Public lands (51 - 97 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; (...
National Park Service: Scope and Cost of America's Industrial Heritage Project Need to Be Defined
RCED-93-134: Published: May 14, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Southwestern Pennsylvania Heritage Preservation Commission's America's Industrial Heritage Project (AIHP), focusing on: (1) AIHP total costs and funding; (2) AIHP project development and how AIHP projects relate to the National Park Service's national priorities list; and (3) who is responsible for future AIHP project operation and maintenance...
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: BLM's Range Improvement Project Data Base Is Incomplete and Inaccurate
RCED-93-92: Published: Apr 5, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) use of range management funds, focusing on the: (1) types of range improvement projects funded; (2) cost of each project; and (3) rangeland resources that benefit from the projects.GAO found that: (1) BLM uses the Federal Financial System (FFS) and the Range Improvement Project System (RIPS) to track range impr...
Natural Resources Management: Issues to Be Considered by the Congress and Administration
T-RCED-93-5: Published: Feb 2, 1993. Publicly Released: Feb 2, 1993.
GAO discussed its December 1992 transition series report on natural resources management issues, focusing on the proposal to obtain a better return for the sale or use of federally managed natural resources. GAO noted that: (1) the existing infrastructure increasingly needs repair, and the land's condition is deteriorating while natural resources management staff face increasing responsibilities a...
Natural Resources Management Issues
OCG-93-17TR: Published: Dec 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed major federal policy, management, and program issues facing Congress and the new administration in natural resources management.GAO found that: (1) increases in annual appropriations for managing natural resources have not been large enough to fulfill infrastructure and staffing needs; (2) an alternative for addressing the declining condition of t...
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...
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...
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...
Federal Fire Management: Limited Progress in Restarting the Prescribed Fire Program
RCED-91-42: Published: Dec 5, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the federal government's fire management program for wilderness areas, focusing on: (1) the benefits of allowing some fires to burn in controlled situations; (2) progress and constraints in implementing a revamped prescribed fire program; and (3) the need to monitor the program's implementation.GAO found that: (1) a joint Department of the Interio...
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...
National Forests: Administration of Outfitter and Guide Policies at the Gallatin Forest
RCED-90-163: Published: Aug 22, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the Forest Service's oversight of outfitters' use of the Gallatin National Forest in Montana; and (2) alleged Forest Service favoritism toward certain outfitters.GAO found that: (1) the Service and outfitters have been involved in a controversy since 1988, when the Service began requiring outfitters to have permits for daytime operations; (2)...
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...
Management of the Public Lands by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service
T-RCED-90-24: Published: Feb 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 1990.
GAO discussed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) and Forest Service's management of public lands. GAO found that: (1) Congress required BLM to manage federal lands using multiple-use and sustained-yield principles to ensure perpetual maintenance of the land's productive capacity and balanced land management to benefit all uses; (2) BLM historical deference to special interests led to management...
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...
National Wildlife Refuges: Continuing Problems With Incompatible Uses Call for Bold Action
RCED-89-196: Published: Sep 8, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) management of the secondary uses of national wildlife refuges, focusing on whether FWS met the purposes for which the refuges were established.GAO found that: (1) although the refuges served their primary purpose of providing habitats and safe havens for wildlife, 90 percent of the 428 refuges had at least one...
Offshore Oil and Gas: Reorganization of Interior's Minerals Management Service Regional Office
RCED-88-124: Published: May 3, 1988. Publicly Released: May 12, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service's (MMS) plan to reorganize a regional field operations office, focusing on the plan's: (1) development and implementation; and (2) projected impact on the office's ability to carry out its responsibilities.GAO found that MMS: (1) devised the plan to distribute the inspection work load mor...
Cultural Resources: Problems Protecting and Preserving Federal Archeological Resources
RCED-88-3: Published: Dec 15, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed three federal agencies' management of archeological resources on federal lands to determine: (1) the extent of looting that has occurred; (2) what the agencies are doing to prevent looting of resources; and (3) what actions the agencies are taking to remove and properly preserve artifacts.GAO found that: (1) looters are destroying valuable scien...
Mineral Resources: Interior Has Improved Its Administration of Coal Exchanges
RCED-87-53: Published: Feb 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Department of the Interior's procedures for administering the trade or exchange of federal coal lands, interest, or leases for privately owned property to determine whether they ensure the: (1) exchange of coal of equal value only; (2) protection of environmental values; (3) protection of the public interest; and (4) prevention of potential...
Federal Land Acquisition: Land Exchange Process Working But Can Be Improved
RCED-87-9: Published: Feb 5, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the programs that the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Forest Service and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) use to plan, negotiate, and implement land exchanges.GAO found that the land exchange process is working well, since both BLM and the Forest Service: (1) have established and followed procedures governing l...
The Bureau of Reclamation Could Identify More Unneeded Land
RCED-85-25: Published: Apr 12, 1985. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1985.
GAO reported on the Bureau of Reclamation's process for identifying unused, underused, and unneeded land.GAO identified about 1.8 million acres of unneeded land for project purposes. This occurred primarily because the Bureau's annual property reviews did not include detailed reviews of specific parcels of land, and it had not completed reviewing the need for all public domain land under its juris...
Economic Uses of the National Wildlife Refuge System Unlikely To Increase Significantly
RCED-84-108: Published: Jun 15, 1984. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's plans to expand the economic and public uses of lands included in the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS), focusing on: (1) how expansion decisions were reached and whether data provided by individual refuges were considered in Interior's plans; (2) plans to increase oil and gas development on NWRS lands; and (3)...
Land Use Bibliography
RCED-84-153: Published: May 1, 1984. Publicly Released: May 1, 1984.
This bibliography includes information on GAO documents directly and indirectly related to land use planning, management, and control which were released between January 1979 and December 1983...
Department of the Interior's June 29, 1972, Amendment to Its Surface Exploration, Mining, and Reclamation Regulations
B-148623: Published: Feb 26, 1973. Publicly Released: Dec 30, 1983.
No summary is currently available...
Royalty Payment Provisions of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920
B-156603: Published: Mar 4, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1983.
No summary is currently available...
DOD Can Increase Revenues Through Better Use of Natural Resources It Holds in Trust
PLRD-82-9: Published: Nov 25, 1981. Publicly Released: Nov 25, 1981.
Almost 25 million acres of land throughout the United States and its possessions have been set aside for the use of the Department of Defense (DOD). These lands, of which about two-thirds are undeveloped, contain vast natural resources helpful to the nation's economy and quality of life. To ensure optimal use of its lands and their natural resources, DOD requires all military bases to manage lands...
Review of the Cost of the Redwood National Park Expansion
CED-79-34: Published: Jan 15, 1979. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 1979.
Redwood National Park, in northern California, was established in two legislative increments. Since March 1978, the National Park Service and the Department of Justice have been involved in a complicated process to determine the cost of the acquisition. A review was made, from August through December 1978, to examine: the status of the 1978 legislative taking, including steps involved in settlin...
Land Use Issues
CED-79-15: Published: Nov 16, 1978. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1978.
The land use planning, management, and control area is concerned with planning for the use of lands, regardless of ownership, and fostering better management of the Nation's land and related resources. It is a complex and highly controversial subject involving population and economic growth; multiple use of land and resources; controversies over tradeoffs between competing land uses; individual as...
Comments on the Proposed "Deep Sea Mineral Resources Act"
B-174316: Published: Sep 15, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1977.
No summary is currently available...
Greater Emphasis Needed on Military Fish and Wildlife and Public Outdoor Recreation Planning and Management Activities
CED-77-106: Published: Aug 3, 1977. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 1977.
Although about 19 million of the 26 million acres of land administered by the Department of Defense (DOD) are now managed for fish and wildlife purposes, programs at some military installations have not reached their full potential.Some installations have strong and aggressive fish and wildlife programs, but some installations have fish and wildlife plans that are outdated or inadequate because of...
Land Use Planning, Management, and Control: Issues and Problems
CED-77-101: Published: Jul 28, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1977.
The land use planning, management, and control area is concerned with planning for the use of lands, regardless of ownership, and fostering better management of the nation's land and related resources. Planning for the use of lands includes those activities which are directed to the future use of federal lands; encouraging and assisting state, regional, and local governmental and special-use juris...
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...
Comments on the Proposed "Natural Resource Information Act"
EMD-77-47: Published: May 2, 1977. Publicly Released: May 2, 1977.
No summary is currently available...
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...