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Bush Proposes Sale of National Forest Lands

By February 15, 2006

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The Bush administration’s FY 2007 federal budget includes a proposal to sell off over 300,000 acres of National Forest land and other public land managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Hoping to increase revenues, the White House projects raising over $1 billion from the sale of National Forest and BLM public land from California to West Virginia.

The Forest Service has released this draft list of lands proposed for sale, and expects to publish a final list in the Federal Register by the end of February. Congress will begin consideration of the President's FY 2007 Budget Proposal this spring.

As you might guess, the proposed land sale has generated heated criticism from environmental interest groups and outdoor enthusiasts. “The Bush administration's proposal to auction off National Forest and other lands is shameful,” said the Sierra Club’s Executive Director Carl Pope in a press release. “These lands not only belong to you and me, but they also belong to future generations, and they should not be sold off to the highest bidder for development. And there is no reason why the world's biggest economic power should have to sell off parkland to make ends meet.”

Also See:
Bush Lifts the ‘Roadless’ Forest Logging Ban
Easing Logging Regulations to Prevent Forest Fires
The Federal Budget Process


February 18, 2006 at 3:56 pm
(1) dez says:

I admit that at first thought – there seemed to be a real loss. Then greed stepped in as I wondered if I might benefit from it. Shows the difficulty in attempting unselfishness. I hope they don’t sell the land.

February 20, 2006 at 3:39 pm
(2) leigh bailey says:

It is outrageous that this idiot in the Oval Office is attempting to pay off some of his war-generated debt by selling off national forest lands. Congress needs to put a stop to him and his raids on American values, prestige, stability and future. And if Congress hasn’t the backbone to do it, then the people of this country need to get rid of them and put people in who will. Clinton was impeached for less important violations of the law than what this man has committed.

February 22, 2006 at 9:57 am
(3) question says:

Not to defend anyone’s policies, but you should always ask more questions about these issues. This “article” does not even mention that the purpose of the sale is to fund rural schools, and it doesn’t include what the forest service thinks about it. Big surprise the Sierra Club is against a Bush policy! This tells me nothing. There are a hundred policy discussion on everything from school funding to forest management behind this news. My point is stop with the knee-jerk, emotional reactions to things and spend some time looking at the real issues, then make your judgements. If you still feel the same way, then so be it.

March 7, 2006 at 11:35 pm
(4) Chris Aurora says:

I am writing this letter in response to the Federal Government’s initiative to sell thousands of acres of public forests.
First of all, I strongly disagree with the sale of any Public Forests! 
It is for the Public to enjoy the beauty of nature, untouched by land clearing and development and most importantly for the preservation of wild life and our watersheds.
I want to first give you some idea of how this will negatively effect my style of living, my home and property borders the Chattahoochee National Forest tract number  N-1451 which is on your list of proposed property for sale.
I purchased my home in Batesville for the sole reason that it boarders National Forest Land , it is very quite and peaceful. I am a outdoor type of person that enjoys hiking and spending time in the woods, my life style would be greatly changed in a negative way, if the land were to sell.
My main concern is that if the land sells to a private individual that it will most likely be cleared and many homes will be built, and the small town of Batesville will grow beyond its capacity.
The narrow roads and the power supply are already an issue that can not support massive growth in this small unincorporated Town. 
The only access to that property that I am aware of is a old logging road that also boarder my property, which means that if the land were developed and it will be, I would have excessive traffic driving past my home and property at all times.
I strongly disagree with the Bush administration announcement to sell more than 309,000 acres in 34 states to fund an extension of the “Secure Rural Schools Act” as part of Bush’s 2007 budget proposal.
What did the administration do for funding in prior years??? 
I hope this letter makes you reflect and think about this “There not making anymore Land” let the public have what the Government said was there’s! ! !
Thank you for your Time and please keep me informed on  the decisions made on this issue.

Christopher J.Aurora 

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