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
Petrified Forest National Park Due for Wilderness Review
Will New Park Lands Be Protected for Their Wild Values?
Park Police Face Growing Challenges with Fewer Officers
Four-Hour Transition Ceremony Tomorrow for Troubled Force
ARTIFICIAL WATERING THREATENS MOJAVE WILDLIFE
Political Appointees at Interior Vetoed Park Objections; Lawsuit Filed
New Questions About 9th Circuit Nominee Role in Sleazy Deal
“Deflector General” Tries to Blame Myers’ Out-of-Control Subordinates
BLM Manager for Anaconda Mine Files Whistleblower Charge
Abrupt Termination Due to Raising Pollution and Safety Problems
Utah Land Trade Referred to Attorney General for Prosecution
Special Counsel Withholds Norton’s Probe into Whistleblower Allegations
BUSH & NORTON’S BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT IGNORING GRAZING AGREEMENT TO PROTECT DESERT TORTOISE
Environmentalists Ask Court to Hold BLM in Contempt for Failure to Comply with Court Order