Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Forest Service's trail maintenance backlog, focusing on: (1) the extent, cause, and effects of the backlog; (2) Forest Service efforts to deal with the backlog; and (3) new trail construction needs.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Agriculture||1. To enable the Service and Congress to monitor the trail maintenance and reconstruction backlog and to prioritize trail program funding decisions, the Secretary of Agriculture should direct the Chief of the Forest Service to gather and make available to Congress, on a periodic basis, nationwide data on: (1) the trail maintenance and reconstruction work that needs to be done; (2) the severity of conditions requiring the work; and (3) the associated costs. The Service's new computerized information system may serve as a useful vehicle for gathering and reporting these data.|