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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Consideration of Land Costs “Optimizes” Both Economic and Ecological Benefits
Park Service Wins Legal Victory at Mojave of Which It Should Be Ashamed
Secret Decision to Block Single-Use Bottle Bans throughout National Park System
Scientists Told to Not Consider Grazing Due to Fear of Lawsuits and Data Gaps
Marine Mammal Commission Confirms Shellfish Operation Effect on Seals
Did Corporate Donation Sway Reversal of Grand Canyon Plastic Water Bottle Ban?
Suit to Block Park Service Plan to Carve a 130-Mile Network of ORV Trails
Genetically Engineered Agriculture on 54 Refuges in 8 States Targeted as Illegal
Forest Service Cops in Michigan and Wisconsin Decry Agency Head-in-Sand Stance
Project Scraping Refuge to Protect Private Beach Homes Fails in 4 Days
“Fast Track” Review Masks Pre-Selection of Most Damaging Transmission Route
First Steps in Opening Vast Big Cypress Addition Lands to Hunting and Trapping
Shale Gas Pipeline Highlights State’s Failure to Collect Full Payments from Utilities
Genetically Engineered Crops on 25 National Wildlife Refuges in 8 States Are Illegal
High-Level Working Group Shielding Plan to Force GE Crops onto Wildlife Refuges
Abrupt Reversal of Conservation Mandate Raises Legal and Management Questions
New Study Details Changes in Soil Chemistry and Devastation of Trees and Plants
Park Service Scheme to Strip 40,000 Preserve Acres of Wilderness Eligibility Bared
Henry Coe and Red Rock Canyon State Parks Targeted in Financial Crisis Gambit
Nearly 1 in 5 Parks Set for Shutdown Used Fed Dollars with Promise to Keep Open