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Trump/ Zinke public lands move “a dangerous turn” away from national stewardship of outdoor legacy

Unprecedented and unlawful plan to gut protections for iconic public lands a disturbing move  In response to President Donald Trump’s announcement of historic reductions of protected public lands in Utah, Chris Saeger, executive director of the Western Values Project, released the following statement: “This decision is a dangerous turn in our nation’s approach to protecting the […]

ICYMI: More evidence of Budd-Falen’s land seizure agenda

Likely nominee for Bureau of Land Management director Karen Budd-Falen flanked by land seizure advocates at Montana event In a land use management presentation, Karen Budd-Falen, Secretary Zinke’s leading rumored candidate for Bureau of the Land Management (BLM) Director, was greeted by more protesters than supporters. The controversial land seizure lawyer again sided with anti-public […]

50 trillion reasons Kathleen Hartnett White is disastrous for public lands

The extreme views of Trump’s nominee to head Council on Environmental Quality  The head of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is a position unknown to many Americans that has an enormously influential role in how our public lands are managed. The appointee is responsible for developing policies and advising the President on the state […]

Transparency fail! Interior has only fulfilled 8% of FOIA requests

Department fails to handover basic documents, wasting taxpayer time and dollars   When it comes to transparency and government openness, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s department is failing miserably. In the last year, the Western Values Project (WVP) has filed 64 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the Interior Department. To date, they […]

On National Public Lands Day Zinke needs to remember that he works for all public land users

It hasn’t been more than nine months since then Congressman Ryan Zinke stood in front of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and proclaimed that he was the reincarnation of Theodore Roosevelt himself, pledging to defend America’s public lands at all costs. The sad truth is this statement couldn’t have been further from […]

Rain isn’t enough to wash away Secretary Zinke’s abysmal record on wildfires

Trump/Zinke budget would cut nearly $140 million from wildfire management programs As fire season winds down across the West, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s record of underfunding the solutions to this expensive challenge is coming into sharper focus.  His claims that more aggressive forest management would have avoided a historically long fire and difficult […]

Ryan Zinke: An investment that’s paying off for oil and gas interests

Why is Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke working to lease every last bit of public land – including lands that directly border our most treasured parks and monuments – to oil and gas corporations? Zinke is ignoring the outdoor industry, hunters, anglers, ranchers and recreationists as well as the multiple use management directive that’s supposed to guide public lands decision-making. He is the Secretary of the largest land-managing department but is acting like an oil and gas land man paid by industry.

Zinke’s glass house

Ryan Zinke collects on rundown rentals in Montana while refusing to pay the bill for his multi-million dollar DC home In case you missed it, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and his wife Lolita have finally agreed to terms with Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral over an Embassy Row home they agreed to lease […]

ICYMI: Interior caught handing over millions to Bernhardt clients

Inspector general’s report shows Bureau of Reclamation improperly gave millions in funds It didn’t take long for David Bernhardt’s record as a lobbyist to catch up with him. Now the Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Interior, Bernhardt left his job at a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm earlier this year to take the post. The Washington Post broke […]

NEW POLL: Zinke’s popularity tanks as Montanans learn about monuments review

Zinke sees 7 point drop in job approval after announcing plans to alter national monuments The Western Values Project released the results of a new poll showing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s popularity falling in his home state of Montana. The survey, conducted just after his recommendation to shrink national monuments was released, shows Zinke with […]

Hard pill to swallow: Zinke falsely claims no cuts to National Park Service staff

Trump/Zinke budget would cut 1,242 full-time employees   While celebrating the 101st birthday of America’s National Park Service (NPS), Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told ABC affiliate WLOS News 13: ‘there wouldn’t be any cuts to staffing, instead, restructuring the way the National Parks Service operates.’ But earlier this year, Secretary Zinke was advocating for a […]

101st Anniversary of National Parks

Statement by Chris Saeger, Executive Director of the Western Values Project, on the 101th anniversary of our nation’s national parks: Since President Roosevelt first had the foresight and vision to understand that protecting vast tracks of some of the most iconic and wild places was in the nation’s best interest, our national parks have been […]

Western Values Project opens investigation in response to leaked document revealing industry influence of Interior’s sage-grouse review

FOIA filed in preparation for litigation after documents show oil and gas lobbyists shaped recommendations from Secretary Zinke   The Western Values Project (WVP) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking correspondence between industry representatives and staff at the Department of the Interior who worked on Secretary Zinke’s sage-grouse review. The request comes after WVP […]

Secretary Zinke adds more special interests to the payroll at Interior

16 new in-depth profiles added to https://departmentofinfluence.org/ While Congress is enjoying summer vacation and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is off on an overseas adventure, the revolving door is spinning at the Department of the Interior with 16 new hires – but not a single one from the $887 billion outdoor industry. Earlier this month, […]

Western Values Project sues Justice Department to obtain correspondence with conservative groups

Suit seeks correspondence on legal justification for national monument rescission Today, the Western Values Project filed suit after the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) failed to fulfill Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The FOIAs, sent on May 31, 2017, request documents related to the national monument review being conducted by the […]

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