Summitted by Dan Siler,Veterans Advocate038
Proposed forest land sale
by From staff reports
published February 25, 2006 6:00 am
Democrat Heath Shuler, who is running for a seat in the U.S. House, called for incumbent U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor to condemn President Bush’s proposal to sell 300,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land.
Under the president’s proposal some 6,615 acres in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests in Western North Carolina could be sold to fund a program that distributes money to counties for rural schools.
“While I agree that funding our education system is crucial to our country’s future, selling off our precious public lands to temporarily cover a shortfall in education funding is a short-term solution to a long-term budget problem,” Shuler said in a letter to Taylor.
Taylor, a Republican, said in a statement Friday that the proposal hasn’t been presented to Congress.
“Once legislation is formally presented to Congress, I will meet with county commissioners and the public in every area where there is a proposal to sell U.S. Forest land, to determine what the wishes of the local people are,” Taylor said. “We will take a close look at each piece of property proposed for sale. After meeting with people in the areas that are impacted, I will make a decision.”