Stauber, Newhouse Blast Biden’s Move to Cut Off Domestic Minerals, Kill American Jobs

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Biden Administration requested a 20-year mineral withdrawal within the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota, triggering a two-year pause on new federal mining permits and leases in the area. Congressional Western Caucus Vice Chair Pete Stauber (MN-08), who represents the Iron Range, and Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) released the following statements: "Quite ...

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 ...

Biden Administration Ignores Utah Communities, Opts for Bloated National Monument Designations

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Biden took yet another step toward misguided preservation and mismanagement of lands and resources in Utah by expanding the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument from 201,000 acres to 1.37 million acres and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument from 1 million acres to 1.87 million acres. “Instead of listening to the concerns of Utah’s communities, tri...

ICYMI: Western Caucus Members Advocate for Real Conservation Practices

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier this week, Congressional Western Caucus Members from across the United States introduced the Western Conservation Principles to continue promoting effective, locally-led, and voluntary conservation efforts already utilized throughout rural communities. The Principles outline the need for outcome-based conservation practices, from public-private partnerships and active fo...

What They Are Saying: The Western Conservation Principles

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On October 5, Congressional Western Caucus and Senate Western Caucus Members unveiled a blueprint for effective, science-based conservation titled, "Western Conservation Principles." In contrast to the Biden Administration's top-down preservationist approach, also known as the "30 by 30 initiative," the Principles embrace the policies, tools, and values recognized by rural Ameri...

Western Caucus Members Unveil Blueprint for Conservation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressional Western Caucus and Senate Western Caucus Members revealed a holistic, outcome-based conservation proposal titled, “Western Conservation Principles.” The proposal, which serves as an alternative to the Biden Administration’s "30 by 30 initiative" and America the Beautiful report, is a blueprint for responsible, effective conservation supported by rural commun...

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: 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...

Western Caucus Members Affirm Commitment to Conservation, Demand Answers on ‘30 by 30’ Initiative

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairmen Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) of the Congressional & Senate Western Caucuses led 12 Senate Members and 50 House Members of the respective Caucuses in sending a letter to President Biden asking important clarifying questions about the Biden Administration’s Executive Order establishing a directive to put restrictions on at least 30% of lands and wate...

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