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The Western Road to 30

The Center for Western Priorities’ Western Road to 30 report (website) examines how Western states are contributing to the bold goal to protect 30% of America’s lands and waters by 2030.

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The oil industry’s forfeited public lands stockpile

The oil and gas industry has spent recent months fear mongering about the Biden administration’s temporary pause on new federal oil and gas leases; however, new analysis finds that the industry has been forfeiting drilling leases and permits for years.

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Western Oil and Gas Spills Tracker

Each year, the Center for Western Priorities tracks oil and gas-related spills in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming, assessing what spilled, where spills occur, and what companies are responsible, among other factors. Check out the latest data, or explore reports from past years.

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The oil industry’s public lands stockpile

The Center for Western Priorities’ digital interactive report on the oil industry’s public lands stockpile examines the millions of acres of idle leases stockpiled by the oil and gas industry. The report maps out oil and gas leases and finds that the oil industry is currently sitting on 9.9 million acres of idle leases across ten Western states—47.4 percent of all leases in the region.

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The dismal legacy of Trump’s ‘Energy Dominance’ agenda

The Center for Western Priorities‘ report on The Dismal Legacy of Trump’s ‘Energy Dominance’ Agenda shows how the Trump administration magnified pre-existing problems in the oil and gas system. Led by former oil lobbyist Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, the Trump administration took full advantage of an outdated legal system that benefits companies over taxpayers. The report offers suggestions for comprensively reforming the leasing system.

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Winning the West: Election 2020

The Center for Western Priorities Winning the West: Election 2020 report reveals the growing trend of winning candidates highlighting their support for public lands and outdoor issues in order to connect with Mountain West voters in this year’s elections. Check out this report PDF to learn how public lands—how they are used, their importance to local economies, and the way they define life in the West—were a key component of winning campaigns in 2020.

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Inside Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s Wildly Destructive Track Record

In office, Interior Secretary David Berhard raced to enact the policy priorities of the oil, gas, and mining industries at the expense of vulnerable communities across the country. Such blatant favoritism required bending laws and ethics rules, all of which led to Bernhardt’s dismal record in the courts. As Bernhardt takes years of anti-conservation baggage and blatant contempt for Indigenous communities back to the private sector, the next administration will face the tall task of undoing the damage. Here’s a look inside Bernhardt’s destructive track record.

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Wildlife corridors: A conservation and economic solution

Wildlife corridors and the proposed Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act and INVEST Act can ensure ecosystem functioning while supporting America’s economic recovery.

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Wildlife Corridors Along the Road to 30

Wildlife corridors are the routes along which wildlife move through their habitats—whether those paths are local or regional. As we work to protect 30% of America by 2030, it is key that ecological connectivity is preserved and centered in the effort. Conserving wildlife corridors is one way to do that. This report is part of our larger “Road to 30” interactive storymap series.

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Urban Conservation Along the Road to 30

Urban natural areas are key to ensuring that everyone has access to nature. At the same time, these spaces can provide important habitat for wildlife, supporting entire ecosystems and enabling them to coexist alongside us. Urban conservation must be part of the effort to protect 30% of America by 2030. This report is part of our larger “Road to 30” interactive storymap series.

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Tribal Land Management Along the Road to 30

Across the globe, indigenous people successfully conserve land and biodiversity. As human impacts encroach on half of the world’s land areas, indigenous communities have developed sustainable strategies for preserving wildlife and habitat, as well as supporting their communities. Moving forward, tribal land management can play an important role in reaching the goal of protecting 30% of America by 2030. This report is part of our larger “Road to 30” interactive storymap series.

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State Parks Along the Road to 30

Reaching the goal of protecting 30% of America by 2030 will require grassroots efforts and local involvement in planning and management. State parks are a prime example of locally-led conservation efforts. This report is part of our larger “Road to 30” interactive storymap series.

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Public Land Access for Sportsmen & Women Along the Road to 30

Conserving more land and water directly benefits hunters and anglers. The goal of protecting 30% of America by 2030 can improve recreation access and protect fish and wildlife, eliminating barriers and challenges faced by sportsmen and women that impact their ability to hunt and fish on public and private lands. This report is part of our larger “Road to 30” interactive storymap series.

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Private Land Conservation Along the Road to 30

Private land conservation is key to reaching the goal of protecting 30% of America by 2030 and solving the climate and nature crises. But in order to expand private land conservation, we need to refine and improve how we invest in it, from conservation easements and data to community-oriented conservation efforts and partnerships. This report is part of our larger “Road to 30” interactive storymap series.

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National Wildlife Refuges Along the Road to 30

Learn all about National Wildlife Refuges and how they can be part of the effort to protect 30% of America by 2030. From urban refuges to refuges that protect large landscapes, refuges provide wildlife with the habitat that they need while providing people with access to nature. This report is part of our larger “Road to 30” interactive storymap series.

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National Parks Along the Road to 30

National parks are some of America’s most popular outdoor spaces. As the country works to protect 30% of America by 2030, these cherished places can serve as conservation hubs from which entire ecosystems can be conserved for future generations. This report is part of our larger “Road to 30” interactive storymap series.

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Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Along the Road to 30

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is a landmark effort to conserve the iconic California desert and focus renewable energy development in suitable areas—a consensus plan with overwhelming support. As the country strives toward the 30×30 goal, the DRECP can serve as a case study of successful multiple-use planning to combat both the climate and nature crises. This report is part of our larger “Road to 30” interactive storymap series.

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BLM National Conservation Lands Along the Road to 30

Learn about the Bureau of Land Management’s National Conservation Lands system and how this system of diverse land designations and protections can be part of the effort to protect 30% of America by 2030. This system provides an example of how different approaches are appropriate for different places and communities—even as they all exist under the same umbrella and all help reach the 30×30 goal. This report is part of our larger “Road to 30” interactive storymap series.

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The Road to 30

The Center for Western Priorities’ Road to 30 interactive digital report explores some — but certainly not all — of the methods of land conservation that will be integral to achieving the goal of protecting 30 percent of America’s lands and waters by 2030. Along the way we explore some of the places that have already been protected, celebrating past conservation efforts and considering how to move forward to protect our lands, waters, wildlife, and the communities that rely on them.

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Analysis: Trump administration ignores overwhelming public opposition in delisting the gray wolf

In 2020, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced his department was formally removing the gray wolf from the endangered species list, opening the door for states to allow increased hunting and trapping. An analysis by the Center for Western Priorities found that the Trump administration ignored overwhelming public opposition in delisting the gray wolf.

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