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

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 […]

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 28, 2016 DENVER—In response to reports that President Obama has declared two new national monuments in Utah and Nevada, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala: “By protecting Bears Ears and Gold Butte, President Obama has secured his legacy as one of America’s great […]

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 19, 2016 DENVER—As Utah Governor Gary Herbert prepares to hold his second press conference in as many weeks lamenting the possibility of a national monument in Utah’s Bears Ears region, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala: “If Congressman Rob Bishop spent more time […]

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Monday, December 19th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 15, 2016 DENVER—In response to today’s press conference by Rep. Rob Bishop and Sen. Mike Lee opposing a possible national monument designation in Utah’s Bears Ears region, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Deputy Director Greg Zimmerman: “Representative Bishop and Senator Lee chose to let the Public […]

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Thursday, December 15th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 13, 2016 DENVER—In response to reports that Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke has accepted President-elect Donald Trump’s offer to lead the Department of the Interior, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala: “During his political career, Representative Ryan Zinke has flirted with a broad spectrum of […]

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

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