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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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
Segregation, Tighter Monitoring and Ingredient Disclosures for Wyoming Permits
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Agency Failed to Conduct Mandatory Environmental Analysis when Submitting Bills
Highlands Septic Study Faces Retraction Demand
Groups Call for Ouster of Top BLM Appraiser
Yellowstone Ranger Decries Return to Garbage Bear Syndrome
Superintendents as Fundraisers, Corporate Marketing and Naming Rights
Data Quantifying and Qualifying Grazing Effects on Land Health Belatedly Restored
Complaints Target BLM Neutral Stance on Livestock Grazing Climate Impacts
Number of Parks Ending Bottled Water Sales Has Plateaued as Industry Pushes Back
Park Service Should Not Classify Hybridized Beefalo as Native Wildlife
Commercial Cell Service Clashes with National Park Policies and Values