Public Lands

Lawsuit Threat on Illegal Interior Appointments

For Immediate Release:  Tuesday, April 28, 2020 Contact: Peter Jenkins, PEER (202) 265-4189, pjenkins@peer.org Erik Molvar, Western Watersheds Project (307) 399-7910, emolvar@westernwatersheds.org Kirsten Stade, PEER kstade@peer.org Redelegations for Park Service and...

Reopened National Parks Must Curb Overcrowding   

For Immediate Release:  Monday, April 27, 2020 Contact:  Jeff Ruch (510) 213-7028; Kirsten Stade kstade@peer.org Long-Neglected Law Requiring “Carrying Capacities” Should be Dusted Off Washington, DC — National parks are caught between a presidential edict to reopen...
Can National Parks Practice Social Distancing?

Can National Parks Practice Social Distancing?

The still unfolding pandemic has underlined the public health risks that national parks and refuges pose both to the visiting public and their own employees. Over the past few weeks, more than 140 park units have shuttered with more closing every day. For the very...
National Parks Epitomize Trump COVID Inconsistency

National Parks Epitomize Trump COVID Inconsistency

As more than 100 national park units have closed, hundreds more remain open in unevenly evolving situation that is confusing, at best. Unfortunately for all of us, this same stop-start approach is also characteristic of the Trump White House’s overall response to the...

Coronavirus Leaves National Parks in Leaderless Limbo   

For Immediate Release:  Monday, March 23, 2020 Contact:  Kirsten Stade (202) 265-7337 Park Entrance Fees Waived as Visitor Centers Shuttered and Staff Telework Washington, DC — National parks are getting mixed messages, as visitor centers are closing while the...

America’s Rangelands Deeply Damaged by Overgrazing  

Figures Show Vast Areas Failing BLM’s Own Rangeland Health Standards Washington, DC — The Bureau of Land Management’s most recent data on the health of federal rangelands reveal extensive damage from excessive commercial livestock grazing, according to figures posted...