protecting our parks

Jeff Ruch

Jeff Ruch was the Executive Director of PEER from 1997-2019 and now serves as Director of Pacific PEER, headquartered in California. Prior to that Jeff was the Policy Director and a staff attorney at the Government Accountability Project representing whistleblowers from both the public and private sector. Before coming to DC, Jeff worked in California state government for 17 years, mostly in the State Legislature as counsel to various committees where he drafted literally hundreds of laws on topics ranging from energy conservation to the rights of employed inventors. Jeff served stints as a deputy district attorney, an appellate court clerk and is a graduate of the California Correctional Officers Academy.

Park Service Unveils Wobbly New E-Bike Policy

by Elizabeth Duan | August 17, 2021
Superintendents Told to Figure Out E-Bike Access on Park-by-Park Basis ...

Park Crowding Will Worsen As Foreign Tourists Return

by Kirsten Stade | August 2, 2021
Parks Lack Plans Despite Explicit Mandate to Develop Carrying Capacities ...

PEERMail | Plastic Free Parks Are Possible!

by Tim Whitehouse | June 30, 2021
The National Park Service must act quickly to address the crisis of plastics in our parks, Sec. Haaland has an opportunity to make a difference ...

Let’s Resist the Temptation to “Improve” Wilderness

by Guest Contributor | March 19, 2021
In designated wilderness areas, management means protecting the resource and natural processes, sometimes this means less access instead of more ...

Beyond 2020: National Park Service

by Jeff Ruch | September 2, 2020
How the Park Service can continue to preserve the country’s natural and historical heritage for current and future generations ...