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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33525 - Recreation on Federal Lands
22-Sep-2010; Kori Calvert, Sandra L. Johnson, Carol Hardy Vincent, Ross W. Gorte, Nicole T. Carter, Nic Lane, David L. Whiteman, and M. Lynne Corn; 27 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
October 28, 2008
August 25, 2008
February 12, 2008
September 12, 2007
March 10, 2007
February 2, 2007
Novemeber 7, 2006
August 28, 2006
July 11, 2006 (
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Abstract: The growing and diverse nature of recreation on federal lands has increased the challenge of balancing different types of recreation with each other and with other land uses. Motorized recreation has been particularly controversial, with issues centering on access and environmental impacts. The 1.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Forests, Information
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33531 - Land and Water Conervation Fund: Overview, Funding History, and Current Issues
13-Aug-2010; Carol Hardy Vincent; 15 p.
Update: Previous releases:
July 10, 2006
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Abstract: The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act of 1965 was enacted to help preserve, develop, and assure access to outdoor recreation facilities to strengthen the health of U.S. citizens. The law created the Land and Water Conservation Fund in the U.S. Treasury as a funding source to implement i.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Water, Public Lands
go directly to report, PDF _ RS20158 - National Park System: Establishing New Units
22-Jul-2010; Carol Hardy Vincent; 10 p.
Update: Previous releases:
June 10, 2008
September 28, 2006

/NLE/CRSreports/04Jan/RS20158.pdf .... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The National Park System includes 392 diverse units administered by the National Park Service (NPS) of the Department of the Interior. Units generally are added to the National Park System by act of Congress, although the President may proclaim national monuments on land that is federally managed.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Natural Resources, Federal Agencies
go directly to report, PDF _ RS22048 - Everglades Restoration: The Federal Role in Funding
11-Mar-2010; Charles V Stern, Pervaze A. Sheikh, Nicole T. Carter; 10 p.
Update: Previous releases:
May 26, 2006
October 2005
February 2005
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Abstract: In 2000, Congress approved a 30-year restoration plan, termed the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), for the Everglades ecosystem in southern Florida, and authorized an initial set of projects at a cost of $1.4 billion. Implementing the plan is estimated to cost $10.9 billion; the .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Legislative, Wetlands
go directly to report _ RL34690 - Wild Horse and Burro Issues
11-May-2010; Carol Hardy Vincent; 24 p.
Update: Previous releases:
December 1, 2009
December 15, 2008
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Abstract: The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 (the 1971 Act) protects wild horses and burros on federal lands, and places them under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service (FS). Under the 1971 Act, the agencies are to inventory horse and burro populat.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands
go directly to report, PDF _ RL31149 - Snowmobiles: Environmental Standards and Access to National Parks
2-Oct-2008; James E. McCarthy; 18 p.
Update: Previous releases:
December 5, 2007
April 13, 2005
December 9, 2004
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Abstract: The use of snowmobiles in national parks has been controversial because of the potential impacts on wildlife and the absence of standards for their emissions and noise. This report focuses on the emissions and noise issues. In November 2006, the National Park Service released a new draft of a final.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Legislative, General
go directly to report, PDF _ RL32838 - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR): Votes and Legislative Actions, 95th Congress Through the 110th Congress
19-Nov-2008; M. Lynne Corn and Beth A. Roberts; 37 p.
Update: Previous releases:
September 2, 2008
January 10, 2008
April 9, 2007
June 3, 2005
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR): Legislative Actions Through the 108th Congress March 30, 2005 (/nle/crsreports/05mar/RL32838.pdf)
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Abstract: A major part of the energy debate has been 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. ANWR is rich in fauna, .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Energy, Natural Resources
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33462 - Heritage Areas: Background, Proposals, and Current Issues
6-Feb-2009; Carol Hardy Vincent and David L. Whiteman; 17 p.
Update: Previous releases:
November 2, 2007
November 29, 2006
August 28, 2006
June 7, 2006


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..... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Over the past two decades, Congress has established 37 National Heritage Areas (NHAs) to commemorate, conserve, and promote areas that include important natural, scenic, historic, cultural, and recreational resources. NHAs are partnerships among the National Park Service (NPS), states, and lo.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Federal Agencies, Information

go directly to report, PDF _ RL30647 - National Forest System Roadless Areas Initiatives
3-Feb-2009; Kristina Alexander and Ross W. Gorte; 21 p.
Update: September 7, 2006

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Abstract: The roadless areas of the National Forest System have received special management attention for decades. In part to recognize the importance of national forest roadless areas for many purposes and in part because making project decisions involving roadless areas on a forest-by-forest basis was resul.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Forests, Risk & Reform, Public Lands

go directly to report, PDF _ RL33792 - Federal Lands Managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service (FS): Issues for the 110th Congress
27-Aug-2008; Ross W. Gorte, Carol Hardy Vincent, Marc Humphries and Kristina Alexander; 27 p.
Update: Previous releases:
October 26, 2008
March 17, 2007
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Abstract: The 110th Congress, the Administration, and the courts are considering many issues related to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands and the Forest Service (FS) national forests. Key issues include the following.

Energy Resources. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 has led to new regulati.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Federal Agencies, Public Lands, Natural Resources

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