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go directly to report, PDF _ IB10126 - Heritage Areas: Background, Proposals, and Current Issues
9-Mar-2006; Carol Hardy Vincent and David Whiteman; 19 p.
Update: May 30, 2006

MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
For FY2007, the President requested $7.4 million for the NPS for Heritage Partnership Programs, a 44% decrease from the $13.3 million appropriated for FY2006. The President also proposed combining the Heritage Partnership Program with the Preserve Americ.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Over the past 20 years, Congress has established 27 National Heritage Areas (NHAs) to commemorate, conserve, and promote important areas that include natural, scenic, historic, cultural, and recreational resources. NHAs are partnerships between the National Park Service (NPS), states, and loca.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Legislative

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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22025 - Wilderness Laws:Permitted and Prohibited Uses
13-Jan-2006; Ross W. Gorte; 6 p.
Update: May 26, 2006

Previous Updates:
NLE/CRSreports/05Jan/RS22025.pdf .... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The Wilderness Act generally prohibits commercial activities, motorized uses, and infrastructure developments in congressionally designated wilderness areas. However, the Wilderness Act and many subsequent laws designating wilderness areas also contain provisions authorizing activities that do no.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Legislative

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go directly to report, PDF _ RL31022 - Arctic Petroleum Technology Developments
23-Jan-2006; Bernard A. Gelb, M. Lynne Corn and Terry R. Twyman; 31 p.
Update: May 24, 2006.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Congressional debate over opening the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) on a portion of the North Slope of Alaska to petroleum exploration and development is under way in the 109th Congress. Current law prohibits such development in ANWR.

The North Slope is home to t.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Science & Technology, Public Lands

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go directly to report, PDF _ RL30755 - Forest Fire/Wildfire Protection
18-Jan-2006; Ross W. Gorte; 30 p.
Update: May 24, 2006

Previous Releases:
/NLE/CRSreports/02Feb/RL30755.pdf
http://www.NCSEonline.org/nle/crsreports/forests/for-34.pdf.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Congress continues to face questions about forestry practices, funding levels, and the federal role in wildland fire protection. Several recent fire seasons have been, by most standards, among the worst in the past half century. National attention began to focus on wildfires when a prescribed bur.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Forests, Natural Resources, Public Lands

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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22326 - Legislative Maps of ANWR
8-Dec-2005; M. Lynn Corn and Pamela Baldwin; 6 p.
Update: March 28, 2006.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: A major element of the U.S. energy debate is whether to approve energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in northeastern Alaska, and if so, under what conditions, or whether to continue to prohibit development to protect the area’s biological, recreational, and subsistence.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Natural Resources, Public Lands
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go directly to report, HTML _ RS20002 - Federal Land and Resource Management: A Primer
22-Dec-1998; Ross Gorte; 5 p.
Abstract: Four federal agencies administer most of the U.S. government's land. The National Park Service administers the Park System for recreation use and preservation. The Fish and Wildlife Service manages wildlife refuges primarily for protecting and improving fish and wildlife habitats. The Bureau of Land.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Public Lands
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go directly to report, HTML _ 98-993 - Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
21-Dec-1998; Carol Hardy Vincent; 6 p.
Abstract: President Clinton created the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, by proclamation on September 18, 1996. The Monument contains geological, paleontological, archeological, biological, natural, and historical resources. It is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under interi.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands
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go directly to report, HTML _ RL30111 - Defense Cleanup and Environmental Programs: Authorization and Appropriations for FY2000
13-Dec-1999; David Bearden; 8 p.
Abstract: Although Congress authorizes most federal programs for multiple years, it annually authorizes programs for national defense as well as appropriating funding for them each fiscal year. Of the activities traditionally authorized and funded, the Department of Defense (DOD) administers the following six.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Federal Agencies
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go directly to report, HTML _ 98-981 - The National Trails System: An Overview
11-Dec-1998; Sandra L. Johnson; 4 p.
Abstract: The National Trails System Act, P.L. 90-543, became law October 2, 1968. The Act and its subsequent amendments authorized a national system of trails and defined four categories of national trails. Since the designation of the Appalachian and Pacific Crest National Scenic Trails as the first two com.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Forests, Public Lands
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go directly to report, PDF _ IB10102 - The Budget for Fiscal Year 2003
22-Nov-2002; Philip D. Winters; 19 p.
Update: April 10, 2003

MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

The President?s February 2003 and CBO?s January and March 2003 budget reports (for fiscal year (FY) 2004) reflected the continued deterioration in the budget outlook for FY2003. The Administration?s FY2004 budget raised the estimated FY2003 deficit to $3.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The Budget for Fiscal Year 2003 Congress adopted the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2003 (CAR2003; H.J.Res. 2) on February 13, 2003. The legislation funded the 11 remaining regular appropriations (out of 13; two were adopted in October 2002, Defense and Military Construc.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Government, Federal Agencies, Public Lands

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