The Forest Service, within the U.S. Dept. of Ag., manages over 190 million acres of forest and grassland. The agency is responsible for managing its lands for various purposes -- including recreation, grazing, timber harvesting, and others -- while ensuring that such activities do not impair the lands' long-term productivity. Carrying out these often competing responsibilities has been made more difficult by the increasing cost of wildland fires and the budgetary constraints necessitated by our nation's long-term fiscal outlook. This testimony highlights some of the major management challenges the Forest Service faces in carrying out its responsibilities. It is based on numerous reports issued on a wide variety of the agency's activities.Our long-standing concerns over the Forest Servicea#39;s financial accountability resulted in our including the agency in our ... We removed the Forest Service from our high-risk list in 2005 in response to its efforts to resolve many of the financial anbsp;...
|Title||:||Forest Service: Emerging Issues Highlight the Need to Address Persistent Management Challenges|
|Author||:||Robin M. Nazzaro|
|Publisher||:||DIANE Publishing - 2009-09|