Severe wildland fires: leadership and accountability needed to reduce risks to communities and resources
Document Type: Book
Author(s): B. T. Hill; C. F. Janik; R. Belak; C. Cotton; A. Dominicci; R. Johnson; J. Jones; C. Joy; M. Vargas
Publication Year: 2002

Cataloging Information

  • agriculture
  • catastrophic fires
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel types
  • hardwood forests
  • land management
  • logging
  • National Fire Plan
  • pine forests
  • suppression
  • thinning
  • US Forest Service
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: August 9, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 45640
Tall Timbers Record Number: 21199
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: GA1.13:GAO-02-259
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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From the text ... 'Our work has shown that a single focal point is critical for efforts -- such as reducing severe wildland fires and the vegetation that fuels them -- that involve many federal agencies as well as state and local governments, the private sector, and private individuals. However, over a year after the Congress substantially increased funds to reduce hazardous fuels, the federal effort still lacks clearly defined and effective leadership. Rather than a single focal point, authority and responsibility remain fragmented among Interior, the Forest Service, and the states. In a December 2001 report for the Department of the Interior, the National Academy of Public Administration recommended that, to provide the required leadership, the Secretaries of the Interior and of Agriculture should establish an interagency national council to implement the Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy as well as hazardous fuels reduction and other key elements of the National Fire Plan, such as fire suppression.'

Online Link(s):
Hill, B. T., C. F. Janik, R. Belak, C. Cotton, A. Dominicci, R. Johnson, J. Jones, C. Joy, and M. Vargas. 2002. Severe wildland fires: leadership and accountability needed to reduce risks to communities and resources. GAO-02-259. Washington,DC, United States General Accounting Office.