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.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Top Interior Official Violated Federal Ethics Rules
Western Values Project’s Deputy Director Jayson O’Neill issued the following statement in response to an Interior Inspector General’s investigation that found that the department’s Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech violated federal ethics rules. “The Trump...
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Monday, December 09, 2019
Watchdog Launches Mobile Billboard Highlighting Washington D.C.’s Most Corrupt Duo
Today, Montana-based public lands watchdog Western Values Project launched a mobile billboard titled ‘Corrupt and Corrupter’ showcasing Washington D.C.’s most corrupt duo: President Donald J. Trump and Interior Secretary David L. Bernhardt. The billboard specifically highlights how Sec. Bernhardt...
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Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Grand Canyon Under Threat As Trump’s Nuclear Working Group Considers Allowing Uranium Mining
Right-wing groups like the Heritage Foundation have previously recommended revoking the mineral withdrawal area, which would again allow dangerous uranium mining around Grand Canyon National Park. Meanwhile, the White House Nuclear Fuel Working Group -- a working group reviewing how to support the...
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Monday, December 02, 2019
Oil and Gas Favors Continue During Trump Impeachment Proceedings
Under the cloud of impeachment, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is still doling out favors to his former clients. Buried in the middle of a briefing report released the other week, Sec. Bernhardt’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement...
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Thursday, November 21, 2019
National Parks Privatization Threat Remains Despite Outcry
The contentious proposal to begin privatizing America’s national parks is still “ under review ,” according to the Acting Director of the National Parks Service (NPS) David Vela, despite widespread public outcry and recent news that the Trump administration was dissolving the industry-laden “Made...
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Friday, November 08, 2019
Interior Sec. Bernhardt Attempting Water Giveaway to Former Client
Western Values Project released the following statement in response to an Associated Press report that Secretary David Bernhardt’s Interior Department is poised to award one of the first contracts for federal water in perpetuity to the powerful Westlands Water District - Bernhardt’s former lobby...
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Assaults on Public Lands Employees Driven by Anti-Public Lands Sentiment, Lack of Security
Public lands employees have been assaulted or threatened with violence over 360 times in the last five years, according to a report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The investigation found that anti-public lands protestors and a lack of security at government facilities...
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Friday, October 18, 2019
Trump’s Logging Proposal in the Tongass National Forest Reveals Interior Ties to Timber Industry
Recent reporting from the Washington Post revealed the Trump administration’s new push to expand logging throughout the Tongass National Forest, the largest intact temperate rainforest in North America. Richard Goeken , Interior’s Deputy Solicitor for Parks and Wildlife and a Trump political...
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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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