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.
Protecting Our Parks
Caught in between politics, public lands, and environmental protection.
Off-road vehicle abuse a growing problem on our public lands, especially the West
NEWS FROM PEER
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Tribal Takeover Resembles Agreement Invalidated by Federal Court in 2010
33 million Acres of BLM Grazing Allotments Fail Basic Rangeland Health Standards
Bull’s Island Is Habitat for Endangered Bat and Protected Migratory Birds
Precedent-Setting Embrace of Converting Park Backcountry to Thrill Sport Venues
DEP Plans Emergency Clear-Cut of Bull’s Island State Park on Delaware River
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Admits Need for Deeper Environmental Review
Concessions to Industry and Skewed Review Will Fuel Lawsuits
Summit Promoting a Billion Dollar Private Endowment for Parks
Consideration of Land Costs “Optimizes” Both Economic and Ecological Benefits
Park Service Wins Legal Victory at Mojave of Which It Should Be Ashamed