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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action: Defend the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from the latest drill scheme.

Its one of our great national treasures. 

For decades, we've fought back efforts by extractive energy industries to open it up to drilling. 

Egged on by the current administration, Congress is at it again. 

What's so special about ANWR?

Here's all you need to know

Well, ok. This too

Ok. So what now?

Just as they tried and failed to do in the 1990's, House Republicans are attempting to include an opening of ANWR to drilling in the federal budget. 

Let them know that -- no matter where we live -- all Americans value this treasure and others like it. Let them know we're tired of seeing our public lands turned into sacrifice zones for the benefit of antiquated dirty energy industries.

Two options:

1) Our friends at the Wilderness Society have a handy petition you can sign. 

2) Pick up the phone and call our Rep. Scott Tipton, let him know why you oppose the inclusion of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling in the budget and -- while you're at it -- let him know he'd better not be voting for tax breaks for billionaires in the #TrumpTaxScam!



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Stay Wild America.


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Saturday's D3 Daily Action: The attack on public lands continues -- now with logging. 


A new bill in the House offers a logging free-for-all...

...liberated from environmental impact studies, endangered species reviews, public input and comment, and judicial oversight. 

For too long, all that pesky forest science has been keeping commercial logging companies and their friends in Congress from cutting when and where they please on Federal Lands.

Termed the "Resilient Federal Forests Act," H.R. 2936 contains a number of key provisions: 

- Gives private landowners with easements over public land full ownership of that land
- Allows logging projects under 10,000 acres to avoid detailed environmental analysis
- Allows salvage logging projects under 10,000 acres without any analysis
- Allows unstudied logging, grazing, livestock infrastructure construction, and herbicide application under the guise of wildfire risk mitigation for areas under 10,000 acres
- Caps Endangered Species Act consultation for environmental issues arbitrarily at 90 days
- Grants the Forest Service unilateral authority to forgo Endangered Species Act consultation
- Severely limits public involvement timelines for large-scale projects on public lands
- Prohibits restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, and injunctions pending appeal, severely limiting public oversight via the courts
- Erodes public oversight by extending logging projects' maximum duration from 10 to 20 years
- Diverts money from stewardship contracts and collaborative forest restoration to the Forest Service to plan additional timber sales
- Prohibits awarding of attorney fees when courts find the government broke the law
Removes enforceability of forest plans making them strictly advisory
- Redirects authority to determine harm to endangered species from the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to land management agencies.

Our friends at the Center for Biological Diversity are running a petition against the bill now. Click here to learn more

Stay Strong America.


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Friday's D3 Daily Action - Defend the BLM Natural Gas Waste Rule


The BLM Natural Gas Waste Rule was created to reduce pollution and resource waste on public and tribal lands. 

Now, Trump's Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke wants to delay it's implementation. 

The Rule called for the adoption of methane mitigation technology on oil and gas operations on Bureau of Land Management and tribal lands. By reducing methane flaring, venting, and leaking from oil and gas operations, we reduce asthma-inducing VOCs and carcinogenic benzene emissions, shrink impacts on neighboring communities, limit powerful methane greenhouse gas emissions, and save money -- a whole lot of it. 

Every day, oil and gas operations waste enough natural gas to heat 500,000 U.S. homes. Every year, they waste $330 million of natural gas from public lands as they cut costs and flare and vent unwanted gas. Over a decade, that adds up to $3.3 billion, of which $800 million would be paid as royalties to taxpayers. 

Guess Who Doesn't Like the Rule?

The American Petroleum Institute and Koch Brothers, for two. Oil and gas collectively spends over $100 million a year lobbying Congress, and has found more than a few representatives happy to answer their call. Former Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) was one of them prior to his appointment by Trump to head the Department of the Interior. 

Push Back!

Public comment period for the Bureau of Land Management rule review period closes soon. 

Our friends at the Western Organization of Western Resource Councils have created a handy form to register your opposition to the delay of the rule. 

Click here to Defend the Natural Gas Waste Rule and send your comments to the BLM!


Stay Strong America!






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Thursday's D3 Daily Action - Defend the Coolest Act You've Never Heard Of. 

So much more than antiquities.


Passed in 1906 and signed by Teddy Roosevelt himself, the Antiquities Act has created some of America's greatest monuments.

And Colorado Congressmen Doug Lamborn and Scott Tipton are coming after it. 

The Antiquities Act gives U.S. Presidents the power to create national monuments from Federal lands to protect natural, culture, and scientific resources. It is responsible for the genesis of over 50% of the national parks in the U.S. and has been used over 100 times in its 111 years by presidents to create protected sites including:

Aztec Ruins, New Mexico // Bears Ears, Utah // Canyons of the Ancients, Colorado // Chimney Rock, Colorado // Devil's Tower, Wyoming // Dinosaur NationalMonument, Colorado // The Grand Canyon // Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah // Mount St. Helens // Natural Bridges, Utah // Rainbow Bridge, Utah // Yucca House, Colorado // and more!

Why would anyone want to undo the Antiquities Act?

On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Committee advanced legislation to undo the President's authority under the Act. Rep. Bishop's bill (with Colorado's Doug Lamborn as co-sponsor), H.R. 3990, would require full approval from counties, state legislators, governors, and abutting private landowners before a national monument greater than 85,000 acres may be declared. The creation of protected marine national monuments, as done by President Obama, is also significantly curtailed. While based on arguments for local control, Bishop's bill is part of the rising opposition to public lands and the environmental, cultural, and scientific protection they entail -- often to the chagrin of extractive industries in the West. 

Bishop's bill, H.R. 3990, gives presidents the authority to shrink existing national monuments. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke already wants Trump to shrink four national monuments ― Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah, Gold Butte in Nevada and Cascade Siskiyou in California and Oregon ― and slash protections for these monuments and six others.

Says Randi Spivak of the Center for Biological Diversity: “There’s no public support for this kind of radical legislation. Bishop’s only motivation is greed. He’s offering a gift to the fossil fuel, mining and timber industries and expecting something in return.”

Do I have to call Congress again?

Until we can kick the bad guys out next year, yes!

Anti-public lands legislators are hoping the public isn't watching. Let them know we are. 

Passed Wednesday by the House Natural Resources Committee, the bill is set to continue its journey to a full floor vote. Please let the following representatives know that you are watching. 

Bonus mission: Call all three -- Tipton, Lamborn (co-sponsor), and Bishop (sponsor)!

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Sample Script: My name is [name] and I live in [town]. As a resident of the West Slope and as a [what do you do outdoors?] I urge Representative Tipton to stop supporting H.R. 3990, the National Monument Creation and Protection Act. This bill is a direct assault on my lifestyle, traditions, our economy, and our public lands heritage. This is a bad bill and I ask Representative Tipton to stand against this bill with his constituents. 

Our friends at Conservation Colorado have also created some useful talking points

Alamosa: 719-587-5105
Durango: 970-259-1490
Grand Junction: 970-241-2499
Pueblo: 719-542-1073

Washington, DC: (202) 225-4422
Colorado Springs: (719) 520-0055

Washington, DC: 202-225-0453
Ogden, UT: 801-625-0107

Stay Strong America!






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Friday's D3 Daily Action: Tell Tipton to Protect Our Public Lands

Time to raise a ruckus!

District 3's Representative Scott Tipton is working agains the wishes of the majority of his constituents. 

He supports 3 bills that wrench control of energy development from feds, classify finite resources as renewable, and incentivize development by letting states collect royalties. This terrible trifecta tears at the heart of our wild public lands.








Alamosa: 719-587-5105
Durango: 970-259-1490
Grand Junction: 970-241-2499
Pueblo: 719-542-1073
Washington, DC: 202-225-4761

  1. The Federal Land Freedom Act (H.R. 3565 in the House and S. 335 in the Senate) would allow states to “assume the federal leasing, permitting and regulatory responsibilities for oil and gas exploration, development, and production” on U.S. public lands. This is yet another ham-fisted attempt to circumvent protections for federal lands by transferring “oversight” to state governments. The Federal Land Freedom Act contains a number of troubling provisions, excluding these national lands from the Endangered Species Act, common sense look-before-you-lease environmental reviews, and protection of heritage resources. The bill hands over America’s publicly-owned mineral resources for massive oil and gas development. It’s a land seizure bill, but with even more dire consequences for taxpayers and wildlife.This is an outrageous attack on our public lands. It must be stopped in its tracks!
  2. Next up, the Planning for American Energy Act (H.R. 2907) reintroduced by Rep. Tipton, would require the Interior Secretary to pervert the concept of “sustained yield” — originally applied to renewable resources such as timber — and apply it instead to non-renewable resources such as oil, gas, coal, and even uranium.It would force the government to project energy needs and provide a plan that would have to include both renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, regardless of market forces. This would open the door of industry to lobby the Energy Information Administration to inflate those projected energy needs, and demand that fossil fuels be identified by the government as a required solution to meet those needs, regardless of the efficacy of clean energy sources like wind, solar, and hydro. It also prioritizes public lands as the first point of extraction of these resources, despite the multitude of other public lands values we hold dear. This bill is a thinly veiled attempt to skirt market forces and public opinion to force the adoption of fossil fuels behind a curtain of impenetrable bureaucracy. Tell Scott Tipton you DO NOT support this sneaky attempt to force dirty energy on the American people at the expense of our public lands.
  3. Finally, the State Mineral Revenue Protection Act (H.R. 2661) would require royalty payments from the extraction of resources owned by all U.S. citizens to be paid directly to the states where they are extracted. This sinister move would work hand in glove with the Federal Lands Freedom Act by incentivizing states to rubber stamp industry, granting industry unfettered access and rewarding that graft with royalties skimmed from the Treasury. 

This is not how our system was designed to work, and these bills are attempting to circumvent reasonable protections to our shared public lands. Time and again, Americans (and especially Westerners) have declared in favor of keeping public lands in public hands.

Please tell the misguided Scott Tipton that he is acting contrary to the wishes of his constituents.

Action courtesy of Wilderness Workshop

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action: Tell Tipton to drop Resilient Federal Forests Act

Tell Tipton to abandon sponsorship of H.R. 2936

Colorado District 3 Representative Scott Tipton is working full time to destroy our forests to plump profits for his corporate masters. His latest attempt to strip our Nation's of its majestic natural wonders is his sponsorship of the so-called "Resilient Federal Forests Act."

This Tipton-sponsored legislation would strip away vital environmental protections and facilitate to strip logging our National Forests. Tell Tipton to stop here

Call Representative Scott Tipton: 202-225-4761
Call Senator Cory Garnder: 202-224-5941


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Thursday's D3 Daily Action

Take action to protect the San Rafael Swell and Dinosaur/Book Cliffs regions from oil and gas leasing.

Once again, your voice in defense of Utah's wild places is urgently needed.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing to lease 79 parcels for oil and gas development on approximately 100,000 acres of federal public lands in eastern and central Utah.

Please submit your comments to the BLM:

1)  Write to protect the San Rafael Swell.  Ask that the BLM defer oil and gas leasing in the Molen Reef region.

2)  Write to protect Dinosaur National Monument, Desolation Canon and Book Cliffs Regions.

Included in this list are parcels along the western edge of the San Rafael Swell, in the heart of the Desolation Canyon region, the Book Cliffs, and immediately adjacent to Dinosaur National Monument. Leasing in the San Rafael Swell For the third time in five years, the BLM is proposing to offer leases in the Molen Reef region of the western San Rafael Swell—an area with high cultural and archaeological density and outstanding recreational opportunities.

Leasing also proposed near Dinosaur National Monument and in the Desolation Canyon and Book Cliffs regions.  In a return to the Bush administration’s scorched earth approach to oil and gas leasing in the Uinta Basin, the BLM is also proposing to offer leases in areas proposed for wilderness designation in the Desolation Canyon and Book Cliffs regions as well as immediately adjacent to Dinosaur National Monument.

This ill-advised proposal would, among other things, green-light oil and gas development right next to the monument, including along the primary access route travelled by thousands of visitors annually. One of the parcels was previously offered at the BLM’s infamous December 2008 oil and gas lease sale and later withdrawn from sale by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar after a successful lawsuit by SUWA and others blocked its issuance. In a letter to the BLM, the National Park Service has objected to the leasing proposal, citing adverse impacts to air quality, viewsheds, dark night skies, water quality, and natural soundscapes. Oil and gas development on the parcels near the monument would be visible from the Quarry Visitor Center as well as from numerous vantage points within the monument. 

With gratitude to the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance for this D3 Daily Action.

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action


Comment period deadline Friday!
Tell Sec. Zinke not to roll back protection of Bears Ears National Monument

Action: Submit a letter to Interior Secretary Zinke, or call him at 202-208-7351 (Office of the Secretary) or 202-208-6291 (Office of the Deputy Secretary). Tell him to keep protections for Bears Ears National Monument.

Your public lands need you. The Department of the Interior is “reviewing” previous national monument designations with an eye toward eliminating or shrinking up to 26 monuments and Bears Ears in Utah is first on the chopping block. The comment period for Bears Ears ends on Friday, May 26th and it's up to you to ensure that some of the most spectacular and sacred lands in the west retain the protections they deserve.

The goals of the Trump administration and its anti-public lands allies are clear: shrinking monument boundaries, reducing protection and chipping away at the great tradition of preserving shared lands for all Americans to enjoy. 

Bears Ears in particular, is an especially magical area; many tribes have millennia-old connections to the place. In addition to its deep cultural heritage, the area contains some of the most spectacular scenery in the American southwest. Bears Ears was protected under the Antiquities Act following a years-long public outreach process. Nullifying it sets a dangerous precedent that calls into question the sanctity of all federally protected public land. If we allow the current administration to eliminate or shrink national monuments, where will they set their sights next?

Please submit a comment today; the deadline for Bears Ears is Friday. You can sign a pre-written letter here. Or you can go here to submit a unique comment in your own words. A unique, individual comment carries the most weight – it's worth the extra time it takes. And if you really want to be a conservation hero, you can also leave a message for Interior Secretary Zinke, asking him to respect the tribes and protect Bears Ears. 202-208-7351 (Office of the Secretary) or 202-208-6291 (Office of the Deputy Secretary).

Thanks so much for all your help in this critical effort.

Thank you to Wilderness Workshop for this daily action.




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Sunday's D3 Daily Action


On April 26, President Trump signed an Executive Order instructing the Department of the Interior to review 27 National Monuments created by presidents, both Democratic AND Republican, since 1996.

Comment today via or to tell President Trump and Secretary Zinke that you support Bears Ears and all of the other monuments that are at risk. 

Since 1906 when Teddy Roosevelt designated Devils Tower as a National Monument, the Antiquities Act has been used to protect significant cultural, natural, or scientific features of our beautiful country. Many Monuments designated under the Act have gone on to become National Parks but *all* of them serve a deeply important job of protecting our public lands for decades to come.

Furthermore, in 1938, FDR attempted to get rid of a National Monument and his attorney general let him know that he could not undo a designation under the Antiquities Act without Congress's approval. Remind our leaders that these lands were designated by Presidents Clinton, G.W. Bush, and Obama for posterity and that is not to be taken lightly.

Trump says he listened to those members of Congress who want to review the existing monuments’ designations. He heard them, so let him hear you. Until May 26, you have the chance to comment directly on the issue.

Speak up. Your words matter.

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Saturday's D3 Daily Action


In May 2016, Colorado became the first state in the nation to establish a holiday recognizing the value of public lands within the stateThe bill, carried by Senator Kerry Donovan, passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper.

From now on, the third Saturday in May will be known as Colorado Public Lands Day celebrating the significant contributions these lands have to our state. 

Click HERE to find an event near you! Here are a few of the western Colorado events:

  • Montrose: Join the Uncompahgre Valley Association and WCC for a 9:00am hike to Spring Canyon and an after party at the Pitchfork starting at 4:30pm, click here for details.
  • Grand Junction: Governor Hickenlooper and Conservation Colorado are kicking off the inaugural CO Public Lands Day at the Epic Rides race series. Come hear the Governor give his keynote address at noon at 4th and Main, click here for more details.
  • Ridgway: Join Great Old Broads & WCC at Ridgway State Park for a variety of activities from biking, hiking, paddle boarding and more. Event starts at 2pm, click here for details.
  • Steamboat: Yampa Valley Public Lands Day Celebration at Mountain Tap Brewery hosted by the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. WCC will be tabling and networking at the event. Click here for details.

Public lands are crucial to our way of life and economy in Colorado. They are a defining part of our heritage, identity, and unique way of life. This new state holiday is intended to encourage all Coloradans to get outside and enjoy our unparalleled public lands. Thanks for helping us celebrate!

Thank you Western Colorado Congress for the information for today's D3 Daily Action

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action

Bears Ears Buttes, Bears Ears National Monument - Courtesy of

Bears Ears Buttes, Bears Ears National Monument - Courtesy of

Oppose Using National Monuments for Resource Extraction and Mining!

Lend your help now to defend Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante and other National Monuments.

24 National Monuments at Risk NOW

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is preparing for a visit to Utah NEXT WEEK.  Please call him today:  202-208-7351

Script: Hi. I’m calling to oppose Trump’s executive order. Bear’s Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments are treasures. National monuments such as Canyon of the Ancients and Brown’s Canyon in my home state of Colorado (or see link above to find National Monuments at risk in your state) are protected, citizen-owned land, and I strongly oppose any efforts to extract resources from them.

Or tweet at Secretary Zinke; his handle is @secretaryzinke

Additionally, call Representative Scott Tipton, Senator Michael Bennet and Senator Cory Gardner and demand that they protect our monuments by standing up to the Trump Administration's policies regarding our public lands.

Trump Orders Review of National Monuments to Allow Development

Protect Native Lands and Public Health by Defending Bears Ears National Monument  

Yesterday, Zinke met with UT San Juan County Commission, but NOT with Tribal Leaders:  Bears Ears is Overkill, San Juan County Leaders Tell Zinke 

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action

President Trump's newest executive order to roll back a 20 years of presidential respect and protection for our land came yesterday.  24 national monuments, including Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Basin and Range National Monument, as well as a host of Pacific Ocean monuments, including the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument are now at risk.  

Without federal protection, the lands can easily be used for drilling and mining for resources.  Our sacred backyards are at risk!!

Call Secretary Ryan Zinke @ 202-601-3839, Senator Cory Gardner and Representative Scott Tipton to voice your concern that stripping our national monuments are an assault on our historical, cultural and natural heritage!!!

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action

The fate of new rules to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas development on public lands remains in limbo.  Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are plotting to weaken these standards so they can give oil and gas companies a free pass to recklessly vent pollutants into our air, which will be detrimental to the clean air of our region.

Tremendous grassroots pressure from  across the country has kept key Republican Senators, including our own Sen. Cory Gardner, undecided on the issue and we must continue this fight!  Our pressure on this matter is crucial before it is too late.  

Call NOW and urge Senator Gardner to vote NO on overturning the BLM's methane standards.

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Monday's D3 Daily Action: Save Alaska's Wildlife!

CALL Senator Michael Bennet and Senator Cory Gardner to urge them to oppose SJ Resolution 18. The vote may happen TODAY so call ASAP! 

This bill promotes inhumane, unsustainable, and unsporting practices to kill wildlife by overturning a federal rule that was created to stop some of the most horrific hunting practices imaginable, including killing wolf and coyote pups in their dens, killing hibernating mother bears and cubs, using airplanes to scout grizzly bears for trophy hunters to shoot on land, and trapping grizzly and black bears with steel-jawed leg hold traps and snares. This egregious program clearly violates the wildlife diversity conservation mandates for the National Wildlife Refuge System, and contradicts both the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act and the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act.

This Resolution is endorsed by the NRA, Safari Club International and other trophy hunting lobbyists, because it will allow big game hunters to kill the majestic animals of Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges—publicly owned land paid for at taxpayer expense.

It should be noted that Representative Scott Tipton voted for this bill in the House so you could also give him a call to let him know what you think about that! 



Thursday's D3 Indivisible Action

Ten is Better than One! Today, D3 is hosting an Action Event in coordination with ACT Telluride at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado from 2-5pm. Stop by for 10-20 minutes and complete up to Ten Actions!

We'll make it easy for you and your friends to have your voices heard by state and federal representatives. A series of action stations will be provided - from pre-addressed postcards ready to personalize and sign, to scripts for calling state and federal representatives on the spot, to computer stations and emails to send. 

If you are not in the Ridgway area, and would like an action for today, consider calling Representative Scott Tipton to ask him why he blocked a resolution that would have directed the House to request 10 years of Trump's tax returns, for review by the House Ways and Means Committee in a closed session. The Committee would then vote on whether to send the information to the House. Don't we deserve transparency and accountability from our President? 

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Wednesday's D3 Indivisible Action

In light of Scott Pruitt's proposed assault on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency call John W. Hickenlooper's office at (303) 866-2885 to ask for environmental protection on a state level. 

Here's sample your script... 

"Hi! I’m a constituent calling from _______. I am deeply concerned about Scott Pruitt’s appointment to the Environmental Protection Agency. Since he stated in Tuesday's speech that he will not fulfill the Agency's mission, I’m asking Governor Hickenlooper to make a public statement about our climate crisis and support efforts in Colorado to reverse the trend while protecting our most precious resources, our air and our water."

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Tuesday's D3 Indivisible Action

Tomorrow, two bills will come before the Colorado House of Representatives - please encourage your Reps to vote NO to both! 

You can protest using the links below from Western Colorado Congress or contact House Committee members directly. 

HB 1124: Local Government Liable Fracking Ban Oil and Gas Moratorium. This bill flies in the face of grassroots efforts across the state to affirm local governments' land-use authority in the siting of oil and gas facilities. In fact, it would penalize any local government that enacts a moratorium or ban of oil and gas development by holding it liable for the value of the mineral rights. 

HB 1141: Equal Protection From Federal Employee Personal Attack – or the “Cliven Bundy Protection bill” as it should be called – is a blatant attack on our public land management agencies. It would make federal employees vulnerable to a felony charge for managing grazing on public lands.