Hurts Our Economy” SALT LAKE CITY—A new billboard on northbound I-15 at I-80 urges Utah’s state leaders to take a “U-Turn” from a reckless path on public lands that is already hurting the state’s multi-billion-dollar recreation […]

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Monday, March 20th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 20, 2017   National Park Service maintenance backlog contains $389 million that should be paid by concessionaires, not taxpayers DENVER—The Center for Western Priorities released a new analysis of the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog, revealing hundreds of millions of dollars in deferred maintenance that should be the responsibility of private […]

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Monday, March 20th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 16, 2017 DENVER—The Trump administration released its “skinny budget” today, calling for a 12% cut to the Department of the Interior. The massive proposed cuts by President Trump are in stark contrast to statements made last week by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in his first remarks to Interior Department staff. Secretary […]

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Thursday, March 16th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2017 The vote sets land managers, Western communities back decades DENVER—Following a vote last month by the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate today used the Congressional Review Act to undermine the Bureau of Land Management rule known as Planning 2.0. Rescinding Planning 2.0 means that Western communities will […]

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 6, 2017 DENVER—In response to Friday afternoon’s budget request from House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop that includes $50 million to immediately begin disposing of national public lands, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala: “It seems that Chairman Bishop just can’t take […]

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Monday, March 6th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2017 DENVER—Today the United States Senate voted to confirm Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior Department. Zinke served as U.S. Representative from Montana from 2015 through 2017. The Center for Western Priorities issued the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala following the vote: “Ryan Zinke has said he […]

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Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 10, 2017 DENVER—What began as a trickle has become a flood, as more outdoor recreation businesses announced Friday they will skip the Outdoor Retailer trade show in protest of Utah politicians’ anti-public lands agenda. The twice-yearly trade show generates about $45 million annually for Utah’s economy. The Center for Western Priorities […]

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Friday, February 10th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 10, 2017 DENVER—What began as a trickle has become a flood, as more outdoor recreation businesses announced Friday they will skip the Outdoor Retailer trade show in protest of Utah politicians’ anti-public lands agenda. The twice-yearly trade show generates about $45 million annually for Utah’s economy.The Center for Western Priorities issued the […]

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Friday, February 10th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 7, 2017 DENVER—In response to reports that House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz discussed Bears Ears National Monument and the Antiquities Act in a meeting with President Trump, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Advocacy Director Jesse Prentice-Dunn: “Just last week Representative Chaffetz withdrew a piece of anti-public […]

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 3, 2017 DENVER—Today the House of Representatives passed a resolution of disapproval to eliminate the Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste rule, which limits flaring and venting from drilling operations on public lands. A vote by the Senate is expected next week. If signed by the president, this Congressional Review Act […]

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Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Today's Latest

Coal-conomics

Navajo Generating Station, Salt River Project New Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is promising to “look at everything across the board” when it comes to coal on public lands. Zinke suggested to reporters on Friday that Interior could both jump-start coal leasing and increase royalties for taxpayers. The catch, of course, is that economic fundamentals are moving […]

March 6th, 2017

Clumsy at best, irresponsible at worst

The federal hiring freeze brings chaos at Montana’s national parks and forests, public lands supporters to rally today at noon in Helena, Montana, and more.

January 30th, 2017

A monumental legacy

New CWP story map walks through the years of conservation under Obama, listen to the former Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor talk about the challenges facing public lands, and more.

January 30th, 2017