Wildlife (51 - 60 of 76 items)
Wildlife Management: Problems Being Experienced With Current Monitoring Approach
RCED-91-123: Published: Jul 22, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's management indicator species approach to monitoring wildlife and their habitat in national forests, focusing on the cost-effectiveness and ultimate usefulness of this approach.GAO found that: (1) although the management indicator approach is based on sound theory, several practical drawbacks exist which raise questions about wh...
Mineral Resources: Increased Attention Being Given to Cyanide Operations
RCED-91-145: Published: Jun 20, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the environmental consequences of mining operations using cyanide to extract gold and other minerals from federal lands, focusing on the: (1) hazards of cyanide operations to wildlife and the environment; and (2) efficacy, implementation, and enforcement of existing laws and regulations governing cyanide extraction operations.GAO found that: (1) as...
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,...
Public Land Management: Attention to Wildlife Is Limited
RCED-91-64: Published: Mar 7, 1991. Publicly Released: May 10, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal wildlife management on public lands, focusing on: (1) whether the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) appropriately considered wildlife interests during federal land use planning processes; and (2) the impact of federal management practices on wildlife conditions.GAO found that: (1) no legislation existed that specified a...
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...
Alaska Wildlife Refuges: Restrictive Criteria Used to Recommend Additional Wilderness
RCED-89-155: Published: Sep 28, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) recommendations for additional wilderness designations in its 16 Alaska wildlife refuges.GAO found that: (1) FWS recommended designating an additional 3.4 million acres of refuge lands as wilderness areas, although 52.6 million acres qualified as wilderness; (2) refuge managers and planning team members recomme...
Shortfalls in BLM's Management of Wildlife Habitat in the California Desert Conservation Area
T-RCED-90-1: Published: Oct 2, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 1989.
GAO discussed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) management of wildlife habitat in the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA), focusing on its efforts to protect and enhance wildlife under current legislative authority. GAO found that: (1) in 1980, BLM developed a comprehensive land use plan that required it to develop specific plans for and monitor 57 wildlife habitat management areas and...
California Desert: Planned Wildlife Protection and Enhancement Objectives Not Achieved
RCED-89-171: Published: Jun 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed whether the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) appropriately considered wildlife interests in its management of the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA).GAO found that: (1) BLM is statutorily required to manage CDCA in accordance with the principles of multiple use, sustained yield, and resource protection; (2) BLM has worked to develop environm...
Endangered Species: Spotted Owl Petition Evaluation Beset by Problems
RCED-89-79: Published: Feb 21, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) decision to deny a petition to list the northern spotted owl as an endangered species.GAO found that FWS: (1) delayed its decision about whether to conduct a study; (2) did not allow adequate time for a study team to conduct a thorough investigation; (3) extensively rewrote the draft report to support d...
Parks and Recreation: Access Permits to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Improperly Granted
RCED-87-69: Published: Dec 29, 1986. Publicly Released: Jan 7, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) access permit program at the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, specifically whether individuals with vehicular access permits met the prescribed residential or commercial criteria. GAO examined: (1) laws and regulations to determine how access permits were issued; and (2) the refuge office fi...