Tongass National Forest: Administration of Two Long-Term Alaskan Timber Contracts
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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In your March 10, 1989, letter, you raised questions about two long- term timber contract in the Tongass National Forest. The contracts required private companies to harvest prescribed amounts of timber within agreed upon time frames during the 50-year contract life. Specifically, you expressed concern that considerable timber prepared for harvest by the Department of Agricultures Forest Service either remained as unharvested timber commonly referred to as timber backlog or had been deleted from the companies operating plans, resulting in additional effort and expense for the Forest Service. On the basis of your concerns and subsequent agreements with your offices, we agreed to review the accuracy of the Forest Services figures for the volume of timber actually harvested under the two contracts, timber deleted from the private companies operating plans, and backlogged timber. In addition, you asked us to identify and review the steps taken be the Forest Service to improve its management of the program in the Tongass National Forest.
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