by Elizabeth Harrington, The Washington Free Beacon
The Forest Service oversees thousands of buildings that are unused, many that are falling apart, full of mold, and pose safety hazards, according to a new audit.
The inspector general for the US Department of Agriculture found that the Forest Service has compiled over $5 billion worth of repairs to buildings, roads, dams, and trails it operates.
Officials admit they are becoming a “national junkyard” by overseeing thousands of decrepit buildings the government does not need.
“During our fieldwork, we observed [Forest Service] buildings that were not inspected as well as buildings that forest officials stated had structural issues, mold growth, wide-spread rodent droppings, and other health and safety concerns including 20 buildings with concerns so severe that officials referred to them as ‘red tagged,'” the inspector general reported.
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