PEER opened a Denver office in the Fall of 1997 to serve resource employees throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Chandra Rosenthal, a Colorado native, heads up the office as Rocky Mountain PEER Counsel. Chandra, formerly staff attorney with Defenders of Wildlife specializing in endangered species and public lands issues, has also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and, under a legal fellowship, worked on a Superfund site with the Department of Energy.
"I view my job as helping the region's public service professionals do their jobs of protecting the diverse and abundant natural resources of the Rockies," states Rosenthal.
Chandra earned her law degree in 1993 at the Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law, where she focused her studies on environmental law.
Rocky Mountain Peer covers the states of Colorado and Wyoming. These states contain millions of acres of federally protected lands. These unique areas, which include Yellowstone National Park, Arches National Monument, the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, Grand Teton National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park, bring countless visitors to the breathtaking landscapes that define the Rocky Mountains. Major environmental issues facing the region include habitat protection, roadless forests and wilderness areas, urban and suburban sprawl, and water issues.
The political landscape in the Rocky Mountain Region has been changing rapidly in recent years. In Colorado, beginning in 2004 with the election of a Democratic state legislature, and continuing with the recent election of Democrat Bill Ritter to replace Republican Bill Owens as governor, the state now has an opportunity to evaluate progressive solutions to pressing environmental issues. Governor-elect Ritter has vowed to work closely with the federal government to ensure that Colorado's public lands are used wisely in the face of expanded interest in energy development, recreation, timber, grazing and wilderness preservation and follow the roadless review process carefully in search of a balance that protects Colorado's environment and the economies of Colorado's local communities. In Wyoming, Democrat Dave Freudenthal was elected governor in 2003 and recently signed into law Wyoming's first trust fund dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and wildlife habitat.