Protecting America’s Public Lands
Roughly 300 million acres of American lands, most in the West, are set aside as public lands and maintained using taxes paid by all Americans. These lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and National Wildlife Refuge System are by charter supposed to be managed for multiple uses including recreation and provision of wildlife habitat and clean water sources. Increasingly, however, they are run for the benefit of extractive industries and with little regard for the preservation of the rare wildlife or iconic natural beauty for which they are famous.
With the help of conscientious range management specialists, scientists, law enforcement officers and other workers within these agencies, PEER is uncovering how our precious national heritage is being sold to the highest bidder, often under the direction of poorly qualified and illegally appointed political appointees.
Livestock grazing allows heavily subsidized private operators to degrade our public lands.
Off-road vehicle abuse is a growing problem on our public lands, especially in the West.
Oil and Gas Drilling
Environmental and public health risks are being ignored by regulatory agencies and decisions heavily influenced by profit-driven industries.
Park Service Employee Outreach Effort with Unsettling Results Shelved Since 2018
A detailed examination of the toxic work culture within the National Park Service (NPS) has gathered dust for the past three years despite promises that it would be used as a critical tool for healing. NPS commissioned an outreach campaign called “NPS Voices” that engaged staff in a series of in-person and web-based listening sessions. All NPS employees were invited to participate in what top officials called “a cornerstone in our efforts to change the culture that has allowed harassment to persist.” Unfortunately, shelving the report likely had the opposite impact on morale.
A New Era for the Bureau of Land Management
In January and February of 2021, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) conducted a series of in-depth phone interviews with current and former Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees from nine states from Headquarters, State Offices and Field Offices. The purpose of this survey was to identify steps the Biden administration can take to strengthen the institutional capacity of the BLM to better address conservation and climate change goals. read the report»
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Complaints Target BLM Neutral Stance on Livestock Grazing Climate Impacts
Number of Parks Ending Bottled Water Sales Has Plateaued as Industry Pushes Back
Park Service Should Not Classify Hybridized Beefalo as Native Wildlife
Commercial Cell Service Clashes with National Park Policies and Values
Impasse on National Bison Range Partnership Agreement Spurs Handover Scenario
Nine-Fold Increase in Attacks During 2001
Phony Claim of Scientific Research Masks Violations to Benefit Manager’s Cronies
National Park Services Finds Several Project Aspects Non-compliant
Publicity Stunt Not Expected to Reduce Exotic Snake Population in National Park
Public Comment Reopened Due to Unsupported Statements in Federal Register Notice
Park Service Snoozes Through Effigy Mounds Wake up Call
Key Oil Spill Prevention and Response Documents Still Not Released to Public
Federal Employees in the West Put in Crosshairs by Superheated Political Rhetoric
Despite Armed Standoff, Agency Claims Least Assaults and Threats Since 1996
Eco-Effects of Sonar Arrays and Gunnery Unclear Even in Scaled Back Exercises
Rancher Rewarded for Defiant Trespass as BLM Avoids Enforcement at All Costs
Tribal Gathering Proposal Is Radical Departure from Conservation Principles
The Center for Biological Diversity, PEER and Inyo County today settled a lawsuit on the so-called “Adventure Trails” pilot project, limiting it to seven dual-use roads totaling 44 miles
Off-Limit Corporate Partnerships on Table as NPS Waives Alcohol Promotion Ban
BLM: No Criminal Referrals, Cattle Inventory, or Lessons Learned