Releases

Act now: Tell Rep. Rob Bishop it’s time to permanently reauthorize LWCF

Tell Rep. Rob Bishop it’s time to fully fund and permanently authorize America’s best parks program.  Western Values Project recently released new television advertisements and a print advertisement calling on members of Congress to act to safeguard the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a 50 year-old federal program that Congress allowed to lapse in […]

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New analysis: Sagebrush conservation and energy development can coexist in the West

Western Values Project today released a new analysis that shows there is very minimal overlap between western oil and gas development acreage and priority Greater sage-grouse habitat, as designated in the proposed habitat management plans from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The analysis finds that in total, there is less than 13% overlap between the […]

New Western Poll: 57% of voters want equal treatment of ag, tourism, energy development on public lands

Westerners know that public lands support numerous economic drivers that are critical to our western economies, such as energy production, agriculture, and tourism. This was confirmed by a public opinion poll released today by Western Values Project and conducted by Public Policy Polling, which showed that a bipartisan majority of western voters look to our leaders in Washington […]

WVP releases report detailing economic contributions of intact sagebrush habitat

Today, the Western Values Project released its Sagebrush Landscape Report, detailing the important contributions of sagebrush habitats to the economies of five regions across the West. The report follows the recently-released Department of Interior plans to protect the Greater sage-grouse as critical not only for sage-grouse populations, but also for the livelihoods in the West that rely […]

Report: Methane pollution from venting and flaring on public lands up 51% 

Oil and gas development on America’s public lands continues to result in wasteful emissions, according to a new report out today. In fact, the report states that methane emissions from venting and flaring on federal onshore leases has risen by more than 51 percent since 2008. The report release coincides with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s speech […]

Anywhere and Everywhere: The Top Ten Most Shocking Places the Oil and Gas Industry is trying to Lease and Drill

National Geographic today featured a report released by Western Values Project that gives a “dishonorable mention” award to industry’s attempt to lease lands within town limits, water supplies, national parks, and even a cemetery in six states across the West. The report, entitled “Anywhere and Everywhere: The Top Ten Most Shocking Places the Oil and […]

BLM releases 2014 public lands accomplishments

Last week, Director Neil Kornze of the Bureau of Land Management released a statement highlighting major public lands accomplishments in his summary of the BLM’s 2014 actions, including significant progress on issues related to conservation, energy, and public engagement. Western Values Project applauds Dir. Kornze’s leadership on a number of these priorities in the past […]

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