National forests (71 - 80 of 83 items)
Wilderness Preservation: Problems in Some National Forests Should Be Addressed
RCED-89-202: Published: Sep 26, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's management of its National Wilderness Preservation System lands, focusing on: (1) the extent of resource deterioration in wilderness areas; and (2) Service staffing and funding devoted to wilderness management.GAO found that the Service: (1) managed about 32.5 million acres of National Wilderness Preservation System lands, incl...
Endangered Species: Spotted Owl Petition Evaluation Beset by Problems
RCED-89-79: Published: Feb 21, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) decision to deny a petition to list the northern spotted owl as an endangered species.GAO found that FWS: (1) delayed its decision about whether to conduct a study; (2) did not allow adequate time for a study team to conduct a thorough investigation; (3) extensively rewrote the draft report to support d...
Cultural Resources: Problems Protecting and Preserving Federal Archeological Resources
RCED-88-3: Published: Dec 15, 1987. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed three federal agencies' management of archeological resources on federal lands to determine: (1) the extent of looting that has occurred; (2) what the agencies are doing to prevent looting of resources; and (3) what actions the agencies are taking to remove and properly preserve artifacts.GAO found that: (1) looters are destroying valuable scien...
Land Management: Forest Planning Costs at the Boise and Clearwater National Forests in Idaho
RCED-87-28FS: Published: Oct 31, 1986. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on forest planning costs for fiscal years (FY) 1981 through 1985 for the Boise and Clearwater National Forests in Idaho, and allocated the costs to the pertinent federal laws and regulations governing the planning process.The Forest Service accounting system does not show the actual total cost of preparing land management plans becau...
Parks and Recreation: Obligations and Outlays from the Land and Water Conservation Fund
RCED-86-159FS: Published: May 7, 1986. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Land and Water Conservation Fund's (LWCF) obligations and outlays for fiscal years (FY) 1976 through 1985.GAO found that: (1) between FY 1965 and 1985, LWCF income totalled $10.2 billion; (2) annual federal outlays averaged $227 million and annual state outlays averaged $203 million; (3) federal agency obligations totalled $2.2 billion, state o...
Increase in Annual Fees for Summer-Home-Site Permits in San Bernadino National Forest
B-152490: Published: Jul 9, 1970. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 1982.
No summary is currently available...
Better Data Needed To Determine the Extent to Which Herbicides Should Be Used on Forest Lands
CED-81-46: Published: Apr 17, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1981.
Vegetation management programs and practices on forest lands managed by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) were reviewed. The main areas of discussion were the use of herbicides, the controversy over herbicides, the controversy's effect on forest land managers, and the need for both agencies to take actions that would provide better information for making vegetation managem...
Allegations Regarding the Small Business Set-Aside Program for Federal Timber Sales
CED-79-8: Published: Apr 5, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1979.
The small business set-aside program for sales of federal timber is administered jointly by the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Various allegations concerning the set-aside program were reviewed to determine their validity.The current timber size standard used to determine eligibility to participate in the set-aside program has no f...
Need To Concentrate Intensive Timber Management on High Productive Lands
CED-78-105: Published: May 11, 1978. Publicly Released: May 11, 1978.
A 1974 report noted that the Forest Service had a reforestation backlog, including 13.4 million acres needing timber stand improvements (TSIs). The report found that the Service's land inventory data were inadequate because it did not show specifically the location and condition of the lands needing reforestation and TSI. Fund allocation procedures had not insured that appropriated funds were used...