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Forest Protection Program Meets Most Standards; Could Achieve Further Savings, Report No. 01-36, August 2001
 
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The Forest and Resource Protection Program protects and manages Florida’s forest resources to assure these resources will be available for future generations. Our review reached the conclusions below.
  • The program met most of its performance standards for wildfire protection and land management and is accomplishing its mission in an effective manner.
  • The program could save over $1 million annually by eliminating some services that it provides to private landowners that are available from the private sector.
  • The program could generate an additional $750,000 annually from recreation activity fees by providing local state forest managers greater autonomy.
  • By modifying the county fire protection assessment law, the Legislature could help improve privately owned forestland management practices and reduce program costs.
  • Eliminating the requirement that program staff complete a structural firefighting course would save $175,000 annually.
  • To improve program accountability and effectiveness, four additional performance measures should be adopted.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Forest and Resource Protection
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS)
Food Safety and Quality

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 03-43 Progress Report: Forestry Program Could Achieve Savings by Implementing OPPAGA Recommendations, published in August 2003.
  • Report No. 01-60 Justification Review: Agricultural Development Program Met Standards, But Activities Should Become Financially Self-Supporting, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 01-53 Justification Review: Some Funding Shifts Are Possible for the State’s Food Safety and Quality Program, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 01-51 Justification Review: General Revenue Savings Possible in Consumer Protection Program, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 96-45 Follow-Up Report on the Division of Fruit and Vegetables Within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, published in February 1997.
  • Report No. 96-23 Follow-Up Report on the Division of Plant Industry Within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, published in December 1996.
  • Report No. 96-10 Follow-up Report on the Division of Forestry within DACS, published in September 1996.
  • Report No. 94-11 Performance Audit of the Division of Forestry, published in October 1994.
  • Report No. 12185 Performance Audit of the Division of Animal Industry, published in November 1993.

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