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Tell Congress, Our Lands are Not For Sale! March 01, 2006 6:16 AM

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Dear Patricia,

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Hidden deep within President Bush's proposed budget, is a terrible provision that would allow as much as 800,000 acres of our public lands to be sold, allowing them to fall into the hands of logging companies, mining interests, and other developers. The Bush Administration proposal comes less than two months after bipartisan opposition in the Congress defeated a similar scheme. This fire sale of Americans’ birthright deserves the same reaction from all of us. 

Please send that message to your members of Congress: Our public lands are not for sale!

Take Action Now!

Sacrificing public resources held in trust for future generations is not how our country should finance its spending. Once sold, these natural treasures are lost forever.

In all, over 300,000 acres within our National Forests could be sold in 35 states. Up to an additional 500,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management could be sold over the next 10 years based upon analysis of the proposed budget. California would suffer most with 85,000 acres on the block, but this isn't just a threat to western public lands. In the southeast, where public lands are rare, 55,000 acres could be sold. 

Also included in the administration’s proposal is the sale of over 1,200 acres of roadless lands in Colorado’s White River National Forest. In Oregon 10,568 acres could be sold to the highest bidder, and in Washington, 7,516 acres. In the Columbia River Gorge, most of the nearly 700 acres are on the Washington side of the river, including one 160-acre parcel and a 320-acre parcel across the Columbia and slightly downriver from the mouth of the Deschutes River.

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We need your help to show the administration that our public lands are for the public good. Please tell your members of Congress not to include this bankrupt and shortsighte  [ send green star]

 March 01, 2006 6:19 AM

proposal in next year’s final budget.

Thank you,
Take Action Now!
Mike Matz
Executive Director
Campaign for America’s Wilderness

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More Information March 01, 2006 6:22 AM

Here is some related information......

Forestland on Sale List Not All Bare-Much.

California acreage considered 'nonvital' in a Bush administration plan is worth keeping, say local officials and conservationists.

REDDING — Mountain property with dramatic views, the headwaters of salmon streams, tall timber and rugged backcountry, even a cave or two — all could be sold as part of a Bush administration proposal to auction roughly 300,000 acres of national forestland to fund rural schools and roads.

Administration officials have characterized the land, more than a quarter of which is in California, as isolated parcels that don't belong in the 193-million-acre national forest system because they're expensive to manage and aren't vital to wildlife or recreation.

But a closer look at the 85,500 California acres that the U.S. Forest Service listed for possible sale two weeks ago reveals that the tracts aren't all scraggly odds and ends. According to interviews with local forest officials and conservationists, some of the land — most of which lies in Northern California — borders scenic river corridors or has been proposed for possible wilderness protection by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). Some has valuable timber. Other acreage provides winter range for deer or habitat for threatened species.

Full LA Times article at,0,5353265.story?coll=la-home-local

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