Issues

National public lands—from the stunning red cliffs of Utah’s national parks and monuments to the soaring peaks of Montana’s national forests—are part of our identity as Westerners and Americans. The future of the West depends on a thoughtful balance of uses: access for outdoor recreation, common sense energy development, and protection for the region’s most remarkable places.

OIL & GAS IMPACTS


A balanced energy strategy for the West means working to strengthen—not undermine—common sense protections for outdoor spaces and local communities.

OIL & GAS LEASING


Westerners expect a balance between conservation and energy development on public lands, but the current system is tilted in favor of the oil and gas industry.

THREATS TO PUBLIC LANDS


Throughout the West, a network of special interest groups and politicians are attempting to turn over our national public lands to state, local, and private control.

PARKS & PROTECTED LANDS


Protected public lands, like national parks and monuments, are part of our Western heritage and should be maintained and strengthened for future generations.

THE OUTDOOR ECONOMY


National public lands are vital economic drivers in Western communities, strengthening outdoor recreation businesses and attracting new industries.

WINNING THE WEST


Candidates running for public office can win in the West by striking the right balance between public land protections, responsible energy, and outdoor recreation.