Public lands (1 - 10 of 45 items)
National Park Service: Employee Housing Issues
T-RCED-98-35: Published: Oct 29, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1997.
GAO discussed its past work on National Park Service (NPS) employee housing issues.GAO noted that: (1) NPS has not clearly justified the need for all of its employee housing units; (2) the agency requires parks to perform needs assessments to justify its housing; (3) however, these assessments may not be in-depth, objective, nor performed consistently from park to park; (4) in response to the Omni...
Federal Land Management: Estimates of Timber Value and Economic Effects of Harvesting the Headwaters Forest
RCED-97-241R: Published: Sep 24, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 10, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the value of timber resources in the Headwaters Forest area in northwestern California and the effects of harvesting the forest on jobs, payrolls, and taxes if harvesting were to occur. GAO noted that on September 28, 1996, the federal government, the state of California, and Pacific Lumber Company (the owner) signed an agreement for...
Superfund: EPA's Community Relations Efforts Could Be More Effective
RCED-94-156: Published: Apr 8, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to involve communities in decisionmaking about local Superfund sites, focusing on: (1) the Superfund program's requirements for community relations activities; (2) the extent to which EPA is fulfilling these requirements; and (3) community residents' feelings about the adequacy of EPA efforts.GAO...
Bureau of Reclamation: Unauthorized Recreation Facilities at Two Reclamation Projects
RCED-93-115: Published: Sep 16, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the appropriateness of the Bureau of Reclamation's expenditures for the Drainage and Minor Construction (D&MC) Program, focusing on whether: (1) some facilities constructed at federal water projects are recreational instead of minimum public health and safety facilities; (2) Reclamation has exceeded the authorized funds for constructing recreation...
Large Grazing Permits
RCED-93-190RS: Published: Jul 16, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided permit holders' addresses and phone numbers missing from its listing of the top 500 Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service grazing permits. GAO noted that it could not provide the unlisted phone number of one permit holder and the other permit had been cancelled, sold, or transferred...
Forest Service: Little Assurance That Fair Market Value Fees Are Collected From Ski Areas
RCED-93-107: Published: Apr 16, 1993. Publicly Released: May 12, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) whether the Forest Service's graduated rate fee system (GRFS) generates fair-market value fees for ski resorts operating on its land; (2) whether a ski industry-developed fee system would collect fair-market value fees; and (3) how the ski industry's fee system compares with GRFS.GAO found that: (1) GRFS does not ensure that the Service receiv...
Rangeland Management: Profile of the Bureau of Land Management's Grazing Allotments and Permits
RCED-92-213FS: Published: Jun 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO presented information on livestock grazing on public rangeland managed by the Bureau of Land Management, focusing on: (1) the number, average acreage, and average stocking rate of BLM allotments; and (2) the total and average number of animal unit months covered by grazing permits.GAO found that, as of September 1991: (1) BLM administered 22,058 allotments...
National Park Service: Policies and Practices for Determining Concessioners' Building Use Fees
T-RCED-92-66: Published: May 21, 1992. Publicly Released: May 21, 1992.
GAO discussed the fees that National Park Service (NPS) concessioners pay for using federally owned facilities. GAO noted that: (1) NPS does not maintain data on concession agreements that include the use of federally owned facilities; (2) in 1990, there were about 150 agreements involving concessioners' use of about 1,400 federally owned facilities; (3) those concessioners' gross revenues ranged...
Contacts and Documents Reviewed
RCED-92-193R: Published: May 4, 1992. Publicly Released: May 4, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO commented on information it used to respond to a Nevada consulting firm's report which criticized three GAO reports. GAO noted that its efforts to identify specific documents reviewed and individuals contacted were complicated by the length of time since the reports were issued. GAO presented: (1) a complete list of the reports, studies, judicial opinions,...
Rangeland Management: Interior's Monitoring Has Fallen Short of Agency Requirements
RCED-92-51: Published: Feb 24, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) performance in: (1) monitoring the impact of grazing on range conditions; and (2) taking action to change grazing conditions when needed.GAO found that: (1) BLM has only collected monitoring data for half of the 14,000 allotments that it should have completed within the last 5 years; (2) although BLM focused it...