Public Lands

Peter Jenkins

Peter has been an environmental, land use and consumer attorney and advocate since 1983. Peter received his law degree from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law and also has a Masters in Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with a focus on conservation biology. His career has centered on bringing the best science to bear in environmental protection efforts; he has specialized at working with scientists so their findings can inform good policy, as well as in federal litigation. Most of his work has been in aid of wildlife conservation, but also in the fields of pesticides, GMOs, invasive species, wildlife disease prevention, international trade, land-use conflicts and other areas. Peter’s prior positions in Washington, DC since 2000 have been: Of Counsel, Center for Food Safety; Vice President for U.S. Government Policy, Conservation International; Director of International Conservation, Defenders of Wildlife; and Staff Attorney, Center for Science in the Public Interest. From 1993 to 2000, he was in New Mexico working primarily as a contracted consultant on endangered species recovery efforts with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Turner Endangered Species Fund. Prior to then, he served as an Attorney and Policy Analyst for the U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, and also was in private law practice.

Tongass Timber Sales Mismanaged – Official Audit 

by Kirsten Stade | February 1, 2021
“Pressure to Meet Timber Sale Goals” Led to Violations and Financial Losses ...

Statement | Biden Administration’s New Direction on Climate

by Tim Whitehouse | January 28, 2021
These executive orders are the first steps to a rapid transition from fossil fuels and increased protections for our communities, public lands and oceans ...

Beyond 2020: Bureau of Land Management Video

by Susan Sargent | January 22, 2021
Steps that the Biden Administration, Congress and the Bureau of Land Management can take to move the agency into the next decade and beyond ...

Beyond 2020: National Park Service Video

by Susan Sargent | January 20, 2021
PEER Executive Director Tim Whitehouse on restoring the status of our national parks as "America's best idea ...

Arctic Refuge Becoming Oil & Gas White Elephant 

by Kirsten Stade | December 28, 2020
Desperate Last-Minute Government Maneuvers Denote Industry Disinterest ...

Statement | Ten Steps to Ensure that Proper Leaders Run the Department of the Interior

by Peter Jenkins | December 22, 2020
A guide for the Biden administration to avoid repeating the Trump administration's unlawful actions in making appointments in the Interior Department ...