National forests (61 - 70 of 83 items)
Wilderness: Effects of Designation on Economy and Grazing in Utah
RCED-93-11: Published: Dec 29, 1992. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed a 1990 study of the economic impact of designating various amounts of public lands in Utah as wilderness, focusing on the: (1) reasonableness of the study's assumptions and the soundness of its methodology; and (2) wilderness designation's effect on livestock grazing on public land in Utah.GAO found that: (1) the study projected that a wilderness d...
Federal Lands: Reasons for and Effects of Inadequate Public Access
RCED-92-116BR: Published: Apr 14, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the adequacy of public access to land managed by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), focusing on: (1) the extent of, effects of, and reasons for inadequate public access; and (2) methods of resolving access problems.GAO sent a questionnaire to BLM and Forest Service units and found that: (1) about 50.4 million acres, or abou...
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...
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)...
Federal Land Management: Better Oil and Gas Information Needed to Support Land Use Decisions
RCED-90-71: Published: Jun 27, 1990. Publicly Released: Jul 3, 1990.
GAO analyzed: (1) how Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service land-use plans address oil and gas issues and the social, economic, and environmental impacts of oil and gas development; and (2) stipulations the agencies used to reduce such impacts.GAO found that: (1) 75 of 82 BLM and Forest Service land-use plans, and related environmental impact statements concerning lands having high oi...
Federal Land Management: The Extent of Oil and Gas Activities on BLM and Forest Service Lands
RCED-90-123FS: Published: Apr 11, 1990. Publicly Released: May 15, 1990.
GAO reviewed the extent of oil and gas leasing and development on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service lands.GAO found that: (1) although some portion of most BLM and Forest Service lands have been leased, less than half of the leases have been drilled; (2) out of 141 BLM resource areas, 126 areas leased all or a portion of their lands, and 69 had producing or exploratory wells drill...
Administration of the Federal Ban on Exports of Unprocessed Federal Timber
T-RCED-90-51: Published: Mar 20, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 1990.
GAO discussed the implementation of the federal ban on exports of unprocessed federal timber. GAO noted that: (1) Congress imposed the restrictions in 1973 because of the adverse impact of federal timber exports on the domestic wood-processing industry; (2) the ban's provisions allowed timber-exporting companies to maintain their historic export levels for private timber and to buy federal timber...
Alaska Wildlife Refuges: Restrictive Criteria Used to Recommend Additional Wilderness
RCED-89-155: Published: Sep 28, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) recommendations for additional wilderness designations in its 16 Alaska wildlife refuges.GAO found that: (1) FWS recommended designating an additional 3.4 million acres of refuge lands as wilderness areas, although 52.6 million acres qualified as wilderness; (2) refuge managers and planning team members recomme...