Western States Conservation Scorecard

Written by on Monday, October 16th, 2017

An analysis of lands and energy policy across the West 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,...

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....

REPORTER FACT SHEET: Public Lands, Public Opinion

Written by on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 21, 2015 DENVER—In advance of Gov. Jeb Bush’s public lands policy announcement in Nevada on Wednesday, the Center for Western Priorities is pleased to provide this context on public opinion regarding...

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States step up to lead on conservation and public lands policy in the Trump era

At a time when Westerners are feeling less than confident about the federal government’s commitment to respecting and protecting our...

October 17th, 2017

Oh, the places Secretary Ryan Zinke will go (for political fundraisers and speeches)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has been all over the news in recent weeks — and it hasn’t been the kind...

October 17th, 2017

Anti-park congressman introduces “No New Parks” bill

Congressman Bishop’s attack on the Antiquities Act is not a serious piece of legislation. It’s a manifesto put forward by...

October 10th, 2017