Environmental policies (31 - 40 of 48 items)
Change in Approach Needed to Improve the Bureau of Land Management's Oversight of Public Lands
T-RCED-89-23: Published: Apr 11, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1989.
GAO discussed the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) public lands management activities. GAO found that: (1) although the public lands BLM historically administered were viewed as wastelands, decades of overgrazing and unregulated mining activities continued to deteriorate already badly damaged lands; (2) although Congress enacted policies that required BLM to maintain lands' productive capacity, B...
Management of Public Rangelands by the Bureau of Land Management
T-RCED-88-58: Published: Aug 2, 1988. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1988.
GAO discussed how the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administered public rangelands. GAO found that: (1) although Congress mandated that BLM manage rangelands for the benefit of all and to ensure their future maintenance, much rangeland remained in unsatisfactory condition; (2) almost 60 percent of the grazing allotments were in only poor or fair condition and the riparian areas were worse; (3) t...
Public Rangelands: Some Riparian Areas Restored but Widespread Improvement Will Be Slow
RCED-88-105: Published: Jun 30, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO discussed federal efforts to restore degraded riparian areas on public rangelands and the extent of areas still needing improvement.GAO reviewed 22 public rangelands in 10 western states, and found that: (1) the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service successfully restored a number of degraded riparian areas through improved livestock mana...
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...
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 Management: Permits for Film-Making and Wind Studies in Southern California
RCED-86-135BR: Published: Apr 4, 1986. Publicly Released: May 23, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) issuance of temporary use permits during fiscal years (FY) 1982 through 1985 for wind anemometers and movie and television filming at four BLM resource area offices in California.GAO found that: (1) during FY 1982 through 1985, BLM issued temporary land use permits for 7 wind anemometer studie...
Public Lands: Interior Should Ensure Against Abuses From Hardrock Mining
RCED-86-48: Published: Mar 27, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 1986.
GAO evaluated how the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) carries out its mining claim recording and environmental protection responsibilities under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, focusing on BLM procedures for ensuring that: (1) it gets enough information to determine the location and validity of mining claims on federal lands; and (2) mined lands are adequately reclaimed once mining act...
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...
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...