Protecting America’s Public Lands
Roughly 300 million acres of American lands, most in the West, are set aside as public lands and maintained using taxes paid by all Americans. These lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and National Wildlife Refuge System are by charter supposed to be managed for multiple uses including recreation and provision of wildlife habitat and clean water sources. Increasingly, however, they are run for the benefit of extractive industries and with little regard for the preservation of the rare wildlife or iconic natural beauty for which they are famous.
With the help of conscientious range management specialists, scientists, law enforcement officers and other workers within these agencies, PEER is uncovering how our precious national heritage is being sold to the highest bidder, often under the direction of poorly qualified and illegally appointed political appointees.
Oil and Gas Drilling
Environmental and public health risks are being ignored by regulatory agencies and decisions heavily influenced by profit-driven industries.
Cell phone towers spread across national parks without proper planning and public input.
Off-road vehicle abuse a growing problem on our public lands, especially the West
NEWS FROM PEER
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Whistleblower Cites Contaminated Water in State Parks and Lax Enforcement
Vast Wild and Roadless Tracts Remain Unprotected in Wilderness Logjam
Concessionaires Would Control Visitor Cell and Internet Access and Content
Blames Lack of “Seamless Data” for Excluding Livestock from Range Assessments
Bio-Prospecting Partnerships Pose Ethical and Conservation Conflicts
Federal Agencies Need to Consult Outside Experts and Residents Not Just Industry
State Focused on Capacity of Towing Vessel to be Towed, Not on Its Ability to Tow
Congressional Research Service Finds Albuquerque Cannot Trump Park Standards
Forest Service Must Minimize Environmental Damage by Unauthorized Travel
Lawsuit to Force Release of Key Spill Prevention and Response Documents
Criminal Conviction Seen as Key Deterrent for Future Artifact Destruction
Landscape Assessments in Limbo after Scientists Told to Ignore Livestock Impacts
Three-Year Monitoring Period to Track, Destroy Any Germinating GE Plants
Separate Ruling Leaves Door Ajar for GE Crops on Midwestern Refuges for Now
Disingenuous Call for Public Comments Does Not Cure Violations of Law and Policy
Forest Could Lose New Protections From Off-Road Vehicle Damage
Two Years of Indecision Highlight Park Service Myopia on Religious Displays
House of Commons Calls for Moratorium Until Stronger Safeguards Are in Place
Tree Removals Expand as State Eschews Public Review or Expert Consultation
Exotic Organisms on Oil Drilling Equipment Excluded from Environmental Reviews