February 11, 2006

LIKE A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BAKE SALE (via Tom Morin):

Government wants to sell thousands of acres (Hal Bernton, 2/11/06, Seattle Times)

The Bush administration on Friday proposed the largest Forest Service land sale in decades, listing 309,421 acres in more than 30 states — including nearly 7,500 acres in Washington state.

The plan, which requires congressional approval, would funnel the money from sales to rural counties, in part to replace proposed cutbacks of federal dollars that now help pay for schools and roads.

Most of the Forest Service tracts are small, isolated parcels adjacent to private or state land. Successful bidders could develop, or possibly log, these lands so long as they complied with state and local land-use laws.

"The lands we identified today are isolated and expensive to manage," said Mark Rey, undersecretary of agriculture in a Friday news conference in Washington, D.C. "In some places, they are part of Forest Service ownership more as an accident of history."

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 11, 2006 8:52 PM
Comments

cashing in on the housing bubble

Posted by: toe at February 11, 2006 11:31 PM

Gun rights people shall be watching this closely. Sales of goverment land have implications for the principle of No-Net-Loss, whereby the total land open to public hunting is not to be diminished.

The Administration has been supportive of this doctrine in the past. The NSA are not the only ones to conduct surviellance.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 12, 2006 4:31 AM

This idea makes too much sense for the boneheads in Congress to support it.

Lou - I hear what you're saying but if the gun-rights people tie this up in the courts they won't win any friends.

Posted by: AWW at February 12, 2006 11:06 AM
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