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)…

Newhouse, Armstrong Host Forum to Highlight Permitting Challenges Facing North Dakota

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Rep. Kelly Armstrong (ND-AL) hosted a Congressional Western Caucus virtual forum titled, “Cut the Red Tape: Permitting Reforms to Benefit North Dakota & Rural America.” The forum featured local leaders who discussed the permitting challenges and opportunities facing North Dakota’s communities, from agriculture and energy…

Newhouse, Thompson Lead Inquiry Into EPA Pesticide Proposal

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and House Agriculture Ranking Member GT Thompson (PA-15) led 46 Members in sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan to inquire about a recent proposal that could hinder the registration process of new pesticide active ingredients.   The letter includes…

Western Caucus Members Promote Drought Resilience & Energy Security in Arizona

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Western Caucus Members traveled to Arizona for the Western Caucus Foundation’s Spring Field Tour and Roundtable, where they discussed how local communities are collaborating to combat historic drought conditions, as well as the importance of domestic mineral development.   “In Arizona, we worked to highlight two of the most significant issues…

Armstrong Welcomes Western Caucus to North Dakota

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BISMARCK, ND– Last week, Rep. Kelly Armstrong (ND-AL) welcomed Western Caucus Members and staff to Bismarck for an Agriculture Summit to discuss the importance of states’ rights and local control of lands, the upcoming Farm Bill, and how federal policies – like the Waters of the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

President Trump Signs Executive Order to Modernize Water Management and Infrastructure

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Today, members of the Western Caucus released the following statements after President Trump signed an Executive Order on modernizing America's water resource management and water infrastructure.  “Water is a necessity for life and nowhere is that truer than in the West. Water infrastructure powers our homes, ensure farmers have water to irrigate their crops, and ensure our…

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