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Following are recent press clips from national publications that relate to PEER issues, campaigns and news releases.

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT PLANS TO CUT 1000 JOBS IN FY2018

From: Bloomberg Government ““Jeff Ruch, the group’s executive director, told Bloomberg BNA June 21 he’s concerned that the BLM and other federal agencies may turn to involuntary employee separations–known in the federal government as reductions in force–to implement spending cuts in Trump’s proposed budget.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story
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INTERIOR CHIEF WANTS TO SHED 4,000 EMPLOYEES IN DEPARTMENT SHAKE-UP

From: Washington Post ““While the FY 2018 budget is not final, we must heed the staffing levels that it calls for,” Nedd wrote. His email, with a subject line reading “Defining Our Priorities in a Time of Change,” was obtained by the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.” Read more . . . Read the...
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INTERIOR: ZINKE DEFENDS REORGANIZATION, BUDGET TO SKEPTICAL SENATORS

From: Greenwire “Acting BLM Director Mike Nedd sent a June 16 email to employees, posted online by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, that outlines the agency’s budget challenges in light of the administration’s $11.7 billion proposal for the department in fiscal 2018, a 13 percent cut from 2017 enacted levels, depending on the budget numbers cited.”...
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COMPREHENSIVE CONSERVATION PLAN PROCESS BEGINS AT NAT’L BISON RANGE

From: Valley Journal “Skip Palmer, who said he worked at the bison range for 16 years and the FWS for 22, said both the federal agency and the tribes were at fault in previous years. “They forgot what the mission was and let politics get involved,” he said.” Read more . . . Read the PEER...
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PROPOSALS: VIRTUALLY BLANKET YELLOWSTONE, MOUNT RAINIER WITH CELL PHONE COVERAGE

From: The Spokesman-Review “Yellowstone National Park would be blanketed with strong 4G cell coverage under a multi-site expansion entering its final approval phase, according to comments filed this week by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). New commercial structures would rise above four Yellowstone sites, and would transform scenic Mt. Washburn, the park’s highest point, into...
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2000 SACRED BONES WENT MISSING 21 YEARS AGO. THIS DETECTIVE FOUND THEM.

From: Outside Online “ According to a 2014 whistle-blower complaint facilitated by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a government watchdog group that monitors problems in the Park Service and other agencies, the office stored 164,000 uncataloged artifacts and remains collected during construction projects in cardboard boxes in their Sacramento headquarters and allegedly altered databases to erase...
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TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN: CELL PHONE COVERAGE

From: South Pierce County Dispatch “Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) has formally told park officials that cell equipment and increased cell phone use inside the park would clash with peaceful, tranquil wilderness settings. The companies’ application should be denied, PEER said.” Read more . . . Read the PEER story
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TRUMP’S FEDERAL HIRING FREEZE MAKES AMERICA LESS SAFE

From: New American Journal “According to the union that represents these brave first responders who tend to be top notch people just like the National Park Service rangers they work alongside every day, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the number of Park Police sworn officers is at the lowest point in nearly a decade and...
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WOLF RESEARCHER PLANS TO SUE WSU OVER FREE SPEECH

From: King 5 “During the study, Wielgus followed wolves and cattle to track wolf depredations, the term used to refer to injuries or deaths attributed to wolves. He found that 99 percent of ranchers in wolf occupied areas in Washington lose one out of a thousand cattle to wolves. The rancher who lost cattle to the...
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