Public lands (51 - 60 of 97 items)
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...
Natural Resources: Five-Year Bibliography 1991-1995
RCED-96-165W: Published: Aug 1, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1996.
GAO published a list and abstracts of its natural resources-related reports and testimony issued from January 1991 through December 1995, regarding such issues as: (1) land and natural resources management; (2) the National Park System; (3) national forests; (4) concessioners; (5) recreation activities; (6) financial management; (7) endangered species and wildlife conservation; (8) wetlands conser...
Comments on H.R. 2107
RCED-96-189R: Published: Jun 11, 1996. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed proposed legislation that would improve the quality of visitors' services at National Park Service (NPS) and Forest Service recreational sites. GAO noted that: (1) the number of visitors to national recreational sites has increased dramatically, but NPS and the Forest Service have been unable to keep up with maintenance, operational, and resource m...
Federal Land Use
RCED-96-139R: Published: May 7, 1996. Publicly Released: May 7, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the quantities of coal, oil, natural gas, timber, and grazing acreage on federal lands managed by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, focusing on the extent to which those resources and hardrock minerals were made available or used between fiscal year (FY) 1990 and FY 1995. GAO found that: (1) federal lands contain an estimated 160 bi...
National Parks: Difficult Choices Need to Be Made About the Future of the Parks
RCED-95-238: Published: Aug 30, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the current condition of 12 national park units, focusing on: (1) whether any deterioration in visitor services or park resources is occurring at the 12 units; (2) what factors contribute to the degradation of visitor services and parks' natural and cultural resources; and (3) the National Park Service's efforts in dealing with these problems.GAO f...
Natural Resources Management Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-95-24(3): Published: Jul 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1995.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Natural Resources Management issue area as of July 6, 1995...
Mineral Resources: BLM Needs to Improve Controls Over Oil and Gas Lease Acreage Limitation
RCED-95-56: Published: Dec 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) administration of oil and gas leases on public lands, focusing on BLM controls to ensure that federal oil and gas leases are not issued to parties who have exceeded the acreage limitation.GAO found that: (1) BLM does not have adequate controls to ensure that oil and gas leases are not issued to parties who have...
Natural Resources: Lessons Learned Regarding Public Land Withdrawn for Military Use
T-NSIAD-94-227: Published: Jun 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1994.
GAO discussed Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Interior management of lands withdrawn for military use. GAO noted that: (1) military commanders at five withdrawn sites have changed some training activities due to environmental constraints; (2) military operations have hampered the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) resource management activities and caused BLM to assign a low priority...
Forest Service Management: Issues To Be Considered in Developing a New Stewardship Strategy
T-RCED-94-116: Published: Feb 1, 1994. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1994.
GAO discussed issues that need to be considered in developing a strategy to reform the Forest Service, focusing on the need to: (1) stem the deterioration of the nation's natural resources and the related infrastructure on federal lands; (2) obtain a better return for the sale or use of natural resources on federal lands; (3) refocus certain agency missions, programs, and activities to increase ef...
Federal Lands: Improvements Needed in Managing Short-Term Concessioners
RCED-93-177: Published: Sep 14, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the federal government's oversight of concessioners operating on federal recreation lands under short-term agreements, focusing on the government's policy and practices for: (1) evaluating short-term concessioners' performance; (2) ensuring that short-term concessioners comply with federal, state, and local health and safety laws and regulations; (...