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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 2, 2017 DENVER—Late last night Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz announced on Instagram that he will withdraw HR 621, the Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act of 2017. This had been the fifth time Congressman Chaffetz introduced the bill, which required the Interior Department to sell off 3.3 million acres of American public […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 25, 2017 Data reveals oil and gas companies passed on most public land leases, sit on millions of stockpiled acres DENVER—As the Trump administration takes shape, the Center for Western Priorities released a new fact sheet showing how oil and gas companies thrived on public lands over the course of the […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 24, 2017 DENVER—In response to a Pro Publica report that the Trump administration has banned the Environmental Protection Agency from giving updates on social media or awarding new research grants, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Advocacy Director Jesse Prentice-Dunn: “This is an unacceptable escalation of the […]
DENVER—In advance of Rep. Ryan Zinke’s appearance before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this morning, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala: “Throughout his one term in congress, Congressman Zinke’s actions have often failed to match his rhetoric when it comes to public lands. We look […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 11, 2017 DENVER—The Center for Western Priorities today released a reporter brief on public lands issues in 2017 state legislative sessions across the West. “As lawmakers get to work, we thought it was important to give reporters a bird’s-eye view of what’s happening across the region,” said Greg Zimmerman, deputy director […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJANUARY 3, 2017 DENVER—The U.S. House of Representatives is voting on a “rules package” for the 115th Congress. In an unprecedented maneuver, the bill includes an amendment that paves the way for Congress to give away or sell off American public land and energy resources. The amendment in question, which was written by […]
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.
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.