Audit Report to The Congress of The United States:
Administration of Forest Management Activities by Bureau of Indian Affairs, Portland, Oregon, Area Office, Department of The Interior, November 1956
B-114868, Apr 9, 1957
GAO reviewed the administration of forest management activities by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Portland Oregon, Area Office, Department of the Interior. We found that: (1) there is an absence of current reliable forest inventories upon which to base the development of management plans; (2) BIA has undervalued timber sold under long-term contracts on the Quinault Reservation; (3) log values used in timber appraisals are low; (4) profit and risk allowances in appraisals and reappraisal of Indian timber are greater than the allowances made on other Government-owned timber sold in the same area; (5) there are inadequate controls over logs moving from the woods to scaling points; (6) long-term, large-volume sales deter competition for Indian timber; (7) there is inadequate check-scaling activity; (8) there is a need for completion of access road systems on the Warm Springs and Yakima reservations; (9) timber sale contracts do not specify the location of access roads or minimum construction standards; and (10) BIA fails to recover administrative expenses from timber sale receipts.