Western Values Project

Western Values Project brings 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.

Releases by this organization

Newswire article
Friday, October 11, 2019
Plans to Privatize National Parks Outlined in Trump Admin Memo, Would Enrich Donors & Special Interests
A new memo from a Department of the Interior’s industry-ladened “Made in America” Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee proposes recommendations to privatize America’s national parks, which would lead to “blackout” dates for seniors, and fee increases. While the move would hurt working Americans,...
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Monday, September 23, 2019
Interior’s Watchdog Opens Investigation into Political Interference by Trump Appointees
After Western Values Project (WVP), a Montana-based public lands watchdog nonprofit, first highlighted political malfeasance within the Interior Department’s updated Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) review process, Interior’s Inspector General (IG) has officially confirmed an investigation into...
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Watchdog Files Suit for Bureau of Land Management Relocation Documents
Today, Western Values Project (WVP), a Montana-based public lands watchdog nonprofit, filed suit (1:19-cv-02789) in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for public documents related to the Trump Administration’s controversial proposal to relocate the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)...
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Former Monsanto Employee to Utilize Trump’s Revolving Door to Join Bernhardt’s Swampy Interior
Today, the Senate will hear from Trump’s nominee to be the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Aurelia Skipwith, a former employee of agrochemical corporation Monsanto. “Skipwith has a history of working with big-time special interests like Monsanto. Outside of her days at the...
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Monday, September 09, 2019
From the Empty Public Lands Fund to Investigations Within Interior, Congress Faces A Long To-Do List
As Congress returns from summer recess, Western senators like Sens. McSally (R-AZ), Gardner (R-CO), and Daines (R-MT) should have a fresh appreciation for the importance of public lands and national parks. Yet each of these senators made it all summer without accomplishing much more than self-...
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Friday, September 06, 2019
Trump Administration Illegally Raided Funds From National Parks
Pres. Trump’s government shutdown is still producing consequences for our public lands and national parks. Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Trump administration violated the letter of the law, as well as the law’s intent, by incorrectly diverting congressional funds...
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Newswire article
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Appointment of Anti-Public Lands Pendley to Top BLM Post is Dangerous
Today, the Interior Department named William Perry Pendley to be the Bureau of Land Management’s Acting Director. Previously, Pendley was an extremist lawyer who supported the transfer of federal public lands to the state. “This appointment shows Trump and Bernhardt are only interested in selling...
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Friday, July 26, 2019
Trump Releases Management Plan for Illegally Reduced Bears Ears National Monument, Ignoring Courts and Public Outcry
The Trump administration released a management plan for the illegally reduced areas of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah today. With Congressional recess right around the corner, the timed release of the proposed management plans and Final Environmental Impact Statement has been called into...
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Monday, July 01, 2019
New FOIA Documents Reveal More Industry Influence at Interior
A new analysis of public documents exclusively obtained by Western Values Project reveal extensive communication by an industry association that may have influenced public lands and wildlife management decisions at Interior. The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), a former client...
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Newswire article
Friday, May 31, 2019
Disgraced Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Is Still A Delusional Dilettante
Yesterday, The Houston Chronicle reported that former Secretary of the Interior and perpetually scandal-plagued Ryan Zinke announced the possibility of a triumphant return to the Trump administration in the coming year. Easing back into public life after a long winter encroached in chaos of his own...
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