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.
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
State Resource Agency Violates its Own Laws and Federal Wetland Protections
Shuttering Parks Purchased with Federal Dollars Jeopardizes Future Federal Aid
Incidents More than Triple in National Parks, Forest Violence Up a Third in 2009
Walruses and Seals, Non-Existent Equipment Lists and Other Fanciful References
Recreation Planner Resigns in Frustration After “Body Part” Incident in Ghost Town
Interior Had Critical GAO Report Weeks before Unveiling Offshore Drilling Plans
“Independent Evaluation” of Environmental, Financial and Operational Problems
Delaware’s Bombay Hook Lacks Required Environmental Review and Justification
Documents Show Poaching, Policing, Pesticide and Financial Problems on Refuge
New Protections Should Be Extended Beyond Oil & Gas to All Mineral Extraction
MMS “Transparency” Mandate Riddled with Welter of Non-Release Categories
Secret Corporate Royalty Plans Force Parks to Eat High Administrative Costs
Clean Water Victory at Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area
Legal Opinion May Open New Support Base for Floundering State Parks
200 Sites Still Vulnerable As Long Shrouded IG Report Fuels Cover-up Charges
Back Door Proposal to Transfer Lands from Tolowa Dunes State Park
BLM Told to Redesign Bush-Era ORV Plan for Mojave Desert Federal Lands
Reward Offered for OHV Vandals Who Trashed Meadow Sacramento — Conservationists are offering a reward for information leading to the identification and conviction of dirt bikers who damaged a beautiful mountain meadow that is vital habitat for the Yosemite toad, a...
Funds Earmarked for Off-Road Recreation Which Generates Only 1/6th of Revenue
Genetically Modified Seeds Okayed by Obama Fish & Wildlife Service Director Pick Hamilton