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.
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Most Big National Park Units Lack Required General Management Plans
Approval for Subaru Ad Shoot Hand-Carried through National Park Headquarters
BLM Rigs Reviews to Route Vegas-Reno Race through Basin & Range Monument
Assaults More than Double in Two Years with No Reported Enforcement
Segregation, Tighter Monitoring and Ingredient Disclosures for Wyoming Permits
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Agency Failed to Conduct Mandatory Environmental Analysis when Submitting Bills
Highlands Septic Study Faces Retraction Demand
Groups Call for Ouster of Top BLM Appraiser
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Superintendents as Fundraisers, Corporate Marketing and Naming Rights
Data Quantifying and Qualifying Grazing Effects on Land Health Belatedly Restored
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