National forests (41 - 50 of 58 items)
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...
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...
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: Forest Service Not Performing Needed Monitoring of Grazing Allotments
RCED-91-148: Published: May 16, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service efforts to implement recommendations to: (1) ensure that range managers identify all grazing allotments thought to be overstocked or in declining condition; and (2) concentrate monitoring and other range management activities on those lands.GAO found that: (1) of the 9,217 grazing allotments in the Service's 6 western regions, ra...
Parks and Recreation: Resource Limitations Affect Condition of Forest Service Recreation Sites
RCED-91-48: Published: Jan 15, 1991. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the Forest Service's maintenance of developed recreation sites, focusing on the: (1) extent and causes of the maintenance and reconstruction backlogs; (2) Service's site inventory system; and (3) effects of resource limitations on site maintenance.GAO found that: (1) aging facilities, increased public use, and public demand for new or modernized fa...
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 Fire Management: Evaluation of Changes Made After Yellowstone
T-RCED-90-84: Published: May 24, 1990. Publicly Released: May 24, 1990.
GAO discussed the federal government's fire program for parks and wilderness areas, focusing on program changes resulting from the 1988 fires in Yellowstone National Park. GAO noted in a video presentation that the prescribed program has been reaffirmed as a valuable tool in the management of the nation's parks and wilderness areas. GAO found that: (1) the management of the prescribed fire program...
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...