Public lands (111 - 120 of 352 items)
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...
Forest Service: Issues Related to Managing National Forests for Multiple Uses
T-RCED-96-111: Published: Mar 26, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Forest Service's management of national forests, focusing on the issues related to multiple use of forest land. GAO noted that: (1) the Forest Service's decisions are affected by changing natural land conditions, funding, and new information and events; (2) laws concerning forest land use are complicated by fragmented authority b...
Land Ownership: Information on the Acreage, Management, and Use of Federal and Other Lands
RCED-96-40: Published: Mar 13, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the federal government's ownership, management, use, and regulation of lands in the United States, focusing on: (1) changes in the ownership of lands managed by the four major land management agencies from June 1964 through September 1994; (2) changes in the number of acres managed for conservation; (3) nonfederal acreage that is subject to federal...
Federal Lands: Information on the Acreage, Management, and Use of Federal and Other Lands
T-RCED-96-104: Published: Mar 21, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1996.
GAO provided information on the acreage, management, and use of federal and nonfederal lands by the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service. GAO found that: (1) the four federal agencies managed close to 623 million acres in September 1994, which is 78 million acres less than in...
Federal Land Management: Information on Efforts to Inventory Abandoned Hard Rock Mines
RCED-96-30: Published: Feb 23, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on abandoned hard rock mines on federal lands, focusing on the: (1) approximate number of such mines; (2) types of hazards the mines pose; and (3) approximate cost to reclaim the mines.GAO found that: (1) the four major federal land managing agencies are each taking inventory of the abandoned mines on the lands they manage, but because...
Federal Lands: Information on Land Owned and Acquired
T-RCED-96-73: Published: Feb 6, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 1996.
GAO discussed historical changes in the federal government's land ownership over the last 30 years. GAO noted that: (1) as of the end of fiscal year 1994, the 4 major land management agencies controlled a total of 623 million acres; (2) the 78 million-acre decrease in federally managed lands between 1964 and 1994 was mainly due to transfers of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land to Alaska and Nat...
Land Management Systems: Progress and Risks in Developing BLM's Land and Mineral Record System
AIMD-95-180: Published: Aug 31, 1995. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) modernization of its Automated Land and Mineral Record System (ALMRS), focusing on: (1) BLM progress in developing and implementing ALMRS modernization; and (2) potential modernization risks.GAO found that: (1) although BLM initiated ALMRS planning in the early 1980s, it did not award the modernization contract...
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...
Federal Lands: Information on the Use and Impact of Off-Highway Vehicles
RCED-95-209: Published: Aug 18, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) and the Forest Service's implementation of executive orders regulating the use of off-highway vehicles (OHV) on federal lands, focusing on the agencies': (1) designation of federal lands for OHV use; (2) monitoring of OHV use to identify adverse effects and any needed corrective actions; and (3) compliance with...
Federal Lands: Views on Reform of Recreation Concessioners
T-RCED-95-250: Published: Jul 25, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1995.
GAO discussed federal policies and practices for managing recreation concessioners and proposed legislation to reform those policies and practices. GAO noted that: (1) agency concessions policies and practices vary widely because they are based on at least 11 different laws; (2) many of the laws are agency specific and give the agency broad discretion in establishing concession terms, conditions,...