PEER's California field office opened in May of 1998 to work with state environmental employees.
Contact California PEER via email at capeer[at]peer.org
The Golden State is home to beautiful beaches, dramatic deserts, majestic mountains, and 38 million people, all clamoring for their share of these wonders. Making sure access doesn't become excess is a challenge for State and Federal agencies that manage the millions of acres of public lands in California.
Our National Parks, National Forests and BLM land managers struggle with the conflicting demands for extraction and recreation, while trying to protect the valuable natural and cultural resources under their stewardship. Congress puts a great many demands on these lands, yet is unwilling to provide adequate funding.
State parks struggle to stay open with miserly budgets and also face increasing conflicts between resource protection and visitor demands.
California PEER is in the thick of these struggles, providing a voice for resource specialists, managers and law enforcement interests that would otherwise be muffled. We act as a go-between for employees with legitimate concerns about resource protection, and managers who must try to balance preservation and public access.
We are also there for employees who need to "blow the whistle" on illegal activities in their agency, providing safe avenues for doing so, or acting on their behalf to try to get management changes.
Some of the activities in which California PEER is currently engaged include:
- Conservation is Patriotic
- Reward for Capturing Petroglyph Vandals near Bishop, California
- Forest Service Off-Highway Vehicle Route Designation
- Red Rock Canyon State Park General Plan Amendment
- Protection of the Sand Mountain Blue Butterfly habitat (BLM Nevada)
- Algodones Dunes OHV management (BLM)
- Protecting rare desert riparian areas from off-road vehicles
Learn more about PEER activities in California.