Response to Interior Department decision to eviscerate methane waste rules

Written by on Monday, February 12th, 2018

"We are now going back to a time when oil and gas companies could waste publicly-owned natural gas at will with no repercussions."...

Response to Trump administration infrastructure plan and proposed budget

Written by on Monday, February 12th, 2018

"The president’s infrastructure plan would facilitate the privatization of entire national parks, opening the door to an outright sell-off of America’s public lands."...

Secretary Zinke Tries to Greenwash Abysmal Public Lands Record with Wildlife Announcement

Written by on Friday, February 9th, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 9, 2018 DENVER—In Utah today, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a Secretarial Order that addresses big-game winter migration corridors. The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Deputy Director Greg Zimmerman: “There’s...

Statement on National Parks as the Federal Government Shuts Down Again

Written by on Thursday, February 8th, 2018

”We hope this time Secretary Zinke decides that protecting our parks is more important than preening for the cameras.”...

Warning to Journalists: Interior Department Press Shop Plays Fast and Loose with Facts

Written by on Friday, February 2nd, 2018

The Department of Interior is quickly earning a reputation with journalists for providing bad information and factually inaccurate statements. The agency’s reputation took another hit this week after placing an error filled op-ed from Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt...

STATEMENT: Interior Department Doubles Down on Bad Neighbor Policy, Guts Oil & Gas Planning Reforms

Written by on Thursday, February 1st, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1, 2018 DENVER—The Interior Department announced yesterday via an Internal Memorandum that it has eliminated Master Leasing Plans (MLPs), saying that it will not “initiate any new MLPs or complete ongoing MLPs.” The...

Statement on Ryan Zinke’s attempt to keep national parks open during a government shutdown

Written by on Friday, January 19th, 2018

“Secretary Zinke is more concerned about the politics and optics of a shutdown than he is about doing what’s right for the American people and America’s parks.”...

Response to dismissal of Bundy case

Written by on Monday, January 8th, 2018

"Letting the Bundys walk free on a technicality should send a chill down the spines of anyone who values our parks, wildlife refuges, and all public lands."...

RESPONSE to 60 percent cut to free admission days at national parks

Written by on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

“Not everyone can book a helicopter or charter a boat when they want to visit our national parks.”...

DOCUMENTS: When a Uranium Mining Company Lobbied for Bears Ears National Monument Action, the Trump Administration Acted

Written by on Monday, December 11th, 2017

"A toxic history of failed uranium projects litters the southwest, especially on tribal lands."...

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A riveting first-person account from @JessiJohnson89 of @artemis_nwf about how her first bow hunt turned her into a public lands advocate for life.

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NEW PODCAST: @JessiJohnson89 of @artemis_nwf describes how her first bowhunt turned her into a public lands activist for life.

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UPDATE on Rep. Mike Noel’s undisclosed land that magically got cut out of Grand Staircase-Escalante NM. Fact-check from @Western_Values:

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New from @GregorZimmer: The Land & Water Conservation Fund is wildly popular with Republicans and Democrats in Montana. So why is @SecretaryZinke trying to defund it?

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Interior Secretary Zinke wants to defund a vital land conservation program he supposedly supports

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has turned his back on Montana, a state he represented in Congress until last year. The...

February 15th, 2018

In their own words: Interior Department admits it’s helping oil and gas companies at the expense of taxpayers, clean air

At the direction of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Bureau of Land Management has announced it will effectively eliminate a...

February 15th, 2018

Trump’s “Energy Dominance” Reality Check

The fact is, U.S. oil production hit new heights during the Obama administration. Same with natural gas. The Trump administration’s...

February 8th, 2018