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go directly to report, HTML _ 98-917 - Clearcutting in the National Forests: Background and Overview
6-Nov-1998; Ross Gorte; 48 p.
Abstract: Clearcutting is a method of harvesting and regenerating trees in which all trees are cleared from a site and a new, even-aged stand of trees is grown. Clearcutting is the primary method of timber production and management in the national forests. However, this method of harvesting trees has been con.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Forests, Natural Resources, Public Lands
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go directly to report, HTML _ 98-848 - Wilderness Laws: Prohibited and Permitted Uses
9-Oct-1998; Ross Gorte; 5 p.
Abstract: The Wilderness Act generally prohibits commercial activities, motorized access, and infrastructure developments in congressionally designated areas. However, the Wilderness Act and many subsequent laws designating wilderness areas contain provisions authorizing activities that do not conform with th.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Natural Resources, Forests
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go directly to report, PDF _ IB10111 - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR): Controversies for the 108th Congress
29-Sep-2004; M. Lynne Corn and Bernard A. Gelb; 19 p.
Update: December 15, 2004

MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

On June 2, 2004, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told reporters that the House Republican leadership planned a near-term focus on energy legislation and, in support of that goal, Representative Pombo introduced H.R. 4514. This bill is virtually identi.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: One major element of the energy debate in the 108th Congress 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 resources. The.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Energy, Public Lands

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go directly to report, PDF _ IB10093 - National Park Management and Recreation
27-Sep-2004; Carol Hardy Vincent; 19 p.
Update: December 14, 2004

MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Nine NPS areas that are closed to personal watercraft are pursuing a rulemaking process to permit PWC use. Separate final rules now authorize PWC use at seven NPS areas.

On September 7, 2004, the NPS issued a proposed rule allowing snowmobiles acce.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The second session of the 108th Congress is considering legislation and conducting oversight on National Park Service (NPS) related issues. The Administration also continues to address park and recreation issues through budgetary, regulatory, and other actions. Several key issues are covered in this.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Federal Agencies

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go directly to report, HTML _ 98-794 - Federal Recreational Fees: Demonstration Program
22-Sep-1998; Rosemary Mazaika; 6 p.
Abstract: The Recreational Fee Demonstration Program, that allows certain federal agencies to charge fees for access to or use of recreation sites, was authorized in 1996 as a 3-year program. The authorization has been extended through FY1999 with revenues generated from the program available for expenditure .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Natural Resources
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL32586 - Paleontological Resources Preservation Act: Proposal for the Management and Protection of Fossil Resources Located on Federal Lands
14-Sep-2004; Douglas Reid Weimer; 15 p.
Update: February 15, 2005.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Approximately 30% of the land in the United States is under the control of federal land managers. Much of this public land is rich in paleontological [fossil] resources. Concern has been expressed over the management, conservation, and protection of these resources.

There is no comprehensive stat.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Legislative

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go directly to report, HTML _ RL30310 - The Mining Law Millsite Debate
14-Sep-1999; Marc Humphries; 7 p.
Abstract: This report provides background and analysis on the debate over whether the miUsite language (30 USC 42) in the Mining Law of 1872 allows only one five-acre millsite per mining claim. In practice, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has allowed for as many millsites as can bejustified for developing.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Mining, Public Lands, Waste Management
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go directly to report, HTML _ 93-774 - The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
30-Aug-1993; M. Lynne Corn, Pamela Baldwin; 9 p.
Abstract: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is an area rich in fauna, flora, and oil potential. Current law forbids energy leasing. Development proponents argue that any ANWR oil would help insulate our energy markets from the recurring crises of the Middle East, and could be developed safely. Oppone.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Public Lands, Energy
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go directly to report, HTML _ Memo - Timber Harvesting and Forest Fires
22-Aug-2000; Ross W. Gorte; 3 p.
Abstract: This memorandum responds to the request for both quantitative and qualitative assessments of the assertion that the decline in timber harvesting from the national forests over the past 10 years is a significant factor contributing to the current severe fire season in the West. Table 1 and Figure 1, .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Forests, Public Lands, Risk & Reform
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go directly to report, HTML _ The National Forest Roadless Area Initiative
22-Aug-2000; Pamela Baldwin; 6 p.
Abstract: The Clinton administration has undertaken a new approach to the management of the roadless areas in the National Forest System. A draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) has been released that analyzes management alternatives, and proposed regulations were issued on May 10, 2000. The comment per.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Forests, Public Lands, Legislative
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