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.
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.
NEWS FROM PEER
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House of Commons Calls for Moratorium Until Stronger Safeguards Are in Place
Tree Removals Expand as State Eschews Public Review or Expert Consultation
Exotic Organisms on Oil Drilling Equipment Excluded from Environmental Reviews
New Jersey Will Charge Up to $225 for Sheltered Picnic Areas with Iconic Views
Safety Agency Can Produce Only One Page of Notes to Demonstrate Cap Reliability
More than a dozen of our countrys most seasoned law enforcement and resource management specialists from every major public lands agency and several administrations are taking a stand to end irresponsible off-road vehicle use on our public lands. Meet the Rangers for...
Bush Proposal Dusted Off and Adopted with Only Slight Modifications
Agency Acts on PEER Rulemaking Petition to Curb Damage of Energy Production
Dismal Land Preservation Record in Massachusetts Bodes Ill for Natural Legacy
Lawsuit Filed Challenging Plan to Allow ORVs on Inyo County Roads Independence, Calif. — The Center for Biological Diversity and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility took action today to hold Inyo County accountable to adequately review the environmental...
Ancient Rock Art in No-Man-Zones Vulnerable to Vandalism and Degradation
Sell State Lands to Foreign Nations, Move Offices to Parks and Pelletize State Forests
Tribal Takeover Resembles Agreement Invalidated by Federal Court in 2010
33 million Acres of BLM Grazing Allotments Fail Basic Rangeland Health Standards
Bull’s Island Is Habitat for Endangered Bat and Protected Migratory Birds
Precedent-Setting Embrace of Converting Park Backcountry to Thrill Sport Venues
DEP Plans Emergency Clear-Cut of Bull’s Island State Park on Delaware River
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Admits Need for Deeper Environmental Review
Concessions to Industry and Skewed Review Will Fuel Lawsuits
Summit Promoting a Billion Dollar Private Endowment for Parks