Evaluation of Forest Service Plans for Carrying Out Activities of the Stockton, California, Regional Equipment Depot

CED-77-55: Published: Mar 23, 1977. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 1977.

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Before a final decision is made on the future of the Regional Equipment Depot in Stockton, California, the Forest Service needs to develop better estimates of the costs involved under the various alternatives.

On the basis of a June 1976 study report on ways to provide equipment servicing to the 17 forests in Region V, the Forest Service developed three alternatives and related cost estimates to carry out the depot's remaining activities equipment fabrication and operation of the central parts inventory. Alternative I provided for continuing the activities at the Stockton depot. The estimated annual cost of this alternative was $437,150. Alternative II provided for continuing some activities at the depot and contracting for or transferring other activities. The estimated annual cost was $442,145. Alternative III provided for phasing out all activities at the Stockton depot. The estimated annual cost was $333,305. The Forest Service's estimates do not accurately reflect the annual or one-time costs which would be incurred under the alternatives. Some of the forests do not have ample staffs to assemble utility truck bodies, as provided in alternatives II and III. Jobs were planned for six of the twelve employees who would be affected by closing the Stockton depot, and an action plan was drafted for placing the other six employees.

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