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Appendix A Statement of Tasks Agreed on by the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, and the National Academy of Sciences The Committee is established to conduct a study on the manner by which oil and gas resources are considered in land use planning by the Forest Service (FS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), including impacts of oil and gas exploration and development and the extent to which the consequences of oil and gas development can be analyzed, or reasonably foreseen, during the land use planning stage prior to actual lease issuance. The Committee will conduct a study of: current BLM and FS land use planning direction as it relates to oil and gas leasing; the interrelation between oil and gas leasing decisions and other resource planning decisions; impacts of oil and gas exploration and development on wildlife and other resource values; whether lease stipulations presently in use are largely successful in resolving potential resource value conflicts (as amended by a letter of Frank Press, October 3, 1988~. 145

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