Issues

The Western Values Project advocates for a responsible and balanced approach to the management of public lands that respects all the values of western landscapes. We aim to hold policymakers accountable for the decisions they make about these vital resources in the following areas:

Responsible Resource Development
Energy development on public lands has been has been a catalyst for growth, change, and conflict in communities throughout the West. Developing fossil fuels on lands owned by the federal government will continue until the American energy economy transitions completely to cleaner, more efficient sources of energy.

Fighting Public Land Seizures
The debate over transferring federal public lands gained national attention through the Bundy family’s attempted violent takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. We aim to make sure that groups aren’t successful in seizing nationally-held lands – a move that would put them at risk of being sold to powerful special interests.

Protecting Valuable Areas
The debate over transferring federal public lands gained national attention through the Bundy family’s attempted violent takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. But the cast of characters working to further those goals is much bigger, and has been active for much longer. We aim to make sure they aren’t successful in seizing nationally-held lands – a move that would put them at risk of being sold to powerful special interests.

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