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.
Grazing and Rangeland Health
Livestock grazing allows heavily subsidized private operators to degrade our public lands.
Cell Tower Invasion
Cell phone towers spread across national parks without proper planning and public input.
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.
“Orphaned” Park Wilderness
Twenty-five million acres of recommended wilderness in our national park system are in limbo, marooned by politics.
REPORT | The Biden Administration’s Bureau of Land Management
As the Biden administration nears its halfway point, there are both encouraging signs of progress and plenty of room for growth when it comes to conserving public lands. Stronger leadership from the Biden administration and within federal land agencies is critical to act on both the climate and biodiversity crises. No public lands agency more epitomizes the challenges and opportunities ahead than the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – the country’s largest land manager at more than 245 million acres.
Mapping Rangeland Health
Our interactive BLM Rangeland Health Standards Evaluation Data (2020) on MangoMaps is based on data from 2020, obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. PEER worked with a former BLM contractor to analyze what these records reveal about the condition of our public lands and BLM’s discharge of its duties to safeguard them.
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NEWS FROM PEER
Far More Hunting Inside Denali Than on Its Boundary
Impact of Larger Toll on Sustainable Park Wildlife Populations Poorly Understood
Livestock Land Abuse Rampant on Public Range
New BLM Figures Show Little Progress in Healing Lands Degraded by Overgrazing
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Disavows Bison Range Transfer Proposal
Retreat Is Attempted Defense for Illegal Promulgation of Refuge Give-Away Plan
Yellowstone Backcountry Blanketed With Cell Coverage
Remotest Corners Now Connected Despite Park Promises of Limited Coverage
Trail of Tears Illegally Defaced by Forest Service
Agency Apologizes for Destroying Sacred Sites but Offers No Atonement
Off-Road Race Through Nevada Monument Aborted
USAF Helicopter Crash on Race’s Eve Closed Basin & Range Monument Course Leg
Park Service Pours Bucket of Mush on Effigy Mounds Scandal
Final Report on Desecration of Sacred Indian Sites Offers No Reforms or Remedies
BLM Bound to Betray Nevada Desert Monument
Reviews Rigged to Preclude Challenge to Last Minute Approval of Off-Road Race
National Parks Punt on Overcrowding
Statutory Requirement for Parks to Establish Carrying Capacities Widely Ignored
Tribal Bison Range Plan Leaves Many Uncertainties
Refuge Mission, Public Access and Fate of Bison Herd Placed at Tribal Discretion
Rudderless National Parks Adrift Without a Compass
Most Big National Park Units Lack Required General Management Plans
Skyline Drive Closures and Drones for Corporate Parks Donor
Approval for Subaru Ad Shoot Hand-Carried through National Park Headquarters
New Nevada Monument to Be Rutted by Off-Road Desert Race
BLM Rigs Reviews to Route Vegas-Reno Race through Basin & Range Monument
Open Season on Harassing Fisheries Observers
Assaults More than Double in Two Years with No Reported Enforcement
New Safeguards for Fracking Fluid Discharge
Segregation, Tighter Monitoring and Ingredient Disclosures for Wyoming Permits
Protect the National Bison Range
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Lawsuit Tackles National Bison Range Give-Away Legislation
Agency Failed to Conduct Mandatory Environmental Analysis when Submitting Bills
Highlands Septic Study Faces Retraction Demand
Highlands Septic Study Faces Retraction Demand
Audit Rips Federal Land Trades
Groups Call for Ouster of Top BLM Appraiser
Growing Grizzly Habituation Threatens Public Safety & Species Recovery
Yellowstone Ranger Decries Return to Garbage Bear Syndrome