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...

Newhouse Blasts Decision to Move BLM Headquarters Back to D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced they would relocate the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Headquarters from Grand Junction, CO, to Washington, D.C., a move that disadvantages communities on or surrounded by BLM land throughout the West. Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) released the following statement in response: “Putting management...

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...

Newhouse Leads Bipartisan Resolution Supporting Voluntary, Locally-Led Conservation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Senate Western Caucus Chairman Steve Daines (MT), and Reps. Don Bacon (NE-02), Bruce Westerman (AR-04), and Sanford Bishop (GA-02) introduced a bicameral and bipartisan resolution to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and honor the locally-led, collaborat...

Newhouse Statement on Biden Administration’s Appeal of Oil and Gas Injunction

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) released the following statement after the Department of the Interior announced the filing of an appeal to the Louisiana v. Biden decision, which placed a temporary injunction on the Biden Administration’s federal oil and gas leasing moratorium: “Just days after begging the Russians, Iranians, and the OPEC+ cartel to inc...

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...

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