Eco-Champions

Bob “Action” Jackson: Yellowstone Backcountry Ranger

by Susan Sargent | July 4, 2018
Bob revealed that Yellowstone NP's grizzlies were becoming habituated to hunting parties outside the park by feeding on elk “gut piles” left by outfitters. PEER won Bob’s reappointment as a seasonal ranger for the final three years of his 30-year career, during which time ...

Rob Wielgus: War on Wolf Science

by Susan Sargent | May 14, 2018
Rob is one of the continent’s leading experts on wolf-livestock interactions. His pioneering research on wolves and livestock in eastern Washington found that lethal control of wolves was in fact increasing livestock depredations, and that ranchers who took part in his cooperative ...

Rob Danno: Ranger Danger

by Susan Sargent | May 1, 2018
The National Park Service destroyed the career of Chief Ranger Rob Danno, a highly decorated 30-year veteran ranger. The agency subjected him to horrific retaliation after he blew the whistle on illegal tree cutting by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. Amazingly, the mind-numbing ...

Quentin Bass: Appalachian Tales with a Megaphone

by Susan Sargent | April 19, 2018
Quentin Bass blew the whistle on the Forest Service's suppression of its own historic ecological records showing Eastern Forests were dominated by old trees, which was used to justify increased logging and prescribed burning on millions of acres of public forest throughout the Southern ...

Jeff DeBonis: PEER Origin Story

by Susan Sargent | April 11, 2018
As a timber sale planner on Oregon’s Willamette National Forest in the late 1980s, Jeff came to the conclusion that the Forest Service was over-logging which would lead to the type of eco-degradation he had seen in Central America in the Peace Corps. He co-founded PEER ...

Teresa Chambers: The Honest Chief

by Susan Sargent | April 3, 2018
Teresa waged a 7-year legal battle through PEER to overturn her termination for honestly answering a reporter’s questions as first female Chief of the U.S. Park Police. Her case created important protections for all national security and public safety whistleblowers ...