OPINION: A blueprint for real conservation

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This piece was originally published in The Hill. Conservation is engrained within our western way of life. Our livelihood and quality of life out West is reliant upon healthy landscapes which is why we take pride in stewarding the land for current and future generations. Western land users should be seen as partners for accomplishing our conservation goals, not targets. Unfortunately, that is not ...

OPINION: From hog manure to geothermal energy, Southern Utah’s industry leaders offer conservation ideas

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This piece was originally published in the St. George News. Over the past several days, leaders from across Utah’s public, private and non-profit sectors have gathered at Southern Utah University to analyze the challenges and opportunities facing rural communities at Governor Cox’s “One Utah Summit.” To build upon these collaborative discussions, we are continuing the effort this week by joining l...

OPINION: President Biden: Act now to prevent catastrophic wildfires

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This piece was originally published in the Idaho Statesman. Mr. President, on the heels of your tour of the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise this week, we want to remind you of the impacts our communities have faced as a result of poor forest management. According to the Idaho Department of Lands, nearly 116,000 acres of land managed by the state burned this year, accounting for 578% of t...

OPINION: Maintain navigable waters rule to make homes more affordable

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This piece was originally published in The Hill. The Biden administration’s misguided plan to revise the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) threatens to exacerbate the nation’s housing affordability crisis, trample states’ rights, and do little to improve the quality of the nation’s waterways. Put into effect during the Trump administration, the NWPR is a sound regulation that finalized a new...

OPINION: BLM nominee would be bad for Nevada

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This piece was originally published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Nevada’s senators will soon face a critical vote on the confirmation of Tracy Stone-Manning as director of the Bureau of Land Management. Many may be asking: Who is Tracy Stone-Manning, and why should I care? The BLM has an enormous footprint in the West — and particularly in Nevada, where 67 percent of lands in the state are und...

OPINION: Tree spiking? Population control? Tracy Stone-Manning is too extreme to lead BLM

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This piece was originally published by AZ Central. Arizonans and rural communities across the West deserve a serious leader at the helm of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM): someone who understands the importance of a multiple-use approach to managing our public lands and responsibly utilizing our natural resources. Unfortunately, President Biden’s nominee, Tracy Stone-Manning, espouses no such ...

OPINION: California senators must continue collaborative wildfire advocacy, reject BLM nominee

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This piece was originally published in the Capital Press. Wildfires and land management should not be a partisan issue, and nowhere is it more evident than in California. In order to prevent the catastrophic dangers that fires pose to homes, businesses, public lands, and the environment, we need active management and collaborative solutions. As California enters possibly its worst fire season on r...

OPINION: Bennet and Hickenlooper must secure BLM headquarters guarantee

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This piece was originally published in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel on July 29, 2021. Public lands make up over 36 percent of Colorado, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages 8.3 million acres – 12 percent of the state. These lands contribute to the natural beauty of Colorado, create some of the cleanest molecules of energy in the world, and support the state’s flourishing economic d...

OPINION: Why Is the Biden Administration Attacking America's 'Energy Independence?'

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Earlier this month, we celebrated 245 years of American independence. Since 1776, our nation has emerged as the global superpower thanks in part to our innovative energy industries. America would not be where it is today without the utilization of our abundant natural resources and energy production. While many presidents who came before him shared the collective goal of achieving and maintaining ...

OPINION: Tracy Stone-Manning is dangerous for Washington and for rural America

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This piece was originally published in the Spokesman-Review. Tracy Stone-Manning is an unacceptable nominee to serve as Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). More information about her past comes to light every day, each new piece more damning than the last. I have called on President Biden to rescind her nomination immediately, and now our senators must take a stand against this extrem...

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