Environmental policies (21 - 30 of 48 items)
Public Land Management: Issues Related to the Reauthorization of the Bureau of Land Management
T-RCED-91-20: Published: Mar 12, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 1991.
GAO discussed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) management the public lands and issues related to BLM reauthorization. GAO noted that although BLM continues to make only limited progress in accomplishing its land management responsibilities, it has taken such specific actions as: (1) establishing management plans for all BLM riparian and wetland acreage and estimating the additional funds and...
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...
Rangeland Management: BLM Efforts to Prevent Unauthorized Livestock Grazing Need Strengthening
RCED-91-17: Published: Dec 7, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) efforts to detect and deter unauthorized livestock grazing on public rangelands.GAO found that BLM: (1) did not know the full extent of grazing trespass on its allotments, although such violations occurred frequently; (2) identified staffing shortfalls as a major obstacle in conducting a more effective trespass...
Public Lands: Limited Progress in Resource Management Planning
RCED-90-225: Published: Sep 27, 1990. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) progress in developing and implementing land-use plans and in designating areas of critical environmental concern.GAO found that: (1) BLM completed only 63 of the 136 legislatively required resource management plans for public lands and projected that it would complete all of them b...
Wildlife Management: Effects of Animal Damage Control Program on Predators
RCED-90-149: Published: Aug 9, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effects of animal damage control (ADC) programs on several predator species to determine whether a comprehensive federal policy existed for managing predator species and whether the policy and practices were threatening predator populations.GAO found that: (1) the federal government did not have a comprehensive policy specifically for managing...
Hardrock Mining on Federal Lands
T-RCED-90-106: Published: Sep 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1990.
GAO discussed various issues relating to the Mining Law of 1872 and proposed legislation regarding mineral exploration and development. GAO noted that: (1) the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service estimated that over 80 percent of 1.2 million active claims were being explored, developed, or mined; (2) BLM estimated that about 1,600 of 662,000 mining claims in 3 states have known or s...
Federal Land Management: Unauthorized Activities Occurring on Hardrock Mining Claims
RCED-90-111: Published: Aug 17, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed unauthorized nonmining surface activities occurring on mineral mining claims on federally owned land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service.GAO found that: (1) out of 662,000 mining claims in Arizona, California, and Nevada, about 1,600 have known or suspected unauthorized activities occurring on them; (2) claim holde...
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...
Shortfalls in BLM's Management of Wildlife Habitat in the California Desert Conservation Area
T-RCED-90-1: Published: Oct 2, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 1989.
GAO discussed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) management of wildlife habitat in the California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA), focusing on its efforts to protect and enhance wildlife under current legislative authority. GAO found that: (1) in 1980, BLM developed a comprehensive land use plan that required it to develop specific plans for and monitor 57 wildlife habitat management areas and...
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...