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.
Park Service Employee Outreach Effort with Unsettling Results Shelved Since 2018
A detailed examination of the toxic work culture within the National Park Service (NPS) has gathered dust for the past three years despite promises that it would be used as a critical tool for healing. NPS commissioned an outreach campaign called “NPS Voices” that engaged staff in a series of in-person and web-based listening sessions. All NPS employees were invited to participate in what top officials called “a cornerstone in our efforts to change the culture that has allowed harassment to persist.” Unfortunately, shelving the report likely had the opposite impact on morale.
A New Era for the Bureau of Land Management
In January and February of 2021, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) conducted a series of in-depth phone interviews with current and former Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees from nine states from Headquarters, State Offices and Field Offices. The purpose of this survey was to identify steps the Biden administration can take to strengthen the institutional capacity of the BLM to better address conservation and climate change goals. read the report»
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Lawsuit Seeks Overdue Audit as Forest Service Preps Big Timber Expansion
Hastily Fashioned Regulation Will Not Extinguish Lawsuit Challenge
Secretary Bernhardt continues his carousel of illegal appointments with new de facto NPS Director Margaret Emerson
Lawsuit Progresses Toward Removing “De Facto” Park Service Director
Range Manager Facing Suspension After Appealing to Pendley
Judge rules WIlliam Pendley cannot serve as a de facto Director of the BLM despite the anemic arguments to the contrary by David Bernhardt.
Public lands in Nevada are being leased for oil and gas extraction despite little financial benefits to government but big losses to the public
The Forest Service hopes to pass a new rule making it easier for private companies to drill for oil and gas on U.S. National Forests.
Conflicted leadership, loss of institutional knowledge, and marginalization of staff have left the Bureau of Land Management less capable than ever.
Park Service Cuts Green Turtle Program Just as Need for Protection Spikes
Tim Whitehouse, Executive Director of PEER, comments to House Natural Resources Committee Democratic Roundtable on Pendley’s unfitness to lead the Bureau of Land Management.
Kyla Bennett testified in front of the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission to require a robust analysis of the impacts of oil and gas development
How the Park Service can continue to preserve the country’s natural and historical heritage for current and future generations
More ethical firestorms from intermingling official government duties with the upcoming election
FAA Posts Air Tour Management Plan Schedule Covering 23 National Parks
Lawsuit Amended to Invalidate Latest “De Facto” Park Service Director
Under the Trump administration, BLM has declined even further than in previous decades. We hope for a brighter future for BLM, which is so needed.
BLM Can Find No Documents Explaining Pendley Selection or Qualifications
62-Year Legacy of Advocating for Public Lands Will Continue
A new administration must stop address climate change, stop the fossil fuel madness and rapidly work to heal our degraded public lands.