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Main Title Proposals to merge the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management issues and approaches / {electronic resource} :
Author Gorte, Ross W.
Publisher Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress,
Place Published {Washington, D.C.} :
Year Published 2008
Report Number RL34772
OCLC Number 228415572
Subjects United States.--Bureau of Land Management; United States.--Forest Service
Subject Added Ent Public lands--United States--Management; Forest reserves--United States--Management
Internet Access
Description Access URL
Library   Call Number Additional Info Location Date Modified
EJBM POD Internet only Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 05/23/2008
Collation {33} p. : digital, PDF file.
Notes Title taken from title screen (viewed May 20, 2008). "May 5, 2008." Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Notes The Forest Service (FS) in the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Department of the Interior are both directed to manage lands for multiple uses and sustained yields, but their unique histories have led to different laws, regulations, practices, and procedures in managing resources. The similar missions and neighboring and intermingled lands in separate Cabinet departments have led to frequent proposals, dating back to 1911, to transfer one agency to the other department or to consolidate them into one agency. Proponents and critics cite various benefits and problems to a transfer or merger of the agencies. General questions over the nature of the change -- which agency, if either, would remain and in which department -- would affect the ramifications of a transfer or merger. Commonly cited benefits of a merger are possibly improved service to users and the public and greater efficiency in federal land management. However, such benefits are likely only if the legal authorities governing BLM and FS management and planning were consolidated, and this could be a daunting challenge. Furthermore, institutional differences, congressional committee jurisdictions, and compensation to state and local governments for the tax-exempt status of federal lands would complicate a merger. In some locations, the agencies are implementing a Service First program of joint facilities and cooperative management efforts as a step toward more efficient federal land management. The possibility of merging the BLM and FS has arisen most recently because of concerns that high and growing expenditures on wildfire suppression are affecting other land and resource management activities. A distinct, combined federal fire suppression agency, separate from both the FS and the BLM, would reduce the impact of wildfire costs on BLM and FS budgets, but wildfire is integral to most wildland ecosystems, and a separate fire agency would likely emphasize suppression, rather than management to reduce wildfire damages. This report is an update of out-of-print CRS Report 95-1117, The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management: History and Analysis of Merger Proposals, by Ross W. Gorte and Betsy A. Cody (1995).
Access Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web and PDF reader.
Corporate Au Added Ent Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
PUB Date Free Form {2007}
Series Title Traced CRS report for Congress ; RL34772
BIB Level m
Medium electronic resource
OCLC Time Stamp 20080520134632
Cataloging Source OCLC/T
Language eng
Origin OCLC
Type CAT
OCLC Rec Leader 03592nam 2200373Ia 45020