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

WATCHDOG: PARK SERVICE MANAGEMENT NOT HELD TO SAME STANDARD

From: Federal Times ““In the Park Service, immunity for its managers appears immutable,” PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch said in a release. He continued, saying that the only saving grace was that Caldwell had not been placed in charge of procurement and that “lower-level employees” would not get away with these actions. “ Read more ....
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STRUGGLING U.S. NATIONAL PARKS FLOODED WITH VISITORS

From: Environment News Service “An already thinning Bureau of Land Management is warned to get ready for further staff cutbacks, with possible buyouts if Trump targets are not met, according to agency documents posted June 21 by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER, an association of employees in natural resource agencies.” Read more . . ....
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LAWSUIT FILED TO FORCE USFS TO DISCLOSE THE FATE OF PROMISED TIMBER REFORMS

From: SIT News “One 2016 “Washington Office Activity Review” uncovered by PEER found that two large Tongass commercial timber sales each racked up big monetary losses. In addition, required inspections to prevent timber theft were bypassed. The review called for “an independent review” to “prevent similar issues in future timber and stewardship contracts” but according to...
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OUT AND ABOUT: BLANKET PHONE COVERAGE PROPOSED FOR PARKS

From: The Spokesman Review “Yellowstone National Park would be blanketed with strong 4G cell coverage under a multisite expansion entering its final approval phase, according to comments filed this week by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).” Read more . . . Read the PEER story
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CHARGES DISMISSED IN HORSE DEATHS AT THREE-WAY

From: The Copper Era “That case has now been dismissed following an assertion of federal sovereign immunity, according to watchdog group PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility). In a news release last week, the group took issue with how the incident was handled, calling the internal investigation’s final report (a one-page document, the group claims), “a...
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“ADOPT” A STORM DRAIN: CLEAN WATER STARTS HERE

From: NM Political Report “Initial funding was provided by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the family-run Roros Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Local advertising agency iostudio donated a decommissioned Windows-based laptop to support programming needs in the field, while volunteer Greg Rhinehart modified industry-leading software donated by ESRI ArcGIS to create unique...
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TWO HORSES AND MULE DIE OF DEHYDRATION IN AZ APACHE-SITGREAVES FOREST

From: Sonoran News “An attempt to criminally prosecute U.S. Forest Service employees for acts of cruelty to animals resulting in the death of two horses and a mule has been dropped, according to court records posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The dismissals followed an assertion of federal sovereign immunity in order to...
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3 BLM STATE DIRECTORS REMOVED IN REORGANIZATION – SOURCES

From: E&E News “Nedd sent an agencywide email to all staff June 16 acknowledging that the budget cuts, if implemented, “could mean 1,000 fewer full-time equivalent employees across the Nation,” according to a copy of the email obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Nedd’s email says the agency can probably handle most of the reduction...
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INTERIOR DEPARTMENT REORGANIZATION WILL HIT NEW MEXICO’S LANDSCAPES, COMMUNITIES

From: NM Political Report “The BLM’s workforce has declined by one-fifth since 2010, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), which notes that despite being the smallest federal land agency, BLM has the largest jurisdiction, overseeing a total of 245 million acres of land and 700 million acres of mineral rights nationwide. In December, PEER...
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PRESIDENT TRUMP LOOKS TO SLASH NEARLY 4,000 INTERIOR DEPARTMENT JOBS

From: New Hampshire Public Radio “BLM, even though it’s one of the most thinly staffed agencies in federal service, is also central to the Trump plans to increase energy production on public lands. So I don’t understand how they do that by taking almost one quarter of the cuts just out of this agency.” Read more...
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