Public lands (11 - 20 of 45 items)
National Park Service: Cost Estimates for Two Proposed Park Facilities in Texas
RCED-91-218BR: Published: Sep 3, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the cost estimates for the proposed: (1) visitor center at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park; and (2) headquarters/visitor center and a separate maintenance facility at Big Thicket National Preserve.GAO found that: (1) the National Park Service's (NPS) initial cost estimate for the San Antonio Missions visitor center was $8.63 million,...
Rangeland Management: Comparison of Rangeland Condition Reports
RCED-91-191: Published: Jul 18, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO followed up on its 1988 report on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) and Forest Service's rangeland management programs, comparing the conclusions and analyzing the findings of two studies conducted by BLM and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on the condition of the public rangeland under BLM jurisdiction.GAO found that: (1) although NRDC and...
Federal Lands: Improvements Needed in Managing Concessioners
RCED-91-163: Published: Jun 11, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) laws and policies governing recreation concession operations on federal lands; (2) total number and types of concession agreements; (3) total return to the government from concession operations; and (4) federal recreation resources management practices of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,...
Recreation Concessioners Operating on Federal Lands
T-RCED-91-16: Published: Mar 21, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1991.
GAO discussed the issue of concession-operated recreation services on federal lands, concerning the National Park Service (NPS), Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Forest Service, and the Army Corps of Engineers. GAO noted that: (1) since there was no single law authorizing concession operations for all six agencies, the agencies' policies regarding the ty...
Mineral Revenues: Potential Cost to Repurchase Offshore Oil and Gas Leases
RCED-91-93: Published: Feb 22, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 22, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the range of potential costs to the federal government for the cancellation of 123 oil and gas leases offshore Alaska, Florida, and North Carolina.GAO found that the: (1) bonuses, rents, and associated interest ranged from $889.4 million to $970.7 million for the 123 leases, as of December 31, 1990; (2) federal government was only obligated to pay...
Parks and Recreation: Resource Limitations Affect Condition of Forest Service Recreation Sites
RCED-91-48: Published: Jan 15, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Forest Service's maintenance of developed recreation sites, focusing on the: (1) extent and causes of the maintenance and reconstruction backlogs; (2) Service's site inventory system; and (3) effects of resource limitations on site maintenance.GAO found that: (1) aging facilities, increased public use, and public demand for new or modernized fa...
Mineral Revenues: Progress Has Been Slow in Verifying Offshore Oil and Gas Production
RCED-90-193: Published: Aug 31, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's actions to: (1) verify the accuracy of reported offshore oil and gas production; and (2) annually inspect certain offshore lease sites.GAO found that: (1) Interior lacked a fully operational program for verifying that sites accurately reported all oil and gas production for royalty determination purposes, but the Mi...
Rangeland Management: BLM Efforts to Prevent Unauthorized Livestock Grazing Need Strengthening
RCED-91-17: Published: Dec 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) efforts to detect and deter unauthorized livestock grazing on public rangelands.GAO found that BLM: (1) did not know the full extent of grazing trespass on its allotments, although such violations occurred frequently; (2) identified staffing shortfalls as a major obstacle in conducting a more effective trespass...
Mineral Revenues: Shortcomings in Onshore Federal Oil and Gas Production Verification
RCED-90-99: Published: Jun 26, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of the Interior's inspection and enforcement program responsibility for onshore federal and Indian oil and gas lease production verification.GAO found that: (1) while the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has improved the inspection and enforcement program since assuming responsibility for it, allegations of oil and gas theft continue...
Tongass National Forest: Administration of Two Long-Term Alaskan Timber Contracts
RCED-90-87: Published: Feb 21, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed two long-term timber contracts in the Tongass National Forest, focusing on: (1) timber harvested under the two contracts; (2) timber deleted from the contractors' operating plans; (3) backlogged timber; and (4) Forest Service management of the Tongass timber program.GAO found that: (1) the Service did comply with all of its internal controls for do...