Not in Their Wildest Dreams

Written by on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The Trump administration is granting energy industry wishes at a breakneck pace Since taking office, the Trump administration has moved aggressively to roll back existing common sense energy policies and enact an agenda written by...

Western States Conservation Scorecard

Written by on Monday, October 16th, 2017

An Analysis of Lands and Energy Policy The Center for Western Priorities’ Western States Conservation Scorecard ranks state policies on public lands access, outdoor recreation, and responsible energy development in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada,...

Fire Lines: Comparing Wildfire Risk on State and U.S. Public Lands

Written by on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

A first-of-its-kind analysis of wildfire data shows that the percent of U.S. public lands and state-owned lands at a high risk of wildfire are approximately equal....

Winning the West: Election 2016

Written by on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

In 2016, the outdoor recreation economy and public lands conservation became wedge issues in a number of key contests....

The Wildfire Burden

Written by on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Proponents of “transferring” public lands have failed to answer even the most basic question about their proposal: how will states afford to protect communities from wildfire?...

Going to Extremes: The Anti-Government Extremism Behind the Growing Movement to Seize America’s Public Lands

Written by on Thursday, July 7th, 2016

In the wake of the Malheur standoff, Bundy-inspired bills continue to flourish in the West, supported by extremist legislators....

Busting the Myth of the Obama Administration’s “War on Oil”

Written by on Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Protecting American lands and promoting responsible energy development are not mutually exclusive goals....

The Wrong Side of History: 100 Years of Opposition to Our Nation’s Natural Treasures

Written by on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

“A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?”
—Ronald Reagan...

The Mining Burden: Why State Land Seizures Could Cost Billions

Written by on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Should state land takeover efforts move forward, Western states would be saddled with the costs of cleaning up 100,000 abandoned mines that exist on public lands today....

The $51 million impact of the proposed Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument

Written by on Thursday, November 19th, 2015

A new economic analysis finds the proposed Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument area in northern Arizona provides $51 million in economic benefits each year....

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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.

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NEW PODCAST: @JessiJohnson89 of @artemis_nwf describes how her first bowhunt turned her into a public lands activist for life.

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UPDATE on Rep. Mike Noel’s undisclosed land that magically got cut out of Grand Staircase-Escalante NM. Fact-check from @Western_Values:

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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?

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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