Forest management (21 - 30 of 60 items)
Wildland Fire Management: Forest Service and Interior Need to Specify Steps and a Schedule for Identifying Long-Term Options and Their Costs
GAO-05-353T: Published: Feb 17, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 17, 2005.
Over the past two decades, the number of acres burned by wildland fires has surged, often threatening human lives, property, and ecosystems. Past management practices, including a concerted federal policy in the 20th century of suppressing fires to protect communities and ecosystem resources, unintentionally resulted in steady accumulation of dense vegetation that fuels large, intense, wildland fi...
Wildland Fires: Forest Service and BLM Need Better Information and a Systematic Approach for Assessing the Risks of Environmental Effects
GAO-04-705: Published: Jun 24, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2004.
Decades of fire suppression, as well as changing land management practices, have caused vegetation to accumulate and become altered on federal lands. Concerns about the effects of wildland fires have increased efforts to reduce fuels on federal lands. These efforts also have environmental effects. Congressional requesters asked GAO to (1) describe effects from fires on the environment, (2) assess...
Wildland Fire Management: Additional Actions Required to Better Identify and Priorities Lands Needing Fuels Reduction
GAO-03-805: Published: Aug 15, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2003.
The density of the nation's forests, along with drought and other weather conditions, has fueled wildland fires that have required billions of dollars to suppress and has forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. The Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Forest Service and the Department of the Interior (Interior) are collaborating on a long-term effort to reduce the risk these fires pose....
The National Fire Plan: Federal Agencies Are Not Organized to Effectively and Efficiently Implement the Plan
GAO-01-1022T: Published: Jul 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2001.
This testimony discusses how federal agencies conduct fire management under the National Fire Plan. Effective fire management requires coordination, consistency, and agreement among five federal land management agencies in two departments--the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior and...
Land Management: The Forest Service's and BLM's Organizational Structures and Responsibilities
RCED-99-227: Published: Jul 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the operational and demographic profiles of the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM); and (2) GAO's observations on the major similarities and differences emerging from this information.GAO noted that: (1) the Forest Service and BLM manage their federal lands for multiple uses through a multilevel--headquarters...
Ecosystem Planning: Northwest Forest and Interior Columbia River Basin Plans Demonstrate Improvements in Land-Use Planning
RCED-99-64: Published: May 26, 1999. Publicly Released: May 26, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's and the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) efforts to implement two ecosystem-based studies--the Northwest Forest Plan and the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project, focusing on: (1) the extent to which each effort has addressed long-standing planning deficiencies; (2) whether the agencies encountered the delays a...
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...
Federal Lands: Wildfire Preparedness and Suppression Expenditures for Fiscal Years 1993 Through 1997
T-RCED-98-247: Published: Aug 4, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the federal land management agencies' wildfire expenditures, focusing on: (1) the amount of funds expended on wildfire preparedness and suppression activities and the types of activities covered by these expenditures; and (2) assistance provided to state firefighting efforts by the land management agencies.GAO noted that: (1) the federal land mana...
Federal Lands: Land Management Agencies' Wildfire Suppression Expenditures
RCED-98-140R: Published: Apr 10, 1998. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on federal land management agencies' wildfire suppression expenditures, focusing on the: (1) total amount of money the land management agencies expended on federal wildfire suppression during fiscal years 1993 through 1997; and (2) major categories of wildfire suppression expenditures. GAO did not independently verify the financial data...
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...