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The Endangered Species Act and Claims of Property Rights "Takings": A Summary of  the Court Decisions

The Endangered Species Act and Claims of Property Rights "Takings": A Summary of the Court Decisions

Date: March 10, 2003
Creator: Meltz, Robert
Description: This report first outlines the ESA provisions most relevant to the act’s impacts on private property, and then surveys the major ESA-relevant principles of Fifth Amendment takings law. The report then proceeds to its core topic: the court decisions adjudicating whether government measures based on the ESA effect a taking of property under the Fifth Amendment. The cases address four kinds of ESA measures: (1) restrictions on land uses that might adversely affect species listed as endangered or threatened; (2) reductions in water delivery to preserve lake levels or instream flows needed by listed fish; (3) restrictions on the defensive measures a property owner may take to protect his/her property from listed animals; and (4) restrictions on commercial dealings in members of listed species.
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International Conflict and Property Rights: Fifth Amendment "Takings" Issues

International Conflict and Property Rights: Fifth Amendment "Takings" Issues

Date: December 5, 2001
Creator: Meltz, Robert
Description: This report discusses the international conflict and property rights. After the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon has raised the possibility of responses by the United States that impinge on private property, and, in turn, the possibility of claims under the Fifth Amendment Takings Clause.
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Property Rights "Takings": Justice O'Connor's Opinions

Property Rights "Takings": Justice O'Connor's Opinions

Date: August 19, 2005
Creator: Meltz, Robert
Description: None
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The Availability of Nonfuel Minerals on Federal Lands: Background on the Issue

The Availability of Nonfuel Minerals on Federal Lands: Background on the Issue

Date: January 18, 1982
Creator: Powers, Jane
Description: The following report reviews the laws and practices that govern the extraction of non-fuel minerals from federal lands, and the restrict ions against such extract ions. Moreover, the federal land management agencies that regulate such activities are identified, and their responsibilities discussed.
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Outdoor Recreation: Is a New Commission Needed?

Outdoor Recreation: Is a New Commission Needed?

Date: November 29, 1983
Creator: Siehl, George
Description: None
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Federal Real Property: Inventory and Disposal Initiatives

Federal Real Property: Inventory and Disposal Initiatives

Date: January 27, 1983
Creator: Simmons, Malcolm; Baldwin, Pamela & Bea, Keith
Description: This report provides background and discusses the inventory and disposal of public lands and other Federal property. For many years the Federal Government has operated under a statutory policy of retaining public domain lands and has disposed of the proceeds from the sale of surplus property other than by the reduction of the national debt. Under the present system, the Government disposes of some types of land when it is determined to be surplus to Government needs, or, in the case of public lands, when it is determined that the national interest would best be served by the sale or exchange of particular tracts of land.
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Mining in National Parks and Wilderness Areas: Policy, Rules, Activity

Mining in National Parks and Wilderness Areas: Policy, Rules, Activity

Date: February 12, 1996
Creator: Thompson, Duane A
Description: None
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Marine Protected Areas: An Overview

Marine Protected Areas: An Overview

Date: September 29, 2010
Creator: Upton, Harold E. & Buck, Eugene H.
Description: Marine protected areas (MPAs) are generally defined as areas reserved by law or other effective means to protect part or all of the enclosed environment. This report identifies a number of issues related to establishing MPAs in the United States. It begins by defining the concept and administrative actions taken to provide spatial protection in marine areas. It then considers some of the key issues and potential benefits and costs of designating additional MPAs. It concludes by considering potential areas of congressional interest for the 111th Congress. Existing federal laws related to the use of MPAs are summarized in the Appendix.
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Federal Land Management Agencies: Background on Land and Resources Management

Federal Land Management Agencies: Background on Land and Resources Management

Date: August 2, 2004
Creator: Vincent, Carol H.
Description: This report provides an overview of how federal lands and resources are managed, the agencies that manage the lands, the authorities under which these lands are managed, and some of the issues associated with federal land management. The report is divided into nine sections.
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Federal Lands Provisions of Economic Stimulus Legislation (P.L. 111-5)

Federal Lands Provisions of Economic Stimulus Legislation (P.L. 111-5)

Date: March 18, 2009
Creator: Vincent, Carol H.
Description: This report discusses the major federal lands provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-5, H.R. 1). It focuses on provisions in the law related to four federal agencies: the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. These provisions relate to construction, resource management, and wildland fire management.
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Grazing Fees: An Overview and Current Issues

Grazing Fees: An Overview and Current Issues

Date: February 8, 2005
Creator: Vincent, Carol H.
Description: This report briefly discusses charging fees for grazing private livestock on federal lands, which is a long-standing but contentious practice. Generally, livestock producers who use federal lands want to keep fees low, while conservation groups and others believe fees should be raised to approximate "fair market value."
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Federal Land Ownership: Acquisition and Disposal Authorities

Federal Land Ownership: Acquisition and Disposal Authorities

Date: May 19, 2015
Creator: Vincent, Carol H.; Corn, M. L.; Comay, Laura B. & Hoover, Katie
Description: This report describes the primary authorities of the following agencies for acquiring and disposing of federal land. These four federal agencies--the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), all in the Department of the Interior (DOI), and the U.S. Forest Service (FS) in the Department of Agriculture--administer about 95% of those lands.
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Land and Water Conservation Fund: Overview, Funding History, and Current Issues

Land and Water Conservation Fund: Overview, Funding History, and Current Issues

Date: July 10, 2006
Creator: Vincent, Carol Hardy
Description: None
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Memorials: Creating National, State, and Local Memorials

Memorials: Creating National, State, and Local Memorials

Date: May 21, 2008
Creator: Watkins, Zina L.
Description: This report provides information on the mandatory steps to building a memorial on federal property in the District of Columbia. It also provides information on creating memorials in Arlington National Cemetery, within the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery System, and in state veterans' cemeteries. In addition, it discusses public and private initiatives at the state and local levels to create memorials including successful local fund-raising efforts.
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Leasing and Permitting for Oil and Gas Development on Federal Public Domain Lands

Leasing and Permitting for Oil and Gas Development on Federal Public Domain Lands

Date: July 28, 2005
Creator: Watson, Ryan J
Description: None
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Paleontological Resources Preservation Act: Proposal for the Management and Protection of Fossil Resources Located on Federal Lands

Paleontological Resources Preservation Act: Proposal for the Management and Protection of Fossil Resources Located on Federal Lands

Date: September 14, 2004
Creator: Weimer, Douglas Reid
Description: None
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Land and Water Conservation Fund: Current Status and Issues

Land and Water Conservation Fund: Current Status and Issues

Date: March 16, 2001
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A
Description: None
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Land and Water Conservation Fund: Current Status and Issues

Land and Water Conservation Fund: Current Status and Issues

Date: January 28, 2002
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A
Description: None
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Land and Water Conservation Fund: Current Status and Issues

Land and Water Conservation Fund: Current Status and Issues

Date: March 1, 2004
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A
Description: None
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Land and Water Conservation Fund: Current Status and Issues

Land and Water Conservation Fund: Current Status and Issues

Date: June 10, 2005
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A
Description: None
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Land and Water Conservation Fund: Current Status and Issues

Land and Water Conservation Fund: Current Status and Issues

Date: February 14, 2005
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A
Description: This report discusses the current congressional issues which include (1) deciding the amount to appropriate each year to each of the four federal agencies, and to the state grant program; (2) identifying which lands should be acquired; and (3) determining whether the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) funds should be appropriated for additional related purposes.
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Marine Protected Areas: An Overview

Marine Protected Areas: An Overview

Date: February 8, 2001
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A & Buck, Eugene H
Description: None
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Marine Protected Areas: An Overview

Marine Protected Areas: An Overview

Date: February 11, 2005
Creator: Zinn, Jeffrey A & Buck, Eugene H
Description: None
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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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