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.
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NEWS FROM PEER
Retired Park Historians and Superintendents Say Structure Will Obscure Battlefield
Bush Sporting Council Identifies Administration Policies as Highest Hunting Hurdles
Corps Rejected Concept a Decade Ago Due to Insurmountable Hydrological Barriers
Many State Laws Will Be Subject to Legal Challenge and Uncertainty
Rules Will Be Ensnared in Lawsuits for Failure to Review Environmental Impacts
NPS Director Appears This Week at International Mountain Biking Convention
Rep. Henry Brown Evades Forest Service Assessment for 4 Years, Penalty Waived
U.S. Senate Hearing Grasping for Solutions to Rising Toll of ORVs on Public Lands
Supreme Court Only Option to Stay Removal of Giant Cross after 9th Circuit Ruling
Threatened by Oil Drilling, Mining, Roads, ORV Use and, Above All – Politics
Oil Company Grabs Top Agency Managers to Push What They Used to Regulate
Planned “Temporary” Visitor Center in Center of Battlefield Draws Historians’ Ire
Section of Sonoran Desert National Monument Off-Limits to ORVs for Two-Years
Park Service Should Not Have Opened More Routes to Off-Road Vehicles in Big Cypress National Preserve
Scores of Vacant Refuges to Be Left With No Staff on “Preservation Status”
Internal Study Credits Parks with Generating $10 Billion and 236,000 Jobs
Will New Park Lands Be Protected for Their Wild Values?
Political Appointees at Interior Vetoed Park Objections; Lawsuit Filed
Environmentalists Ask Court to Hold BLM in Contempt for Failure to Comply with Court Order