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Conservation Gridlock: 2024 Update

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...

Conservation Gridlock

Conservation Gridlock

In the last decade, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, and Wyoming have conserved far fewer acres of public lands than neighboring Western states.

Winning the West: Election 2020

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.

Empty Enforcement

Empty Enforcement

States play a critical role in protecting public health and the environment by inspecting oil and gas facilities, identifying violations, and, when appropriate, issuing financial penalties. However, the structure and success of oil and gas enforcement programs varies widely from state to state. CWP’s examination of Western state oil and gas enforcement finds that while some states have successful programs worth emulating, many have room to improve in order to adequately protect the health and safety of local communities and hold companies accountable.

Funding America’s Public Lands Future

Funding America’s Public Lands Future

Traditionally, Congress has provided funding for managing our public lands, bolstered in part by revenue from extractive industries operating on our public lands and waters. Companies leasing public lands are required to pay royalties, rent, and other fees in exchange for extracting publicly-owned resources and using the public’s land. In recent years, funding to manage and conserve our public lands has not kept pace with what’s necessary to take care of the public’s resources. This report examines the state of conservation funding for our public lands and recommends options to boost funding in the years to come.

The Drilling and Mining Industry Wish List

The Drilling and Mining Industry Wish List

The Center for Western Priorities finds the Trump administration granted the wishes of oil, gas, coal, and uranium companies at a breathtaking pace. The report identifies 53 specific policy actions within the jurisdiction of the Interior Department requested or supported by energy interests. Of the 53 energy industry asks reviewed, Trump’s Interior Department had already completed 36 of them at time of publication, with another 12 policy actions in process. Just five industry policy goals identified were not yet addressed during the Trump presidency.

Winning the West: Election 2018

Winning the West: Election 2018

The Center for Western Priorities Winning the West: Election 2018 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 2018’s elections. Public lands—how they are used, their importance to local economies, and the way they define life in the West—were often featured as a distinguishing issue by winning campaigns.

Funding America’s Conservation Future

Funding America’s Conservation Future

A new report by the Center for Western Priorities, Funding America’s Conservation Future, offers a data-driven analysis of the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) accomplishments and examines what is at stake if Congress fails to renew the critical land conservation program. The report, which identified and examined upwards of 800 LWCF projects proposed from 2014 through 2017, provides a unique look at the scope and scale of LWCF successes for communities and states across the nation.

License to Drill

License to Drill

In recent years it’s been virtually impossible for Coloradans to miss advertisements on the television, radio, and in newspapers touting the oil and gas industry’s commitment to safety and environmental responsibility. One company in particular, Anadarko Petroleum, has led the charge to frame the oil and gas industry as a good neighbor while defeating proposed safety measures. A review of Anadarko’s recent spending sheds light on how the oil and gas giant spent heavily on advertising, lobbying, and political races, while shirking inspections and safety checks on old wells, like the one linked to a fatal home explosion in Firestone, Colorado.

290 Million Reasons to Invest in America’s Public Lands

290 Million Reasons to Invest in America’s Public Lands

The Center for Western Priorities estimates that U.S. public lands on Western states see more than 290 million visits each year. It’s more than the amount of people who visited zoos and aquariums, watched the Super Bowl, or attended every NFL, NBA and MLB game combined last season. In a country with so many recreation, leisure, and entertainment options, our public lands take a backseat to none.