DENVER—President Trump signed an executive order this morning targeting dozens of national monuments protected in recent years. The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala: “President Trump has launched an all-out assault on our national monuments and public lands. He made it clear today that he will eliminate protections […]

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Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

New Map Reveals the Dozens of Monuments At Risk DENVER—As President Trump prepares to sign an executive order to review more than 20 years of national monument designations, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala: “Our national monuments are monuments to America’s heritage and history, which is why […]

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

DENVER—The Outdoor Industry Association released a new report today that reveals the outdoor economy drives $887 billion in consumer spending and 7.6 million American jobs. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke attended OIA’s event at the National Press Club this morning, 24 hours before President Trump is expected to sign an executive order laying the groundwork for […]

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

DENVER—In response to today’s announcement from the Outdoor Industry Association that the outdoor recreation economy generates 7.6 million jobs and $887 billion in annual consumer spending, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Advocacy Director Jesse Prentice-Dunn: “Today’s report shows that outdoor recreation on public lands helps communities across the West thrive. […]

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 13, 2017 DENVER—New documents published today show years of communication and coordination between local Utah stakeholders and elected officials prior to President Obama permanently protecting Bears Ears as a national monument. The documents directly contradict multiple statements from Utah politicians who claimed the monument designation came as a surprise and without […]

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Thursday, April 13th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 3, 2017 DENVER—In response to today’s announcement that President Trump is donating his first quarter salary to the National Park Service, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Deputy Director Greg Zimmerman: “President Trump and Secretary Zinke should be embarrassed by today’s publicity stunt. You can’t propose $1.6 […]

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Monday, April 3rd, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 3, 2017 Monuments to America built in response to threats from Congress DENVER—The Center for Western Priorities announced a $500,000 advertising campaign to raise awareness of threats to national monuments and the Antiquities Act. The first 30-second Monuments to America ad, titled “Monumental Legacy”, began running Monday in Washington, D.C., and […]

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Monday, April 3rd, 2017

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

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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