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...

OPINION: For greater sage grouse success, local control matters

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This piece was originally published in The Hill. Although we hail from different regions of the country, we share the belief that land management decisions are most effective when made by local communities using the best available science. This is especially true when considering listing species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Local experts and communities offer important knowledge and per...

OPINION: Endangered species recovery requires flexibility, not strict regulations

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This piece was originally published by the Washington Examiner on June 15, 2021. Nearly 50 years ago, President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law. It was uncontentious at the time; little did anyone know what was to come. Though intended to protect imperiled species, the law has become an endless source of conflict. The Endangered Species Act was designed to do two things: p...

OPINION: Follow science, law for spotted owl designation

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This piece was originally published in the Medford Mail Tribune on June 13, 2021. Dwight D. Eisenhower famously said, “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield.” In an era of land management plagued by a perpetual cycle of litigation and burdensome regulations, the former president’s statement rings true. Closed-door litigation has led to...

OPINION: Biden's 1970s energy policy – he's making us more dependent on foreign energy sources

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This piece was originally published by Fox News on June 9, 2021. As if stepping into a time machine, Americans last month were rocked with growing inflation, rising consumer prices, stagnating unemployment numbers, and long lines at the gas pump reminiscent of the days of the Carter administration. If Blondie was on the radio, you’d think it was 1979 all over again. Many Americans are old enough t...

OPINION: Sorting out the problems of the West

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This piece was originally published in the California Globe on June 3, 2021. President Ronald Reagan once said of his beloved ranch, “Riding on one of the tree-lined trails, or gazing up at the western skies, well, there’s no better way I know of to sort out a problem.” As Members of Congress who represent districts in the West, we relate to the majesty described by President Reagan. However, we a...

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