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.
Livestock grazing allows heavily subsidized private operators to degrade our public lands.
Off-road vehicle abuse is a growing problem on our public lands, especially in the West.
Oil and Gas Drilling
Environmental and public health risks are being ignored by regulatory agencies and decisions heavily influenced by profit-driven industries.
A New Era for the Bureau of Land Management
In January and February of 2021, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) conducted a series of in-depth phone interviews with current and former Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees from nine states from Headquarters, State Offices and Field Offices. The purpose of this survey was to identify steps the Biden administration can take to strengthen the institutional capacity of the BLM to better address conservation and climate change goals. read the report»
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Recreation Planner Resigns in Frustration After “Body Part” Incident in Ghost Town
Interior Had Critical GAO Report Weeks before Unveiling Offshore Drilling Plans
Political Positioning Trumps Promises of Comprehensive Planning
“Independent Evaluation” of Environmental, Financial and Operational Problems
Delaware’s Bombay Hook Lacks Required Environmental Review and Justification
Documents Show Poaching, Policing, Pesticide and Financial Problems on Refuge
New Protections Should Be Extended Beyond Oil & Gas to All Mineral Extraction
MMS “Transparency” Mandate Riddled with Welter of Non-Release Categories
Secret Corporate Royalty Plans Force Parks to Eat High Administrative Costs
Clean Water Victory at Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area
Legal Opinion May Open New Support Base for Floundering State Parks
200 Sites Still Vulnerable As Long Shrouded IG Report Fuels Cover-up Charges
Back Door Proposal to Transfer Lands from Tolowa Dunes State Park
BLM Told to Redesign Bush-Era ORV Plan for Mojave Desert Federal Lands
Reward Offered for OHV Vandals Who Trashed Meadow Sacramento — Conservationists are offering a reward for information leading to the identification and conviction of dirt bikers who damaged a beautiful mountain meadow that is vital habitat for the Yosemite toad, a...
Funds Earmarked for Off-Road Recreation Which Generates Only 1/6th of Revenue
Genetically Modified Seeds Okayed by Obama Fish & Wildlife Service Director Pick Hamilton
Climate Change and Coping with Climate Change Challenge Nature Sanctuaries
Groups Protest ORV Penetration into Habitat and Across Archaeological Sites
“Geyser Gazers” Call in Violation in Yellowstone’s First Cyber-Enforcement Case