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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Survey Reflects Federal Land Management Workers’ Growing Safety Worries
Energy and Other Initiatives Require More People in Staff-Starved Agencies
PEER Suit Blocking Transfer Bolstered by Reversal and Tacit Admission of Fault
Other Scandals Overshadowed Protection Rollbacks for Wildlife and Habitats
Proposed Cellular Antennas in Paradise Visitor Center Will Wire Wilderness
Hyper-Partisanship Sidelines Historic Congressional Monument Role
Impact of Larger Toll on Sustainable Park Wildlife Populations Poorly Understood
New BLM Figures Show Little Progress in Healing Lands Degraded by Overgrazing
Retreat Is Attempted Defense for Illegal Promulgation of Refuge Give-Away Plan
Remotest Corners Now Connected Despite Park Promises of Limited Coverage
Agency Apologizes for Destroying Sacred Sites but Offers No Atonement
USAF Helicopter Crash on Race’s Eve Closed Basin & Range Monument Course Leg
Final Report on Desecration of Sacred Indian Sites Offers No Reforms or Remedies
Reviews Rigged to Preclude Challenge to Last Minute Approval of Off-Road Race
Statutory Requirement for Parks to Establish Carrying Capacities Widely Ignored
Refuge Mission, Public Access and Fate of Bison Herd Placed at Tribal Discretion
Most Big National Park Units Lack Required General Management Plans
Approval for Subaru Ad Shoot Hand-Carried through National Park Headquarters
BLM Rigs Reviews to Route Vegas-Reno Race through Basin & Range Monument
Assaults More than Double in Two Years with No Reported Enforcement