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The Administration's Lands Legacy Initiative in the FY2001 Budget Proposal - A Fact Sheet

The Administration's Lands Legacy Initiative in the FY2001 Budget Proposal - A Fact Sheet

Date: February 14, 2000
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A.
Description: The fact sheet compares the FY2001 funding request for the Administration's Lands Legacy Initiative to the FY2000 request and the enacted FY2000 appropriation.
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Forest Service Accountability in Administering Its Trust Funds

Forest Service Accountability in Administering Its Trust Funds

Date: March 8, 2000
Creator: Gorte, Ross W.
Description: The USDA Forest Service has numerous permanently appropriated trust funds and special funds that provide substantial funding independent of the annual appropriations process. Critics have alleged abuse of the funds and have sought greater congressional oversight, and the General Accounting Office has testified on the agency’s management of some of these accounts. While the Administration has offered few responses to the criticisms of these funds, it has, in its FY2001 budget request, proposed creating two new trust funds and combining several existing funds into a new fund with expanded purposes. This report provides an overview of the permanently appropriated Forest Service accounts and concerns over their use and proposed alternative structures that could provide greater public and congressional oversight and control over permanently appropriated funds.
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The Natural Resources and Environment Function in the FY2001 Federal Budget: An Overview of Programs and Funding

The Natural Resources and Environment Function in the FY2001 Federal Budget: An Overview of Programs and Funding

Date: April 17, 2000
Creator: Bearden, David M
Description: None
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Biosafety Protocol for Genetically Modified Organisms: Overview

Biosafety Protocol for Genetically Modified Organisms: Overview

Date: July 5, 2000
Creator: Segarra, Alejandro E
Description: The Biosafety Protocol to the 1992 Convention on biological Diversity, adopted in early 2000, addresses the safe handling, transfer, and trade of biological organisms. The Protocol sets forth procedures and rules concerning trade in biological products, including genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that have engendered controversy, especially when they are used as agricultural crops. These rules are of key importance to U.S. economic interests in agriculture as well as those dealing in other genetically modified organisms. This report provides a brief summary of the key provisions of the Protocol and the major issues associated with them.
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The National Forest Roadless Area Initiative

The National Forest Roadless Area Initiative

Date: August 22, 2000
Creator: Baldwin, Pamela
Description: None
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Timber Harvesting and Forest Fires - Memorandum

Timber Harvesting and Forest Fires - Memorandum

Date: August 22, 2000
Creator: Gorte, Ross W
Description: None
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Soil and Water Conservation Issues

Soil and Water Conservation Issues

Date: August 28, 2000
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A
Description: None
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NASA's Earth Science Enterprise

NASA's Earth Science Enterprise

Date: September 14, 2000
Creator: Hatch, Erin C
Description: None
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Endangered Species: Continuing Controversy

Endangered Species: Continuing Controversy

Date: November 21, 2000
Creator: Corn, M. Lynne
Description: The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) has been one of the most controversial of all environmental laws. Undoubtedly, the controversy stems from the strict substantive provisions of this law compared to many other environmental laws which tend to be more procedurally oriented or to permit greater administrative discretion. As a result of the ESA’s standards, the Act often plays a role in disputes in which all sides agree that a given species is not the center of the debate.
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Forest Fire Protection

Forest Fire Protection

Date: December 5, 2000
Creator: Gorte, Ross W
Description: None
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The Endangered Species Act: Consideration of Economic Factors

The Endangered Species Act: Consideration of Economic Factors

Date: January 5, 2001
Creator: Baldwin, Pamela
Description: The Endangered Species Act (ESA) provides for the listing and protection of species that are found to be “endangered” or “threatened” – species that might become extinct. The listing of a species as endangered triggers the prohibitions in the Act against “taking” (killing or harming) individuals of the protected species, unless a permit is obtained to take individuals incidental to an otherwise lawful proposed action, or an exemption for the proposed action is obtained. Unauthorized taking of a listed species can result in civil or criminal penalties. These prohibitions and potential penalties can affect various activities, including development and use of land, with attendant economic impacts.
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Biosafety Protocol for Genetically Modified Organisms: Overview

Biosafety Protocol for Genetically Modified Organisms: Overview

Date: January 18, 2001
Creator: Segarra, Alejandro E & Fletcher, Susan R
Description: This report presents a background on Biosafety Protocol for genetically modified organisms and an overview of Biosafety Protocol negotiations, key provisions and related issues.
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Soil and Water Conservation Issues

Soil and Water Conservation Issues

Date: January 22, 2001
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A
Description: None
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Forest Ecosystem Health: An Overview

Forest Ecosystem Health: An Overview

Date: February 21, 2001
Creator: Gorte, Ross W
Description: None
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Federal Land Management Agencies: Background on Land and Resource Management

Federal Land Management Agencies: Background on Land and Resource Management

Date: February 27, 2001
Creator: Hardy-Vincent, Carol; Cody, Betsy A; Corn, M. Lynne; Gorte, Ross W; Johnson, Sandra L; Whiteman, David et al.
Description: None
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South Florida Ecosystem Restoration and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan

South Florida Ecosystem Restoration and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan

Date: March 27, 2001
Creator: Carter, Nicole T
Description: None
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Mining on Federal Lands

Mining on Federal Lands

Date: May 3, 2001
Creator: Humphries, Marc & Hardy-Vincent, Carol
Description: None
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The National Forest System Roadless Areas Initiative

The National Forest System Roadless Areas Initiative

Date: May 18, 2001
Creator: Baldwin, Pamela
Description: None
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Protecting Natural Resources and Managing Growth: Issues in the 107th Congress

Protecting Natural Resources and Managing Growth: Issues in the 107th Congress

Date: August 6, 2001
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A
Description: None
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Stewardship Contracting for the National Forests

Stewardship Contracting for the National Forests

Date: August 10, 2001
Creator: Gorte, Ross W.
Description: This report discusses the advantages and limitations of proposed approaches to stewardship contracting to reduce threats to national forests exacerbated by unnaturally high amounts of biomass.
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Public (BLM) Lands and National Forests

Public (BLM) Lands and National Forests

Date: August 20, 2001
Creator: Gorte, Ross W & Hardy-Vincent, Carol
Description: None
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Soil and Water Conservation Issues

Soil and Water Conservation Issues

Date: August 20, 2001
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A
Description: None
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Endangered Species: Difficult Choices

Endangered Species: Difficult Choices

Date: September 5, 2001
Creator: Buck, Eugene H; Corn, M. Lynne & Baldwin, Pamela
Description: This report discusses issues debated in the 108th Congress while is considering various proposals to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA). Major issues in recent years have included changing the role of science in decision-making, changing the role of critical habitat, reducing conflicts with Department of Defense activities, incorporating further protection for property owners, and increasing protection of listed species, among others. In addition, many have advocated including significant changes to ESA regulations made during the Clinton Administration in the law itself.
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The Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program

The Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program

Date: November 14, 2001
Creator: Butler, Alice D
Description: The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is one of the largest energy conservation programs in the nation. The DOE program is implemented in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Native American Tribes. It weatherizes an average of 70,000 dwellings per year. The program strives to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings occupied by low-income persons in order to reduce their energy consumption and lower their fuel bills. It targets vulnerable groups including the elderly, people with disabilities, and families with children.
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