National Forest Sale [Not] Nixed [Yet].

[UPDATEx2: it ain't over yet. See the comments.]

[UPDATE: this isn't new news. See the comments.]

Word that the proposed sale of national forest land is dead just hit my inbox. Included in the email was this tidbit, which can be summed up as "Charles Taylor was for the sale before he was against it."

“I cosponsored the Secure Rural Schools bill because so many counties in western North Carolina depend on the revenues,” said Taylor. “We can-and we will- reauthorize the program this year, but we will not sell off national forest lands to pay for it.”

I'm at work, so I'll have to leave the fact checking to the BlueNC community. Take it for what it's worth.


Sounds like Chuckie's website

will need a little updating to 'splain his flip-floppiness.

EAsley and Shuler

Easley and Shuler led on this issue. Dole, Burr, and Taylor only came around to our side after our action and they had time to review the public opinion. This is our issue. We stand for the forest. We need to fight any attempt by the Repub's to claim that they were against the sale.

Here's what I got from Taylor

Taylor sent this statement out in his "Capitol Connection" emailing


""Yesterday, U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth testified on his agency's Fiscal Year 2007 budget request before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which I chair. During this hearing, I told Chief Bosworth directly and plainly that the Administration's proposal to dispose of 300,000 acres of national forest lands was not going to happen. Any sale of forest land affects the communities and counties in which those forests are located. It is unthinkable to put out a plan to sell off this much land, all across the nation, without first sitting down with each of those local communities and talking about their priorities and their goals. Decisions about land use should be set by stakeholders at the local level, not nameless, faceless bureaucrats in Washington who can't tell Franklin from Fargo.""

Sorry Carolina Bloggers, I guess I should have told you sooner. But I think that continued pressure will keep Taylor from changing his mind.

Scrutiny Hooligans -

Screwy - I just called the Forest Service

This was news to them. Dale Bosworth did testify, but you can't get a copy of his testimony from the web site. The communications office was just about rabid when I told them what was being put out by Charles Taylor. They said this was still on the table and we needed to ramp it up and get more emails in to oppose this.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Great Quote in Yesterday's DTH

There was a great quote in yesterday's DTH from a forest service PR man. I cannot find it now but it was something along the lines of "as a federal officer, I support all of President Bush's policies."

Check your emails

I'm calming down. I'm so mad I could cry. This is a bald faced lie by Taylor. Son of a Bitch.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Get it out there, honey pie.

I can't write the story, but I'm standing by to recommend.

I'm writing, I'm writing...

but I keep rambling...will have to edit with a great big red pen....

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

For God's sakes!

Hurry, man, hurry!

Let me make sure I've got this right. Taylor said the deal would never happen, but it hasn't actually been killed. The USFS are surprised to hear that Taylor's publicly come out against it? Chief Bosworth was surprised?

Is this a Taylor lie? Or is it simply misleading disinformation? He says he doesn't want it to go through, that it must be determined by local entities rather than the feds, and then what? He approves the bill with amendments stating that affected areas must have input? He votes to sell the land while taking cover behind the amendment?

What in the name of Jeebus is going on?

Scrutiny Hooligans -

I know. It's crazy.

The anatomy of a scam. Taylor's strong suit.