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.
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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Park Concerns with Pending Bill Stifled by Junior Trump Political Operative
Directives to Expand Hunting and Trapping Launch Long, Uncertain Legal Process
Park Offers No Alternatives or Mitigation to Contain Cell Spillover from Paradise
Ignoring GAO Reports, BLM Foregoes Promised Steps to Check Grazing Trespass
Lawsuit Filed to Force U.S. Forest Service to Disclose the Fate of Promised Reforms
Buyouts to “Accelerate Attrition” While Meeting New Trump Agenda
3-Sided Lattice Tower, 7 New Microwave Dishes to Encrust Historic Mt. Washburn
Short-Term Reduction Leaves Hybrid Herd in Park & Long-Term Solution in Limbo
New Federal Register Notice Cements Iconic Refuge Staying in Federal Hands
Assaults and Threats against Forest Workers Spike but Decline in Other Agencies
Fewer Park Police Despite Record Visitation and Anti-Trump Demonstrations
Park Law Enforcement Program Adrift Without Standards, Resources or Leadership
Backlog of Interior Wilderness Reviews to See If More, Not Less, Protection Needed
Ceding Refuge Management to Tribe Is Illegal; Fraught with Headaches and Disputes
Bad Sales Cost Taxpayers & Alaska Schools Big Money and Hurt the Forest
Lawsuit to Block Transfer at Critical Stage as Refuge Withers on Starvation Diet
New Towers and Major Facility Expansion Violate Laws and Park Service Policies
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