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

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 […]

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

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 […]

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

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 […]

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

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 […]

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

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 […]

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

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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

An outdoor recreation caucus

Congress announced the creation of the bicameral, bipartisan Outdoor Recreation Caucuses. The goal is to show “that conservation and growing the outdoor recreation economy are inextricably linked,” Sen. Heinrich said in a statement…

April 21st, 2017