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»
NEWS FROM PEER
“Pressure to Meet Timber Sale Goals” Led to Violations and Financial Losses
Biden’s executive orders are the first steps to a rapid transition from fossil fuels and increased protections for our communities, public lands and oceans.
Steps that the Biden Administration, Congress and the Bureau of Land Management can take to move the agency into the next decade and beyond
PEER Executive Director Tim Whitehouse on restoring the status of our national parks as “America’s best idea.”
Desperate Last-Minute Government Maneuvers Denote Industry Disinterest
A guide for the Biden administration to avoid repeating the Trump administration’s unlawful actions in making appointments in the Interior Department.
Park Service Shirking Wilderness, Wildlife, and Conservation Responsibilities
Government actions must reflect the reality of climate change. The Biden-Harris campaign promises to address climate change on public lands.
Winter snow guides in Yellowstone protest pandemic response in managed Yellowstone National Park, six guides were fired as a result.
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is suing the U.S. Forest Service to produce an audit of staggering monetary losses from past timber sales in the Tongass National Forest.
A federal court in Montana is now determining which of William Pendley actions as illegal head of the Bureau of Lang Management (BLM) should be invalidated.
Lawsuit Seeks Overdue Audit as Forest Service Preps Big Timber Expansion
Hastily Fashioned Regulation Will Not Extinguish Lawsuit Challenge
Secretary Bernhardt continues his carousel of illegal appointments with new de facto NPS Director Margaret Emerson
Lawsuit Progresses Toward Removing “De Facto” Park Service Director
Range Manager Facing Suspension After Appealing to Pendley
Judge rules WIlliam Pendley cannot serve as a de facto Director of the BLM despite the anemic arguments to the contrary by David Bernhardt.
Public lands in Nevada are being leased for oil and gas extraction despite little financial benefits to government but big losses to the public
The Forest Service hopes to pass a new rule making it easier for private companies to drill for oil and gas on U.S. National Forests.
Conflicted leadership, loss of institutional knowledge, and marginalization of staff have left the Bureau of Land Management less capable than ever.