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Conservation Gridlock: 2024 Update

Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming fall behind while Arizona and Nevada move up thanks to presidential action An updated analysis from the Center for Western Priorities finds that not every Western state is living up to its conservation legacy. Oregon in particular has a proud conservation tradition, yet a dysfunctional Congress is blocking the largest conservation […]

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Progress report: President Biden’s third year on public lands

President Biden could finish his first term with an environmental legacy larger than that of any other president in modern history.

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Conservation Toolbox

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Backyard Problems

Extractive industries keep leaving toxic messes across the West. Will history continue to repeat itself? The Western United States has a long history of extractive industrial activity. Since the 1800s, westward colonization has both driven and relied upon the extraction of the West’s resources, from furs to timber to gold and other minerals. Extractive activity […]

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2022 Spills Tracker

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Video Resources – Caja Del Rio, Dolores River Canyon, Avi Kwa Ame, and Castner Range

The Center for Western Priorities is excited to share b-roll footage reels of scenic wide-angle drone shots from our Postcards films on Caja Del Rio, Dolores River Canyon, Avi Kwa Ame and Castner Range. These resources are available for free for non-profit or editorial use. Please fill out the form below to access the video […]

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The Biden administration is planning to unnecessarily offer hundreds of thousands of acres of public land for lease

In August 2022, Congress overhauled the system for leasing oil and gas on America’s public lands when it passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Many of the updates were long overdue and intended to restore balance to a system that had been rigged in favor of the oil industry for more than a century. After […]

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Conservation Gridlock: 2023 Update

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Winning the West: Election 2022

The Center for Western Priorities released a new report, “Winning the West: Election 2022,” detailing how public lands were a winning issue in the 2022 election and how pro-conservation positions often gave candidates a competitive edge in close races.  According to the report, candidates like new Congressman Gabe Vasquez in New Mexico highlighted their conservation […]

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Languishing Lands

A new report from the Center for Western Priorities finds that bills to protect over 16 million acres of public land in the West are currently languishing in Congress. Protecting these landscapes would bring the nation closer to achieving the goal of conserving 30 percent of public lands and waters by 2030, a scientifically-driven priority […]

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Conservation action can win over the media and the public

A new report from the Center for American Progress and the Center for Western Priorities highlights the consistent popularity of conservation Between the Inflation Reduction Act’s landmark action to confront the climate crisis; the CHIPS and Science Act’s unprecedented strengthening of American manufacturing, supply chains, and national security; and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’s […]

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