Whose Woods These WERE

As we have shared with you before, the Bush administration's FY2007 budget proposes to fund budget shortfalls by selling more than 300,000 acres of our National Forest land. The administration has portrayed these lands as "isolated parcels," but a review of the lands proposed for sale tells a different story; these are our prized public forests that were protected for all Americans to use and enjoy (see a complete list of land sales proposed - http://action.leaveitwild.org/ctt.asp?u=54177&l=11...). The Forest Service is accepting public comments until March 30 on the planned sale and needs to hear from you! Tell the U.S. Forest Service that you oppose this effort to sell-off Americans' cherished birthright of national forests that provide clean drinking water, important wildlife habitat and outstanding recreational opportunities. Send your comments to the Forest Service today! http://action.leaveitwild.org/ctt.asp?u=54177&l=11... The National Forest lands proposed for sale include 85,000 acres in California, more than 25,000 acres in Idaho, 1300 acres of old-growth and riparian forest along a remote river canyon on Washington State's Sultan River, and over 55,000 acres of forest land in the Southeast. Congress must approve the plans, which would amount to the largest land sale of its kind since President Theodore Roosevelt established the U.S. Forest Service in 1905. Thanks to your comments to Congress, many lawmakers, including Senators Larry Craig (R-ID), Conrad Burns (R-MT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), have expressed reservations with the proposed sale. The Forest Service asserts that this sale is required to provide funds for rural schools and it has traditionally given part of its timber receipts to local governments for schools. While the amount of money has decreased as logging has declined, the idea of selling land -- a permanent asset -- to generate cash to meet a short-term budgetary goal is dangerously flawed. Please let the Forest Service know that these public lands are our lands and while we support funding schools, we value our national forest lands and believe they should continue to serve as a legacy for future generations. Take action today! http://action.leaveitwild.org/ctt.asp?u=54177&l=11...