Westerman Welcomes Western Caucus to Arkansas

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On April 8 and 9, Vice Chair Bruce Westerman (AR-04) and Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) led a group of Western Caucus Members on a field tour of Arkansas’ 4th Congressional District. “I was honored to have the opportunity to show so many members of Congress firsthand how Arkansans use our natural resources to their fullest potential,” said Vice Chair Westerman. “Through uniquely ...

Western Caucus Conservation Blueprint Gains Nationwide Support

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, the Western Caucus Foundation hosted a virtual forum to discuss the Biden Administration’s misguided “30 by 30,” or America the Beautiful, initiative and the importance of locally-led conservation and active land management. Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Vice Chair Chris Stewart (UT-02), and Senate Western Caucus Chairman Steve Daines (MT) joined to highlight the Wes...

Newhouse, Joyce Lead Western Caucus Members in Demanding Transparency on Aerial Firefighting

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Interior Appropriations Ranking Member David Joyce (OH-14) led 13 Members in sending a letter to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Moore and Interior Secretary Haaland to demand an overdue report to Congress on 10-year contracting for aerial wildfire operators, as directed by the Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations bill. The FY21 Appropriation...

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 ...

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: 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: 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 ...

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