DENVER—Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wrapped up a four day tour of Utah, where he visited Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The secretary’s visit was billed as a “listening tour” to hear from locals, but he did not hold a single public meeting, spent nearly the entire trip alongside national monument opponents, […]

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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 10, 2017 DENVER—The United States Senate voted 51-49 to reject a Congressional Review Act resolution to eliminate the Bureau of Land Management’s methane waste rule. Eliminating the rule was a major policy priority for the Trump administration and the oil and gas industry. Western Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Michael Bennet (D-CO), […]

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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 7, 2017 DENVER—As Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arrives in Utah, and following Saturday’s rally with thousands of supporters of Bears Ears National Monument on the steps of the Utah state capitol, the Center for Western Priorities released this statement from Deputy Director Greg Zimmerman: “In the past 24 hours, we learned […]

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Sunday, May 7th, 2017

DENVER—Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today met with commissioners from San Juan County, Utah to discuss shrinking or eliminating Bears Ears National Monument. The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Deputy Director Greg Zimmerman: “Secretary Zinke is willing to meet with Utah politicians who have a history of insulting tribes, while ignoring requests […]

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

DENVER—The White House this morning announced President Trump nominated David Bernhardt to be the Deputy Secretary of the Interior. The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Media Director Aaron Weiss: “David Bernhardt is a walking conflict of interest. If he does not recuse himself from working on issues he has profited from as […]

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Friday, April 28th, 2017

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

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Zinke doubles down

At Tuesday’s budget hearing, Secretary Zinke had few answers for senators who asked about his proposed $400 million in cuts to national parks and $370 million in cuts at the Bureau of Indian Affairs…

June 21st, 2017

Ready to defend Bears Ears

With Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommending President Trump take the unprecedented and likely illegal step of drastically shrinking the monument’s boundary, attorneys with the Native American Rights Fund are preparing to take legal action…

June 20th, 2017

Patagonia’s CEO gets ready to sue

Rose Marcario is on the offensive. The CEO of outdoor clothing giant Patagonia is preparing to lead the corporate resistance against President Trump’s anti-public lands agenda…

June 19th, 2017