Environmental policies (11 - 20 of 48 items)
Ecosystem Planning: Northwest Forest and Interior Columbia River Basin Plans Demonstrate Improvements in Land-Use Planning
RCED-99-64: Published: May 26, 1999. Publicly Released: May 26, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's and the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) efforts to implement two ecosystem-based studies--the Northwest Forest Plan and the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project, focusing on: (1) the extent to which each effort has addressed long-standing planning deficiencies; (2) whether the agencies encountered the delays a...
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...
National Wildlife Refuge System: Contributions Being Made to Endangered Species Recovery
RCED-95-7: Published: Nov 14, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) National Wildlife Refuge System, focusing on the extent to which wildlife refuges contribute to the protection and recovery of endangered species.GAO found that: (1) of about 900 endangered species, 215 occur or have habitat on national wildlife refuges; (2) the endangered species found on wildli...
Federal Land Management: Status and Uses of Wilderness Study Areas
RCED-93-151: Published: Sep 23, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the wilderness study areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service, focusing on: (1) legislative guidance and agency policies governing wilderness study area management; (2) the various activities and uses of the study areas; (3) the ways these activities and uses affect the areas; and (4) agency actions...
Mineral Resources: Hardrock Mining Reclamation
T-RCED-93-67: Published: Aug 5, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1993.
GAO discussed the reclamation of federal land disturbed by hardrock mining operations. GAO noted that: (1) in 1988, 11 western states had a total of over 424,000 acres of unreclaimed federal land that had been subject to hardrock mining operations; (2) about 282,000 acres were unreclaimed following abandoned, suspended, or unauthorized mining operations; (3) much of the unreclaimed mining occurred...
Rangeland Management: Results of Recent Work Addressing the Performance of Land Management Agencies
T-RCED-92-60: Published: May 12, 1992. Publicly Released: May 12, 1992.
GAO discussed its work on public rangeland management, focusing on: (1) its response to a consultant's critique of three GAO reports issued between 1988 and 1990 on rangeland management; and (2) other reports it has issued regarding rangeland monitoring and livestock grazing activity. GAO noted that: (1) the consultant made numerous criticisms about GAO reports regarding grazing allotments, ripari...
Rangeland Management: BLM's Hot Desert Grazing Program Merits Reconsideration
RCED-92-12: Published: Nov 26, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 26, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) management of the federal livestock grazing program in the Southwest desert areas, known as hot deserts, focusing on the program's environmental and budgetary costs and benefits.GAO found that: (1) current livestock grazing activity on BLM allotments in hot desert areas imposes the risk of long-term environment...
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...
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...
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...