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 is a growing problem on our public lands, especially in the West.
NEWS FROM PEER
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Pinelands Commission Scrambling to Contain Fallout from Behind-the-Scenes Moves
Key Ridership, Cost, Impact and Alternative Analyses Divorced from Real World
State Ignores Its Own Water Tower Standards as Whistleblower Hearing Nears
Open Letter Calls for Reforms to Prevent Future Closures
Urges Public to Direct Anger at Congress to Force Parks Reopening
Nearly Same Acreage Planted; Some Farmers Switched to Less Damaging Crops
Compromise Reopens Some Trails, Closes Some and Requires Restoration for Others
Federal Judge “Dismayed” over Slow Pace of Promised Preliminary Work
Black Elk Blast Killed Three; Agency “Cannot Estimate” Investigation Completion
Fixed Mountain Climbing Anchors, Widened Road Corridors among Problems Cited
BLM to Open 49,300 Acres of Algodones Dunes Plan to Off-Road Vehicles
National Park Standards and Management Extended to City-Owned Lands
New Regional Office Inaccessible During Tsunami, Hurricane or Major Storm
Management Agreement Expires as Rock Art Community Gathers for Conference
Hefty Spending to Expand Activities Aggravated by Ranger Furloughs
$56 Million Mitigation Deal for Transmission Corridor across Delaware Water Gap
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