About Us

Western Values Project

We bring accountability to the national conversation about Western public lands and national parks conservation – a space too often dominated by industry lobbyists and their allies in government.

A majority of folks who live in the Rocky Mountain West strongly believe in balancing resource development with protecting our Western way of life.

It’s why businesses locate here, people visit from around the world, and why millions choose to call the region home. Westerners want and expect our public lands to support good-paying jobs, provide world-class recreation and tourism opportunities, and support healthy, thriving communities – a mix only possible when our communities, government, business and industry strike the right balance between resource development and conservation.

Founded in 2013 and based in Helena and Whitefish, Montana and Washington, D.C., Western Values Project brings transparency to the public lands debate. Our research team investigates the connections between powerful special interests and the politicians they seek to influence, with the intention of holding public lands decision makers at every level of government accountable. When we find evidence of corruption and other wrongdoing that jeopardizes our outdoor heritage, we inform the public to hold our elected officials accountable. 

Western Values Project is a project of New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity fiscal sponsor that provides administrative support to hosted projects — an umbrella organization that provides administrative support to non-profit advocacy organizations. Our work is backed by organizations and individuals across  America that support a responsible approach to managing our nation’s public lands.

If you have any questions or need to get in touch with us, please email info@westernvaluesproject.org or directly contact members of our team. Sign up for action alerts, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Our Board and Staff

Chris Saeger, Director of Western Values Project

Chris comes to the Western Values Project following years of holding powerful special interests accountable throughout the American West, and beyond. He has engaged in investigative research-driven accountability efforts as the Communications Director of the Montana Democratic party and for the Service Employees International Union in Arizona and Colorado.  In these positions he exposed how the relationships between elected officials and corporate special interests undermines the public interest.

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Jayson O’Neill, Deputy Director at Western Values Project

Jayson joins Western Values Project having previously worked on Montana policy over the past decade. He served as Governor Brian Schweitzer’s Policy and Communications Advisor, Minority Chief of Staff in the Montana Legislature and Communications Director at the Montana Department of Agriculture. He’s also worked in the outdoor industry as an Assistant Manager at Great Divide Ski Area where he still volunteers on their ski patrol.

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Larkin Corrigan, Communications Associate at Western Values Project

Larkin has been with Western Values Project since 2016. Before joining the communications team, she was a senior research associate for the organization.

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