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Contacts and Documents Reviewed
RCED-92-193R: Published: May 4, 1992. Publicly Released: May 4, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO commented on information it used to respond to a Nevada consulting firm's report which criticized three GAO reports. GAO noted that its efforts to identify specific documents reviewed and individuals contacted were complicated by the length of time since the reports were issued. GAO presented: (1) a complete list of the reports, studies, judicial opinions,...
Federal Lands: Reasons for and Effects of Inadequate Public Access
RCED-92-116BR: Published: Apr 14, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the adequacy of public access to land managed by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), focusing on: (1) the extent of, effects of, and reasons for inadequate public access; and (2) methods of resolving access problems.GAO sent a questionnaire to BLM and Forest Service units and found that: (1) about 50.4 million acres, or abou...
National Park Service: Selected Visitor and Cost Data
RCED-91-247FS: Published: Sep 30, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the National Park Service's (NPS) operations, focusing on: (1) visitor accidents and fatalities data and criminal offenses reported at the parks; (2) the NPS hazardous waste program; and (3) parks established since 1970 that have, or are projected to have, land acquisition and construction appropriations exceeding $40 million.GAO fou...
National Park Service: Cost Estimates for Two Proposed Park Facilities in Texas
RCED-91-218BR: Published: Sep 3, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the cost estimates for the proposed: (1) visitor center at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park; and (2) headquarters/visitor center and a separate maintenance facility at Big Thicket National Preserve.GAO found that: (1) the National Park Service's (NPS) initial cost estimate for the San Antonio Missions visitor center was $8.63 million,...
Federal Lands: Improvements Needed in Managing Concessioners
RCED-91-163: Published: Jun 11, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the: (1) laws and policies governing recreation concession operations on federal lands; (2) total number and types of concession agreements; (3) total return to the government from concession operations; and (4) federal recreation resources management practices of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,...
Recreation Concessioners Operating on Federal Lands
T-RCED-91-16: Published: Mar 21, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1991.
GAO discussed the issue of concession-operated recreation services on federal lands, concerning the National Park Service (NPS), Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Forest Service, and the Army Corps of Engineers. GAO noted that: (1) since there was no single law authorizing concession operations for all six agencies, the agencies' policies regarding the ty...
Parks and Recreation: Resource Limitations Affect Condition of Forest Service Recreation Sites
RCED-91-48: Published: Jan 15, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Forest Service's maintenance of developed recreation sites, focusing on the: (1) extent and causes of the maintenance and reconstruction backlogs; (2) Service's site inventory system; and (3) effects of resource limitations on site maintenance.GAO found that: (1) aging facilities, increased public use, and public demand for new or modernized fa...
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...
National Forests: Administration of Outfitter and Guide Policies at the Gallatin Forest
RCED-90-163: Published: Aug 22, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the Forest Service's oversight of outfitters' use of the Gallatin National Forest in Montana; and (2) alleged Forest Service favoritism toward certain outfitters.GAO found that: (1) the Service and outfitters have been involved in a controversy since 1988, when the Service began requiring outfitters to have permits for daytime operations; (2)...
Federal Fire Management: Evaluation of Changes Made After Yellowstone
T-RCED-90-84: Published: May 24, 1990. Publicly Released: May 24, 1990.
GAO discussed the federal government's fire program for parks and wilderness areas, focusing on program changes resulting from the 1988 fires in Yellowstone National Park. GAO noted in a video presentation that the prescribed program has been reaffirmed as a valuable tool in the management of the nation's parks and wilderness areas. GAO found that: (1) the management of the prescribed fire program...