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
Government actions must reflect the reality of climate change. The Biden-Harris campaign promises to address climate change on public lands.
Winter snow guides in Yellowstone protest pandemic response in managed Yellowstone National Park, six guides were fired as a result.
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is suing the U.S. Forest Service to produce an audit of staggering monetary losses from past timber sales in the Tongass National Forest.
A federal court in Montana is now determining which of William Pendley actions as illegal head of the Bureau of Lang Management (BLM) should be invalidated.
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