Forest management (71 - 80 of 112 items)
Forest Service: Factors Affecting Timber Sales in Five National Forests
RCED-95-12: Published: Oct 28, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on timber sales in five national forests between 1991 and 1993, focusing on: (1) whether the Forest Service met its allowable sale quantity (ASQ) for the five forests; and (2) why the quantity of timber sold from the national forests was sometimes substantially below ASQ.GAO found that: (1) timber sales for each of the 5 forests reviewe...
Federal Lands: Land Acquisitions Involving Nonprofit Conservation Organizations
RCED-94-149: Published: Jun 15, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal land acquisitions from nonprofit conservation organizations, focusing on the: (1) extent that federal land management agencies purchase land from or with the assistance of nonprofit organizations; (2) adequacy of controls for protecting the government's interest in such acquisitions; and (3) extent that nonprofit organizations realize finan...
Forestry Functions: Unresolved Issues Affect Forest Service and BLM Organizations in Western Oregon
RCED-94-124: Published: May 17, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the possibility of consolidating the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) and the Forest Service's forestry functions, focusing on: (1) BLM and the Forest Service's prior and ongoing reorganization efforts; and (2) the potential legal constraints affecting consolidation.GAO found that: (1) declining timber sales and tightening budgetary constraints ha...
Forest Service Management: Issues To Be Considered in Developing a New Stewardship Strategy
T-RCED-94-116: Published: Feb 1, 1994. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1994.
GAO discussed issues that need to be considered in developing a strategy to reform the Forest Service, focusing on the need to: (1) stem the deterioration of the nation's natural resources and the related infrastructure on federal lands; (2) obtain a better return for the sale or use of natural resources on federal lands; (3) refocus certain agency missions, programs, and activities to increase ef...
Wildlife Management: Problems Being Experienced With Current Monitoring Approach
RCED-91-123: Published: Jul 22, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's management indicator species approach to monitoring wildlife and their habitat in national forests, focusing on the cost-effectiveness and ultimate usefulness of this approach.GAO found that: (1) although the management indicator approach is based on sound theory, several practical drawbacks exist which raise questions about wh...
Public Land Management: Attention to Wildlife Is Limited
RCED-91-64: Published: Mar 7, 1991. Publicly Released: May 10, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal wildlife management on public lands, focusing on: (1) whether the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) appropriately considered wildlife interests during federal land use planning processes; and (2) the impact of federal management practices on wildlife conditions.GAO found that: (1) no legislation existed that specified a...
Better Reporting Needed on Reforestation and Timber Stand Improvement
T-RCED-91-31: Published: Apr 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1991.
GAO discussed the Forest Service's reporting of its reforestation and timber stand improvement activities. GAO noted that: (1) the Service did not provide specific guidance to regional offices on identifying and reporting reforestation and timber service improvement needs; (2) Service reports understated reforestation needs because it failed to report accurate information about areas requiring ref...
Tongass National Forest: Contractual Modification Requirements of the Tongass Timber Reform Act
RCED-91-133: Published: Mar 28, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 1991.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Department of Agriculture's compliance with the Tongass Timber Reform Act, focusing on the implementation of modifications to two long-term timber sale contracts to eliminate the contractors' competitive advantage over independent short-term contractors.GAO found that: (1) the Forest Service made extensive revisions to the two long-term timbe...
National Forests: Administration of Outfitter and Guide Policies at the Gallatin Forest
RCED-90-163: Published: Aug 22, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the Forest Service's oversight of outfitters' use of the Gallatin National Forest in Montana; and (2) alleged Forest Service favoritism toward certain outfitters.GAO found that: (1) the Service and outfitters have been involved in a controversy since 1988, when the Service began requiring outfitters to have permits for daytime operations; (2)...
Hardrock Mining on Federal Lands
T-RCED-90-106: Published: Sep 6, 1990. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 1990.
GAO discussed various issues relating to the Mining Law of 1872 and proposed legislation regarding mineral exploration and development. GAO noted that: (1) the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service estimated that over 80 percent of 1.2 million active claims were being explored, developed, or mined; (2) BLM estimated that about 1,600 of 662,000 mining claims in 3 states have known or s...