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FarmerStephen
02-12-2006, 08:16 PM
:mad:
This is some scary stuff. I hope everyone gets involved........

From -->http://www.fs.fed.us/land/staff/rural_schools.shtml

<Quote>The FY 2007 President's Budget proposes to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools program for another five years. To help fund this initiative, the Administration recommends selling a limited number of acres of National Forest System lands around the nation. Lands that are potentially eligible have been identified and are displayed in a table at the following link Lands Potentially Eligible for sale by State and National Forests (http://www.fs.fed.us/land/staff/spd.html)

Disclaimer: All parcels shown are subject to change without prior notification. Reported acreage for parcels are approximate and are subject to change. The Forest Service does not warrant the current condition of title for parcels listed. Outstanding rights and restrictions may encumber the title to any or all of the subject parcels.

Attached are sample maps displaying the types of properties that are being considered for conveyance as part of the Secure Rural School and Community Self Determination Act of 2000 (http://wwwnotes.fs.fed.us:81/r4/payments_to_states.nsf) . Sample maps from some of the regions are available.

You will need Adobe Reader to open and view these maps. The software is available free-of-charge and can be downloaded from the Adobe (http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html) website.

The maps are large so they may take a while to open.

Montana (Region 1) Bitter Root NF (http://www.fs.fed.us/land/staff/rural/R1_BtrIsolatedParcels.pdf)
South Dakota & Wyoming (Region 2) BlackHills NF (http://www.fs.fed.us/land/staff/rural/bearlodge.pdf)
Oregon (Region 6) Ochoco NF (http://www.fs.fed.us/land/staff/rural/R6_isolated.pdf)
Mississippi (Region 8) Bienville NF (http://www.fs.fed.us/land/staff/rural/r8_bvl_cnvy_parcels.pdf)


The Forest Service will be publishing a notice in the Federal Register around February 28th, requesting comments from the public. At that time, more detailed maps will be available for all lands identified as potentially eligible. The location of the maps will be published on this site at that date.</Quote>

Right now, the proposed parcels are in 34 States, though that number may change before Feb. 28th, when the Forest Service Publishes the official proposed tracts. After Feb 28th, the public will have a 30 day comment period, at which point, tracts may be added or subtracted from the final list depending on public input.
If you live in the States, visit the States, or are just preservation minded, please contact your local and national politicians, enviro groups, land trusts etc., and help stop this travesty. We need more Preserved lands, not less....

attackferret
02-13-2006, 12:10 AM
aw hell no. i'm gonna have to bring out a can of whoop-ass if they get close to laying a finger on the bitter roots. that's on my top 3 places in the world list!

veganvagabond
02-13-2006, 01:20 AM
This makes me sick; I hear about more and more stuff this administration does everyday! They have no regard for the environment nor nature.

chikara_no_tori
02-13-2006, 09:26 PM
this administration has no regard for the human life that occupies this land...are we really surprised that they had no regard for the land itself that sprung us? Biting the hand that feeds them...

FarmerStephen
03-02-2006, 01:15 PM
Okay folks, time to draw your Battle Lines. The Public Comment Period (http://www.fs.fed.us/land/staff/rural/Fed%20Reg%2006-1862.pdf) has started, and will continue until March 30, 2006. Remember, it's alright to call and write many times. Do'nt let the fact that you have a month, allow you to procrastinate. I've started sharpening my Tree-Sit skills, just in case. I hope you let the Feds know what you think about Less Public Lands (http://www.fs.fed.us/land/staff/spd.html).....

The Map (http://www.geocommunicator.gov/NILS-PARCEL2/map.jsp?Map=USFS)

Dandelion
03-02-2006, 01:24 PM
*moved this thread to "Call to Action"*

FarmerStephen
03-02-2006, 02:10 PM
Here's the Text, for those who do'nt want or ca'nt follow the link (http://www.fs.fed.us/land/staff/rural/Fed%20Reg%2006-1862.pdf).

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Forest Service
Secure Rural Schools Land Sales Initiative
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice; request for comments.
SUMMARY: The Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested
individuals and organizations on the list of National Forest System land parcels
in the FY 2007 President’s Budget proposal to be sold for the purpose of funding payments to Secure Rural Schools (SRS), should this program be extended by amendment to the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-
Determination Act of 2000. The sale of these parcels is contingent upon
amendment of the SRS as proposed by the President.
DATES: You should submit your comments by March 30, 2006 to be
assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be
considered only to the extent practicable.
ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments by e-mail to;
SRS_Land_Sales@fs.fed.us,
by fax;
to (202) 205–1604,
or by mail to;
USDA Forest Service
SRS Comments, Lands 4S
1400 Independence Ave., SW.,
Mailstop 1124, Washington, DC 20250–0003.

Electronic submission is preferred. If you submit your comments by e-mail
or fax, you do not need to send a paper copy by mail. Your comments may address the entire list of parcels identified in the President’s proposal, or an individual parcel or parcels on that list. If you are commenting about a specific parcel on the list, it would be helpful to provide the parcel’s number from the list and all information specifically related to the sale of that parcel.
Document and Comment Availability:
In addition to publishing the full text of this document in the Federal Register,
the Forest Service provides all interested persons an opportunity to
view and/or print the contents of this document, the potentially eligible lands
listing, and associated maps via the Internet. Information on this proposal
and the Federal Register Notce can be found at http://www.fs.fed.us (http://www.fs.fed.us/news/2006/releases/02/secure-rural-schools.shtml)via the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act link to the ‘‘President’s FY 2007 Budget Proposal for the Forest Service—Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act Extension’’ page.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Cynthia R. Swanson
Assistant Director of Lands
Washington Office, 202–205–0099.

Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf
(TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at; 1–800–877–8339
between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (the Act)(Pub. L. 106–393) was enacted to provide transitional assistance to rural
counties that had been affected by the decline in revenue from timber harvests on Federal lands. These counties traditionally relied on a share of receipts from timber harvests to fund their school systems and roads. The Act stabilized payments that are critically important to more than 4,400 rural
schools and addressed many severe maintenance backlogs for county roads.
Resource Advisory Committees (RACs) established under the Act have
developed and proposed forest health improvement projects.
The President’s fiscal year 2007 Budget for the Forest Service proposes legislation to amend the Secure Rural Schools Act. The legislation would
provide a source of funding for payments under the Secure Rural
Schools Act by authorizing the sale of a limited number of National Forest
System lands. These parcels generally meet criteria traditionally used by the
Forest Service to identify lands suitable for sale or exchange. Many of these
parcels are isolated from other contiguous National Forest System
lands, and because of their location, size, or configuration are not efficient to
manage as a component of the National Forest System.
The Forest Service manages about 193 million acres in 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands located in 43 States across the nation. The limited
number of parcels included within this proposal constitutes less than 0.2 of 1%
of the National Forest System land base. A total of 304,370 acres and
approximately 3,000 individual tracts have been identified on 120 national
forests, 10 national grasslands, within 35 States.

The following table provides a summary of the number of acres identified for each State.State Region(s) Acres of potentially eligible lands

State Region(s) Acres of Potentially Eligible Lands
Alabama .......................8.......................... ....................3,220

Alaska.........................10................. ................................ 99

Arizona..........................3................ ............................ 1,030

Arkansas .......................8.......................... ................... 3,612

California .....................5,6.......................... ................. 79,825

Colorado......................2,4................. ............................21,572

Florida...........................8............... ................................. 973

Georgia..........................8................ ..............................4,522

Idaho........................1,4,6................ ............................25,464

Illinois.............................9............ ...................................191

Indiana...........................9............... .................................869

Kentucky........................8................. .............................4,518

Louisiana........................8................ ...............................3,895

Michigan.........................9................ ...............................5,880

Minnesota.......................9................. ..............................2,622

Mississippi.......................8............... ................................7,503

Missouri..........................9............... ...............................21,566

Montana.........................1................. .............................13,948

Nebraska........................2................. .................................866

Nevada...........................4................ ............................... 2,146

NewMexico......................3.................. ............................. 7,447

NorthCarolina...................8................. .............................. 9,828

Ohio...............................9.............. ....................................420

Oklahoma........................8................. ...............................3,572

Oregon...........................6................ ..............................10,581

SouthCarolina..................8.................. .............................. 4,665

SouthDakota................1,2.................... ............................ 13,961

Tennessee......................8.................. ...............................2,996

Texas..........................3,8................ ................................ 4,813

Utah.............................4................ .................................. 5,998

Virginia..........................8............... ....................................5,717

Washington....................6................... ............................... 7,516

WestVirginia...................9.................. ................................ 4,836

Wisconsin......................9.................. .................................... 80

Wyoming.....................2,4................... ...............................17,619

Total All States .................................................. ..............304,370

Lands located within the boundaries of any component of the National
Wilderness Preservation System, National Wild and Scenic River System,
National Trail System, National Recreation Area, National Monument,
National Historic Site, National Preserve, or specially designated areas
such as Research Natural Areas and experimental forests and ranges are not
eligible for conveyance. Many of the identified parcels have not been inventoried for natural or cultural resources specific to this
proposal. However, they generally meet criteria traditionally used by the Forest Service to identify parcels for potential sale or exchange. Examples of primary benefits of disposal will include:
(1) Reduction in agency costs associated with encroachments and boundary
management
(2) Enhancement of local economies through private sector development
(3) Increased opportunities for acquisition by local governmental entities for low income housing, parks, fire stations, water and wastewater systems, and for other community and public purposes.

The proposed sale of these parcels is contingent upon the enactment of
legislation by Congress to provide revenue for the authorization of the
Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (Pub. L.
106–393). The Forest Service does not have general, non-specific, authority to sell National Forest System lands.

Dated: February 22, 2006.
Sally D. Collins,
Associate Chief.
[FR Doc. 06–1862 Filed 2–2306; 1:34 pm]

FarmerStephen
03-03-2006, 07:10 PM
From --> http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2006/2006-02-28-10.asp
( underlines added by me - :mad: )
Senate Panel Threatens to Axe U.S. Forest Service Land Sales

By J.R. Pegg

WASHINGTON, DC, February 28, 2006 (ENS) – The Bush administration’s proposal to sell off some $800 million worth of Forest Service lands to fund a rural schools program faced sharp criticism from lawmakers on Tuesday and looks unlikely to survive Congressional scrutiny.

The plan plays "Russian roulette" with rural communities who rely on the program and would send some "off an economic cliff," said Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat.

The legislation at the center of the controversy is the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act, which was developed to stabilize the level of federal payments to counties that historically relied on timber revenues from adjacent national forest lands.

Passed in 2000 with broad bipartisan support, the law guaranteed payments to eligible rural counties for public education and transportation projects.

Some $1.9 billion in federal funds from the Forest Service has been allocated through the law, which expires on September 30, 2006.

The Bush administration – as part of its fiscal year 2007 budget proposal for the U.S. Forest Service – plans to fund a five year reauthorization of the law by selling off $800 million worth of national forest land.

Wyden said the proposal would spark increased conflict and litigation between counties, timber companies and environmentalists over national forest land management issues.

It puts the program "back into the ideological briar patch," said Wyden. "I am going to do everything I can to prevent that."

U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey, who oversees the Forest Service, described the administration’s proposal to a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today as a "reasonable offset to support a piece of legislation that needs to be reauthorized."

Using land sales to fund the program was "the last alternative," Rey said.

Forest Service officials have identified 2,900 parcels of national forest land within 31 states – totaling some 304,000 acres - for possible sale.

These tracts are "isolated, difficult and expensive to manage, and no longer meeting national forest system needs," said Rey, a former timber industry lobbyist.

Critics question the value of the lands identified by the Forest Service for sale – for example, some of the land listed in California has been previously been proposed for wilderness protection. The public has until March 30 to comment on the list.

Senator Ken Salazar, a Colorado Democrat, said linking land sales to the county payments program makes little sense.

"I am not against land sales as a matter of principle," Salazar said, "but simply selling off 300,000 acres to deal with a budgetary issue is not the way that we ought to be managing our public lands."

Rey defended the proposal as a "one-time proposition to provide the necessary additional time for a transition for these school systems."

"We also think it is justified because one of the reasons that some of these counties have been unable to diversify their economic base is the lack of a tax base, the lack of private land," Rey told the committee. "Some of the lands that we would convey out of public ownership into private ownership would be part of the county tax base - so there is at least some symmetry between the problem and our proposed solution."

The agency will probably only need to sell "about half" the proposed 304,000 acres to get $800 million for the program, Rey said, and will include language giving "state or local governments or land trusts the right of first refusal."

"That is one way to secure whatever public benefits there may be even though there are not national forest system benefits," Rey said.

But it is not just the plan to sell off national forest land that has drawn the ire of many Western lawmakers.

The Bush proposal would only fund the rural schools program at half its current level and would also rely on sustained federal timber sales to meet its funding goals.

Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said it is disingenuous to tell communities that some of the shortfall will be made up by timber receipts.

Timber sales – in particular in Alaska – are frequently delayed and sometimes blocked by litigation, Murkowski said, and there is "an inconsistency between what we are promising now and what we can expect down the road."

Debate over the Bush land sale plan is overshadowing the need to fully reauthorize the law, said Senator Larry Craig, an Idaho Republican.

Craig and Wyden, coauthors of the law, have introduced legislation to extend the program for five years with the current funding formula and without the land auctions.

"Keeping this program intact is at the top of my priority list," Craig said.

Ranking Member of the Committe, Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, said he is "deeply concerned" because the administration proposes the $800 million sell-off of National Forests land "to partially fund - then terminate - the county payments program."

Bingaman agreed with Craig that debate over the land sale is taking attention from reauthorization of the law, and said he supports the Wyden-Craig approach, which he termed "open" and "collaborative."

The administration’s proposal, by contrast, Bingaman said, "was developed in a unilateral approach that was sure to be a controversial way to divest the people of their federal lands."

The county payments legislation was praised in a new U.S. Forest Service funded report issued today by the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment.

The report examines the impact of Resource Advisory Committees (RAC), groups designed to ensure expanded economic activity and forest restoration in the communities that take part in this program. The RACs are made up of local officials, environmentalists and timber interests.

While these are groups that may not always agree, the report found that in areas where they developed projects by consensus and were approved by the RACs, the relationship between the various factions in the communities improved. The report's Executive Summary notes no RAC project has been appealed to an agency or challenged in a court of law.

The report recommends that the Wyden-Craig legislation be renewed before it expires in September.

Comments on the proposed list of Forest Service lands for sale must be received by March 30 and may be sent by email to SRS_Land_Sales@fs.fed.us. Written comments may be sent to: USDA Forest Service, SRS Comments, Lands 4S, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Mailstop 1124, Washington, DC, 20250-0003. Send faxed comments to (202) 205-1604. The list of lands proposed for sale is contained in the Federal Register Notice found at: http://www.fs.fed.us/

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2006/20060228_clearwater.jpg
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I talked to a woman in Ahnold's office today, and she assured me that while the Governator wants, and expects to see Rural Schools funded, he does not feel it is in the best interest to sell Public lands to do so.

FarmerStephen
03-03-2006, 07:16 PM
Here's a bunch of other pertinent stories about this from all around the Country;

Make me sad, Inspire me to F*ck Sh*t up - :bomb: (http://news.google.com/news?q=Federal+Forest+Lands+for+Sale&hl=en&lr=&sa=N&tab=nn&oi=newsr)

FarmerStephen
03-28-2006, 11:37 AM
Only 3 days left to be heard about this - :umm:

Find your reps to write in the States here --> Project Vote Smart (http://www.vote-smart.org/index.htm)

And here is the current info about the sales, with contact instructions, and the current sale list --> USFS (http://www.fs.fed.us/news/2006/releases/02/secure-rural-schools.shtml)

apples_for_eva
03-28-2006, 12:47 PM
i'm so glad i saw this! that really p*sses me off. because there are so many protected lands that we have to sell them...:mad:

FarmerStephen
03-28-2006, 02:38 PM
i'm so glad i saw this! that really p*sses me off. because there are so many protected lands that we have to sell them...:mad:

Goody good - write, email and call - Pleeeeeaaaaaaasssssssse - :umm:

VegeTexan
03-28-2006, 02:46 PM
Farmer Stephen,
I am so glad you are concerned about this.
I hope everyone else will contact their representatives.

As a National Park Service Ranger I am ashamed and angry that our government is conducting a war on terra.
It is up to us to be terra-ists.

-Ranger Greg

FarmerStephen
03-29-2006, 09:15 PM
Farmer Stephen,
I am so glad you are concerned about this.
I hope everyone else will contact their representatives.
As a National Park Service Ranger I am ashamed and angry that our government is conducting a war on terra.
It is up to us to be terra-ists.
-Ranger Greg
Hey, that's great that you're a Ranger. I'm a Docent in my local State Park. A true terra-ist - :laugh:

Anyhoo, I know this is like a lame thread monopoly thing folks, and I'm not trying to beat the proverbial dead horse, but you have today and tomorrow to comment on this issue, before it's time to start road blocking and sanding gas caps and such........

Get to it - Please;

DATES: You should submit your comments by March 30, 2006 to be
assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be
considered only to the extent practicable.
ADDRESSES: You may submit your comments by e-mail to;
SRS_Land_Sales@fs.fed.us,
by fax;
to (202) 205–1604

FarmerStephen
04-02-2006, 01:19 AM
the UPDATED LIST (http://www.fs.fed.us/land/staff/spd.html) - :mad:

FarmerStephen
04-18-2006, 04:43 PM
Hey Folks, I know it's tough to get motivated sometimes, so here is a quick and easy way to support our Forests and Public Lands, and protest the Sales.

Thanks - :)

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/664381213