Vaunted Arctic Lease Sale Yields Embarrassing Results for Trump Administration

Written by on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6, 2017   DENVER—Today, the Interior Department conducted its much-anticipated oil lease sale for lands within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. The lease sale, which was announced by Secretary Zinke as part...

Response to the release of Interior Secretary Zinke’s final recommendations on national monuments

Written by on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

DENVER—Today Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released his final national monuments report, recommending that President Trump illegally revise the boundaries of four national monuments, including yesterday’s attempt to remove protections from more than two million acres...

Response to President Trump’s Attempt to Erase Bears Ears and Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monuments

Written by on Monday, December 4th, 2017

“This is the Trump legacy. He is the first president in American history to try to strip protections from millions of acres set aside for our children and grandchildren.”...

STATEMENT on President Trump’s upcoming trip to Utah

Written by on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

"After his appalling remarks at the White House on Monday, President Trump’s assault on tribal interests continues at a staggering pace."...

Secretary Zinke Names Land Transfer Proponent as Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management

Written by on Thursday, November 16th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 16, 2017 DENVER—Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today that he named Brian Steed as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, replacing career BLM staffer Mike Nedd. Before being appointed...

RESPONSE to Trump plan to shrink Bears Ears National Monument

Written by on Friday, October 27th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 27, 2017 President bows to anti-public lands politicians in Utah DENVER—Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said today that President Trump called him to announce his intent to shrink Bears Ears National Monument in Utah....

RESPONSE to leak of Interior Department Five-Year Strategic Plan

Written by on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 25, 2017 The Zinke Doctrine Comes Into Focus DENVER—The Department of the Interior has sent a draft 5-year strategic plan to the White House, first reported by The Nation. The strategic plan scrubs any...

Senate budget resolution opens the door to massive sell-off of American public lands

Written by on Thursday, October 19th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 19, 2017 DENVER—The United States Senate tonight passed a budget resolution that could grease the skids for the largest sell-off of American public lands in our lifetimes. The resolution provides instructions to the...

New Scorecard Ranks Western State Policies on Public Lands Access, Outdoor Recreation, and Responsible Energy Development

Written by on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Colorado and Montana receive high marks; New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming in the middle of the pack; Idaho and Arizona receive low marks FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 17, 2017 DENVER—The Center for Western Priorities...

STATEMENT on Rep. Rob Bishop’s “No New Parks” bill to eviscerate the Antiquities Act

Written by on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 10, 2017 DENVER—The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources will consider a bill on Wednesday that would gut the Antiquities Act, the law responsible for protecting some of America’s most prized national parks...

Latest News

@WstrnPriorities on Twitter

3 days ago
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.
4 days ago
NEW PODCAST: @JessiJohnson89 of @artemis_nwf describes how her first bowhunt turned her into a public lands activist for life.
5 days ago
UPDATE on Rep. Mike Noel’s undisclosed land that magically got cut out of Grand Staircase-Escalante NM. Fact-check from @Western_Values:
5 days ago
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?
WstrnPriorities photo


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