protecting our parks

Jeff Ruch

Jeff Ruch was the Executive Director of PEER from 1997-2019 and now serves as Director of Pacific PEER, headquartered in California. Prior to that Jeff was the Policy Director and a staff attorney at the Government Accountability Project representing whistleblowers from both the public and private sector. Before coming to DC, Jeff worked in California state government for 17 years, mostly in the State Legislature as counsel to various committees where he drafted literally hundreds of laws on topics ranging from energy conservation to the rights of employed inventors. Jeff served stints as a deputy district attorney, an appellate court clerk and is a graduate of the California Correctional Officers Academy.

BLOG: National Forests and COVID-19. What’s Happening?

by Tim Whitehouse | June 12, 2020
National Forests receive less attention than parks during COVID-19, but overcrowding, lack of resources, and risk to gateway communities are the same ...

BLOG: National Parks Stumble Towards Reforms

by Jeff Ruch | June 2, 2020
In order for national parks to remain “America’s Best Idea,” park managers must move from merely maximizing crowds to actually managing them ...

Court Orders Limits on National Park Air Tours

by Susan Sargent | May 1, 2020
Within Two Years 23 National Parks Must Adopt Overflight Management Plans ...

Can National Parks Practice Social Distancing?

by Jeff Ruch | April 13, 2020
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. How can national parks dedicated to attracting crowds operate in a new era of social distancing ...

National Parks Epitomize Trump COVID Inconsistency

by Jeff Ruch | April 8, 2020
As more than 100 national park units have closed, hundreds more remain open in an uneven handling of COVID-19 by the Trump administration ...