Defending public lands by exposing special interest influence on key decisions affecting their future.

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Western Values Project, a project of Accountable.US, defends America’s public lands by exposing special interest influence on policymakers who are charged with making key decisions affecting their future. We fight to make sure elected leaders put Western values first through research, public education, and by working together with small businesses, farmers, ranchers, and sportsmen and sportswomen.

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FACT: Amy Coney Barrett has sided with corporations over people 76% of the time.

In the middle of a climate crisis, the very LAST thing our public lands and environment need is Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court. Will you sign our petition, calling for a Supreme Court justice who will put our public lands and environment before Big Business?

News Releases

November 16, 2020 by

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Trump’s Controversial Anti-Public Lands Federal Reserve Pick to be Approved by Senate Tomorrow 

Tomorrow, the lame-duck Senate will likely vote to confirm Trump’s controversial Federal Reserve nominee Judy Shelton. The move is seen as another desperate attempt by the Trump administration to shape the makeup of the board before leaving office. Shelton’s views on economic policy so are outdated, controversial, and extreme that her nomination had been viewed as all but dead until Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski inexplicably flipped her position despite Shelton’s suggestion that America’s public assets, including our public lands, be sold off to pay down the national debt.  

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November 11, 2020 by

Greater Sage-Grouse

Congress Follows Trump Admin’s Lead With Sage Grouse Rider During Lame-Duck Session 

This week, E&E reported that federal wildlife officials’ hands would again be tied in their attempts to protect the iconic Western sage grouse. The sage grouse – a ground-dwelling bird known for its unique mating dance – is a critical indicator species that has seen protections rolled back, habitat evaporate, and population numbers plummet in the name of unchecked oil and gas development during the Trump administration. Congress is proposing an unnecessary appropriations bill rider that would prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from assessing and providing additional protections for the birds’ habitat – home to 350-plus other species, including mule deer, elk and pronghorn antelope.  

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October 29, 2020 by

Grand Canyon National Park

Trump’s Illegal Land Manager Saga Puts Public Lands At Risk 

ate last week, The Hill reported on the illegal tenure of William Perry Pendley as acting Bureau of Land Management director. Pendley is defiantly continuing in his role after unlawfully serving as the acting BLM director for 424 days despite Interior officials knowing his succession was illegal and a Montana judge ruling it was both illegal and unconstitutional. Environmental groups recently filed a lawsuit against the Bureau to overturn an oil and gas favored Colorado land-use plan that was approved under Pendley’s unlawful tenure.  

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News Releases

October 28, 2020 by

The Corrupt Trump Administration Continues to Axes Public Land and Wildlife Protections for Special Interests

A Guardian article published earlier this week reveals the full extent of the corrupt Trump administration’s assault on America’s cherished public lands and wild places. Trump’s efforts to undermine our pristine and sacred public lands began on day one when he assembled the ultimate swamp team lead by former mega-lobbyist David Bernhardt that continues to this day.

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October 28, 2020 by

Tongass National Forest

Tongass Decision Cements Trump’s Legacy As Worst Public Lands President In History

This decision cemented Trump’s legacy as the worst public lands president in U.S. history, period. The list of destructive decisions by this administration is long, but between illegally eviscerating America’s national monuments to now opening the Tongass to industrial logging, no other president has unilaterally removed more protections for America’s cherished public lands than Trump. This is truly a reflection of the corrupt special interest influence driving decisions within Trump’s administration that are not only wrong but also wildly outside of what Americans want and value.

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