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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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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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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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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