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The proposal to protect the Mimbres Peaks in southern New Mexico

On the latest episode of the Center for Western Priorities’ podcast, The Landscape, Kate and Aaron talk to Ray and BJ Trejo, a father and son who are helping lead the effort to protect the Mimbres Peaks in southern New Mexico. The Mimbres Peaks National Monument proposal would add protections for lands overseen by the Bureau of Land Management […]

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Pressure builds for Tribal management of Bears Ears National Monument

Native Americans and conservation advocates are urging the Biden administration to adopt a management plan for Bears Ears National Monument that emphasizes Tribal management. The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition includes leaders of the Navajo Nation, Ute Indian Tribe, Zuni Tribe, Hopi Tribe, and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. The coalition has teamed up with outdoor retailer Patagonia to press […]

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Secretary Haaland designates four new national recreation trails

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland celebrated Great Outdoors Month and National Trails Day on June 1st by designating four new national recreation trails in four different states, adding over 33 miles to the National Trails System. The trails span public and private lands in Oregon, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia and can be used for hiking, biking, […]

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BLM, Wintun Nations sign co-stewardship agreement for Molok Luyuk

Last week, members of the Yocha Dehe and Kletsel Dehe Tribes signed a historic co-stewardship agreement with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at an event celebrating the recent expansion of California’s Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. “We are profoundly grateful for this commitment to protect Tribal cultural resources and the environment,” Yocha Dehe Tribal Chairman Anthony Roberts said. […]

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What the ban on Russian uranium means for the West

After President Biden signed a law banning imports of Russian uranium earlier this month, foreign-owned mining companies hoped the law would jump start the long-dormant uranium mining industry in the U.S. But as Center for Western Priorities Policy Director Rachael Hamby explains in a new Westwise blog post, the mining industry is conflating the need […]

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Oregon voters back Owyhee Canyonlands monument proposal

A new poll finds a strong majority of Oregon voters support President Biden protecting the Owyhee Canyonlands region as a national monument. The Expedition Strategies poll of 800 Oregon voters found that 73 percent support the national monument proposal, including 95 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of independents, and 40 percent of Republicans. The pollsters […]

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