Forest management (31 - 40 of 56 items)
Tongass National Forest: Process Used to Modify the Forest Plan
RCED-00-45: Published: Apr 17, 2000. Publicly Released: May 3, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Tongass National Forest's revised forest plan, focusing on the: (1) process used by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to modify the management direction in the 1997 plan and decide the appeals on the basis of the modified plan; (2) reasons the administration chose to use the process; and (3) reactions to the modifications and the process.GAO...
Forest Service Priorities: Evolving Mission Favors Resource Protection Over Production
RCED-99-166: Published: Jun 17, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Forest Service's evolving mission, focusing on the: (1) priorities that Congress set in enacting the National Forest Management Act of 1976, which guides the development of plans for managing national forests; (2) Forest Service's mission and funding priorities and how they have evolved over the past 2 decades; and (3) effect of...
Western National Forests: A Cohesive Strategy is Needed to Address Catastrophic Wildfire Threats
RCED-99-65: Published: Apr 2, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the extent and seriousness of forest-health-related problems in national forests in the interior West; (2) the status of efforts by the Forest Service to address the most serious of these problems; and (3) barriers to successfully addressing these problems and options for overcoming them.GAO noted that: (1) the most extensive an...
Forest Service Management: Little Has Changed as a Result of the Fiscal Year 1995 Budget Reforms
RCED-99-2: Published: Dec 2, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 15, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's implementation of fiscal year (FY) 1995 budget reforms, focusing on the progress that the agency has made toward becoming more accountable for its results.GAO noted that: (1) the Forest Service's management of the National Forest System has not appreciably changed as a result of the increased flexibility offered by the FY 1995...
Forest Service: Alaska Region's Operating Costs for Fiscal Years 1993 Through 1998
T-RCED-98-227: Published: Jul 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed: (1) the National Forest Service's Alaska Region's allocation of funds for its operating costs for fiscal year (FY) 1993 through FY 1998; (2) the nature, purpose, and allocation of centralized field costs and the steps the Alaska Region is taking to comply with the congressional limitation on the expenditures for the regional office and centralize...
Forest Service: Review of the Alaska Region's Operating Costs
RCED-98-106R: Published: Mar 31, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the costs to operate the Forest Service's Alaska Region, focusing on: (1) the region's allocation of funds for its operating costs for fiscal years (FY) 1993 through 1997 and estimated allocations for FY 1998; (2) the nature, purpose, and allocation of centralized field costs and examples of which costs caused the centralized field c...
Forest Service: Barriers to Generating Revenue or Reducing Costs
RCED-98-58: Published: Feb 13, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed: (1) the efforts by nonfederal land managers to generate revenue or become financially self-sufficient from the sale or use of natural resources on their lands; and (2) legal and other barriers that may preclude the Forest Service from implementing similar efforts on its lands.GAO noted that: (1) the nonfederal land managers whose efforts GAO revie...
Federal Land Management: Estimates of Timber Value and Economic Effects of Harvesting the Headwaters Forest
RCED-97-241R: Published: Sep 24, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 10, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the value of timber resources in the Headwaters Forest area in northwestern California and the effects of harvesting the forest on jobs, payrolls, and taxes if harvesting were to occur. GAO noted that on September 28, 1996, the federal government, the state of California, and Pacific Lumber Company (the owner) signed an agreement for...
Tongass National Forest: Lack of Accountability for Time and Costs Has Delayed Forest Plan Revision
T-RCED-97-153: Published: Apr 29, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 1997.
GAO discussed the decisionmaking process being used by the Forest Service to revise the land management plan for the Tongass National Forest in southeastern Alaska.GAO noted that its work on the Forest Service's process for revising the Tongass forest plan showed that: (1) the Service originally planned to spend 3 years revising the plan; (2) at the end of 3 years, the agency had spent about $4 mi...
Forest Service Decision-Making: Greater Clarity Needed on Mission Priorities
T-RCED-97-81: Published: Feb 25, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1997.
GAO discussed the preliminary results of its work on the decisionmaking process used by the Forest Service in carrying out its mission, focusing on the underlying causes of inefficiencies and ineffectiveness in the Forest Service's decisionmaking process.GAO noted that: (1) its ongoing work has identified three underlying causes of inefficiency and ineffectiveness in the Forest Service's decisionm...