Natural resources (71 - 79 of 79 items)
Lands in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area Should Be Returned to Private Ownership
CED-81-10: Published: Jan 22, 1981. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1981.
GAO was requested to examine the land acquisition and management practices of the National Park Service (NPS) at Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. Through the law which established this area, it was congressional intent that land acquisition costs be minimal, that a private community in the recreation area continue to exist, that commercial development not be eliminated, and that additional co...
Promising Changes Improve EPA's Extramural Research; More Changes Needed
CED-81-6: Published: Oct 28, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1980.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made a number of changes to the planning and management of its research activities. If properly implemented, they should improve the EPA research program. GAO discussed some problems which require further attention, and factors and weaknesses which, unless corrected, could continue to seriously hamper the EPA ability to meet its research needs.GAO foun...
Better Management of National Park Concessions Can Improve Services Provided to the Public
CED-80-102: Published: Jul 31, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 1980.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the management of concession operations by the National Park Service (NPS).GAO found that concessioner performance evaluation would be more effective if visitors' opinions and comments were used in appraising concessioner performance. Existing concessioners already have a competitive advantage over others who want to operate in the parks, they do...
Federal Interests Should Receive More Consideration under the Forest Highway Program
CED-77-130: Published: Oct 13, 1977. Publicly Released: Oct 13, 1977.
The Forest Highway Program, as currently administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHwA) and the Forest Service, is not meeting the Forest Service's needs for managing the national forest resources.Forest highways total about 22,000 miles and are of special federal interest because they link the national forests to the federal-aid highway system. Congress, in establishing the Forest High...
More and Better Uses Could Be Made of Billions of Gallons of Water by Improving Irrigation Delivery Systems
CED-77-117: Published: Sep 2, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 2, 1977.
Agricultural irrigation uses 83 percent of water consumed in the United States. Large amounts of water transported to farms are wasted annually because of inefficient delivery systems which seep water.The seepage problem exists throughout the West and causes a loss of water for beneficial purposes. Federal projects supply water to only about one-fifth of the total irrigated western lands and, ther...
Adequacy of Controls for the Reclamation of Lands Mined for Noncoal Minerals
CED-77-72: Published: May 17, 1977. Publicly Released: May 17, 1977.
A need exists for more complete information on the mining of noncoal minerals in order to formulate Federal regulations governing such mining. A survey was conducted to observe the effects of mining operations for uranium, copper, phosphate, limestone, molybdenum, and iron at a number of active and abandoned surface and underground mining sites in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Wyomin...
Concessions Management by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior
100189: Dec 9, 1976
In 1974, GAO reviewed: (1) the monitoring and evaluation of concessions operations; (2) the encouragement of competition and the considerations given small business in the award and renewal of concession contracts; (3) the adequacy of policies and practices for establishing concessioner franchise fees; and (4) the extent of compliance with environmental requirements in approving new facilities. La...
Indian Natural Resources--Opportunities for Improved Management and Increased Productivity - Part I: Forest Land, Rangeland, and Cropland
RED-76-8: Published: Aug 18, 1975. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 1975.
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