Forest management (31 - 40 of 60 items)
Federal Lands: Information About Land Management Agencies' Wildfire Preparedness Activities
RCED-98-48R: Published: Dec 18, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the: (1) amount of money the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Fish and Wildlife Service expended on federal wildfire preparedness activities during fiscal years 1992 through 1996; (2) amount that these agencies expended for state and local wildfire prepare...
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...
Land Ownership: Similarities and Differences in the Management of Selected State and Federal Land Units
RCED-97-158: Published: Jun 27, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared state and federal land management, focusing on: (1) the purposes and uses for which state-owned lands are managed; and (2) state and federal land management activities, operating costs, and revenues.GAO noted that: (1) the majority of state-owned lands in New Mexico and Utah are trust lands, which are managed to generate revenue and are generally n...
Forest Service: Issues Related to Managing National Forests for Multiple Uses
T-RCED-96-111: Published: Mar 26, 1996. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Forest Service's management of national forests, focusing on the issues related to multiple use of forest land. GAO noted that: (1) the Forest Service's decisions are affected by changing natural land conditions, funding, and new information and events; (2) laws concerning forest land use are complicated by fragmented authority b...
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...
Cancer Treatment: Actions Taken to More Fully Utilize the Bark of Pacific Yews on Federal Land
RCED-92-231: Published: Aug 31, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the utilization of Pacific yew bark, the source of the anticancer drug taxol, focusing on: (1) the collection of Pacific yew bark from federal lands in fiscal year (FY) 1991; and (2) the steps taken by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service to ensure greater utilization of Pacific yew bark in FY 1992.GAO found that: (1) neither...
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...
National Forests: Funding Fish and Wildlife Projects
RCED-91-113: Published: Jun 12, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on funds spent by various sources for fish and wildlife activities on national forest lands.GAO found that: (1) between October 1987 and June 1990, fish and wildlife activities involving Forest Service staff participation totalled over $202 million; (2) such activities included revegetation of streamside areas, fencing installation, and...
Rangeland Management: Current Formula Keeps Grazing Fees Low
RCED-91-185BR: Published: Jun 11, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) assessed the soundness of the formula for computing grazing fees on most federal lands; and (2) compared the formula results to those of alternative formulas using updated cost and price data.GAO found that: (1) although the current formula kept grazing fees low, it failed to recover reasonable program costs, since it did not produce a fee that covered...