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
More Than 80 Waivers from Just 3 Field Offices Prompt Call for Inquiry and Lawsuit
To build a better BLM, PEER recommends prioritizing staff protecting land health and biodiversity and shift priorities away from resource extraction
The Interior Secretary announced a phaseout of single-use plastics in national parks and other public lands.
Court Directs Park Service to Consider Cumulative and Foreseeable Impacts
NPS Balks on Plastic Bottle Sales Ban or Restoring Superintendent Discretion
It is important to remember the many challenges facing national parks during this National Park Week.
Our national parks are the pride of our country but keeping them healthy, accessible and sustainable is a challenge that must be met.
Meeting the climate change and biodiversity goals of 30×30 must include conservation of as much of our lands as possible.
BLM needs to create a central BLM geodatabase, coordinate all of the agency databases, complete and update all Land Health Standards evaluations.
Public Shut Out of Review of Telecom Expansion as 5G Era Dawns
PEER is working to ensure that a functional BLM grazing program is a part of the land conservation conversation.
New Map Shows Harmful Impacts of BLM Livestock Grazing Program
Overflight Plans for 8 Major National Parks Due This August Not Close
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The National Park Service is suffering from a staffing crisis, bold action is needed to address climate, conservation and maintenance goals.
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Without changing its own culture, Bureau of Land Management will be unable to achieve the Biden Administration’s conservation and climate goals.
Park Service employees deserve work environments that are respectful, inclusive, and safe. Their voices should be heard.
Elaborate Employee Outreach Effort Completed in 2018 but Not Distributed
Absent a major shift in priorities at the National Park Service, it is only a matter of time before we see preventable deaths and other disasters