In 2013, the Governmental Accountability Office published a 62 page report titled “Forest Service Trails: Long- and Short-Term Improvements Could Reduce Maintenance Backlog and Enhance System Sustainability”.

What the GAO Found

The Forest Service has more miles of trail than it has been able to maintain, resulting in a persistent maintenance backlog with a range of negative effects.

This report tells us what we here in the San Bernardino National Forest already know; the USFS is not keeping up with the maintenance of one of our most valuable resources – the trails in our forest. This document gives us objective facts to use at the local level as we investigate how tax dollars are allocated and how much is spent on actual trail maintenance.

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