Accession Number : ADA291414

Title :   Federal Lands: Reasons for and Effects of Inadequate Public Access.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVE LOPMENT DIV

PDF Url : ADA291414

Report Date : APR 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : The total land area of the United States is 2.3 billion acres. Approximately one-third of this total, or about 700 million acres, is owned by the federal government. The Department of Agriculture's Forest Service and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BI) manage about 465 million acres. This land contains many resources, including minerals, timber, rangeland, fish and wildlife habitats, recreation areas, and cultural and historic sites. Intermingled with the federal land, however, is state and local government land as well as land owned by corporations, Native American tribes, and private individuals. This checkerboard pattern of ownership, particularly in the western states, can make it difficult for the public to get to federal land without traversing nonfederal land. Unless the federal government obtains permanent, legal public access, nonfederal landowners can control or deny the public's ability to reach federal land.

Descriptors :   *LAND USE, *LAND AREAS, *LOCAL GOVERNMENT, UNITED STATES, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, CORPORATIONS, TREES, ACCESS, HISTORIC SITES, WILDLIFE, CULTURE, LAW ENFORCEMENT, RECREATION, MINERALS, WOOD, HABITABILITY.

Subject Categories : Agricultural Economics
      Information Science
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE