Environmental monitoring (31 - 40 of 40 items)
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...
Problems With Incompatible Uses on National Wildlife Refuges
T-RCED-89-61: Published: Sep 12, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1989.
GAO discussed the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) management of national wildlife refuges, focusing on incompatible secondary uses. GAO found that: (1) almost all refuges hosted secondary uses, including recreational, economic, and military activities; (2) at least one harmful secondary activity occurs on nearly 60 percent of the refuges; (3) although FWS did not identify each refuge's wildlife...
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...
Rangeland Management: More Emphasis Needed on Declining and Overstocked Grazing Allotments
RCED-88-80: Published: Jun 10, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) and the Forest Service's range management programs to determine: (1) their progress in improving range conditions; (2) whether they based grazing levels on recent and accurate rangeland assessments; (3) whether they used range improvement funds on the most beneficial projects; (4) the adequacy of their range co...
Federal Land Management: An Assessment of Hardrock Mining Damage
RCED-88-123BR: Published: Apr 19, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding: (1) unreclaimed federal land resulting from hardrock mining operations in 11 western states; (2) federal and state expenditures to reclaim hardrock mine sites; and (3) state requirements regarding the reclamation of such sites.GAO found that, of an estimated 424,049 acres of unreclaimed federal land in the 11 states: (1) 281,...
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...
Developing Alaska's Energy Resources: Actions Needed To Stimulate Research and Improve Wetlands Permit Processing
EMD-82-44: Published: Jun 17, 1982. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1982.
To determine if federal agencies are advancing environmentally sound approaches to energy exploration and development, GAO evaluated: (1) the results of oil- and gas-related experience on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the only federal land in Alaska where significant production has occurred; (2) the measures used in Alaska to prohibit exploratory drilling during certain months of the year an...
Environmental and Other Problems Along the Alaska Pipeline Corridor
EMD-81-69: Published: Apr 8, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 1981.
GAO reviewed the environmental impacts of federal lands which contain the State of Alaska's haul road, parts of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), and a portion of the proposed route of the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System. The objective of the review was to determine what negative environmental impacts, if any, have occurred on federal lands traversed by the State of Alaska's haul r...
Mapping Problems May Undermine Plans for New Federal Coal Leasing
EMD-81-30: Published: Dec 12, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 1980.
Problems associated with the Department of the Interior's coal mapping program as it would effect the future leasing of coal from Federal lands are reviewed, recent actions to correct mapping problems are analyzed, and alternatives to better link coal mapping and land use planning are discussed.Federal coal resource planning and management decisions rely on maps that are often inaccurate, unreliab...
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...